The real advantage of the K1 Fiance Visa is the relatively quick processing time for acquiring the visa. From start to finish, it takes about 6-7 months. By contrast the CR1 Marriage Visa takes 12- 13 months to obtain. The process of acquiring a K1 Fiance Visa begins with the filing of the I-129f Petition for an Alien Fiance with USCIS. If all goes well, you should have your initial approval in about 4 months. Then the application is sent directly to the US Embassy closest to where your fiancé is living. In about 30 days, the US Embassy will contact your fiancé and provide him or her with their instructions for continued processing. Once all US Embassy forms have been submitted, the Embassy will schedule the Fiance Visa interview. Most interviews are schedule within 30 days of completing the Embassy requirements. The process of working with the US Embassy takes about 2-3 months in total. Once approved, the Visa will be delivered to your fiancé in about 10 working days.
If you have questions about the K1 Fiance Visa or would like to discuss the benefits of a CR1 Marriage visa, please feel free to call me toll free at 1-888-515-3529.
Attorney Jeffrey C Pettys