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New Boundless Report: Fiancé Visa Approvals Decrease By 66% Under Trump

Feb 12, 2021

A new report released today from Boundless Immigration found a backlog in K-1 fiancé visa applications and a 66% decline in approvals at the end of the Trump presidency. The Flow of Immigrant Fiancés to the United States analyzed data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to identify trends in application backlogs, denials, and demographic data.

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Key findings of the report include:

  • The number of pending K-1 visa applications under Trump more than doubled the amount during Obama’s final days in office, surging to more than 30,000 in 2018 and finishing at 21,000 at the end of Trump’s presidency.
  • Under Obama, the number of K-1 visa approvals reached 17,600 in a single quarter, while only 4,470 were approved during Trump’s final quarter as president.
  • The top U.S. destinations for fiancé visa recipients were California, Florida, Texas, New York, Illinois, and or Washington.
  • California topped the list, welcoming 6,156 fiancé visa recipients in 2019.

For the full report, head over here.

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