Visa & Immigration

IR-1 DCF Visa: My timeline

For my case, from filing I-130 petition to the day I received my passport with a visa stamp took only 1 month and 10 days. Much faster than I’d anticipated. 🙂


  • October 2, 2017 – I-130 petition filed by my American spouse
  • October 2, 2017 – Requested a police clearance certificate from the Royal Thai Police
  • October 12, 2017 – Received a police clearance certificate
  • October 20, 2017 – Received Approval Notice from USCIS and case number from the US Embassy
  • October 24, 2017 – Mailed Packet 3 via EMS (the US Embassy received it next day)
  • October 30, 2017 – Notified of my interview date (November 8th, 2017)
  • November 4, 2017 – Medical exam at Bumrungrad hospital
  • November 7, 2017 – Received my medical exam results (all normal)
  • November 8, 2017 – Interviewed at 7 AM (passed)
  • November 10, 2017 – Received my passport back with a visa stamp, and also documents to present at Port of Entry (POE) and instruction to pay for a green card.

If you are able to provide all the necessary documents and if you, your US spouse, and/or joint sponsor (if applicable) are all eligible, the US Embassy cannot deny your visa request. It is the US citizen’s right to bring their spouse to the States.

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  • Reply
    Leonard Levine
    December 3, 2018 at 7:24 AM

    I am encouraged by the above respondent’s timeline, especially since it is dated February,2017(as opposed to others whose timeline was years earlier). That timeline was 1 month and 7 days! From start to finish. I’m hoping to make all the necessary steps in 3 months or less. Is that realistic, given that my wife has no medical,criminal, mental or other reasons for disqualifications or problematic conditions or situations. We are confident that we can meet all tests, fill out all forms properly and correctly. I intend as her sponsor(and husband) to expedite the DCF process.

    • Reply
      February 8, 2019 at 6:26 PM

      Hi Leonard,

      Sorry for the delayed response. You may have already started the process for your wife already. It is very possible for her to receive her visa in less than 3 months. DCF is very quick and straightforward and with a clean background, everything should sail smoothly. Good luck!

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