I’m not a 2012 k1 visa bee, but I’ll gladly give you the final timeline on my 2009/2010 visa journey for my hubby. 🙂 I think I’m blanking out the specific names, but I’m sure you ladies will recognize the stages…. lol
Oct 6 filed the k1 visa
Oct 8 got receipt online that it had been received
Jan 15 got notice that it had made it through the US side of things and was on it’s way to the Netherlands
Jan 17 Darling Husband (then fiance ofc) got his packet
Jan 20 the packet forms were submitted
Feb 5 interview date/time and medical/x-ray date/time were received (I can’t seem to find or remember about the fingerprints part, but I know that for the Netherlands it was something they had to setup/do and not us.
Mar 10 had the medical and x-ray’s done. We made sure that we had a record of up-to-date immunizations and that the doctor looked them over to see if any required by the USA were missing and for the one that was, we had him do the shot right then and there. (I’d recommend doing this, this is probably the thing I read the most about that messes up people’s timeline and can cost big bucks if needed when your fiance arrives in the USA)
Mar 15 had the interview which I was able to go in with him for. He was approved on the spot with what seemed like a very short interview. I do think it was good that I was there because I was able to answer the one question that came up about our paperwork, and it felt to me that it gave us a boost in their minds of the legitimacy of our relationship. At least that was the feeling I got during and afterwards.
I can’t remember the exact day that we got his passport back with the visa in it, but it was within a week of the interview.
We flew to the USA April 15th and were married by civil ceremony on the 16th then started the next step of the immigration process once we got our marriage certificate. 🙂
I will say that of all of the friends/acquaintances that we knew that were going through this at the same time, we were through it the fastest. Some people got hung up in the initial stage with having forgotten something, some got hung up after the interview when the US Gov decided to randomly do additional investigations on the couple before returning the passport with the visa sticker.
When we finally had our couple interview here in the USA, the interviewer told us that there is no required timeline for them to follow and that we were lucky that it had taken us such a short time (well and that it helped that we had all our ducks in a row and were obviously not trying to pull something).
@KimmySumShuga: I’d have him call the US Embassy to see if it’s possible for him to schedule that early. I know some countries allow that and others (like the Netherlands) don’t.