My fiancé and I are getting ready to submit our application for the K1 visa. She is nearing the end of medical school in Brazil, and will be graduating in August 2015. Because of this, she can’t leave Brazil until at least when she has her degree. We would also like for her to be able to work for at least a few months after graduating, to gain experience, build her resume, and gather some money. Our plan is to file now, and let the processing time for the visa play out as she finishes school.
We are also concerned about Obama’s executive actions and what those may do to upcoming USCIS processing times, which is why we would like to file immediately. Furthermore, I live in Maryland, so I can expect our case to be processed by Texas Service Center instead of California.
If it takes us about 6 months to get an NOA2, then everything will be nicely on schedule. However, if everything goes extremely fast, and I get an NOA2 in a few months, what can we do to slow down the process later once our case has been transferred to the Rio embassy?
My understanding is that the Rio embassy schedules the interviews for you. How long do they give you to compile documents (such as a police certificate from a third country) before they schedule that interview? If we need the interview to be delayed for her to finish school, will the embassy be cooperative with that?
If anyone could explain a full timeline of what happens once a case is transferred to the embassy in Rio, with how long each step is able to take, I would very much appreciate it. It’s hard to find that sort of information, because virtually everyone is trying to get their visas as quickly as possible.