USCIS Processing Times for Fiancee and Spousal Visas


As of August 31, 2012, current processing times at the California Service Center for the following family-based immigration benefits are as follows:

  • Fiancee visa petitions: 5 months
  • Immigrant visas for Spouse of a U.S. Citizen: 5 months
  • K-3 visa for spouse of a U.S. citizen: 5 months

Bear in mind that after approval at the USCIS, the immigration beneficiary must still wait for the paperwork to be transferred to the National Visa Center and then to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General where the interview will take place. The total processing time, including these additional agencies, can be approximately 7 – 11 months.

Unfortunately, sometimes the processing times listed on the USCIS website is not accurate. The USCIS has acknowledged this to the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Therefore, processing could be even longer.  Furthermore, if the USCIS officer has questions about your petition, a Request for Evidence will be issued. Depending on the information requested, this could delay the application even more.

In view of this, it’s important that the application for a fiancee, immigrant or K-3 visa be prepared properly,  the first time  to avoid further delays.

Our law office has substantial experience with each of these types of immigration benefits. If you have questions, please contact me for a free consultation. .

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