601A Guidance

Per recent USCIS guidance, USCIS will no longer deny a provisional waiver application based on a reason to believe that an applicant may be inadmissible due to a CIMT if the evidence shows that the applicant’s criminal offense: (1) falls within the petty offense or youthful offender exception; or (2) it is not a CIMT. This is a good change in policy that should encourage more eligible aliens to apply. Those who are eligible should take advantage of this favorable policy before USCIS decides to change it again in response to unforeseen problems. However, applicants should not be satisfied with submitting complete evidence and expect USCIS to figure out the applicable exceptions. It is the applicant’s duty to explain clearly why exceptions apply or why the offense is not a CIMT.

USCIS New Delivery Option for Applicants

USCIS customers can use the overnight delivery or courier service of their choice to receive certain documents. This option provides greater customer service by allowing you to select your preferred delivery service provider to receive documents such as approval and denial notices, requests for evidence, and most travel documents.

To ensure your overnight delivery requests are not delayed, please remember to:

Include a prepaid air bill when you submit your application, petition, or response to a request for evidence. The best way to avoid delivery errors is to provide a prepaid shipping label obtained directly from the delivery service. This will avoid the need to write in an account number. Enter your name in both the “to” and “from” fields on the air bill.
Never list USCIS as the sender and do not mark “bill to sender.”
Pay all delivery costs in advance and include the prepaid air bill with your submission.
If the delivery costs are not paid in full, USCIS will send the documents to you by regular U.S. mail. For additional information on using a delivery or courier service, please visit our website.