Visa waiver

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1. Posted by Gailmini1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Does anyone know how long a visa waiver application takes I had my interview 10 days ago and have been advised I need a waiver I have had two before so the recent one expired in December. I have a criminal record for one offence that was committed in 1989 so quite a while ago. I have been advised that it needs to go to the DHS for further processing is this done electronically? And is it quicker as it’s a renewal so to speak I am looking to travel on the 18/2 this year so realistically what’s the chances of having it back by then ?

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 5026 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

I'm going to assume you're referring to a US waiver of ineligibility and that you're a UK citizen?

>Does anyone know how long a visa waiver application takes

The official US Embassy website advises that processing via the London embassy takes 6-8 months:

https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/ineligibilities-and-waivers-2/ineligibilities-and-waivers/

Pre-Covid the Belfast consulate used to take 3-4 months but no processing time is given now.

Having said that, very recent posters on this thread have received their waivers in less than 6 months. Much depends on how much demand there is (from all other countries, not just the UK) and how complicated the cases are.

Having a waiver before doesn't mean you'll automatically jump the queue nor does it mean another waiver is just 'rubber-stamped'.

>is this done electronically?

Information about exactly how waivers are processed is not in the public domain, for obvious reasons. It is my understanding that they are processed within the US rather than by US embassy/consulate staff elsewhere.

>I am looking to travel on the 18/2 this year so realistically what’s the chances of having it back by then

No-one here or anywhere else can tell you the chances of getting a waiver processed, a visa granted and your passport requested and returned within 5 weeks . My own opinion is that you're very unlikely to get the waiver and visa granted and your passport back within such a short period though there's always the chance it'll be a slack period.............

[ Edit: Edited on 19 Jan 2023, 16:05 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by Gailmini1 (Budding Member 2 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Yes it is cos USA and I am a Uk Citizen . Thanks for your response

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 5026 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

You're welcome. I wish you the best of luck!