As of April 1, 2016, the Vancouver offices of the U.S. Consulate General will cease processing of K-1 visas. Now, the K-1 visas, commonly known as”Fiancé(e) visas,” will only be processed by the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal.
While the Bureau of Consular Affairs acknowledged that this change may inconvenience some applicants who will now need to travel for their interviews, it promises that the adjustment will help the consulate schedule and adjudicate K-1 applications more efficiently.
If you sent your K-1 petition in to the National Visa Center before March 31, 2016, don’t worry. The U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver will continue to process K-visa applications and conduct interviews for petitions they receive prior to that date.
What If You Already Sent Your Application to Another Consulate?
This change applies to all K-1 petitions received at the National Visa Center after March 31, 2016. For example, the U.S. Consulate General in Vancouver will continue to process K-visa applications and conduct interviews for petitions they receive prior to that date.
After the National Visa Center forwards the applicant’s I-129F petition to the U.S. Consulate General in Montreal, the consular staff will contact the applicant with detailed instructions and to schedule an interview appointment. The applicant will then need to travel to Montreal for his or her interview.
Do You Need Assistance with A Fiancé(e) Visa?
To find out if you qualify for the K-1 visa, and learn how to prepare an application, schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with The Grady Firm’s attorneys; call +1 (323) 450-9010; or fill out a Contact Request Form.
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*This article is for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice or create an attorney-client relationship. This article does not make any guarantees as to the outcome of a particular case, as each case has its own set of circumstances and must be evaluated individually by licensed attorney.