If you do everything correctly in your case and are not from a country which USCIS considers to be a high fraud area then the current wait time should be between 7 and 9 months. Currently, most of our fiance visa cases are finishing in about 8 months. This article will break down the fiance visa processing time.
The above timeline assumes that you are filing a quality petition. If you have mistakes, are missing evidence or have other problems in your case then the case will take longer.
Here is a rough timeline:
The case is filed with USCIS.
You should receive the first Notice of Action within 30 days. This lets you know that USCIS has received your packet and that they are working on the case.
You should receive your USCIS approval sometime in the next 5-7 months. The case will then be sent to the National Visa Center. The National Visa Center will assign your case a new Department of State case number and then forward your case to the American consulate which will be processing your case.
Your case will be at the consulate for the next 1-2 months until the interview. The consulate will contact your Fiance and let her know what will need to be done. This will include scheduling the interview, having her medical examination done, and obtaining other documents.
If the fiance visa is granted then approval will come within a week.
If you would like more information about the fiance visa process make sure to read our most popular blog post: Ten Things You Should Know About the Fiance Visa Process.
Lawrence Gruner is a Sacramento Immigration Lawyer with over 20 years of experience handling immigration cases. His office handles cases in California, the United States and the World. He would be happy to talk to you about your immigration case. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 916-760-7270 or 888-801-6558.