Timeline for first time waiver applicant

June04Waiverposted 1 week ago

Hello everyone! I really love this forum, and I have learnt a lot here. I am a first time waiver application with no criminal conviction, only overstayed my visa.
Please do you have any idea how long it takes from submission to completion. I submitted 2 weeks ago.
Also, I had my DNA taken cos I will be traveling with my kids who are minor and the CBp officer had to deny me entry into the US first before she could process my application. She explained that I will need to be refused entry first because I have never attempted to travel to the US since I left 5years ago.
Has anyone experienced this before?
Can you shed more light and also let me know how long it could take to process first time waiver application.

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@L

Yes, I did the Esafe application myself.

This is my third waiver. There have been no changes to my criminal history and I used the same individuals for references. I even used the same personal statement (with some obvious date modifications) so there was nothing that would indicate it would take longer.

Not sure this helps, but I do hope you get your waiver and make your flight.

B.

Beezur replied 10 hours ago   #23

Hello I was wondering if you filed for your waiver personally or through a company? Also did you have anything that could have caused your waiver to take longer? Sorry for asking so many questions I just have a flight leaving on the 14th of July and that is my 72nd day from submitting to ARO. Really hoping to get it before then. @Beezur

L replied 15 hours ago   #22

Seems they are slowing down to a 65-70 day mark now…

RG replied 1 day ago   #21

@J Rogers

Waiver received today - 71 days

5 YEAR WAIVER

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Status History (5)
6/30/2022, 01:30 PM EDT : Status changed to Completed
4/20/2022, 03:30 PM EDT : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
4/14/2022, 03:13 PM EDT : Status changed to Paid
4/14/2022, 03:10 PM EDT : Status changed to Signed
6/26/2021, 09:59 AM EDT : Application Created

Beezur replied 1 day ago   #20

@Beezur

Yes, I am still finding 65 days in the normal processing time. There are exceptions, but here are some recent ones. I had a couple that were longer but they were 1-212 related so different. I will post that one at the bottom.

5 YEAR WAIVER
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6/22/2022, 05:30 AM EDT : Status changed to Completed
4/18/2022, 09:00 AM EDT : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
4/12/2022, 10:14 AM EDT : Status changed to Paid
4/12/2022, 10:07 AM EDT : Status changed to Signed
4/11/2022, 02:50 PM EDT : Application Created
__________________________________________________________
1 YEAR WAIVER
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Status History (5)
6/23/2022, 08:00 AM EDT : Status changed to Completed
4/19/2022, 10:00 AM EDT : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
4/11/2022, 09:17 PM EDT : Status changed to Paid
4/11/2022, 09:15 PM EDT : Status changed to Signed
4/11/2022, 01:05 PM EDT : Application Created
________________________________________________________________
5 year waiver
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Status History (5)
6/28/2022, 12:00 PM EDT : Status changed to Completed
4/20/2022, 12:30 PM EDT : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
4/12/2022, 03:25 PM EDT : Status changed to Paid
4/12/2022, 03:20 PM EDT : Status changed to Signed
4/12/2022, 01:17 PM EDT : Application Created

NOTE This is a waiver AND I-212 so different timeline

5 year waiver and I-212
I-192
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Status History (7)
6/21/2022, 02:00 PM EDT : Status changed to Completed
6/21/2022, 12:02 PM EDT : Status changed to Request for More Information Response
3/29/2022, 08:00 AM EDT : Status changed to Request for More Information
3/1/2022, 10:00 AM EST : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
2/25/2022, 02:00 PM EST : Status changed to Paid
2/25/2022, 01:56 PM EST : Status changed to Signed
12/22/2021, 02:56 PM EST : Application Created

I-212
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Status History (5)
6/21/2022, 02:00 PM EDT : Status changed to Completed
4/11/2022, 04:00 PM EDT : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
4/6/2022, 09:44 PM EDT : Status changed to Paid
4/6/2022, 09:37 PM EDT : Status changed to Signed
3/31/2022, 10:13 AM EDT : Application Created

J Rogers replied 1 day ago   #19

@KatM

I'm not sure how reliable that information is, and I am sure @J Rogers can confirm, but in order for that to be true, at this point, we would not see waivers issued for anything submitted to ARO past February15th or so.

However, we have seen waivers issued for e-safe submissions well into April.

The wait is definitely getting longer, but It's just too early to say that the average is anything more than the longest time we have seen. Which as far as I can tell, is not four months.

B.

Beezur replied 2 days ago   #18

@Beezur I've been told by multiple lawyers that currently 4 months wait time is normal for eSAFE..

KatM replied 2 days ago   #17

@L

My 'Submitted to ARO' date is April 20th.
Today is 70 days - No waiver yet :|

Beezur replied 2 days ago   #16

Has anyone received any more approvals this week. Was hoping the timeline is still 60-65 days @J Rogers

L replied 2 days ago   #15

@Magnus

I think we have a traffic jam of waivers combined with the fact payments are/were not working, but remember 90 days was typical a couple of years ago anyways.

I think that the time will get better once the demand gets more reasonable.

If a person overstays, I do a waiver. (I-192) 90% of the time, problem solved. Occasionally the person is asked for an additional I-212 as well.

J Rogers replied 1 week ago   #14

Thanks everyone, I will keep praying and keep my fingers crossed. I will update you guys once I hear back from them soon.

June04waiver replied 1 week ago   #13

@J Rogers

Just to clarify… after reading some of the recent posts here a “classic overstay “ generally doesn’t need to have an I-212 waiver application filed, is that what one can glean from this?

And do you anticipate that waivers are going to start taking significantly longer to be approved than the 60 odd days they now seem to be taking or is this a glitch in the matrix, as it were?

Magnus replied 1 week ago   #12

@J Rogers you mean an i-192 waiver instead of i-212?

I wrote the personal letter myself and basically outlined all the facts, explained what I was doing in US, and grovelled for forgiveness and another chance (multiple times).

So does this mean I will get denied as an overstay case? Or just longer wait time?

Thank you for answering all my questions!

KatM replied 1 week ago   #11

@KatM

It is hard to say. This seems like a classic overstay. I would have taken a different route. Paid for a waiver which is $585.00 USD not $930.

The problem is that there is no way to know what the lawyer said in the personal letter. I have seen some decent ones, but I have also seen long ones that are garbage because they talk like lawyers demanding you have your right to re-enter reinstated.

As Canadians, you are allowed to stay 180 days out of a calendar year. Some people think its 3 months, then I leave for a month then I get another 6 months.

No. In a year you get to stay 180 days period. So you overstayed a significant amount of time, which is a classic waiver application.

J Rogers replied 1 week ago   #10

@J Rogers Homeland didn't tell me which waiver to submit. My lawyer said I have to (only) submit I-212 as I was denied entry and was expeditiously removed. I didn't overstay per se but I did go in and out with total time spent in the US in a year amounting to about 11 months.

How much longer would the "supervisor's desk" route take?

KatM replied 1 week ago   #9

@Magnus

Generally if you look at the I-212 forms, people who are deported, people who have felonies in the US and are deported, people caught overstaying, these are more "typical" I-212 cases. If you are denied entry because they THINK you might overstay, that is not usually an I-212.

J Rogers replied 1 week ago   #8

@J Rogers

Typically why is one asked to do an I-212?

Just curious as to what that generally means in the scheme of things if they ask for this particular submission.

Magnus replied 1 week ago   #7

@KatM

If you did the waiver "well" you might get a September Letter. That takes longer.

Also, when you have a case that isn't "normal" or "simple", you end up on a supervisors desk. Sounds like you are in the category, and you also did an I-212, so that means your waiver has to be approved in 2 categories. Were you specifically TOLD you HAD to do an I-212 by Homeland Security? What your describing seems not related to an I-212 at all. I would have only filed the I-192 and then only done an I-212 if TOLD you had to. Why? Well its an extra $930USD plus, what would you even check off as an I-212 category? You didn't overstay, you weren't deported....seems odd.

"L" is in a different category. I think he will get it in time actually. I had a client similar to him get it in 64 days today.

J Rogers replied 1 week ago   #6

@L  I'd be very surprised if you get your waiver in time. I submitted mine at the beginning of March on eSAFE and it's approaching 120 days/4 months. It's my first waiver. I have no criminal record, and no overstay, just denial of entry based on suspected employment/marriage (no evidence found). I'm feeling hopeless and feel like they are just dragging it out to deny me. If you get yours sooner please do update us. I feel like I'll never get it.

I did a I-212 waiver so I don't know if it takes longer (as J's last post seems to indicate..) but even those longer cases already took way less than mine is taking right now.

KatM replied 1 week ago   #5

Since we are talking about timelines, here is a client with a longer timeline because they also were asked to do a an I-212.

Both applications are granted separately but within the same day.

5 year waiver and I-212

I-192
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Status History (7)
6/21/2022, 02:00 PM EDT : Status changed to Completed
6/21/2022, 12:02 PM EDT : Status changed to Request for More Information Response
3/29/2022, 08:00 AM EDT : Status changed to Request for More Information
3/1/2022, 10:00 AM EST : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
2/25/2022, 02:00 PM EST : Status changed to Paid
2/25/2022, 01:56 PM EST : Status changed to Signed
12/22/2021, 02:56 PM EST : Application Created

I-212
Documents Shared With You
ARO Decision
Please review the documents
Status History (5)
6/21/2022, 02:00 PM EDT : Status changed to Completed
4/11/2022, 04:00 PM EDT : Status changed to Submitted to ARO
4/6/2022, 09:44 PM EDT : Status changed to Paid
4/6/2022, 09:37 PM EDT : Status changed to Signed
3/31/2022, 10:13 AM EDT : Application Created

J Rogers replied 1 week ago   #4

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