The DHS approved my K-1/K3 petition a while ago, but your office has not yet received it. Can you set up a provisional case for me before my original file from the department of homeland security (DHS) arrives?
Due to the high volume of K-1/K3 applications we process, we are unable to set up provisional cases before we receive the I-129 petition from DHS.
How will I know when U.S. Consulate Casablanca receives my petition?
Once we receive your petition, we will send you a packet of instructions.
Can the Consulate begin processing my application before my petition arrives?
No. Fiancée visa and K3 processing begins only when we receive your petition. Our office will not be able to answer questions about your case or take any action until the original petition is received from the DHS.
How long does it usually take for the Consulate to receive a petition?
We normally receive fiancée visa petitions between two to six months after DHS has approved them.
I am pregnant and would like to travel as soon as possible. Can the consulate expedite my application?
If you have already received our instruction packet, please contact us immediately. Please provide us with a letter from your doctor confirming your pregnancy and due date. We will try to expedite your application if possible.
I missed my visa interview appointment. What should I do?
Please send us your written request for a new appointment by mail or email. Please include your mailing address and telephone number in your request. We will send you a new appointment date as soon as possible.
We decided to get married before my K-1 petition could be processed. What should I do?
If you get married, your K-1 petition will no longer be valid. Your spouse will need to file a different petition, Form I-130, with the DHS.
What kind of affidavit of support does my K-1/K3 petitioner need to prepare for my visa interview?
Why does the K-1/K3 process seem to be taking longer than previously?
The K-1/K3 visa petition has become more popular as a means of immigrating to the United States. In 2002, we processed approximately 1,400 K-1/K3 visas. However, the Immigrant Visa Unit workload overall has recently increased tremendously. At the same time, serious fraud problems have slowed down processing for everyone. Due to these issues, most K-1/K3 applicants must wait several months to be scheduled for an interview after the Consulate receives their petition.
When should I be concerned about my K-1 petition?
If it has been three to four months after DHS has approved your petition and your fiancée has still not received an instruction packet, you should contact the Consulate or the original DHS office where the petition was approved. You can contact the Immigrant Visa Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if my petition expires?
Consular officers have the authority to extend the validity of petitions that have expired. Because many petitions often expire before an applicant can be interviewed, officers at the Consulate routinely extend the validity of K-1/K3 petitions.
What documents should I bring to the visa interview?
Without the following we WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PROCESS the applicant’s case. The applicant should bring the following ORIGINAL documents:
- Forms in the appointment packet
- Moroccan passport
- Two visa photos attached to forms DS-156
- Birth certificate
- Marital status certificate. Married persons are required to present a certified copy of their marriage certificate. Proof of the termination of any previous marriage must also be submitted (death certificate of spouse, final decrees of divorce or annulment)
- Police certificates are required from each visa applicant aged 16 or over. Police certificates are also required from all other countries where the applicant has resided for at least one year.
- Affidavit of Support – I-134 and a copy of the most recent year tax returns from the petitioner.
- Relationship evidence, such as correspondence and photos taken together to prove the claimed relationship to the petitioner
Translations: All documents not in English must be accompanied by certified English translation
How can I immigrate to the united states?
To immigrate to the United States, you must be the beneficiary of a petition filed on your behalf by a relative who is living in the United States. Additionally, you may enter the diversity visa lottery program, and provided that you are selected and meet the requirements, you can immigrate to the United States.
How do I file an immigrant petition for my relative?
Most immigrant petitions must be filed in the United States. The consulate does accept petitions for spouses and parents of American citizens only, but the consulate is not permitted to approve all such petitions. Therefore, it is recommended that you submit your petition in the United States.
I have already submitted my petition, but I have not heard anything yet. How long will the process take?
Generally, the consulate receives notice after the petition has been approved by the BCIS. Once the consulate receives the approval notice, we will contact the petitioner and beneficiary. The process will take anywhere from three to six months.
How can I get a visa for my Fiancé?
US citizens must file the I-129 form with the bureau of citizenship and immigration services (BCIS) office having jurisdiction over their place of residence. Fiancé visa petitions can only be filed within the United States.
If I am a green card holder and living in the United States, when will my spouse and/or child be eligible for a visa?
A your spouse and/or child will be eligible for a visa three years after you have filed a petition on their behalf.
When must I pay the USCIS immigrant fee?
You must pay the fee prior to departing for the United States. USCIS will not issue your green card until USCIS receives payment. However, even if you have not paid the fee, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers will admit you, as long as you are otherwise eligible to enter.
What if I was issued an immigrant visa before February 1, 2013? Do I have to pay the fee?
No. Only applicants issued visas on or after February 1, 2013 will pay the new fee. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the airport or land border will review immigration records to determine when your immigrant visa was issued. If the visa was issued on or after February 1, 2013 but the fee was not paid, the Immigrant Visa package will be collected at the point of entry, but USCIS will not issue a green card until the $165.00 fee is paid.
Who has to pay the USCIS immigrant fee?
All applicants issued immigrant visas (including Diversity Visas), except children adopted under the Orphan (IR-3/IR-4) or Hague Processes (IH-3/IH-4), Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. Government, returning residents (SB-1s), and K visas, will pay the new fee.
How do I pay the new fee?
You will pay the fee by going to www.USCIS.gov/ImmigrantFee, clicking on the link to the USCIS intake page on Pay.gov, answering the questions on the USCIS intake page, and providing your checking account, debit, or credit card information. Because checking payments must be drawn on a U.S. bank, someone else may pay the USCIS Immigrant Fee on your behalf.