I-192 process

Waiver process

The USA waiver I-192, and or I-212

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

First of all, one needs to submit fingerprints to the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) to receive a proof of criminal record or proof of absence of criminal record. 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 Canadian Pardon), the results will arrive after two weeks. If there is a criminal record, the treatment process is around 1-3 months.

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, the prepared package is submitted to USA Customs, or at the Montreal-Trudeau airport in Dorval (Québec), or at the border. Some places require an appointment. Wait times for the appointment can take between one and two months.

Afterwards, you must wait for an answer from the United States Processing Center, which normally takes between 2 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 infraction having made him/her 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 will be as follows:

  • Form I-212 fee will increase to $930.00 USD;
  • Form I-192 waiver fee will increase to $930.00 USD for applications filed with USCIS (Non-immigrant T and U classifications); and
  • I-192 waiver applications filed with and processed by CBP will remain $585.00 USD.