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I am a United States citizen. On August 25, 2017, I petitioned for my fiancé a Lebanese national to come to the United States as my fiancé (K-1).
 
On November 28, 2017 my fiancé’s petition was approved and forwarded to the US Consulate in Beirut for processing.
 
My fiancé was scheduled for a routine fiancé interview at the consulate on March 15, 2018. At the end of the interview, my fiancé was asked to complete and submit additional documents to finish the processing of his visa. We sent the documents and we were hoping to get his visa as soon ad possible so he can join me in the United States.
 
The consul has not issued my fiancé a visa yet. As noted in the consulate notice, the administrative processing of my fiancé’s visa might take an additional 60 days from the date of his interview, and the last update was in January 24, 2019. 
 
NO ONE at the consulate is willing to explain to us why it is taking more than a year after the interview to issue the visa. We have made numerous phone calls to the consulate, inquired through E mails and contacted the legal section of the State Department. No one is willing to explain why it is taking so long to process the visa.
 
So it's almost 2 years and my fiance still waiting. Is anyone facing the same problem? Or have any idea about this? 

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If you look it would have said that most are done within 60 days not all. There have certainly been cases on here that have taken years.


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1 hour ago, Selinak said:
I am a United States citizen. On August 25, 2017, I petitioned for my fiancé a Lebanese national to come to the United States as my fiancé (K-1).
 
On November 28, 2017 my fiancé’s petition was approved and forwarded to the US Consulate in Beirut for processing.
 
My fiancé was scheduled for a routine fiancé interview at the consulate on March 15, 2018. At the end of the interview, my fiancé was asked to complete and submit additional documents to finish the processing of his visa. We sent the documents and we were hoping to get his visa as soon ad possible so he can join me in the United States.
 
The consul has not issued my fiancé a visa yet. As noted in the consulate notice, the administrative processing of my fiancé’s visa might take an additional 60 days from the date of his interview, and the last update was in January 24, 2019. 
 
NO ONE at the consulate is willing to explain to us why it is taking more than a year after the interview to issue the visa. We have made numerous phone calls to the consulate, inquired through E mails and contacted the legal section of the State Department. No one is willing to explain why it is taking so long to process the visa.
 
So it's almost 2 years and my fiance still waiting. Is anyone facing the same problem? Or have any idea about this? 

@SelinakYes, it would seem that you are undergoing "extreme vetting."  You can find more general details here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/us/politics/visa-extreme-vetting-rex-tillerson.html?module=inline

 

Essentially this is another process that slow's down the number of visa's issued to muslim populated countries that aren't politically important to the US. While the list of nations that fall under the extreme vetting program have never been made public, Lebanon is almost certainly on it due to tensions with Hezbollah. The DS-5535 form is also required to be completed and filled out by those impacted under the travel ban (me), and recently we have been notified that an automated system is now operational that should process things faster, although we don't have any specifics. While we don't specifically know that this automated system will also apply to anyone who has to submit the DS-5535, I assess that it will. Hopefully within a few months they will have processed all of the backlogged cases and your fiance gets his visa.

 


NOA1: 26 July 2017

NOA2: 2 February 2018

NVC Received: 13 February 2018

NVC Case # Assigned: 22 February 2018

NVC Left: 27 February 2018

Consulate Received: 1 March 2018

Packet 3 Received: 10 March 2018

Packet 3 Sent: 8 October 2018 (we delayed intentionally)

Interview: 31 October 2018

Currently in AP!!! :(

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21 minutes ago, NJ515 said:

@SelinakYes, it would seem that you are undergoing "extreme vetting."  You can find more general details here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/23/us/politics/visa-extreme-vetting-rex-tillerson.html?module=inline

 

Essentially this is another process that slow's down the number of visa's issued to muslim populated countries that aren't politically important to the US. While the list of nations that fall under the extreme vetting program have never been made public, Lebanon is almost certainly on it due to tensions with Hezbollah. The DS-5535 form is also required to be completed and filled out by those impacted under the travel ban (me), and recently we have been notified that an automated system is now operational that should process things faster, although we don't have any specifics. While we don't specifically know that this automated system will also apply to anyone who has to submit the DS-5535, I assess that it will. Hopefully within a few months they will have processed all of the backlogged cases and your fiance gets his visa.

 

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