E-Safe Processing Times

TravisTposted 2 years ago

Anyone know how long processing times for I-192 using the E-Safe process?

Replies (recent first):

@KatM wow 130 days that's way too long 😕 😪 and did you apply it through esafe??

candra1 replied 4 weeks ago   #71

@KatM hi. I'm so sorry you are going through that. Did you apply by paper or through esafe.

Beu replied 4 weeks ago   #70

@candra1 I'm at 130 days now. 5 year ban no criminal record no overstay. I have emailed them twice throughout this period and always got this generic email in response:

Your application is on file with the Admissibility Review Office. It is currently pending further review. Due to the individual circumstances of each waiver application, there is not a set timeframe to give as to when an application decision will be completed."

It just seems that it's pointless to inquire status as the waiver is either "pending review" or just complete. There are no other options as far as what they will tell us.

KatM replied 4 weeks ago   #69

@J Rogers

I’ve always known you to be a reasonable and thoughtful person who has posted enormously helpful information on here.

I understand sometimes in the world of texting, etc… since “tone” cannot truly be discerned unless actually speaking live with someone things can sometimes sound “snarky”.

Since I’ve never had that experience with you I didn’t want to read too much into it other than just to clarify what my curiosity about a person’s specific waiver experience was. I’m somewhat dismayed that timelines have increased greatly since the early Spring.

I felt the need to lead off my previous comment with thanking you for the clarification on those matters. It’s something I’ve known you to always do since the lay people, myself included, are often bewildered and sometimes anxious about this whole waiver stuff/experience.

Nevertheless you’ve shown great grace by apologizing for something that easily could be misconstrued.

Magnus replied 4 weeks ago   #68

I can tell everyone that these last 2 weeks have been VERY slow for waiver results. I generally get a waiver a day on average and only 1 the last 2 weeks.

We are Wednesday July 13th. The last one I had I posted and it was 74 days. I would count on an average of 72-75 days for the majority of waivers.

If you are less than 120 days, you are not considered "late". So although you CAN email, it generally will be ignored unless you are 120 days or more.

There is absolutely no phone number you can call. Hang in there...you WILL get an answer. I bet once they start to come in all the people posting they are close to 70+ or longer will all get them at once.

J Rogers replied 4 weeks ago   #67

I created May 9th and submitted to ARO on May 10th and have not heard an outcome yet. I hope they email back with a decision soon. 🙏 🙏🙏

Certified82 replied 4 weeks ago   #66


Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s any number you can call. I applied on May 3rd and today is 71 days for me and I have not heard anything really since the long weekend (July 4th holiday). On this forum at-least….

RG replied 4 weeks ago   #65

@J Rogers hi is there any number I can call to check up on my application status I applied in May 8 and still nothing. What timeline are they working on now? Any updates from may

candra1 replied 4 weeks ago   #64


Sorry, I was typing that while doing something else, I didn't mean the "tone" to sound like that, I should have re-read it before I posted.

What I simply meant was that people wrongly assume its the nature of the file that affects the timeline, when in fact its more about the line-up itself.

No offence intended Magnus, as always you ask very good questions.

J Rogers replied 4 weeks ago   #63

@J Rogers

Thanks for the further clarification.
Although I wasn’t “making it out to be something it is not.”

I was curious as to why the process was taking so long and was surmising as to the facility one would suppose a fourth time waiver application would be processed.

Once again nothing in there suggests explicitly that I was “making it out to be something it’s not.” That would require me to be DEFINITIVE in my knowledge of the process. Obviously I don’t have that knowledge hence the beauty of being able to glean information on the process from this forum.

Magnus replied 4 weeks ago   #62

Has anyone had any approved waivers in the last week. There have been no updates since before the long weekend :(

leona replied 4 weeks ago   #61


You are making the process to approve a waiver out to be something it is not.

Whether it takes 5 minutes or 5 hours to approve a waiver isn't the point. It is "how fast does the waiver get on a desk?"

Yes, once the waiver is looked at, it might be easy to say "yes", but the line-up of waivers is what defines how quickly it is sitting on a desk. I have a ton of files waiting to be "finished" by me. If you are next on my desk, your going to get DONE next. If you are #20 in my pile, then it doesn't matter if you are hard or easy, your turn is still your turn. Homeland Security works the same way. So the delay is because of the traffic jam, not how easy or hard the file is.

J Rogers replied 1 month ago   #60

My E Safe application was submitted on May 16th and I'm still waiting. Hoping it comes in the next 3 weeks since I have a friends wedding to attend on July 29th!

GB replied 1 month ago   #59

The first and second waivers took 9 months to get approved , the third one was 6 months so this one just over 2 months is pretty fast. E safe has sped up the approval process

Pet replied 1 month ago   #58

Thank you for replying. I was just curious as to the seemingly long time it took to be approved.

It’s surprising that it took 74 days to be approved for such a minor charge and the fact that it’s your fourth waiver. One would think that it would just be something that would be “rubber stamped” without too much adjudication needed.

Magnus replied 1 month ago   #57

Needed a waiver for marijuana charge 40 years ago. This is my fourth waiver

Pet replied 1 month ago   #56

@Pet Just out of curiosity…
May I ask why you needed a waiver?

Magnus replied 1 month ago   #55

7/6/2022, 06:30 AM MDT : Status changed to Completed
4/24/2022, 09:30 AM MDT : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
4/11/2022, 12:27 PM MDT : Status changed to Paid
4/11/2022, 12:24 PM MDT : Status changed to Signed
4/10/2022, 10:44 AM MDT : Application Created
Took 74 days for approval -5 year waiver

Pet replied 1 month ago   #54

You don't have to make an appointment. You can just show up. But you should call ahead and make sure you're showing up within the hours that the people who do biometrics are there.

When you select the port you're using to cross, using the e-safe drop-down, you should select the port where you're doing the biometrics. When it comes time to actually cross, you can use any port.

Dave V replied 1 month ago   #53

I had my Biometrics completed at Sumas crossing last week. I showed up at 1 am and had them completed within an hour. I specified on my application I would be crossing at Sweetgrass. There are no appointments for biometrics. Call the crossing and ask when they are available and just show up. There is also no requirement to have this done at the crossing you intend to use.

Shawn replied 1 month ago   #52

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