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Hi! Is it possible to extend the validity of my K1 visa because I will be undergoing surgery of total thyroidectomy and will need few weeks to recuperate here in the Philippines? However, my visa is expiring in April. Please advise. Thank you!

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Did you already get the visa? If so then there's no way to extend it. If not, you can contact your consulate/embassy and ask for an extension of your NOA2 so you can have your interview after you get your surgery done. 

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6 hours ago, Shieshie said:

Hi! Is it possible to extend the validity of my K1 visa because I will be undergoing surgery of total thyroidectomy and will need few weeks to recuperate here in the Philippines? However, my visa is expiring in April. Please advise.

@geowrian, is there a provision for this in the DOS Foreign Affairs Manual? https://fam.state.gov/fam/09FAM/09FAM050207.html If so, I can't find it.

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There's no way to extend the validity of a K-1 visa. It is strictly limited to 6 months max, and constrained by the validity of the medical exam.

With a new medical, an embassy/consulate can re-issue a K-1 with a new validity period. The sooner you tell them, the sooner you can know if they are willing to do so.


Timelines:

Spoiler

AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago

9/27/17: received by USCIS

10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received

10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received

10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update)

1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed

1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received

1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice

10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice

10/25/18: Formal approval

10/31/18: Green card received

 

K-1:

Spoiler

I-129F

12/1/17: sent

12/14/17: NOA1 hard copy received

3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification)

3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved!

3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received

 

NVC

4/6/2017: Received

4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy

4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy

4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017

 

K-1

5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE

 

 

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Couldn't you have the surgery and recover with plenty of time to spare, if you visa does not expire until April? I'm a bit confused, since you said you need a few weeks to recover, but April is months away.


03/01/2018 - I-129F Sent

03/05/2018 - I-129F NOA1 (old site)

03/08/2018 - I-129F NOA1 (new site)
09/14/2018 - I-129F NOA2 

10/16/2018 - NVC Received

10/21/2018 - Consulate Received 

10/21/2018 - Packet 3 Received

12/30/2018 - Packet 3 Sent

01/06/2019 - Packet 4 Received

01/29/2019 - Interview Date - APPROVED!

02/05/2019 - Visa Received

##/##/2019 - U.S. Arrival

##/##/2019 - Married
 

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2 hours ago, geowrian said:

There's no way to extend the validity of a K-1 visa. It is strictly limited to 6 months max, and constrained by the validity of the medical exam.

With a new medical, an embassy/consulate can re-issue a K-1 with a new validity period. The sooner you tell them, the sooner you can know if they are willing to do so.

Thanks geowrian for all the insights. 

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8 minutes ago, beloved_dingo said:

Couldn't you have the surgery and recover with plenty of time to spare, if you visa does not expire until April? I'm a bit confused, since you said you need a few weeks to recover, but April is months away.

Yeah April is months away but my concern would be the further check ups and if there may other procedures after surgery. Praying there will be none. 

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