K-1 Visa Applications Now a Priority for Consulates Re-Opening After COVID-19 Closures

DOS announces that it is resuming or increasing consular operations at various U.S. posts, and authorizing the posts to give K fiance visa cases high priority.

** LEGAL UPDATE **

If you're in the process of applying for a K-1 fiance visa to the United States—and are perhaps watching the four-month expiration date on your approved I-129F petition draw near as you wait for travel to the U.S. to become possible again, given COVID-19 pandemic related travel restrictions—the Department of State (DOS) has some good news for you.

On August 31, the DOS announced that it is resuming or increasing consular operations at various U.S. posts, and authorizing these posts to give K visa cases high priority.

Check the website of your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate (or the one handling your case) for updates on what services it currently offers. You might want to contact the consulate to get your application moving again, as well.

If need be, U.S. consular officers may revalidate your I-129F petition, adding another four months to the date it will expire. Without this, you would have to start over by having your U.S. petitioner prepare and file a new I-129F along with a new fee and an up-to-date set of supporting documents.

Effective Date: August 28, 2020