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Insights from Latest Report: K-1 Visa Approvals Rise Amidst Growing Backlog

Boundless recently published a comprehensive report on the evolving landscape of K-1 fiancé visa applications, revealing the following key findings:

1. Approval Surge: The first three quarters of FY2023 have witnessed a significant surge in I-129F approvals, surpassing the total approvals for the entire FY2022.

2. Backlog on the Rise: The number of pending I-129F applications has surged from 30,408 in 2021 to 55,425 in 2022, marking an 82% increase.

3. Recovery from 2020: K-1 fiancé visa issuances rebounded notably in 2022, recovering from the setbacks experienced in 2020.

4. COVID-19 Impact: The pandemic had a profound impact on the K-1 visa application process, causing substantial delays, backlogs, and policy adjustments.

5. Comparison with Other Visas: In 2022, K-1 visa admissions constituted a mere 0.3% of all nonimmigrant visas.

6. Shifts in Nationality: Post-pandemic, there has been a noticeable decline in K visa recipients from countries like Vietnam, Great Britain/Northern Ireland, China, and Brazil. Meanwhile, the numbers for the Philippines and Mexico are approaching pre-pandemic levels.

7. Popular Destination States: In 2022, the most favored states for K-1 visa holders were California, Texas, Florida, and New York. Approximately 36% of K-1 visa sponsors listed these states as their current residence.

This report provides valuable insights into the dynamic landscape of K-1 fiancé visa applications and underscores the impact of external factors, such as the pandemic and media influence, on the visa approval process.

Contact Jeelani Law Firm today to learn more about how to get started on your K-1 fiancé visa application.

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