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Just got second WAIVER APPROVED TODAY for 5 Years B1/B2. Took 21 Days.
Actual cut and paste from e-safe portal of status progress.
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Status History (5)
2/12/2020, 07:00 AM PST : Status changed to Completed
1/21/2020, 09:30 AM PST : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
1/14/2020, 07:03 PM PST : Status changed to Paid
1/14/2020, 07:02 PM PST : Status changed to Signed
10/27/2019, 10:23 PM PDT : Application Created
@John and Miles, no changes in my timelines..3 - 4 months for me to gather the paperwork, (depending on court houses)..and 4-6 months from time of deliver to US Customs to receive waiver - very few - less 1% arrive sooner..(speaking for Saskatchewan area)..Had a lady deliver to Edmonton International last week..will advise when she receives her waiver...
@Miles not if the waiver is granted and its fairly straight forward. 60 days once it is handed in in Ontario. eSAFE is even faster. Out west may take longer because as Michelle has said, we think they may not submit them immediately. I am not sure if that is every port or just some. Michelle can update us and let us know if that has changed.
This site has been so helpful!
Filed with e-safe on Dec 27, 2019. Visited the good folks at Rainbow Bridge the first week of January and received my waiver two days ago. Very efficient!
The only concern in my case is the birth date year is incorrectly 2019. Any thoughts on who to contact to have that changed?
@Kiwi super interesting. Would love to discuss further with you as I'm actually a tax accountant and you're one of the first I've heard that got charged for failing to pay CRA. I have clients who owe them 200K plus and have judgements against them but CRA never took court action other than registering tax liens.
What was your actual charge? Was it under the criminal prosecutions program?
I had a fraud charge with a similar sentence as you (2 years less a day conditional, with 18 months house arrest and probation), so in October I am 5 years post conviction. I have a need to travel to the USA for some business interests, my clients will write glowing letters, I have been making large payments towards the restitution (i didn't actually take any money --- long story) but I'm worried they will be jerks when I apply. My charge was completely unrelated to accounting and was from an isolated incident unrelating to my current work.
John / Michelle / Ken et all suggested I wait until October to apply but all felt we would have a good chance at succeeding depending on how the letters are written.
Too bad we didn't have a private message option here, I'd love to discuss your circumstances further (especially as it might relate to my clients too)
@jazzsax1 re:post #12
I was sentenced in Sept 2013 and got an 18-month conditional sentence.
Even though my charges were not criminal in Canada (failing to make a payment to CRA) the USA considered it a Crime of Moral Turpitude, as they consider it the equivalent to Tax Evasion.
I paid everything owing to CRA plus the court fine and waited till I was almost 5 years post-sentence before applying, I wanted to get the application in before the fees went up, so that's why I applied a few months early.
The approval letter states the "basis of favorable action" Humanitarian.
I prepared the application myself, spent a lot of time on the personal letter, especially the proof of rehabilitation part which was difficult to get right without sounding insincere.
Good luck to you.
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