How Long Does CBP take to process I-192 Advance Permission to Enter Waivers?

I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant, is a form used by individuals who are inadmissible to the United States but wish to enter the country temporarily.

The I-192 application process involves submitting the form, along with the required documentation and a fee, to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The application will be reviewed by CBP to determine whether the applicant is eligible for a waiver.

CBP website states that applicants should allow up to 150 days from the date of submission of your Form I-192 before making an inquiry about the status of your application and that “a full review of your circumstances can take up to six months or longer.” At time of writing, we are experiencing longer wait times, however.

We are seeing significantly longer wait times than those listed by CBP. Expect Form I-192 to take anywhere from 180 to 250 days to process.

At the time of writing, form I-192 can be filed online with CBP’s E-SAFE system. Note, that unfortunately, you will still have to hand deliver certain evidence to a CBP location after the filing of the form online. Hopefully, CBP will streamline this filing process in the future.

Applicants who complete electronic filing via e-SAFE will need to go to a designated port of entry to complete the biometrics appointment portion (fingerprints and photograph) of the waiver process. View the ports currently available!

CBP E-SAFE website, January 2023

Given the long processing times. Make sure your I-192 waiver application is complete and includes all required documentation. Incomplete applications may be delayed, and are more likely to be denied.

Another way to overcome inconveniently long processing times is to prepare and submit your application early: Try to submit your application well in advance of your planned travel date.

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