Spousal Visa - Timelines & Process
Depending on the specifics of your family’s immigration petition, your case will be accepted by a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) service center or the National Visa Center. USCIS has service centers in Texas, California, and Vermont. The National Visa Center works with cases that will be processed abroad. Acceptance at a particular USCIS service center or a particular U.S. Embassy or consulate abroad will aid in determining how long it will take to process your petition or application.
Factors Affecting the Overall Timeline
Status of the Petitioner (U.S. Citizen or LPR).
Location of the Beneficiary (Outside the U.S. vs. Inside the U.S.).
Country of Citizenship of the Beneficiary.
Immigrant Visa Availability --
- This information is published in the Visa Bulletin. Click HERE to learn more about the Visa Bulletin.
Timelines of Each Pathway
|If you are Inside the U.S.||If you are Outside the U.S.|
Total Time: 12 – 18 months + (Wait Time for Immigrant Visa Availability)
Total Time: 12 months + (Wait time for Immigrant Visa Availability)
Frequently Asked Questions
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According to USCIS, filing Form I-907, Premium Processing is not permitted for family-based immigration.
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