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How long does an approved K1 VISA administrative processing last?

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The embassy will extend the I-129F validity while your K-1 application stays in AP. 


For my I-129F and K-1 detailed timelines, please refer to my timeline page :)

 

AOS + EAD + AP

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1 March 2018 (Thu): FedEx 2-Day 10.30 AM to Chicago, IL.
5 March 2017 (Fri): Delivered to Chicago, IL. <Signed for by: J. Chyba>
10 March 2018 (Sat): NOA1 hardcopy's date.
12 March 2018 (Mon): Check cashed.
13 March 2018 (Tue): Received text and e-mail notifications.
16 March 2018 (Fri): NOA1 hardcopy via normal mail.

16 March 2018 (Fri):: Biometrics appointment letter's date.

22 March 2018 (Thu): Biometrics appointment letter via normal mail.

5 April 2018 (Thu): Biometrics appointment at 9.00 am.

 

AOS Updates Post-Biometrics

19 July 2018 (Thu): Text and email notifications stating that as of 17 July 2018, case is ready to be scheduled for an interview and a notice will follow.

 

EAD + AP Updates Post-Biometrics

6 August 2018 (Mon): NOA2 hardcopy's date.

6 August 2018 (Mon): Text and e-mail notifications received. New card is ordered and being produced.

9 August 2018 (Thu): Text and e-mail notifications received. Card is picked up by USPS.

10 August 2018 (Fri): NOA2 hardcopy via normal mail.

11 August 2018 (Sat): Combo card sent from Lee's Summit, MO via Priority Mail and no signature was required at delivery. Mailman dropped it in the mailbox like regular mails.

** Approved in 158 days **

 

 

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If your application stays in your country while you are undergoing administrative processing it will still be valid. If they return it to the US, then yes it is expired and no longer valid. 

 

My recommendation is for the USC to contact their congressman if you are on AP over 30 days, esp if it's past your expiration date. Our congressman representative was able to get information about our status every 30 days. Our visa was returned to the US after 14 weeks and allowed to expire. USCIS never contacted us so without the congressman representative we would not hsve known. 

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44 minutes ago, EandH0904 said:

If your application stays in your country while you are undergoing administrative processing it will still be valid. If they return it to the US, then yes it is expired and no longer valid. 

 

My recommendation is for the USC to contact their congressman if you are on AP over 30 days, esp if it's past your expiration date. Our congressman representative was able to get information about our status every 30 days. Our visa was returned to the US after 14 weeks and allowed to expire. USCIS never contacted us so without the congressman representative we would not hsve known. 

After they approved you they sent it back ? That's just crazy. I wonder why approve people then return it. Did you get your passport back ?

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1 hour ago, PrincyE said:

After they approved you they sent it back ? That's just crazy. I wonder why approve people then return it. Did you get your passport back ?

My bad. I didn't see your Approved k1 AP. No he wasn't approved just put on AP. They did not take his passport. If you were approved at least you know sooner or later you will get here. 

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4 hours ago, PrincyE said:

Our K1 visa has been on administrative processing and we were approved 2 weeks ago at the interview. Ive heard it can stay like this for months. If our K1 expires by then do we have to reapply all over again ? 

No one can really tell you how long AP will take since every case is different. Some visas are ready in the two week projected time line. Other take a little longer to process. (Just remember not to book your fiance's airline ticket until his visa is in hand for this very reason.) 

 

Don't worry about the K1 expires. It often takes longer to go through this process then the K1 validity. The embassy will simply extended. They do it all the time. 

 

 

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