Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Fiance Visa Processing and Wait Time


One of things that I wish we’d known when Abby, my wife (fiancee at the time) and I decided to get our K1 Fiance Visa was roughly how long the entire K1 Fiance Visa processing time would take in total, as well as the fiance visa wait time for each individual stage.  Of course, one can never predict an exact timescale for any application as it varies according to how busy the authorities are at any one time.  Plus security concerns and events such as terrorism and organized crime may occur and may lead to a slowdown in the K1 Fiance Visa processing time in some or all areas.  Note therefore that all I can give is my own personal experience and timescale.  Having said that, however, I don’t believe that my own experience was untypical.

(NOTE: If you want to see a simple and straightforward breakdown, showing all the relevant dates, see my K1 Fiance Visa timeline)


Preliminaries

I am not going to go too much into the period before Abby and I sent in our first form, the I129 F, but obviously we spent time making sure that we met the requirements of the K1 visa (such as my wife being a US citizen and us both being in a bona fide relationship) and also collecting all the necessary evidence to send in with our I129 F and related forms.


Stage 1: The I129 F Petition

Abby sent in her I129 F Petition in March.  We weren’t prepared for the long wait time that occurs with K1 Fiance Visa processing at first and naively hoped that they would process the fiancé visa quickly.  We then got frustrated when nothing seemed to happen for a long time.  However, after just over a three month long wait, Abby received her I797, telling her that the petition had been accepted and our documents were being forwarded to the US National Visa Centre.


Stage 2: The National Visa Centre

The National Visa Centre did whatever they do with our documents then contacted the US Embassy in London, as I’m a British citizen and was living in England at the time.  About a month after Abby received her I797, the K1 Fiance Visa Application Forms were sent out to me, or rather I was told where to get them on the internet.  It took me over two weeks to gather my evidence and submit the forms.  I had already done some preparations, however, getting documents such as my Police Certificate together well in advance.


Stage 3: The K1 Fiance Visa Medical

When I received the letter about the K1 Fiance Visa, I was also informed that I needed to book my K1 medical exam and given instructions on how I should go about this.  It’s best to have it done at least 4 or 5 days before the K1 Fiance Visa, so that they have time to process the medical documents and send them on to the US Embassy in London.

Stage 4 The K1 Fiance Visa Interview

My K1 Fiance Visa interview took place towards the end of October.  I arrived at the US Embassy in London early and spent the entire morning there, not leaving until around .  Everything went well, although there was a lot of waiting around involved and you are not allowed to take any electronic devices such as mobile phones or ipods inside.  You can read a more detailed account of how my interview went here.


Stage 5: The K1 Fiance Visa was delivered by courier

My K1 Fiance Visa arrived in early November, five days after the visa interview at the US Embassy in London.  All in all, the entire K1 Fiance Visa processing time from start to finish for me had taken nearly 8 months.

I was in Florida for Christmas!

You can read a full overview of my K1 Fiance Visa experience here.

111 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this is very helpful for first timer.

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  2. Thank you very much for this insightful blog.
    Massively useful.

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  3. @Anon and anon - thanks for the positive feedback, I appreciate it!

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  4. Oh wow - you are the first blogger I have found who has been through what I am now going through. My fiance is also an AMerican citizen, who was living and working in the UK when we met and had been for 15yrs. Now wanting to go back home, he has taken a job in California, and me and my 2 boys are patiently waiting for our visa petition to be processed in the UK..every day is hell, my fiance and I were living together here in the UK, but he has been back in the US now since mid April, which was also when our I-129F was submitted. Rather than put eveything together ourselves, we have employed the services of Global Visa's, who have collected truck loads of info from us, including photo's of S and me, S and the kids. We have signed declarations from people we know stating that we live together and are a couple. We have submitted emails to and from each other, and flight confirmations etc etc....

    The waiting is killing me, we have a house in Cali and a house here in the UK, and I ahve jsut returned from a 2 week trip to Cali to sort out the new house and spend some much needed time with S....Somehow skype just doesn't cut it!

    Any advice you can give to us, would be gratefully received.. Reading your blog it would seem that we should be hearing something any day now really, and hopefully will get our wish and be together as a family again by Christmas.

    You can find me at http://waitingtoemigrate.blogspot.com

    Thank you for giving me a little hope
    Lou :-)

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  5. Heavens, I didn't know there were so many hoops to jump through. I thought a Fiancee visa took 6-8 weeks. Huge thanks on the heads up.. do you know if it would have been any different to marry in the UK per chance?

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  6. I am waiting for my fiance visa petition to go through so that my fiance from England can come over. Does anyone know the approximate waiting time for processing?

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  7. wow!!!!!!!!!! sounds great after so manys hoops to jump what matters is finally you both are together. A Big congratulations to you both and thanks for sharing your experience on the web which helps as a guidelines to people like me. I am also waiting for the call from the embassy hope I am sure your experience will be a great help. wish you both a happy and successful life ahead.

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  8. I submited the I-129 F petition October 2011 and now we are waiting for the interview....everything has taken the full wait time for us. How long did you wait for your interview date after you sent the medical in?

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    1. How long did your I 129F petition was approved for the time of your submission? Thanks

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  9. Not sure I understand the question. I attended a medical exam but I sent nothing 'medical' in. We sent in the I-129 petition, next came the K1 forms, then the medical exam, then the visa interview at the embassy.

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  10. The I-129 part took over 3 months for us. The entire process over 8 months.

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  11. I was wondering, is it possible to get a fianceé visa if you've never met? I met my beloved boyfriend over the Internet and we want to further our relationship. If someone could inform me on any way to get him into the U.S I would greatly appreciate it! Please email me at grr565@yahoo.com
    I am at a loss because I am unsure of how to go about this..

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  12. Hi Anon, when I applied for my K1 Fiance visa, it was a requirement that my fiancee and I had met within the last 2 years. (For more details, see: http://myk1fiancevisaexperience.blogspot.com/2011/08/meeting-k1-fiance-visa-requirements.html)

    Unless there are good reasons why you can't, I would have thought that your boyfriend visiting you for a couple of weeks might be a good first step in furthering your relationship? Many countries have arrangements with the US whereby their citizens can visit temporarily without a visa. Or you could go to visit his country maybe? Or you could meet in a third country?

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  13. Hi Paul
    I am awating the contact from the US consulate in London but travelling in Dec to spend xmas with fiance. Need to return to work and then leave end of Feb. Based on your timelines it seems that I may get the appointment in Nov this would mean that if all goes well the Dec trip would mean I cant return to UK (single entry). Do you know if there is a time limit for you to have medical and submit docs for app? I am hoping to delay until Jan if possible.

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  14. hi Paul,
    me and my fiancee we are planing to apply for K1-visa, and we ben in relationship almost 11 months now,we get engaged on last may 2011,what do you think Mr.Paul this period of our relationship it will give us chance to get approval for K1-visa.

    Thank u :)

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  15. Hi, My pettion has been accepted and now I'm putting my documents together. I was woundering, what kind of evidence did you show as proof of engagement?

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  16. I have written a post on the proof that we gave for the I-129, Claudia. URL below.

    http://myk1fiancevisaexperience.blogspot.com/2011/04/uscis-i-129-petition-relationship-proof.html

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  17. @Anon - I don't want to answer that one. If you meet the requirements, you'll be okay. Most people are accepted, as far as I'm aware. :-)

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  18. Dear Paul, Wouldn't it be easier for the fiancee to go to your country and marry you, return, and then go for the K3 Visa for a married couple?? and I thought I read somewhere that after 3 months they can come over and wait while things are being processed. Because I want to marry my fiancee, but we are not sure how to go about all of this K1 vs. K3 stuff!!!! thanks!

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  19. Yes, that was an alternative way that we could have done it.

    My understanding is that the K3 takes longer and is more expensive, although with the K3 the non-US citizen can start working sooner (it took me months to get a Green Card after marrying with a K1).

    You need to study it in detail to decide what is best for your particular situation.

    Sometimes they change their rules and procedures too, so my info might have changed.

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  20. Good evening,
    My name is Tina,and my Fiance`s name is Romalice We applied for the fiance`petition on Feb.25th,on March 1st.we got our receipt of that,on June 24th we got our approval notice that our fiance`petition was approved,on Aug.8th my fiance`received his checklist from the Embassy there in his home in Bangladesh,on Sept.11th he sent in all required documents needed at that time,since that time we have been waiting for him to receive his interview,as of yet no date has been set or given him,he has sent numerous emails to the Embassy asking them when he'll get his interview and at least tell him how long it may take for that!...
    Does anyone have any idea about that??or why its taking so long a time??...Is this the normal process??..

    Please give us some information on this/Enlighten us!!..??

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  21. Hi,its Romalice,Tina's fiancé. thanks for the post Tina my love,now i want to ask you another Question,i think Paul also got a checklist like mine.so after i get that i just submit the checklist without police certificate and proof.
    so is that anything wrong that its taking long time,cause i have submitted my application on 11th September and they are sending me email that if i don't get any correspondence like 5th October,6th November and also by 28th November i have to contact with them again,means still not sure when i will get start my interview or medical exam,

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  22. Does anybody now if I can have my K1 visa interview in the US. My fiancee filed the petition in Aug. Am currently in the US on a B1/B2 VISA on holidays and I don't want to go back to my home country.

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  23. Hi All,

    kindly tell me which address my fiancee have to mention in I-129F Petition!? the consulate address or embassy address, by the way the consulate is in the same place were im living now and the embassy is 150 km fare from me.

    can u guys tell light me which one!?

    Thanks :)

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  24. hi all,
    what's the approximate processing time from when
    you file in form I-485 to adjust your status, till you get an employment authorization (after filling form I-765?
    kind regards,
    Mike

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  25. How much does it cost for the fiance visa??
    and the medical exams?

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  26. Quick question. I've received my packet 3 forms. Did you sign your DS-156 when you sent it off? I know you don't sign the DS-156k. Also did you attach passport photos with the forms when posting or do they do this at the embassy with your 3 photographs?

    Regards,

    Paul

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  27. @anon - I am currently writing a timeline post for the green card processing, which will give the times for when events happened for me. The process takes months, though not as long as the fiance visa, at least for me.

    @anon - It's best to check fees on the USCIS website. They keep changing.

    @Paul - I don't know what nationality you are, but for Brits, there is a pretty good write up of the process in the wiki section of britishexpats.com

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  28. My fiance has filed I 129F petition for my fiance visa in Sep-2011. He recently got I 797 Notice of Action. It is attached with this email.
    Does he need to file I 824 now? There is no change in details originally provided in petition, we do not want a duplicate copy of I 797. Still does he need to file I 824 for USCSI to forward it to NVC.

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  29. Thanks everyone for sharing and I'm realy glad to have found this site. Unfortunately I am facing the same dilemma and wondering if the Fiance Visa is best and why not just visit my fiance in his country and marry there. I am female in USA and he is in Sri Lanka. My plan would be to stay a month there making sure we are compatible before marrying. My concern though is that applying for his Green Card afterwards would make it a longer wait for him to move here? If someone would please weigh in ..Thanks

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    1. Please note that I am looking for current info on the 'marrying in his country' option. Thanks

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    2. My fiancé and I debated over getting married in his home country of England and I'm a us citizen. Our lawyer told us that the problem with filing a k3 visa or also known as getting married and filing to get citizenship here Is that yes it states that your suppose to gain entry during the process. The only problem is that it takes longer to gain entry while waiting for the process than the process it's self. K3 takes longer and means more time apart. My fiancé after sky ping our lawyer while I was visiting England we decided to go K 1 route. Even though the process from start to citizenship is longer at least it ment shorter time apart! We love each other dearly and due to my work I could not move to England during the process. We are still going through the process but I feel like we made the right decision!

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  30. Hi thank for the information, but i have some question i got my fiancee to the US what should we do next?

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  31. dear paul,

    ive been reading your blogs again and again, im also waiting for my K1 visa to be approve..were already running on 4mos... hope il get a good news this march..

    Your blogs really helps a lot!!

    M.

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  32. Hi paul , just wondering I'm waiting for my k1 application hoping i will get a good news one of these days, just wondering I'm from Philippines and currently working and residing in Doha Qatar. How do I know where to process my k1, is it from the place where I reside or do I have to go back to my home country? We gave my address here in Qatar where I live in our application. Thanks ! Ur blog is very helpful !!! Keep posting!

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    1. I've been asked this before and the truth is that I don't know. I tend to just stick to talking about my own experience as I don't want to give out wrong info.

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    2. Hi Paul! Got the good news today and I need to file it here in Qatar! Hope everything went well! We are just a happy couple today! :D

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    3. Hi, we are on the same situation now Ms. May. I'm here in Qatar and I'm from Philippines. Me and my bf was planning to get a fiance visa from here. Can I have any insights or can I hear an experience from you? tnx!

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  33. Thank you VERY MUCH FOR your time and putting this together. it means alot

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    1. Me too. Sometimes it is hard to talk about all this visa with my fiancé and reading this blog gives me hope. Feeling not alone in this waiting.

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  34. what fees do you have to pay besides a K1 (K – Fiance(e) or Spouse of U.S. citizen category visa: $350.00) visa??
    Do you have to pay a Border Security Act fee – for visa applicant included in L blanket petition, where petition indicates subject to fee (principal applicant only): $2,250.00..... or am I miss reading the dept of state website??

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    1. I certainly don't remember paying a Border Security Act fee!

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  35. Hi, I am waiting on my fiance's I 129 F visa to be approved. I received receipt on January 6, 2012. This waiting time seems so long. The Vermont center is processing it, but I do not know how long I have to wait, I wish they would hurry.When I call the service center all i get is a recording.

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    1. Hey I applied last year in june 23 2011 and USCIS got back to me with a denied response in dec 23 2011 then I filed a motion to reopen my case it was approved 3 weeks later right now I am waiting for my fiance to get her package from the embassy to gather her documents she needs to get her interview. so to answer your question it takes 6 months to get back to you with an answer.

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    2. We haven't got any letter of receipt after about 2 months :-( My fiancé live in Miami. I am so worry.

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    3. Hi..do u still waiting for Approval from USCIS? because i i received my reciept FEB 6 and i havent heard from USCIS yet.please let me know.thank u everyone..

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  36. thank you. was yours filed at the vermont service center? why do they deny a petition?

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  37. Waiting is really making me crazy. My Fiance filed the I 129 F peition last Oct. 27, 2011 and till now we haven't received an approval. The customer service rep at USCIS told my fiance that he will received a reply on March 28, 2012. Is it really taking this long? I've read your blog and you are so lucky that it took only 3 months for you guys to approved yours.

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    1. The time it takes seems to vary a lot.

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    2. My fiancé filed the I129F petition beginning of March 2012 and haven't heard from them yet. I didn't this process could be so long. It is so hard to be apart.

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    3. Did you get a letter of receipt since Oct 27. 2011?

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  38. it is making me crazy too, this waiting game. the Vermont service center time line is 5 months. i received receipt January 6,now i am waiting on the approval. it is still in initial review. i wish they would hurry and pass it.

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    1. since march any news? please give us a hope,our papers are at the same center

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  39. i received my petition receipt on January 9.I thought the whole process from sending the petition till the visa handled is 5 months,now i have to wait 5 months till my petition is approved.stressed and pain.

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    1. hello,the same with me :( our petition is receipt on 25 jan. tomorrow will be 4 month since we dont know nothing.im from serbia,my fiance is from philladelphia.only hope and happiness is for me right now his visit next month...painfull,really the whole process is so long..thanks for sharing

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  40. This will be interesting for some of you. I live in NY (not the city) and I am going through the divorce process and believe it or not I expect the fiance visa to happen faster than my divorce papers! 7 months now and they said it would be another 6 to 8 weeks! This really sucks for my filipino fiance and myself!

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  41. Hi People we are analysing the options of getting togther.my spouse wants to file a fiancee visa for me. Whats the best option for us to be togther faster : apply for the fiancee visa or she comes to my country and marry and then we file for a K3 or a spouse visa

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  42. just if the documents is well fill that all i m from DRC central africa my visa process took 6 months in totall it was aprouved 14 february ! now i m to us and get married with my fiance !! soo cute

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  43. I am a british citizen from Scotland. My fiance is from California and we started off the K1 fiance visa on December 19th 2011. We received our receipt 2 weeks later but up until now we are STILL waiting on hearing back from them. We hit our 5 month mark yesterday and were under the impression that this is when we could call them up and get some information as we had became 'outwith the time frame' (as we were told to do after 4 months). Having found up though we have been told to wait another 4 weeks and if we reach 6 months we can then call them back again. The whole waiting process is so painful, i'm missing my girl like crazy! Am i right though in the understanding that this first part of the process is the longest part and once we hear from them and they send my papers onto the London Embassy, that the whole process is alot quicker?

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    1. The whole thing is pretty drawn out and waiting times can vary a lot, according to their workloads, number of people applying, threats etc. It may be shorter or it may take longer... It probably won't be quick.

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  44. hello everybody! we got notice about request for evidence..im so scared and worried..please,if anybody had the same problem,please,help,at least to hear the story..thanks

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    1. I discuss evidence in another post on here.

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    2. thanks God,he needs only passport pictures

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    3. Hi Mary, our papers are at the Vermont SC also. Good to hear you finally got your notice! Our petition receipt is dated February 28th and it still shows as "Initial Review"...It was hopeful to hear you finally got a notice from them. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  45. Jonathan M. Saah

    My Fiancee file for me on a K1 petition on June 7,2011 and by December 30th 2011 my visa was in my palm. Right now we are happily married. So my entire process took like a hundred and eighty days.

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  46. Hello All,

    I submitted the K1 petition in March of 2011, received approval in July, finally the document was sent to the embassy in Kenya. The interview was in January and they requested some documents. This process was called "Administrative process". We had to schedule a 2nd appt. to provide the requested doc. which was in March of 2012. We are now in the 2nd "Administrative process" step. The waiting is not only financially damaging but also mentally and emotionally. Any idea how long we need to wait. We would appreciate any helpful thoughts.

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  47. Hi Paul, my fiance lived in Indiana. He filed K1 129F for me last March 2012. Since I read your post, it gave me hope that things will be like this for us, but the problem is, we already have a child which is attached in the application. Will this thing delay the approval of USCIS? Hope to hear from you soon. We've been waiting this for 5 years just to be together as one happy family. Thank you so much.

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    1. Sorry, but I honestly don't know. I try to stick about talking about my own experience rather than projecting myself as an expert, which I'm not. I don't have any kids, though my American wife has a daughter, so I didn't have the same situation as yourself. If you are British, you could try britishexpats.com which I always find useful.

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  48. Hello. I just thought I would post about my current situation. Me and my fiance submitted our k1 on december 1st 2011. We then recieved reciept of action a couple of weeks later. Then on May 1st I got my letter from the embassy in London telling me to book my medical and send in the relevant forms, DS-156,DS-156K, DS-230 Part 1& 2 and then the proof of support and police certificate. I had my medical on June 1st whihc all went well. I am now waiting for a letter confirming when my interview date is. I have got back from Chicago today after going out for 12 days just to break up the time that we are spending apart. We also booked our wedding yesterday for September 15th. We figured that I should receive my letter any day now. I hope this just gives people a little insight into how things are going at the moment and if you have any questions regarding my petition then just ask. Good Luck to everyone! Karl

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    1. How long did it take for you to receive letter after medical?& when did you fly?plz let me know!thanks!!

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  49. Hello, thank you for sharing your experience. It is really useful information. Could you tell me, once you receive the letter from the uk embassy do you need to schedule a time for the embassy appointment or do they state a time in the letter

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    1. They gave me a time in the letter. I was told it couldn't be rescheduled without a very good reason.

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  50. Hi Paul, i just wanted to comment and say thank you for this blog. I have followed it from the very beginning if my k1 visa processing which began in January. I had my interview monday which was approved!! and plan to fly out next thursday. I am now reading to see what to do next but without all your information would be very lost! So many thanks!

    Danni

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    1. Thanks, Danni, it's always good to get positive feedback!

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  51. Thank you so much for this blog! My fiance and I feel lost in the process and coming across this blog right now has brightened my day.

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  52. hi thanks so much for this blog!! it is helpful. however my question is..how much did the entire process cost u? it would be awesome if u could do a time line of all the fees u had! i have finally just received my I-797, after a long 6 month wait. so i am very curious how much everything is gonna cost! thank u!!

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    1. I don't like putting up figures, as they can change at any time - check the official site. The main fees I paid were for the I-129 petition, the fee for the K1 visa, and the green card in the USA.

      Other major expenses were things like travelling to London for my medical and the embassy interview.

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  53. and also u stated somewhere on here that the K1 application was the only application without a fee. but i think there is, the embassy site states that it is $250. is this correct? thank again!!

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    1. Yes, you are correct, there is a fee. I will try to correct the mistake. I didn't pay when I applied, but I did later at the embassy.

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    2. oh ok thank u!! just had to make sure i wasnt messing up!!

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  54. Did you have to fill in the G-325A? We have just had out petition denied. We are heartbroken. We have planned out wedding, we should be getting married in 11 weeks. Can you give some more detail on what original forms/documents the petitioner send with the I-129F?

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    1. The G-325A sounds familiar, it is the biographical details one, yes? I filled that in. I wrote a post on the petition, there is an index on the front page of this blog. britishexpats.com is a good site for up-to-date info on forms and procedures.

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  55. Hello Paul. Thanks for the blog. I've filed my papers for my fiance since May 16th. It's now been a bit over 4 months but we haven't heard back yet. I am just wondering if you can tell me how we are supposed to hear back from them after the initial review? Will they be calling me or my fiance? Or is the best way to check is through the online status?

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    1. I didn't find the online status much use, to be honest. The waiting time seems to vary a lot. 4 months is long, but not that extreme to me - a forum like the one at britishexpats.com can often give you an idea of how long they are taking to process.

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  56. Hello all and thank you very much Paul for providing your experience. Just as another reference my fiancee and I submitted our petition in February 2012, we received the approval 6 months later, this from the California visa center. The approved visa petition reached the Guangzhou consulate in China two weeks later. We submitted the Ds-230 Part I and 169 this past Friday. They will not schedule the interview at the China consulate until they receive these forms. Then they notify you via the email address on the DS-230. Hope that helps.

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  62. this info has really helped me. my fiancee is an american citizen im from the Caribbean and trust me, ITS HARD!!!!!!!!!!! we young and need to get our lives started. we r now thinking of doing the K-1 Visa. hope this all goes well.wish me luck!

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  63. Hi paul!my fiance his from US and im in philippines right now we meet two times already he came here in philippines,,, my fiance he aplied a K1 visa last november 2012..just worried because untill now we ddnt get some good news,we use to check through internet and still we are in desicion and my fiance he call the USCIS and ask why it take so long and they are saying it will be in end of feb and nothing happend..it hurts not being together.thanks hope to get some tips from you...

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  64. Hi Paul, my fiance lives in New York and we are filing for the KI Visa. Just wanted to check are religious ceremonies allowed prior the approval of the K1 visa in the US? The religious ceremony will not be legally binding either, however not sure if this would be ok?

    Thanks

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  65. hi everyone . my fiance lives in USA me in a country in Europe. he filled me my papers ( I-29 petition) on november and they got approved 10 days latter . now its a about 4 months we didnt get any news from them. we still on the initial phase !!! :'((( please anyone tell me what is going to happen bcuz this is so sad sad situation . :(((

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    1. hi everyone , same here , my fiance is in the us , and we filled the k1 on november , but we are still waiting its been 4 months :( i'm sad i wanna be with my love :( how long does it take ? i'v get enough really

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    3. Yeees , it was aproved on may 16 . But no news untill now , we didnt get any letter ....How long does it takr to get thr letter of the datr of the interview ? :(

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    4. Most waits as far as the visa is concerned can be measured in months rather than days or weeks, as far as my experience went. I did post a timeline of my waits, although they can vary a lot, apparently.

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  66. Hello everybody!
    My fiancé filled on 24th December 2012, on 31st they sent the letter saying that was approved by USCIS, and now we`re still waiting. It`s interesting that around February we called and they said that they were reviewing the process filled in july 18th, this week again we called and they said the same thing, still reviewing 18th july 2012. How is that possible?
    Anyone else heard the same thing?
    I am Brazilian, with EU passport living in London for nearly 5 years. Do you think that it will be complicated?

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  67. Hi Paul, great post mate. I am a british Citizen (Northern Ireland) engaged to an american girl and we are in the K1 process, we submitted our first documents back in November and I'm pretty sure we had everything in by xmas (I will have to check with my better half) have submitted all our documents to the NVC in Californa and I am waiting to be contacted by the London Embassey but have heard nothing yet. Can I go ahead and request my police record now? Is there an expiry on it? Is there anything else I can get a head start on? Do they designate a medical centre or can I get it done somewhere local?

    I was also wondering how they could still be working on 18 July!! lol

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    1. I got my police record early as it took a month to process - there is an expiry but I forget what it is, it might be 6 months, but you'd have to check.

      They designated a specific doctor when I did it, I'd be surprised if that's changed.

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  68. Is anyone still waiting? We called again today and guess what?! They`re still working on 18th july 2012. It`s the third time that we call since February and they`re still working the cases till that date. Is it only me or anyone else heard the same thing? We applied on 24th of December 2012 and since then nothing happened. :(

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  69. Hi All,

    First of all thanks for this post. I have been using your info as a guide.

    I applied first week of November and we did not hear anything until the 16th of May. My Fiance in the US got a letter saying the information had gone to the US Embassy in London.

    I then got a letter on the 10th of June saying I can now apply for the K1 visa and to get the forms online and send them off ASAP.

    The police cert is valid for 12 months. and you can request duplicates up to 3 months after they issue it.

    Back to my permission to apply for K1, they have validated it for 4 months - and basically they say that is valid until completion. It may seem like a long time, but given my experience and that of those of you above, get those forms in ASAP. Also, some of the forms are now online submission only, and some of the PDF's you cannot save part completed. My advice, type your info in a word file for each form and copy and paste. that way if you have to change anything at all before you submit (or even after if you miss anything out or need to change) you dont have to re-do the forms from scratch.

    I am praying things get done for me within the next 3.5 months, i would love to get to the US before my fiance's birthday.

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  70. Thank you so much for this great blog post. It is a HUGE help for people like me who are currently doing research and considering embarking on this long journey with my partner. Can ask, how much (roughly) did the entire process cost you? $10k? $4k?

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    1. It's difficult to say, but it was closer to the $4k for me. I paid for no legal advice. That said, the process just goes on and on. The first green card you get only lasts 2 years and so I've recently had to pay out another $600+ to get a replacement!

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