US Waiver Processing Time & Renewal

Applying for a US entry waiver is a long and complex process, with a high risk of rejection if you don’t get it right. If your application gets rejected, you waste both time and money, as the fees are not refundable. Pardon Pros offers fast waiver preparation services.

The waiver application process takes 30 to 150 days or more at a cost of $585 per application, irrespective of whether or not you are successful. Payments should only be made with a certified check in US funds drawn on a US bank for the total application fee. The check should be made payable to the US Customs and Border Protection.

Here is what is required to apply for a US entry waiver:

  • Determining Whether the Individual Is Permitted into the US: The first step should be performing a record search to determine whether you are admissible to the US. Individuals who are legally admissible don’t need a waiver to cross the border. If you are ineligible, however, attempting to cross the border without an entry waiver will result wasted time and money, as well as embarrassment. A record check can last a couple of days, and costs $50 to $75.

  • Fingerprinting: Fingerprinting is necessary to obtain a copy of your certified criminal record from the RCMP. The process can also be used to confirm the absence of a criminal record for your peace of mind. The process typically takes place in a local police station, though you can also go to an accredited third party fingerprinting agency. The process takes between 3 and 120 days, and may cost anywhere from $30 to $125.

  • Supporting Documentation: Before the fingerprinting results become available, we start collecting any supporting documents required by the Department of Homeland Security. These include:

    • Proof of Canadian citizenship: government issued ID, passport, driver’s license, citizenship or permanent resident card, birth certificate, or any other recognized document
    • Letters of reference
    • Proof of rehabilitation, such as drug test results, evidence of counselling, etc.
    • Confirmation of employment or income
    • Personal statement or explanation of your reason for inadmissibility, purpose of visit, ties to Canada/US, etc.
  • Obtain Court Records: After receiving the RCMP report, we will order certified court documents for all the charges on your record. The criminal record lists all convictions, dates, and court locations where the documents can be retrieved. This process may take anywhere from 14 to 90 days, at a cost of $40 to $100.

  • Get the Waiver Application Form: US entry waiver forms contain information about your family members, address history, employment history, and past travel/immigration status in the US. You will need:

    • 2 copies of form I-192
    • 4 copies of form G-325A

    These forms must be submitted in person. If you work with Pardon Pros, we will complete form G-28 instead of I-192. The submission fee is $585 USD.

  • Wait for Your US Entry Waiver: It may take 30 to 150 days to receive your US waiver if the application was made correctly. Upon receiving the waiver, you cannot be denied entry to the US due to the reason for your previous inadmissibility—having a criminal record.

If you are uncertain of how to proceed with applying for a US entry waiver, Pardon Professionals would be happy to handle your case. We will even alert you when your current waiver is about to expire, so we can commence the renewal process.

At Pardon Professionals, our founders have lived through the process of obtaining a record suspension and know how daunting and stressful this process can be. We provide professional, efficient, trusted and expert service without judgment so that you can obtain a waiver or pardon as quickly as possible. We set your mind at ease with customer-centric service and easy-to-understand, direct information at your fingertips. Begin the process of clearing your record today with our help.

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