How to Expedite a K-1 Visa Application


A K-1 visa offers a fiancé or fiancée permanent residence into the United States as a legal U.S. citizen. The couple must also fill out a I-129F petition and appear for an interview before a U.S. Consulate official before the visa can be granted. Although no expedite options are available for the visa application process, you can speed along the process by making sure the entire application is filled out honestly and correctly and the requested documents are included.

Things You'll Need

  • K-1 application form and instruction manual
  • I-129F petition form and instruction manual
  • Download all instructional documents that will aid in the completion of the K-1 visa application. Obtaining the I-129F "Petition for Alien Fiance and the instruction manuals will help you check exactly what guidelines and materials need to be submitted. Failure to provide necessary documentation and information can slow down the K-1 application process.

  • Pay the application fees. Failure to pay the entire amount will put a temporary hold on your visa application. Check with the instruction manual for exact processing fees for your case. For USCIS forms, mail a check or money order to the Department of Homeland Security. For USDS forms, make the check or money order to the Department of State. If you make the payment out to the wrong department, this could halt your application.

  • Create a document checklist from the information provided by the instruction manual of the K-1 visa application and the SDS and USCIS websites. This will ensure you include all necessary documents in your envelop before you mail it in.

  • Prepare evidence of a legitimate relationship between you and your United States fiance. Once your I-129F petition has been approved, you will need to attend an interview at your local United States Consulate General Office. Evidence could be in the form of letters, phone records, birthday cards, photographs and a diagram outlining the progression of the relationship in a timeline. Providing information during your first interview will eliminate the need for a second or third interview.

  • Be honest on your application or interview. If the consulate officer suspects you are not telling the truth, additional investigations and interviews may follow. This will potentially stall your application from being finalized.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instruction manuals can be viewed and downloaded from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website.


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