How long does the K1 Visa take?

When most perspective fiancée visa applicants contemplate their marriage and future plans, they are concerned about the K1 visa timeline. It is important to have an accurate understanding of the entire process and all the components that constitute the timeline.

This video will provide you with an overview of the fiancé visa timeline. Retaining a reputable firm to help you with the case will significantly reduce preparation time and avoid potential delays along the process such as those related to the issuance of Request for Further Evidence (RFEs) or other delays during the embassy stage of the process.

However, the actual processing times of the U.S. government or United States embassies cannot be reduced in the majority of cases despite what some visa service providers represent. Your K1 Visa process will start with initial planning and search for a firm.

Once the case is accepted by USCIS, the timeline of the process officially begins. Based on current timelines, it takes an average of 5 months for USCIS to issue an approval for the case. In some circumstances, the processing may take longer than five months. It is important to understand that cases are not always processed in the order received. Cases are assigned different adjudicators and vary in complexity. There are two USCIS Service Centers with fluctuating levels of efficiency at any given moment.

Another factor to consider is the time of the year the case is processed. During the holiday seasons or summer months, there can be a backlog when there are traditionally more filings and service centers are understaffed due to vacations.

Once the case receives an approval, it will be transferred to the National Visa Center. On average, it takes a total of two weeks for the National Visa Center processing. This includes the time for the case to be mailed from USCIS to the National Visa Center and for the National Visa Center to issue its approval and notify the applicant by mail. Post approval of the application is then forwarded to the corresponding United States embassy.

The United States embassy stage of the process is the most intricate stage in terms of the K1 Visa timeline. Every United States embassy handles the K1 Visa process differently. United States embassies in some countries do not require specific wait times for the interviews, for example – Mexico, Ukraine, Philippines, Colombia and Russia. Whereas, the U.S. embassies in the majority of countries do have this requirement. For the embassies that do not require any waiting time for the interview, this type of handling provides flexibility for the interview date and allows the process to pass the embassy stage in an expeditious manner. Applicants from these countries are able to choose an interview date that is convenient for them.

For this category of the United States embassy processing, it is possible that the entire embassy stage may take as little as a few weeks. Upon receipt of the case some embassies will complete the initial processing and assign an interview date automatically.

For example, – Brazil, Turkey and the Dominican Republic. And then it will be necessary to bring all supporting evidence to the interview on a scheduled date. Many U.S. embassies require applicants’ compliance with the first set of the embassy instructions, indicating they are ready to proceed. Utilizing a professional service and prompt compliance with this step will definitely reduce the waiting time by at least a few weeks. The average waiting time varies from four to eight weeks. Once the interview takes place and the visa is approved, it is an average of 3-5 days for the embassy to issue a visa, prepare the documents for your fiancée to be presented at the United States port of entry and deliver them to your fiancée by a courier service. For most cases, the timeline averages up to 6 to 7 months. In rare cases, when dealing with difficult embassies such as Canada, Ghana, or with countries that do not have a U.S. embassy such as Cuba or Iran, the timelines may be significantly longer.