FAQs: K Fiancé(e) Visa Processing

Q: Why haven’t I had my visa interview yet?
A: Our number one priority is the safety of our applicants and our staff.  To allow for adequate social distancing, we have limited the number of visa applicants we can schedule for interview.  We are finally in a position to interview a very limited number of K visas.  The backlog is large, so it will be a slow process, but we are eager to begin.

Q. What can I do to prepare for my interview now?
A. Since it is likely that your interview will not be scheduled soon, you should wait until it is scheduled to prepare.  Do not get a medical exam, buy plane tickets, quit your job, or do anything to prepare to move to the United States.  There will be plenty of time to get everything done that you need to, from the time that you get your appointment notification.

Q: When can I schedule my K fiancé(e) visa interview appointment?
A: Please do not contact us to schedule your visa interview.  We will contact you to set up your interview when it is your turn.  We will begin with applicants who had appointments that were canceled in March 2020.  After we finish those cases, we will begin to interview cases in the order that we received them from the National Visa Center (NVC).

Q. How will I find out when my appointment is approved?
A. You will receive notification of your appointment via email with detailed instructions of your next steps.

Q: Is there any way to speed things up?
A: We ask that everyone be patient in waiting for their visa interview to be scheduled.  There are very limited circumstances in which we can expedite your case.  We consider expedites in the following cases:

  • If your child, who is applying for a K-2 visa, will turn 21 years old before December 31, 2021.
  • If your K-2 follow-to-join applicants will lose follow-to-join eligibility from the time thethe principal applicant was issued a K-1 visa.
  • If you have a U.S. citizen child who will travel with you.
  • The petitioner is an active-duty U.S. military member with pending deployment orders, pending Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, or other logistical considerations.
  • The petitioner has documented medical issues and is currently in the Philippines and unable to travel to the United States without assistance from the K-1 applicant.

For the time being, we cannot expedite any other types of cases.

Q: I do not meet any of the criteria for K fiancé(e) expedited processing, what should I do?
A: Please be patient and wait for your case to be scheduled.

Q: Can I request the Embassy to expedite the processing of my K fiancé(e) visa case that is still with the National Visa Center (NVC)?
A: The same criteria for expedited processing outlined above will be applied to have a case expedited from the NVC. If your case is still with the NVC, you may contact them to request the case be expedited. You may contact the NVC through https://nvc.state.gov/inquiry. Additional contact information for the NVC is available online at: http://nvc.state.gov/ask.

Q: I am a plaintiff in Milligan v. Pompeo – can I schedule my K visa interview?
A: The court order does not require that plaintiffs be given special priority ahead of other K1 applicants.  K1 applicants who are named plaintiffs in Milligan v. Pompeo should contact the Embassy at https://ph.usembassy.gov/visas/contactus/ for guidance on scheduling a visa interview.