Monday, October 17, 2011
My K1 Fiance Visa Timeline
As I have had quite a bit of interest shown in my post on the fiance visa processing and wait time, I thought that it might be useful to post a simple breakdown of my significant dates in the process and put together a K1 Fiance Visa timeline. It is not surprising that people get concerned about wait times and start wondering how long each stage of the process is supposed to take - applicants don’t get a great deal of information from the USCIS, in my experience, and it can sometimes feel like you have been forgotten, or your application has got lost in the system.
Once again, I think it wise to remind people that this is my own person experience of the K1 Fiance Visa process. As far as I am aware, my experience is fairly typical, but other people’s experience might be different. Processing times can vary according to factors such as how many other people happen to be applying at the same time as you, or if the USCIS are being more particular because they are responding to security concerns, or whatever.
The K1 Fiance Visa Timeline begins with the I-129 petition, which is submitted by the US citizen and ends with non-US citizen being issued with a K1 Fiance Visa. The bureaucracy doesn’t end there, however, as you still have to move to the USA, get married, then begin the I-485 Green Card application process in order to work and live in the USA indefinitely – this process is easier than the visa, but still a pain. (I will post a Green Card Timeline on here too, when I’ve got time).
Anyway, here is my K1 Fiance Visa Timeline:
March 2nd. I-129 Petition submitted by my fiancée (the US citizen) along with the I-129 Petition relationship proof.
March 13th. My fiancée receives a letter of receipt saying that the I-129 petition has been received.
July 2nd. My fiancée receives notification that I-129 petition has been approved and will be sent to the National Visa Center (NVC).
July 10th. My fiancée receives a letter stating that the NVC has received the approved I-129 petition and will be sending the information to the London Embassy within a week.
July 19th. I receive a letter from US embassy informing me to submit the K1 Fiance Visa forms.
August 11th. I sent off my K1 Fiance Visa application forms to the London Embassy along with my proof, including things like my UK Police Certificate, passport-style photos etc.
September 14th. I receive a letter sent to me inviting me to arrange a K1 fiance visa medical exam and giving me my K1Fiance Visa interview date.
September 30th. Attend K1 Fiance Visa medical exam in London
October 13th. Attend K1 Fiance Visa interview in London.
October 21st. K1 Fiance Visa delivered to my workplace, where I signed for it.