If you are looking to bring your fiancé(e) to the United States, the I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) is the form you need to file. This form is used to obtain a K-1 nonimmigrant visa for your fiancé(e). The K-1 visa allows your fiancé(e) to enter the United States for 90 days, during which time you must get married. After you get married, your fiancé(e) can apply for adjustment of status to become a permanent resident.

However, the I-129F petition processing time can be lengthy and can cause frustration and anxiety for those waiting for their loved one to join them in the United States. In this article, we will provide you with everything you need to know about the I-129F processing time and how to expedite the process.

How Long Does I-129F Processing Take?

The processing time for the I-129F petition can vary depending on a number of factors, including the service center where the petition is filed, the backlog of petitions at the service center, and the accuracy and completeness of the petition.

CategoryOffice80% of cases are completed within
K1/K2/K3/K4 - Fiance(e) or spouse and/or dependent childrenCalifornia Service Center15.5 Months
Nebraska Service Center4 Months
Potomac Service Center8.5 Months
Texas Service Center15.5 Months
Vermont Service Center8 Months

However, these times are subject to change and can be affected by a number of external factors.

Factors That Can Affect I-129F Processing Time

  1. USCIS Service Center

The USCIS has five service centers that process I-129F petitions. The service center that processes your petition can affect the processing time. Each service center has a different processing time and workload, which can cause variations in the processing time.

  1. Backlog of Petitions

The USCIS receives thousands of I-129F petitions each year, which can create a backlog of petitions waiting to be processed. The backlog can cause delays in the processing time, and can even cause some petitions to be delayed for months or years.

  1. RFEs (Request for Evidence)

If the USCIS determines that additional evidence is required to adjudicate a petition, they will issue a Request for Evidence (RFE). The issuance of an RFE can cause delays in the processing time as the petitioner must respond to the RFE within a certain timeframe.

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How to Expedite I-129F Processing Time

If you need to expedite the processing time for your I-129F petition, you can make a request to the USCIS. There are several reasons that the USCIS may consider for an expedited request, including:

  1. Severe financial loss to a company or individual
  2. Emergency situations
  3. Humanitarian reasons
  4. Nonprofit organization whose request is in furtherance of the cultural and social interests of the United States
  5. Department of Defense or national security

To request an expedited processing time, you must file a request with the USCIS and provide evidence to support your request. The USCIS will review your request and may request additional evidence or documentation.


The I-129F petition processing time can be lengthy, but there are steps you can take to expedite the process. If you are experiencing severe financial loss or have an emergency situation, you may be able to expedite your request. However, it is important to note that expedited processing is not guaranteed and is only granted in limited circumstances.

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