How to Check Your K1 Visa Application Status

Updated on April 8, 2024

When you’ve filed your K1 fiancé(e) visa petition, it’s natural to feel anxious and eager to know the status of your application. Fortunately, there are several ways to check your K1 visa application status throughout the process. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps to check your status with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the National Visa Center (NVC), and the U.S. embassy or consulate.

30 Second Recap:

To check your K1 visa application status, use the USCIS Case Status Online tool for your I-129F petition, the CEAC website for your NVC case status, and the visa status check tool on the website of the U.S. embassy or consulate handling your case. Be patient, keep your receipt and case numbers accessible, stay organized, and don’t hesitate to reach out for help if needed.

Step 1: Check Your I-129F Petition Status with USCIS

The first step in the K1 visa process is filing Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), with USCIS. To check the status of your I-129F petition:

  1. Visit the USCIS Case Status Online tool
  2. Enter your 13-digit receipt number (found on your I-797C Notice of Action) and click “Check Status”
  3. The tool will display the current status of your petition and any updates

You can also sign up for automatic case status updates by creating a USCIS online account.

Step 2: Check Your Case Status with the National Visa Center

Once USCIS approves your I-129F petition, they will forward your case to the National Visa Center (NVC). The NVC will assign a case number and send you a welcome letter with instructions on how to proceed. To check your case status with the NVC:

  1. Visit the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) website
  2. Enter your NVC case number and click “Submit”
  3. The tool will display the current status of your case and any pending actions

Note that the NVC case number is different from the USCIS receipt number and will be provided to you in the NVC welcome letter.

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Step 3: Check Your Visa Application Status with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate

After the NVC has collected all the required fees and documents, they will forward your case to the U.S. embassy or consulate nearest to your fiancé(e)’s place of residence. To check your visa application status with the embassy or consulate:

  1. Visit the website of the specific U.S. embassy or consulate handling your case
  2. Look for a “Visa Status Check” or similar tool on their website
  3. Enter your visa application number, passport number, or other required information
  4. The tool will display the current status of your visa application

Keep in mind that not all U.S. embassies or consulates offer online status checks. If you can’t find a status check tool on their website, you may need to contact the embassy or consulate directly for an update on your application.

Tips for Checking Your K1 Visa Application Status

  • Be patient: The K1 visa process can take several months, so don’t worry if there aren’t frequent updates to your status.
  • Keep your receipt and case numbers handy: You’ll need these numbers to check your status at various points in the process.
  • Stay organized: Keep copies of all your submitted documents and correspondence with USCIS, NVC, and the embassy or consulate.
  • Reach out for help if needed: If you have questions or concerns about your application status, consider contacting USCIS, NVC, or the embassy/consulate directly or consulting with an experienced immigration attorney.
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I’m a firm believer that information is the key to financial freedom. On the Stilt Blog, I write about the complex topics — like finance, immigration, and technology — to help immigrants make the most of their lives in the U.S. Our content and brand have been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, and more.

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