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I have a couple of questions about the procedure used to issue and print a K1 visa. Who actually issues the fiancé visa? Is it the respective embassy or the State Department? And where exactly is the visa printed? Is it at the Embassy or at the State Department? If it's printed at the State Department, is it then forwarded via DHL Express to the embassy?

I ask because I inquired about the status of the issuance of our K1 visa (approval came last Wednesday). We are caught up in the State Department debacle. The reply I received from the embassy stated that my visa has been approved but not issued yet and that they "hope" that it will be issued next week. I don't know but for me that was a pretty lousy answer. I mean, I know all of that. I would expect this answer if they had no control over the printing and the issuing of the visa, so is that the case? Does the embassy have no control over the issuing and the printing of a fiance visa? Their website states that they printed 1800 visas on Thursday. But what visas were these? I don't know I just know that I have more questions than answers right now.


9/8/14 - I129F petition sent to the USCIS lockbox via USPS
9/11/14 - Petition received @ USCIS lockbox
9/11/14 - NOA1 Email and text message received
9/15/14 - NOA1 Official notice date
9/18/14 - NOA1 hard copy received
12/9/14 - "Updated" likely because of website repairs, like many of us received
4/20/15 - NOA2 text and email (221 days)

4/29/15 - Sent to the NVC (9 days)

5/8/15 - Arrived at the NVC (9 days)

5/13/15 - Left the NVC (5 days)

5/15/15 - Electronic version arrived at the embassy (2 days)

5/20/15 - Paper copy arrived at the embassy (7 days)

6/4/15 - Status changed to AP (which meant that we could schedule the interview)

6/16/15 - Medical

6/17/15 - K1 APPROVED!!!!

6/30/15 - Passport and sealed envelope delivered via courier

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I don't understand this at all. Do EYE file this application for my Filipina's visa, or does she do it? I've seen directions here that I should mail it to someplace in TX, so why is this post here talking about her and the embassy?

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I don't understand this at all. Do EYE file this application for my Filipina's visa, or does she do it? I've seen directions here that I should mail it to someplace in TX, so why is this post here talking about her and the embassy?

You're confused. You, the US citizen, file I-129F for your foreign fiancée which is a petition when approved, allows the foreign fiancée to apply for a K1 visa. You send your I-129f to texas where it will be assigned a service center. Once it's approved, it goes to National Visa Center which assigns the case a case number, and sends it to the local embassy in your fiancées country. Once she has done her medical and interview and is approved, the embassy prints out the physical visa for her passport and sends it to her by post.


K-1 Journey: 309 days from received to POE (TSC)

 

 

[september 11, 2014] - I-129F received by USCIS

[september 15, 2014] - NOA1
[May 27, 2015] - NOA2
[July 9, 2015] - I N T E R V I E W! (APPROVED!)
[July 13, 2015] - Issued
[July 14, 2015] - Visa in hand
[July 16, 2015] - POE JFK

AOS Journey: 169 days from received to GC in hand (NSC)

Spoiler

 

[July 17, 2015] - Successfully applied for SSN

[July 18, 2015] - Sent out AOS package

[July 21, 2015] - Received

[July 24, 2015] - NOA1 (3x)

[August 18, 2015] - Biometrics

[september 19, 2015] - EAD/AP approval (63 days)

[september 24, 2015] - EAD/AP Received

[January 6, 2016] - Green Card approved without interview(166 days)

[January 12, 2016] - Received Green Card

ROC journey starts: October 2017

 

 

ROC Journey: VSC

[October 30, 2017] - Sent package

[November 3, 2017] - NOA1

[November 18, 2017] - Biometrics letter received

[December 5, 2017] - Biometrics

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