Hello and thank you for any info you can provide. I am the US Petitioner of an I129F for a K1 visa. My Fiance lives in Castelfiorentino, ITALY. On Sept 4th, 2019 my I-129F was accepted by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services. It was approved on Dec 31 and mailed to the National Visa Processing Center. The National Visa Processing Center received it in late Jan and notified us it was on its way to the embassy in Naples, ITALY. My fiancé completed his DS160 but to set his interview with the embassy, we needed to have all necessary paperwork in hand. We prepared almost all the documents prior to the approval. However, police checks are time sensitive so we waited for the approval to request them. My fiancé needed them for Italy, France and Australia. Unfortunately the Australian document – that shows he has no record in Australia – took nearly 6 weeks to arrive. My fiance received it on the same day the Covid 19 lockdown in Italy began. Our USCIS approval was about to expire on 4/30 so I contacted the Italy Embassy. about an extension and scheduling an interview I received this response:
thank you for your email. Your request for I-129F extension has been approved for 4 months.
The U.S. Consulate General in Naples, Italy has suspended routine visa appointments and cannot issue visas to any individual subject to the Presidential Proclamation. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.
Please continue to monitor our website to schedule an appointment as slots become available again. Applicants must appear in person for their interviews.
The following website provides more information on the Presidential Proclamation https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-visa-services-and-restrictions.html
Immigrant Visa Unit
U.S. Consulate General
Does the presidential proclamation apply to K1 visas? I do not see them listed specifically but it does exclude spouses and their children. So would K1 fall under this as an exclusion or the proclamation is also for IMMIGRANT visas and the K1 is technically considered a NON-IMMIGRANT visa until the fiancé arrives, marries the petitioner and applies for an adjustment of status so could it be exempt as a non-immigrant visa. We are frustrated and heart broken not able to see each other at all. We would like to know how we can continue to move our case forward and get my fiance to the US safely and asap. The interview and the required medical exam must take place in Naples. Naples is a 5-6 hour drive from Castelfiorentino. We are so close. Any guidance and helpful information regarding the proclamation and/or our options anyone can provide is greatly appreciated.