Or maybe you are searching for most common reasons fiance petitions get delayed or denied. Well, read on!
On top of that I am also going to show you our k1 visa timeline or how long the k1 visa process took us.
I remember exactly how stressful the times of not-knowing were. "Will I be able to join my fiance soon?" or "Are there going to be any problems getting my visa approved?". I asked these and many more questions over and over.
Let me just say this:
In most cases, there is nothing to worry about. As long as both of meet their requirements, your relationship is sincere, and your petition is filed correctly, there should not be any delays.
Even though it's been four years since we filed our petition, I recently checked the USCIS website and it seems that not much have changed.
The processing times are more or less the same. I am sure the folks there have their routines down and they have to follow the same procedures as they did back in 2012.
How long did the whole fiance visa process take?
Fiance visa petition processing timesIf you would like to check current processing times, click here to USCIS website. At the bottom of the page choose which Service Center is reviewing your application (you should find this information on the letter you received from USCIS). Press "Service Center Processing Dates" and you'll get a whole table of applications and dates. Look for I-129f and the length in months. That should give you an idea.
The most current processing times for I-129f petitions are 5 months at California Service Center, and 6 months at Texas and Nebraska Service Center. Vermont one was the longest, 8 months to be precise. Our petition was processed from California center, and it really did take 5 months only. So their prediction is quite accurate.
After my petition was approved
I didn't have all the vaccinations and background checks ready at that time, I picked the last possible date before the embassy's summer break. This kind of slowed down the whole process! So for your own advantage, make sure you start working on your medical exam and background checks early enough.
Our k1 visa timeline
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Please don't get confused about two Green Card interviews. We had to re-schedule the first one, that's why there are two dates.
And on another note. You can download all of the k1 visa forms on USCIS website, and more importantly they are all FREE. So don't get fooled if someone is asking money from you to send you the forms. Plus, only on USCIS website you can find the most up-to-date forms they require!
Please, keep in mind that every case is slightly different. It might take you longer or maybe even shorter to get your k1 fiance visa approved.
What did the timeline look like for others
I would like to add some links to other people' timelines. This might help you compare and possibly determine your wait time.
Visa Journey community - not sure how updated their timeline is. But they have forums as well as other helpful resources.
AverageAsianMom.com - Donna uploaded her visa journey from 2015 here. It is a very recent one worth looking at!
Similarly to previous one. Wannie's timeline is from 2015.
Nicole and Roberto posted their timeline on their website. It is very detailed and they mention k1 visa interview questions as well.
Fiance petition delay and denial: most common reasons
I cannot stress this enough:
Make sure your petition is filled out correctly.
Delays may be caused by the following:
- Forms are filled inaccurately e.g. misspelled names, dates, missing items, missing signatures, blue ink (if hand -filled), etc.
- Not enough evidence provided or missing evidence that is required e.g. proof of meeting face-to-face
- Documents missing official English translation
- Missing items like photos, birth certificates, etc.
- Incorrect fee paid
In most of these cases, you will be sent Request for Evidence letter. It will instruct you on how to provide more documentation or how to correct your application. This will cause a delay however, because it is not clear how high the priority of such cases is afterwards.
Denials may be caused by these reasons:
- Your #1 intention to come to the USA is not to marry your fiance, but e.g. work, economic reasons, immigration benefits, etc. Suspicion may be raised at your embassy interview or even from your file.
- History of serious violent crimes, substance abuse, crimes against minors
- Multiple petitions filed within 2 years period
- Hiding information from USCIS e.g. criminal history, visa overstay, etc.
- Failure to convince the interviewing officer at the embassy interview about sincerity of your relationship
- Suspected fraud
I really hope that there is no such thing as petition denial in your future! Be aware though, that some countries have extremely high number of fiance petitions AND fraudulent petitions, so embassy officers are super strict.
Next I will talk about how to apply for a fiance visa. You can find all the i-129f application form checklist in my next post. I hope it will help you to get organized and moving forward with your petition.