Electronic Secured Adjudication Forms Environment (e-SAFE) biometrics processing and collections of Forms I-192 and I-212 are temporarily suspended for non-essential travel
In the interest of minimizing exposure and controlling the spread of the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak, effective March 21, 2020, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Admissibility Review Office temporarily suspended, at the designated CBP ports of entry (POE), the collection of Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant, Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal, and the mandatory biometrics capture for electronic applications filed via e-SAFE. This suspension will effect applicants applying at POEs along the Northern Border and Preclearance locations in Canada for non-essential travel. The suspension effective from September 21, 2020 through October 20, 2020 has been extended for another 30 days through November 21, 2020 11:59pm EDT, or until revoked.
Applicants who’ve applied via e-SAFE are encouraged to monitor their e-mail and the e-SAFE website for updates. CBP will continue to monitor the situation in order to resume biometrics capture and I-192/I-212 applications processing at the POEs as soon as possible. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience through this process.
Additional information for essential travel is available at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/07/22/2020-15955/19-cfr-chapter-i
More information about e-SAFE is available at https://e-safe.cbp.dhs.gov/
CBP No Longer Processing Inadmissibility Waivers at Preclearance Locations in Canada: https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-no-longer-processing-inadmissibility-waivers-preclearance
e-SAFE is the new online system that will allow for electronic filing of Form I-192, Application for Advance Permission to Enter as a Nonimmigrant, and Form I-212, Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the United States After Deportation or Removal. Citizens of specified visa exempt countries—Canada, Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands—who are nonimmigrants and have been found inadmissible will be able to apply for a waiver online. Applicants will be able to view their application status, submit additional information if requested, and ultimately learn the outcome of their online waiver application through this system.
CBP has added additional e-SAFE Ports of Entry where applicants can complete the biometrics portion (fingerprint and photograph) of the waiver process for electronic I-192 and I-212 applications completed through e-SAFE. List of designated e-SAFE Ports of Entry.