I speak to potential clients every day about the fiancé visa process. The one question I am always asked is how long does the fiancé visa process take to complete? The other question I am asked is if there is any way to make the fiancé visa process go any faster. Some clients also want to know if they may pay an extra fee to USCIS in order to make their fiancé visa case go faster.
Currently the fiancé visa process from the time of the first filing to the time your fiancé enters the United States is 6-9 months. This amount of time can change. It is based primarily on the number of visas your consulate or embassy is dealing with. If there are a lot of visas being processed by your consulate or embassy the wait will be longer. If there are not a lot of visas the wait will be shorter. It is even possible for the entire process to take less than 6 months. It is not likely but it does happen.
Once in a while a potential client will state that another law office has stated that they can get USCIS approval in a shorter time period than the 6-9 months I quote. I tell the potential client that this is true USCIS will approve the case faster than 6-9 months. However, just because a case is approved by USCIS does not mean that the fiancé will be able to enter the U.S. The case will still need to go to the National Visa Canter and then be processed by the embassy or consulate having jurisdiction over the case. The 6-9 month number is the time period from when the case is filed to when your fiancé will be with you in the United States. This, I am sure, is the more relevant time period to the potential client.
There is no way to expedite the process. Unlike some other visa categories you cannot pay extra in order to have your fiancé visa processed faster. So called “premium” processing does not exist in the fiancé visa arena. Be wary of anyone who says that this can be done as it cannot.
If you file a fiancé visa be prepared to wait 6-9 months for your fiancé to enter the United States. If you are considering filing a fiancé visa you should also consult with an Immigration Attorney about marrying your fiancé instead and doing the green card process. There are benefits and draw backs to both routes. You should compare both routes, in detail, to see which one makes more sense for you.
Lawrence Gruner is a Sacramento Immigration Attorney , a Fiance Visa Attorney, and a Green Card Attorney. He has over 20 years of experience as an Immigration Lawyer. He would be happy to talk to you, free of charge, about your case. He may be reached at 916-760-7270 or 888-801-6558.