Understanding I-129F Petition (Fiance Visa) Movements Around the Nation

A map helps understand how a K1 Fiance Visa Process moves around the United States. However, this blog post will ONLY cover Step 1 of the Fiance Visa Process.

Before jumping into the map and movements, a brief summary is needed. The Fiance Visa Process is broken into 3 Steps:

Step 1: I-129F Petition

Step 2: DS-160 K1 Fiance Visa and I-134 Affidavit of Support

Step 3: Adjustment of Status

Here is a Map Visual of Step 1 (I-129F):

Movement Breakdown:

  • First, the filing is mailed to TX. This is the “mailbox” for the nation filing.
  • After Receipt, the filing is scanned and transferred to the California Service Center for processing.
  • At the California Service Center, the filing sits in a long backlog, until it is finally reviewed and either:
    • Approved and transferred to the NVC in NH
    • RFE-ed and more documentation or clarification is needed
    • NOID-ed and the filer is given a short period to give a rebuttal
    • Denied as eligibility was not met to begin with
  • If approved, the I-129F is transferred to the NVC in NH and there at the NVC, the filing is given:
    • (1) An NVC Case Number or a Consulate Number; and
    • (2) Transfer Notice emailed to Applicant, Petitioner, and Attorney (if one is present on the filing).

Common Questions:

Where can I see the USCIS Processing Times?

How do I check USCIS processing times?

I saw faster processing times in Nebraska Service Center, Potomac Service Center, Texas Service Center, and Vermont Service Center, why can’t my filing go there? 

The Other Service Centers usually process the K3 and K4 visa options. For the K1 and K1/K2 Visas, they currently mainly just process in California. For a bit of history, the K1 I-129F filing used to process previously in Texas, but that was many years ago. So, processing locations can change over time.

Where can I see which Service Center my filing is being processed at?

The Receipt Notice will have the Service Center’s address on the bottom left side of the notice.

What about the K3 Option?

The K3 is a nearly “extinct” visa option. Statistical Data can be seen here:

K-3 Visa (2019 Fiscal Year): The Ever Diminishing Visa Option


Related Blog Posts:

I-129F Fiance Visa: How to prove your relationship to USCIS

Can you send Unsolicited Evidence to a USCIS Immigration Filing, like the I-130, I-129F, I-485, and I-751?

Can I start an I-129F Fiancee Petition while waiting for my Divorce to Finalize?

What qualifies for the K-1 I-129F hardship waiver?

US Citizen’s Guide to US Immigration of a Canadian Spouse or Fiance

Understanding Adjustment of Status Movements Around the Nation: Raleigh-Durham Processing





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