One 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.
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 RapidVisa.com
Simply answer the questions prompted at https://account.rapidvisa.com, 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.