USCIS I-129F Processing Time
California Service Center
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Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), is the first step in obtaining a K-1 visa for your fiancé(e) and their children (K-2) or a K-3 visa for your spouse and their children (K-4). The current processing time for Form I-129F is about 9 months. However, our forecasts indicate that newly filed I-129F applications can expect a 5-month processing time. To see your personalized forecast, try Ultimate Tracker - our proprietary prediction software.
All cases start in the Case Received status. Approximately 6% of applications get Rejected within a few weeks due to improper filing. Currently, after waiting about 11 months, 65% of cases get directly Approved and a small minority of them (3%) get directly Denied. The rest of the applications receive a Request for Evidence. Once USCIS receives the additional evidence from the applicant, their status changes to Request for Evidence Received. After that, about 18% of cases get Approved, while 8% get Denied, usually within a few weeks.
What does the current case backlog look like?
This graph shows the status of all I-129F cases received by USCIS in the last 2 years.
The backlog helps us understand the big picture. For example, we can see that USCIS generally processes cases in the order they were received.
Newer cases are shown on the right side of the graph. They mostly have the Case Received status. We can also see that incorrectly filed forms are usually Rejected by USCIS soon after they are received. On the other side of the graph, the old cases have mostly all been processed - either Approved, Denied, or Rejected.
Near the middle of the graph, you see that USCIS is actively working on cases - turning months from light blues into greens and yellows. Once USCIS starts working on a month, many cases are quickly Approved, while others take longer due to a variety of reasons, such as a Request for Evidence (see our post about RFEs).