Following the submission of Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), the petitioner undergoes a sequence of steps involving confirmation of receipt, approval processes, and potential administrative review. These procedural stages are pivotal in advancing towards visa issuance.
Notice of Action
Upon submitting Form I-129F, the petitioner receives a Notice of Action, Form I-797, from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This document serves as a receipt confirming that USCIS has received the petition. The Notice of Action provides a receipt number, which allows the petitioner to track the status of the application through the USCIS online case status tool.
Petition Approval Process
USCIS begins the review process for Form I-129F petitions after issuing the Notice of Action. The Petition Approval Process entails scrutiny of the provided documentation, background checks, and verification of eligibility criteria for the K-1 visa. If the USCIS approves the petition, it remains valid for four months from the approval date. However, it can be extended if the visa application is still in process and further validated with evidence of ongoing intent to marry.
Some K-1 visa applications may undergo Administrative Processing after the USCIS petition approval. This phase involves additional security checks and can vary in duration, often leading to a longer processing time before visa issuance. During this period, applicants may be required to provide further information or attend additional interviews. Applicants can monitor their case status, and the U.S. Embassy or Consulate will provide guidance on the next steps once the administrative processing is complete.