Spouse visas take 1-3 months to process on average. What should you do if your spouse visa application is delayed?


How long does it take to receive the results of your spouse visa application?

How long it takes to receive the results of your spouse visa application depends largely on the content of your application.

On average, it takes about 1 to 3 months to process, but this is only a guideline and may be completed sooner or much later.

How long it takes to receive the results of your application depends on factors such as the circumstances of your marriage, the background of both spouses, the economic situation of your household, and the residence status of the foreign spouse.

In general, visa processing may be delayed in the following cases:

  • If there is a large age difference between the couple.
  • If one of the spouses has already been through several divorces.
  • If the household income is low.
  • If there are many sham marriages with foreigners of the same nationality as the foreign spouse.
  • If the couple lives abroad.

Cases where additional documents are required

Various documents are required to apply for a spouse visa. However, if the information is not sufficient or needs to be confirmed, you may be asked to submit additional documents.

The request to submit additional documents is made by sending a document called the Material Submission Notice.

The time at which the notice is sent varies from case to case. Additional documents may be requested as early as a few days after submission of the application or as late as shortly before the review is completed.

When you receive a notice, you must prepare the proper documents and send them as soon as possible.

The process will not continue until you submit the documents and the issuance of your visa will be delayed.

However, even if you submit the additional documents quickly, the review may take longer if you submit documents other than the required ones.

If you are asked to submit additional documents, we recommend that you consult a professional, such as an administrative scrivener, and prepare the correct documents promptly.

In general, it is not possible to verify the status of the visa process

If the result of the spouse visa is delayed, you can inquire about the status of the application review.

However, even if you inquire about the status at the immigration office, you usually will not receive a clear answer.

If you inquire, you will only receive a response that the application is currently under review, but no clear answer as to whether your application is likely to be approved or when the review will be completed.

You can get emotional and complain to the person in charge, but if you complain, you will only leave an unfavorable impression, but that will not shorten the procedure.

Even if the notification of the outcome of your spouse visa is delayed, you must wait patiently after you have done everything you can.