Excitement begins to run through your veins as you just received the 'final' approval notice for your K-1 fiance visa...or so you thought.The K-1 fiance visa is actually a 3 step process before a final fiance visa is issued for an intended spouse to travel to the United States to marry.
First, an I-129F is filed. Once approved, the approval is routed to the Department of State ("DOS") National Visa Center("NVC"). Finally, the selected Consulate abroad conducts an in person interview in order for the K-1 fiance visa to be issued. It's important not to set a concrete wedding date and venue. Send out invitations only after the issuance of Visa at the U.S. Consulate.
The NVC process may take weeks, and possibly months to complete. Our lawyers recommend the following steps to guard against failed wedding plans and/or unnecessary delays.
5 Tips for Efficient K-1 Fiance Visa Processing:
1. File the I-129F with legal counsel who should enter a G-28 Entry of Appearance form with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services("USC"). Also, a separate entry appearance with the NVC is required.
2. Ensure a well defined 'tentative' wedding plan and itinerary is included.
3. Speak with immigration legal counsel about steps you may take and/or complete in advance of NVC notification which speeds up the process with the department.
4. Learn about the new electronic filing system with NVC, and ensure both you and your attorney correctly set up your e-account.
5. Once an e-account is set up with NVC, we recommend that you only work with the most sophisticated scanning and uploading computer tools to submit documents, as the Adjudicating Officers reject low quality scans.
The above tips are based on the fairly new updated processing system used by the NVC Department of State. Our lawyers keep abreast daily of changes with Consular processing abroad, and we are members of the American Immigration Lawyers' Association ("AILA"). For an initial free video or in office consult, you may visit www.vasselllaw.com and contact us to schedule an appointment.