Processing Time for a K1 Visa
After the K-1 visa lawyer of your choice prepares your fiancé’s visa application, he or she will forward it to USCIS, where K-1 visa applications are processed in the order they are received. Your fiancée visa petition will be assigned a receipt number, which USCIS will use to keep track of all components of your application. You can check the status of your application with USCIS online, or by visiting your local Service Center, calling USCIS, or sending a letter requesting information. USCIS will use your receipt number to check the status of your K1 visa petition, and can inform you if it is still processing, or has already been forwarded.
USCIS will send your fiancé visa application to the National Visa Center, which will then forward it to the US Embassy or Consulate where your partner will conduct his or her interview.
On average, the processing time for a K1 visa takes six to eight months, from start to finish. However, the processing time for a K1 visa application is difficult to predict, as this can vary significantly from case to case. Complexities that can cause delays include inadmissibility of your fiancée, the process of obtaining a waiver, difficulty in obtaining essential evidence, or errors and missing data in your application.
If you file for a fiancé visa without professional assistance, you are likely to make errors and leave out information. This may happen if you fill out a fiancée visa petition using information gleaned primarily from the internet. Immigration law changes frequently. Working with an experienced fiancé visa lawyer or immigration attorney will ensure that you access only up-to-date data and avoid unnecessary errors and delays.
If errors do occur, you will receive a Request for Further Evidence, or an RFE. This is a request for additional information before USCIS, the NVC and the US Embassy or Consulate will approve the K1 visa. If you receive an RFE, it means USCIS has set your application aside and will not address it again until you have responded. Even after you submit the missing data, it may take USCIS some time to add the evidence to your file and resume examining your case.
You may receive multiple RFEs. Each one will further delay the process of obtaining a K-1 visa, and may even result in the denial of your fiancé visa petition if too much information is lacking.
Working with an experienced fiancé visa lawyer and immigration attorney can help you avoid RFEs and help you fix problems with your application before it gets bogged down in the system, where it is more difficult to amend.
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