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K-1 Petition is valid for 4 months and K-1 Visa is valid for 6 months

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I just learned this minutes ago and want to share with everyone: From the Foreign Affairs Manual of the US Department of State (http://www.state.gov/m/a/dir/regs/fam/index.htm)

9 FAM 41.81 N6.2 Validity of a K-1 Petition

(TL:VISA-581; 09-03-2003)

An approved K-1 visa petition is valid for a period of four months from the date of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) action and may be revalidated by the consular officer any number of times for additional periods of four months from the date of revalidation, provided the officer concludes that the petitioner and the beneficiary remain legally free to marry and continue to intend to marry each other within 90 days after the beneficiary's admission into the United States. However, the longer the period of time since the filing of the petition, the more the consular officer must be concerned about the intentions of the couple, particularly the intentions of the petitioner in the United States. If the officer is not convinced that the U.S. citizen petitioner continues to intend to marry the beneficiary, the petition should be returned to the approving office of DHS with an explanatory memorandum. (See 9 FAM 41.81 PN7 for revalidation procedure.)

9 FAM 41.81 PN3.6 Visa Fees and Validity

(CT:VISA-1097; 10-31-2008)

a. There is no additional processing fee for K visas. Applicants will pay only the standard Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee. There are no separate reciprocity fees.

b. The K-1 and K-2 visas shall be valid for six months for one entry. The K-3 and K-4 visas shall be valid for multiple entries for 24 months, unless constrained by security clearance requirement or waivers, which are valid for a year or less. Unmarried aliens entering the United States as a K-4 shall be admitted for a period of 24 months or until that aliens 21st birthday, whichever is shorter (see 8 CFR 214.2(k)(8) and 214.2(k)(11)(v)).

Edited by L&V

23Jan2010 "V" mailed I-129F (USPO return recp't & certified mail)

25Jan2010 NOA1 (website), 01Feb2010 via snail mail

26Jan2010 USPO return receipt received

27Jan2010 Check cashed

26Feb2010 NOA2 (website), 04Mar2010 via snail mail

06Mar2010 Petition received at NVC (website), 10Mar2010 via snail mail

17Mar2010 "Packet 3" received from Sydney Consulate (via email only)

24Mar2010 "L&V" mailed DS-230 to Sydney Consulate(sent from the US - certified mail)

_________| no activity for 26 days since "L" is still in the US. (we didn't expect the paperwork would flow so smoothly and quickly).

18Apr2010 "L" returned to Australia

19Apr2010 "L" - finger-printed & requested for police certificate

21Apr2010 "L" medical exam

23Apr2010 Police certificate received

30Apr2010 Medical results

01May2010 "L" Sent DS-1076 form + entire packet "ready for interview" to Sydney Consulate

10May2010 "Packet 4" received from Sydney Consulate (via email only)

25May2010 Interview

01Jun2010 Visa Received In-hand

28Jul2010 PoE San Francisco, California

02Aug2010 Tied the knot!!

_________ AOS (waiting for marriage certificate to file with I485/131/765/486)

"No lawyers were involved (or harmed) in this K-1 process"

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I just learned this minutes ago and want to share with everyone: From the Foreign Affairs Manual of the US Department of State (http://www.state.gov/m/a/dir/regs/fam/index.htm)

9 FAM 41.81 N6.2 Validity of a K-1 Petition

(TL:VISA-581; 09-03-2003)

An approved K-1 visa petition is valid for a period of four months from the date of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) action and may be revalidated by the consular officer any number of times for additional periods of four months from the date of revalidation, provided the officer concludes that the petitioner and the beneficiary remain legally free to marry and continue to intend to marry each other within 90 days after the beneficiary's admission into the United States. However, the longer the period of time since the filing of the petition, the more the consular officer must be concerned about the intentions of the couple, particularly the intentions of the petitioner in the United States. If the officer is not convinced that the U.S. citizen petitioner continues to intend to marry the beneficiary, the petition should be returned to the approving office of DHS with an explanatory memorandum. (See 9 FAM 41.81 PN7 for revalidation procedure.)

9 FAM 41.81 PN3.6 Visa Fees and Validity

(CT:VISA-1097; 10-31-2008)

a. There is no additional processing fee for K visas. Applicants will pay only the standard Machine Readable Visa (MRV) fee. There are no separate reciprocity fees.

b. The K-1 and K-2 visas shall be valid for six months for one entry. The K-3 and K-4 visas shall be valid for multiple entries for 24 months, unless constrained by security clearance requirement or waivers, which are valid for a year or less. Unmarried aliens entering the United States as a K-4 shall be admitted for a period of 24 months or until that alien's 21st birthday, whichever is shorter (see 8 CFR 214.2(k)(8) and 214.2(k)(11)(v)).

I just answered you (on your first post) the same from the US embassy in Camberra as a source but I see you figured it out by yourself.

Good for the rest of your journey

Edited by bruno.

Good luck on your journey

Bruno

K-1 2010 / 04 / 02 - I-129F sent
K-1 2010 / 08 / 18 - Interview at embassy in Paris, France
AOS 2011 / 01 / 15 - AOS package sent
AOS 2011 / 04 / 14 - Interview

ROC 2013 / 02 / 04 - ROC package sent
ROC 2013 / 07 / 27 - New GC received

CITIZENSHIP 2014 / 03 / 17 - N-400 package sent
CITIZENSHIP 2014 / 08 / 27 - Oath ceremony

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