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2016 Fiance Visa processing timeline

Two departments of the US government will handle your case, first USCIS in the USA, then the US Department of State at NVC in Vermont, and the consulates and embassies overseas.

USCIS = United States Customs and Immigration Service
NVC = National Visa Center = Operated by US Department of State


Couple submit I129F Petition Package to USCIS

+1 - 2 weeks

USCIS confirms receipt of Fiance Visa Petition

+2 - 8 weeks

USCIS approves case and passes it on to NVC

+2 - 4 weeks

NVC confirms case has been forwarded to US consulate in her country

+1 - 2 weeks

US consulate receives case

+4 - 12 weeks

Fiance has medical + consulate interview (brings to consulate second package of documents and evidences)

+1 - 2 weeks

Passport is returned to Fiance with K1 Visa attached

AVERAGE TIME: 5-6 months, from submission to receipt of visa

There is no 'magic wand' to speed the process.

No matter who does the work, a properly prepared visa application takes about the same time to be processed.

There are however many ways to slow the process. A badly prepared petition, will take longer.

Submitting a well prepared, well documented petition, "front ended" petition won't make the process faster, BUT will make the interview processs for your fiancee more easy, and positive results, more certain.

By Fred Wahl

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