Unfortunately, K-1 processing times have slowed to a crawl. The past few months we’ve seen the processing times listed on the USCIS remain “stuck” without any movement.
As can be expected, this is causing a lot of stress on couples. “Is our petition OK? Was there something deficient? Did we forget to include anything?” “This is so hard on our relationship! We want to be together ASAP!” “Have they lost my case?” These are some of the questions I’ve been getting from frantic clients and even non-clients who are wondering what’s going on with the USCIS.
Trying to contact the USCIS has yielded mixed results. Calling the USCIS National Hotline requires one to endure hold times of up to 30 minutes listening to the same mind-numbing music. Hey, I enjoy classical music and have nothing against flutes. But having to listen to the same song over and over featuring an overzealous flutist for 30 minutes is certain to drive anyone insane. Unfortunately, even after enduring this, there is no guarantee we can get the answers we seek.
For one client, just when I was running out of avenues to inquire about the status of the case, I got notice that it was approved. What a relief to know that it wasn’t lost. Of course, the client now has to address the next step of the K-1 process, dealing with the National Visa Center and the Consulate General in Guangzhou… but at least we’ve cleared the first hurdle.
My work day is certainly never boring.
Bottom line: given that processing times have slowed, it’s essential that the petition be properly and completely prepared. Doing so will minimize the possibility of a RFE which will cause further delays. If you need my professional assistance, please contact me.
Theodore Huang, Esq. has been practicing business immigration, EB-5 investor, and family immigration law since 1997. Attorney Huang has 19 recommendations on LinkedIn and an “Excellent” Avvo rating. He personally handles his cases without outsourcing. He has written numerous articles on visa matters affecting foreign new hires, start-ups, and intracompany transfers. His articles have appeared on www.VisaSoup.com, www.MyVisa.com, and www.GoFianceeVisa.com