E-Safe Processing Times

TravisTposted 2 years ago

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

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Did you apply on e-SAFE?
Could you please write your exact timeline?
Mine is 30 days since my fingerprint on Feb 11th at Pearson airport.

Daniel replied 2 years ago   #31

Hi Kiwi,
Did you applied on Jan 2nd or Fingerprint on Jan 2nd?
I applied Feb 05th, Fingerprint on Feb 11 and am waiting almost 30 days since my fingerprint.

Daniel replied 2 years ago   #30

Hi Rupert,
I paid on Feb 05th, Fingerprint given at Pearson on Feb 11 and its my 5th week and still waiting for my result.

Daniel replied 2 years ago   #29

@Angela santos @Rupert
Could you please tell me your exact timeline since your submit, fingerprint until your decision?

Daniel replied 2 years ago   #28

When did u do ur biometrics at the border ? Did it get sent to aro the same day or few days after ? I did mine 3 days ago but still says paid and for me to go do my biometric profile hasn’t been updated .. anyone help @albiz

Angela santos replied 2 years ago   #27

@John Jones

I did not use E-Safe, so I cannot help you on that.

Miles replied 2 years ago   #26

When did ur profile show awaiting decision after doing biometric at the border @Steve2725

John Jones replied 2 years ago   #25

How long after biometric does it show awaiting decision from paid @Miles

John Jones replied 2 years ago   #24

Yes. You get a PDF to download. TWO PAGES. Pretty much same I got for my first waiver but different ARO officer approved. You can access the PDF anytime to redownload. I suggest keeping a digital copy of it in your e-mail or something if you lose it on a travel.

albiz replied 2 years ago   #23

@albiz Congrats!

Question: Did you receive a cover letter and I-194 waiver? (aka 2 pages?)


is the waiver downloadable and printable from the portal?

Waiver123 replied 2 years ago   #22

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.

Documents Shared With You
ARO Decision
Please review the documents

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

albiz replied 2 years ago   #21

@J Rogers and Michelle

Thanks for the info. So it's relatively a quick process once the ARO has received the application? In older posts, there were people who had been waiting a long time.

Miles replied 2 years ago   #20

@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...

Michelle replied 2 years ago   #19

@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.

J Rogers replied 2 years ago   #18

Nobody waits for a long time nowadays?

Miles replied 2 years ago   #17

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?

Rupert replied 2 years ago   #16


You can email me at kiwicanuck123 at gmail dot com

Kiwi replied 2 years ago   #15

@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 replied 2 years ago   #14

@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.

Kiwi replied 2 years ago   #13

@Kiwi - how much time was it post conviction? (ie, when were you sentenced) and what was the charge?

jazzsax1 replied 2 years ago   #12

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