Many foreign business travelers are required to obtain a nonimmigrant waiver to enter the United States because of often long past insignificant criminal infractions. Typically, such a nonimmigrant waiver case is processed within four to six months, but some linger for years. More troubling, waivers have been issued in one or two year increments only.
Now; however, U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is prepared to issue these waivers in five-year increments beginning around January 2017. This will include both initial waivers and extensions and include both waivers filed at consulates overseas and those applied for directly with CBP at U.S. borders.