How Long Does the K-1 Fiancé Visa Process Take?

K-1 Fiance Visa Wait TimeOne of the most common questions we get for the k1 visa is: “How long will the process take?” Unfortunately, there’s no cut and dry definite answer. We’re talking about the government here. However, after helping thousands of customers through the process, we have a pretty good idea of what you can generally expect. See: K1 Visa Timeline

Disclaimer: The times mentioned in this resource are not meant as legal advice and are only informational, based on our experience with thousands of customers.

Many lawyers quote one year for a K-1 fiancé visa timeline. They must not be very good at this.

While it’s possible in some cases, cases lasting this long are rare, and almost unheard of. If you do everything right, have no criminal record, and the alien fiance isn’t from a high fraud area, it shouldn’t take a year. In reality, lawyers probably quote a year to cover themselves. We do want you to know it is possible, but very rare – at least in our experience.

Start to Finish: Usually between 6 & 9 months

Step 1: Checkout on

Simply answer the questions prompted at, then checkout after completion.

Step 2: Petition Ready

Within 4 business hours, your petition, letters and checklist will be provided to you to sign.

Step 3: Receipt Notice

You will be notified that your petition has been received by the USCIS after about 1 to 2 weeks.

Step 4: Approval Notice

Over 99% of all visa petitions manually reviewed by our experts get approval (Generally after 3 to 5 months).

Step 5: NVC Letter

After 2 to 3 weeks, you should receive a letter from the National Visa Center, which assigns your petition a case number.

Step 6: Interview

After another 1 to 2 months, the alien fiancee will be given an appointment for a face-to-face interview at the US embassy in the country of emigration.

Step 7: Visa Granted

Usually this is available between 2 and 5 days after the interview, but in some cases could take up to a month.


K-1 Fiance Visa Timeline Infographic

K-1 Fiance Visa Timeline Video:

For tips on expediting your fiance visa, go here.

Disclaimer: The information herein is not intended as legal advice and is provided for general information only.Questions involving interpretation of specific U.S. laws should be addressed to an attorney and/or government officials.

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