When you are anxiously waiting for your fiance visa I-129F petition to be approved, every day seems like forever.
The first step in getting a fiance visa so that you can bring your fiance to the United States is to file an I-129F petition with USCIS. You’ll likely file this petition shortly after you get engaged. You’ll be starting the process of planning your wedding and your future life in America with your fiance. But when will the I-129F be approved so that you can move forward with the fiance visa process?
The average waiting time for approval of the I-129F is five months. In some cases, the approval could arrive in as little as 3 months. In others, it could take longer. You can check the current I-129F petition processing times to see if there are any backlogs at the USCIS service center processing your petition.
What should you do if you don’t receive your I-129F approval notice in five months?
The first thing that you should do is confirm that USCIS received and accepted the I-129F petition you submitted. If your petition was received and accepted, USCIS would have sent you a receipt notice and cashed your filing fee check. If you did not receive a receipt notice and your check wasn’t cashed, then your petition either wasn’t received or was rejected. If it was rejected, USCIS would have returned your package to you.
If you received a receipt notice, you can use the receipt number to check the status of your petition online. The online status check may answer any questions you have about the status of your petition.
You can also call the USCIS national customer service center at 1-800-375-5283. The customer service number genearally asks that you wait until your case is one month past the posted processing time before you contact them. When you think about it, this makes sense because it helps to make sure that your case really is delayed.
If the online status check and the national customer service number aren’t able to assist you, you should discuss your case with your immigration lawyer. Your immigration lawyer will be able to help identify whether something has gone wrong with your petition and will be able to develop a strategy to help get your case back on track if necessary. If you’d like to discuss your fiance visa case with an immigration lawyer in Virginia, you can request a consultation appointment with me here.