How long does it take to get a K-1 visa?
The processing time for a K-1 fiancé visa is 19 months as of June 2022, based on feedback from more than 1,000 Boundless couples.
Here is a breakdown of the current timeline for each stage of the K-1 visa process, according to our data:
|Steps to Getting a K-1 Visa||Average Months|
|Form I-129F (“Petition for Alien Fiancé”) Approval||8|
|I-129F Approved to U.S. Embassy Packet of Instructions* Received||8.5|
|U.S. Embassy Packet of Instructions to Interview Date||2|
|Interview Date to Receive Approved K1 Visa||2 weeks|
|Average Number of Months to Obtain a K-1 Visa||19|
*The U.S. Embassy Packet of Instructions, which arrives via regular mail or email, instructs you on everything you need to do before the interview. This packet contains information about filing your DS-160 Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application. Applicants are required to file the DS-160 online before they can schedule their interview.
Keep reading to find out the individual processing that occurs in each stage of the K-1 visa application.
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Average timeline: 8 months
The first step for an eligible couple is for the U.S. citizen fiancé to file Form I-129F with USCIS. The primary purpose of this form is to prove the validity of the relationship. For more information about what to include in Form I-129F, see the Boundless K-1 overview guide.
After the form and supporting documents are filed, USCIS will typically send a receipt notice within 30 days. USCIS may also send a Request for Evidence (RFE) if they need more information. After Form I-129F is approved, USCIS will send an approval notice.
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Average timeline: 8.5 months
After Form I-129F is approved, USCIS notifies the NVC to take over processing the application. Around 8.5 months after the I-129F fiancé sponsorship form is approved, the sponsored fiancé receives a notice from the U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country, including the date and location of their visa interview and a list of required documents. Boundless refers to this as the U.S. Embassy Packet of Instructions.
The sponsored fiancé must also complete the State Department’s online DS-160 form (technically called the “Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application”). This is the actual K-1 visa application, and it’s very important to print the confirmation page once the form has been submitted online.
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Average timeline: 2 months
The fiancé attends the visa interview at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country.
The interviewing officer generally makes their decision at the interview or soon thereafter. Sometimes they require additional evidence, in which case they will ask that it be submitted directly to the U.S. embassy or consulate.
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