Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has announced that beginning around January 2017, it will approve both initial and repeat I-192 waivers for a five-year period. CBP is working to reduce the backlog at the Admissibility Review Office (ARO) and to increase overall efficiency. The ARO is the office responsible for adjudicating all nonimmigrant waivers.
The only exception to the new approval period is for crew members, who may still be approved for only a two-year period.
Previously, CBP’s Admissibility Review Office issued initial nonimmigrant waivers with only a one- to two-year validity period. This increase to a five-year approval period is great news for waiver applicants.
If you are interested in applying for a nonimmigrant waiver, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys today!