Washington, Seattle K-1 Visa Guide
This is a step by step Washington and Seattle fiance visa Guide:
The USCIS Petition
Fiance visas: Seattle and the rest of Washington are under the jurisdiction of the USCIS California Service Center (CSC). The first step in the Fiance visa process is submitting the petition to the Dallas Lockbox. The lockbox accepts the petition and forwards it to the California Service Center for processing. Presently the CSC is approving our clients’ petitions in approximately 3-4 months. Once the petition is approved the file will be sent to the National visa Center which is part of the US Department of State. Processing at the NVC takes one to two weeks.
Washington and Seattle Consular Processing
Once the petition is approved by the NVC the approval is forwarded to the American embassy with jurisdiction over your fiancee’s country of residence. This is usually the American embassy in your fiance’s home country, but there are some exceptions. For example, processing for Ugandans is done in Nairobi, Kenya.
Seattle-ites and their fiancee’s from Western Canada are very lucky because the United States has two consulates in Canada which process fiance visas. The US Consulate in Vancouver is particularly accommodating and easy to work with.
The embassy will send your fiancee a package with consular forms which need to be completed and instructions regarding assembling necessary supporting documentation. Your fiance will need to obtain her birth certificate, passport, police certificate, divorce decree(s) and your Affidavit of Support (form I-134) before sending the appointment package back to the embassy.
The Consular Interview
Once your fiancee sends the initial package back to the embassy, the embassy will send her an interview date and instructions on completing the medical exam. This is almost the end of the process, however, it is also the most nerve wracking time because most fiances are very anxious about the Consular interview. We have learned that nervousness about the interview largely stems from fear of the unknown. We counter this fear by extensively preparing all of our clients for the interview. Once our clients know what to expect at the interview they are able to answer all questions in a relaxed and confident manner. Our clients are never denied the Fiance visa at the interview.
Washington and Seattle Marriage and Adjustment of Status
After your fiancee enters the United States on her Fiance visa she has 90 days in which to marry you. After your marriage your fiancee must adjust her status to conditional permanent residency. Your new wife must file her Adjustment of Status petition at the USCIS Chicago Lockbox. The case will be processed at the USCIS National Benefits Center in Lee’s Summit, MO and at the Seattle Field Office. Your fiance will attend a biometrics appointment at the Application Support Center in Seattle soon after submitting her adjustment application.
We will advise you on the procedure for adjustment or for an additional fee handle your adjustment case for you. While the adjustment is pending your wife is eligible for work authorization and advance parole (permission to leave and re-enter the United States while the adjustment is pending).
If you have any further questions about the Washington and Seattle Fiance visa process or specific immigration information please feel free to contact us.
For a free evaluation of your case please call us at: (952) 544-6804