How long does it take to process the K-1 Visa?

On Behalf of | Nov 21, 2019 | Family Immigration

It will take some time before your visa application to get into the United States is approved. The process is not easy and can be tiring. It is even a lengthier process when trying to get a K-1 Visa to join your loved one in Georgia or anywhere in the United States.

You can get a K-1 visa if you are a fiancé to a U.S. citizen to allow you to get into the United States and marry your partner. The U.S. citizen has to first download the Petition for Alien Fiancé Form I-129F that you can find for free at the USCIS website. You need to fill in the document and provide proof of meeting and courtship within the last two years. You will also provide proof of U.S. citizenship as well as pay the petition fee.

If you do everything right, it will take a few weeks before you receive an acknowledgment receipt of the petition. Once USCIS approves the request, they will forward you an approval notice and send the petition to the National Visa Center. The fiancé will then receive visa application forms to fill and return to the appropriate destination. The U.S. Embassy may require the fiancé to provide more documents and also get a medical exam.

It is then after all these processes that the fiancé attends an interview upon invitation at the U.S. Consulate. The K-1 fiancé visa will get approved after the meeting, and the issuance will happen a few days later. The whole process takes between 5 to 13 months to approve. The time varies in different locations, depending on the time to make decisions.

This information is provided to give you a general view of the timing and process involved. You should not take it as legal advice.



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