The most common question we receive right now is “How long is it going to be before I get an interview and how long is it going to be before I can receive an approval on my K1 visa or my spouse visa to be able to enter the United States? Are the embassies open? Are they closed? Are they processing cases? What is going on?”
There’s actually a tool that you can use to be able to see visa statistics for the month. You’ll be able to see what visas are being processed, what embassies and consulates, and how many of each type. It’s not going to be perfect. It’s not going to tell you exactly how long you’re waiting.
You can find the visa statistics at travel.state.gov through opening this link: Visa Statistics. They have a monthly immigrant visa and a monthly non-immigrant visa.
Our firm focuses exclusively on assisting couples navigating the immigration process, so the examples we’ll use are for fiancé and spouse-based cases.
If you’re a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident applying for your spouse, you’ll check the immigrant visas.
And then if you’re going through the K1 fiancé visa process, you’ll check monthly non-immigrant visas.
Whichever you select, you’ll be directed to a new page. Scroll down to the bottommost part of the page and select the last PDF file.
Most of our clients are going to be CR1 or an IR1. You can simply just scroll down to whatever country or city that your case is in.
Let’s use Ciudad Juarez as an example. It’s one of the highest volume consults in the world. These are cases that have been processed in March of 2021. These are all the different visa types, but let’s focus on conditional residence and things that fall in line with a couple-based cases that we assist with.
In the immigrant visas, you can see that there were 1,474 issuances for an IR1 visa.
For the non-immigrant visas, using Ciudad Juarez again, there were 82 K1 visas that were issued in March of 2021.
This is a handy tool provided by the government to track visa issuances. This doesn’t answer your question of when you’ll get an interview but at least it can give you an idea of the number of processed cases per month. You can see how many were issued in a particular month to get an idea.