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J Rogersposted 3 years ago

Post real application stories here. Not "A guy told me" or "a few of my clients" but specific client experiences so others can see accurately what is happening.

[ J Rogers appended this reply on December 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm ]

There are rare exceptions, but whether you file a waiver, or a waiver AND an I-212 you simply get a waiver in return. That's why I tell clients to wait. Its an extra $930USD for the exact same waiver.

[ J Rogers appended this reply on December 8, 2021 @ 5:01 pm ]

Sorry, that was meant for the response below

[ J Rogers appended this reply on April 28, 2022 @ 1:52 pm ]

Client #2 entered the United States illegally in 2010.

[ J Rogers appended this reply on January 26, 2024 @ 11:29 am ]

Sorry June 14th, not 16th.

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Got Back to Calgary from Sweetgrass Montana yesterday. You can no longer hand in your application at Calgary airport, you have to basically download and print the I-192 forms and fill them in. The whole process is quite long and can be daunting to people who haven't done it before. I will give you a quick outline of what I did, hope it helps someone.

This was my second application for a waiver. The first one I got was for 5 years. Getting a second one is somewhat easier because you don't need to get court records again, you can use the previous ones.

Anyway, you will need to go to a place like Canadian Legal Resources and shell out $78.85 to get your fingerprints taken along with your picture. This will be sent to the RCMP for them to do a criminal records check. That will be mailed back to you in a couple of weeks.

Then you have to go to the court that you were convicted and get records of your convictions (if you already don't have them).

You will need to write up a letter saying what crime(s) you did, when, where etc and what the convictions and punishment was. You will need to show remorse and explain anything you have done to help your case.

You will need to get 3 reference letters from people that know you (although this might not be necessary any more but I did it)

You will need a copy of your passport.

You then fill in the I-192 forms.

Now you have to go onto esafe which is the online I-192 application system of the US department of homeland security. There you basically fill in the forms online and upload all the documents that I mentioned before and pay the US$585.

You will have to take pictures or scan all the documents then get them onto a computer so you can upload them. Im not sure if this can be done with just a phone.

Once this is done and you receive an email saying that they have received it you have 45 days to take all of the forms that I mentioned to the nearest US port of entry. You should first call them and book a date and time to hand in your documents for verification and to have your biometrics done. There is no additional cost for this.

For me the nearest port is Sweetgrass Montana. I hd an appointment for 1pm which gave me time for the 3 1/2 drive from Calgary. When you get there you will hand in your passport and your waiver if you have one to the US border officer. If you do not have a waiver or your previous waiver has expired then its a bit more complicated as they have to give you a temporary waiver to enter the US to get to your appointment.

The border officer kept my passport and told me to park my car and go in to the office. Once in there you sit and wait until you are called. The officer must have given my passport to the person who processes the I-192 applications. After about 1/2 an hour I was called up to the desk and asked to hand in the documents that were uploaded for them to verify them. They also take your fingerprints and picture digitally. About 10 minutes later they will call you to the desk and give back the documents and passport assuming everything is OK. The officer told be that I should get an answer in 6-8 weeks.

I got an email the same day saying that they received everything.

It all sounds daunting but you can do all this yourself. You should not have to pay anyone to do this as it is not complicated. You still have to do almost all of the steps even if you pay someone.

I hope this helps and I hope I get another 5 years so I can go and see my daughter!

Bazz replied 1 year ago   #660

@Kev you can only hope but look an October waiver so they are chugging along.

Tiffany replied 1 year ago   #659

5 year waiver (renewal) A client I had had for years. Finally October 4rth so they are sending out October Waivers now.

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Status History (5)
2/8/2023, 07:00 AM EST : Status changed to Completed
10/4/2022, 11:30 AM EDT : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
9/20/2022, 03:54 PM EDT : Status changed to Paid
9/20/2022, 03:53 PM EDT : Status changed to Signed
7/12/2022, 02:02 PM EDT : Application Created

J Rogers replied 1 year ago   #658

@Tiffany maybe there was not many applicant and will accelerate the next few months….
I’m trying to think positive here

Kev replied 1 year ago   #657

@J Rogers probably already started processing them since this one is almost 8 days ago.

[ Tiffany appended this reply on February 6, 2023 @ 2:29 pm ]

Processing October *

Tiffany replied 1 year ago   #656

Still no Octobers.

Fake Passport 1985

5 YEAR WAIVER

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Status History (5)
1/30/2023, 11:30 AM EST : Status changed to Completed
9/29/2022, 12:00 PM EDT : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
9/27/2022, 02:51 PM EDT : Status changed to Paid
9/27/2022, 02:47 PM EDT : Status changed to Signed
9/22/2022, 02:45 PM EDT : Application Created

J Rogers replied 1 year ago   #655

@J Rogers you were absolutely correct- 6 month entry.

Src replied 1 year ago   #654

@Magnus she said she applied a year after her last conviction. She has three in total including two assaults been the most recent ones. I would assume that was the reason for the decision to give a 6 months waiver. She was also reduced to 3 years after getting the 5 years previously. I asked if she had changed anything (personal letter or other information submitted) but she said no. She was nevertheless happy with the three years.

Marsha replied 1 year ago   #653

@Marsha that’s kind of f’d up! I’m curious as to what kind of decision making leads to “let’s just give this person a 6 month waiver”? Considering the time (driving to a border) and expense (add 25-30% to the cost due to the exchange rate) and it’s just a drag to hear this. Then factor in the waiting time to apply again for a new waiver, it’s just a terrible situation and hassle.

I’m sure someone on here has some insight as to why some folks just get 6 month waivers.

Magnus replied 1 year ago   #652

@Magnus, I were in conversation with a young lady on this forum who actually got a 6 month waiver the first time she applied. The second time she applied, she got 5 years and a few months ago they gave her a 3 year waiver, down from 5 years! She didn’t have a bar but they really do issue 6 months waivers.


Hey my first one was 6 months lol how rude of them 😂 but second was 5 years @Marsha

Sophia replied 4 months ago

Marsha replied 1 year ago   #651

@SarahB thanks for this info. I’m curious as to why they only had a 6 month waiver at one point. Seems almost abusive to give someone a 6 month waiver due to the cost and hassle of submitting it.

Furthermore I’m curious as to how some folks get September Letters and others don’t.

In light of another guy on here getting a 4 year waiver for having a 15 YEAR overstay it just seems like willy nilly adjudication (although I obviously don’t know the particulars of the respective cases).

@J Rogers you have any thoughts on this?

Magnus replied 1 year ago   #650

@Magnus see below where someone recently posted about having 3 waivers after a ban


Just got my waiver approved. This is my third waiver. I had a 3-year bar due to overstaying more than 6 months but less than 1 year. This waiver was given for 1 year however it contains multiple purposes/visa types, not only B1/B2. My past waivers were 6 months, then 5 years. See the dates below.

Thank you

1/25/2023, 08:30 AM EST : Status changed to Completed
9/20/2022, 01:00 PM EDT : Status changed to Submitted to ARO

[ commander appended this reply on January 25, 2023 @ 6:53 pm ]
This waiver was done under the i192 category
commander

SarahB replied 1 year ago   #649

@J Rogers
Ah thanks that's what I figured!
What is the earliest time that you'd recommend a waiver application in my misrepresentation case? Is there anything I should include in a future application to bolster my chances? In my letter I admitted fault, avoided making excuses and had I think pretty stellar character references.

CoffeeCrisp replied 1 year ago   #648

5 YEAR WAIVER. This is the 4rth application for this client, he lives waaaaay up north in Goulais River Ontario. So he processed his waiver (vis eSAFE) in Sault Ste Marie. (Detroit border)

Note this is an older client and he got this email on January 17th, so its a bit older.

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Status History (5)
1/17/2023, 11:00 AM EST : Status changed to Completed
9/14/2022, 11:30 AM EDT : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
9/9/2022, 02:34 PM EDT : Status changed to Paid
9/9/2022, 02:33 PM EDT : Status changed to Signed
6/23/2022, 11:03 AM EDT : Application Create

J Rogers replied 1 year ago   #647

@Magnus @KatM this is the information I’ve received and I’m yet to hear anyone who had been given a ban, report that they didn’t need a waiver after the ban expired. The border officials do give conflicting information but if when you file for a waiver and it’s determined that one isn’t needed, I don’t think ARO would actually send you a waiver. For the most part, some people on here haven’t even applied for a waiver so they don’t have anything factual to share. I’ve been on this forum for years and majority of people who have shared their approval have disappeared and probably won’t be back until time to renew their waiver. And many people post a million times using different names so how do we know what’s what really.

SarahB replied 1 year ago   #646

@CoffeeCrisp

That is a tough waiver due to the short timeline after the misrepresentation. I would be thinking its possibly denied, but yes this is longer than the norm.

J Rogers replied 1 year ago   #645

@KatM yeah I’m not sure how to square this as it seems there’s conflicting reports and ideas as to whether a person needs a waiver after a ban is over. Perhaps @J Rogers can weigh in on this and provide some semblance of how these things generally play out.

Magnus replied 1 year ago   #644

I submitted my esafe biometrics on June 6th 2022 and I still haven't heard anything yet. Is this kind of long even for a denial, based on the denial timelines here?
Context: misrepresentation in April 2020, told agent I was on a TN1 visa even though my employment ended two weeks prior. I had another job in the states lined up a few months after but I needed to get back to my apartment in NY and I was worried I wouldn't be let in on a tourist basis because of border closures. The discrepancy/misrepresentation was caught a few months later when I was crossing the border again. No criminal record.

CoffeeCrisp replied 1 year ago   #643

@J Rogers did he stay a long time there and applied too soon or denied for another reason?

Tiffany replied 1 year ago   #642

@michajj78 yes not me for sure, not even close to the user name I use.

Weird. I do post usually immediately after the client gets off the phone with me, but I did not post "jon rogers"

USING A FALSE NAME IN 2000 TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES - DENIED A VISA IN 2012

5 year waiver

Documents Shared With You
ARO Decision
Please review the documents
Status History (5)
2/2/2023, 04:00 PM EST : Status changed to Completed
9/30/2022, 11:00 AM EDT : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
9/26/2022, 09:27 PM EDT : Status changed to Paid
9/26/2022, 09:26 PM EDT : Status changed to Signed
9/12/2022, 09:49 AM EDT : Application Created

J Rogers replied 1 year ago   #641

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