The USCIS released processing times for the K-1 fiancee visa as of September 30, 2012. Movement for processing I-129f is at 5 months. Processing for K-3 visas are also at 5 months. Processing for I-130 applications for spouses of U.S. citizens also is at 5 months.
Given that this first stage of processing is taking almost half a year, it is important that all petitions be submitted accurately and thoroughly to avoid being issued a Request for Evidence. The USCIS will issue a Request for Evidence if the reviewing officer has additional questions about the petition.
Although it is not as bad as an outright denial of immigration benefits, it can be stressful as the petitioner will have only one opportunity to show that the beneficiary qualifies for the benefit. Professional legal counsel is strongly recommended when responding to a request for evidence.
Furthermore, bear in mind that getting an approval from the USCIS for a fiancé or spouse is only the first stage, the next stages involves the National Visa Center and the US Embassy or Consulate General overseas. The NVC stage involves providing supporting documentation to the NVC. Thereafter, the applicant is scheduled for an interview overseas. Missteps during these steps can also result in a denial of issuance of the visa.
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Theodore Huang, Esq. has been practicing business immigration, EB-5 investor, and family immigration law since 1997. Highly recommended on LinkedIn, Attorney Huang has written numerous articles on visa matters affecting foreign new hires, start-ups, and intracompany transfers. His articles have appeared on www.EB5Planet.com, www.VisaSoup.com, www.MyVisa.com, and www.GoFianceeVisa.com For more information and a free consultation, please contact him immediately.