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Excellent question.

A few things we know for sure

- they confirm that the petitioner is a US citizen,

- they run both the petitioner's and beneficiary's names through IBIS to see what pops up, and

- they consider the evidence submitted to see if it seems reasonable the the petitioner and beneficiary have a fiance-fiancee (or spousal) relationship and meet the requirements of the INA to apply for a K visa.


Hello all

Can anyone on here tell me what is involved with the processing of the I-129F I mean what is it that the INS do on the pettitioner's end to confirm if you are either approved or disapproved. :blink:

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I don't know if anyone can tell you exactly what they do. They seem to reserve the right to investigate further if they uncover anything suspicious, and the precise meaning of "investigate further" and "suspicious" are a bit difficult to decipher.

First, they take care of the money. As soon as they get your petition, a clerk checks to see that you've attached the right fee, and they cash your check, issue you a receipt number, and mail you NOA1. Then they put your petition on the shelf and you wait in line for ages.

Basically, they read what you presented to them, determine whether you meet the statuatory requirements, and issue a decision if it's clearly approvable or clearly ineligible for approval, or else they issue an RFE if it's not quite approvable with current evidence, but not clearly ineligible either. The statuatory requirements are fairly straightforward. Basically, you've got to have a legally valid marriage, a pending I-130, and the petitioner must be a US Citizen.

Outright disapprovals are rare. They're usually due to something blatantly wrong like a non-US Citizen filing an I-129F for a foreign spouse. RFE's are more common.

There seem to be some cursory computerized security checks to check into the immigration history of both parties. I'm not sure what's involved here. But the USCIS doesn't do a detailed check to determine all aspects of the admissiblity of the beneficiary -- that's left up to the consulate. For example, if the foreign spouse is subject to a bar on entry due to a long previous overstay, that will not hinder approval of the petition. It will cause a denial at the consulate, however.

An attorney who used to post around here and on another immigration board said that it typically took them around a half hour or so between the time they started looking at a petition and the time they issued a decision. I'm sure it varies depending on how much paper you submit with your petition and any special circumstances that arise, but it's clear that during almost the entire time you spend waiting, they're working on petitions that are ahead of you in the line.

04 Apr, 2004: Got married

05 Apr, 2004: I-130 Sent to CSC

13 Apr, 2004: I-130 NOA 1

19 Apr, 2004: I-129F Sent to MSC

29 Apr, 2004: I-129F NOA 1

13 Aug, 2004: I-130 Approved by CSC

28 Dec, 2004: I-130 Case Complete at NVC

18 Jan, 2005: Got the visa approved in Caracas

22 Jan, 2005: Flew home together! CCS->MIA->SFO

25 May, 2005: I-129F finally approved! We won't pursue it.

8 June, 2006: Our baby girl is born!

24 Oct, 2006: Window for filing I-751 opens

25 Oct, 2006: I-751 mailed to CSC

18 Nov, 2006: I-751 NOA1 received from CSC

30 Nov, 2006: I-751 Biometrics taken

05 Apr, 2007: I-751 approved, card production ordered

23 Jan, 2008: N-400 sent to CSC via certified mail

19 Feb, 2008: N-400 Biometrics taken

27 Mar, 2008: Naturalization interview notice received (NOA2 for N-400)

30 May, 2008: Naturalization interview, passed the test!

17 June, 2008: Naturalization oath notice mailed

15 July, 2008: Naturalization oath ceremony!

16 July, 2008: Registered to vote and applied for US passport

26 July, 2008: US Passport arrived.

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