Before Filing The I-129F
You shouldn’t rush filing your fiance visa I-129F petition package. The package is more complex than simply filing out a couple of forms. You should first make sure that both you and your fiance meet all of the requirements for a fiance visa. In addition, you need to make sure that you take the time to collect the best evidence possible to support your petition. Your fiance visa lawyer will be able to assist you with confirming that you meet the requirements and have collected the best evidence to support your package.
Approval of the I-129F
After you submit your I-129F package, you will first receive a receipt notice. If you do not receive your receipt notice within a month of submitting your package and your check is not cashed by USCIS, you should follow up on your petition to confirm whether USCIS received your package or if it has been rejected by USCIS. Your fiance visa lawyer will be able to assist you with tracking down your package. Once you receive the receipt notice, you should keep it in a safe place. The receipt number on it can be used to track the status of your fiance visa petition online. The expected waiting time for approval of and I-129F petition is between four and six months. After your petition is approved, the package will be forwarded on to the embassy or consulate near your fiance.
Fiance Visa Consular Processing
It is not unusual for it to take about a month for the embassy to receive your fiance visa package. Once your fiance visa package is received by the embassy, you will be contacted with instructions and information on how to schedule your interview. Depending on the embassy and the availability of appointments, you may be able to get an appointment in as little as a couple of weeks or it could take up to a couple of months to schedule your interview. Assuming that all goes well at the interview, you will likely receive you visa a couple of days after your interview.
Overall, you should expect that it will take at least six to eight months before your fiance receives a fiance visa, and it would not be unusual for it to take close to one year. The wait could be considerably longer if you receive a request for evidence or you have difficulty in obtaining the required documents.