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You can go to your Port of Entry and ask the Port Director for a Port Parole. You would need a letter from a doctor/death certificate or something official.
Also, they would want to see your waiver application, specifically your criminal record (if applicable)
-80% of 1st time waivers I do are 5 year waivers.
-20% or 1, or denied, or September Letter
-2 year waivers are rare. Its impossible to know "why" but I can tell its not a trend, or I would have a few as well instead of just 1.
Waivers will get faster again, it is just a traffic jam, holidays and a perfect storm of conditions. Remember, before the pandemic it was 60-90 days. 90 was ALWAYS the standard. It just got FAST because barely any were being processed because of the pandemic. From May 2021 to November 2021 I was processing waivers, and a company in Vaughan saw we were doing it, were polite enough to call and ask for info, and they started processing them as well. Very few others even KNEW you could do them, never mind how.
Look at the past posts. I told everyone they could do them in May 2021. But also few people WANTED waivers back then either.
A 2 year waiver could be an internal policy change and it may be all first waivers that are not 5 years will now be 2 year. Think about it, you have a department that is taking 3 months to do a waiver. They give out a 1 year, and a year later they will be processing a waiver for that same person. Whereas if they give out a 2 year waiver and process waivers less frequently they solve a problem of resolving these long delays. One can only hope.
From what I gather most first time waiver applications are given 1 year waivers but
@J Rogers would better be able to answer your question?
I’m not sure what factors are involved in why some folks get 1 year and others get 5 years when they apply for a waiver for the very first time.
If the pattern holds, in about 3 weeks they will be working on June. That could change depending on if they had an excessive amount of waiver requests in May or it could be less than 3 weeks if May had fewer requests. Its a crapshoot for sure. However, those 27 adjudicator positions they were hiring for in July are no longer posted. So if they got a bunch more adjudicators hired and if it doesn't take months to train them, then that should help with the backlog.
@Magnus In the past 5 years I have only had 1, and I actually took the name out and keep it in my book to show clients because it is so rare.
It was given on May 3 2022.
I do a LOT of waivers. If candra1 would have asked me yesterday "do you think I might get a 2 year waiver?" I would have said the odds are tiny. But here we are.
I am only speculating. But it would make logical sense that first time applications would take a little longer. I’d assume from shortest timeline to longest:
1. Renewal (with no new derogatory info)
2. First time approval
3. September Letter
I’m in the same boat as you. I’ll likely miss some important life events and it hurts and is humiliating. All we can do is hope for the best.
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