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US WAIVER PROCEDURE 

 

The I-192 application is a time-consuming process that can take up to year to complete.

The first step of your application is obtaining your RCMP criminal record, based on your fingerprints. We have an on-site fingerprinting facility (cost $60, which is part of the $260). The RCMP treatment period may vary. In the case of having no criminal record, or if the criminal record has been suspended (a person who has received a record suspension), you will receive your proof of no criminal record by mail in 1-2 weeks. If you have a criminal record, the treatment process is around 1-3 months.

Then, you will take a few appointments with our consultant in order for us to start the preparation of documents. The next step is to collect all supporting documents such as court documents, proof of employment, reference letters, and more, depending on the person's unique file. Some courts may take a few months before releasing necessary documents.

Finally, once all of your documents are prepared, we will give them to you. We will set up an appointment for you at one of the U.S. Customs port of entry (usually Lacolle-Champlain), where will you will give your waiver application documents and pay the $585 US fee. Another option is to present yourself at the Montréal-Trudeau airport in Dorval (Québec) at the waiver office.

Afterwards, you must wait for an answer from the United States Processing Center, which normally takes between 4 and 6 months. The waiver is usually issued for a period that varies between one to five years. The time is determined by the processing agent that assesses the risks of recurrence of the offense(s) having made you inadmissible originally. A well-prepared waiver package gives you the best possible chances of receiving the maximum time period in your particular situation.

Effective December 23, 2016, the fees are as follows:

  • Form I-212 - fees have increased to $930.00 US (for deportation or removal cases);

  • Form I-192 - fees have increased to $930.00 US for applications filed with USCIS (Non-immigrant T and U classifications);

  • Form I-192 - fees remain $585.00 US for waiver applications filed with and processed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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