How to Cancel an Approved Fiance Visa

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How to Cancel an Approved Fiance Visa
A fiancé visa will be cancelled if the beneficiary loses his or her passport with the visa on it. (passeport image by Richard villalon from

According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a petitioner can terminate a family-based visa petition such as a fiancé visa even if it is already approved before the alien fiancé is admitted into the country. Since a visa petition is first handled by USCIS, and then by the State Department through the National Visa Center, and finally by the U.S. embassy, you should address your request for withdrawal of petition to the office that presently handles your case.

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    File a withdrawal of the fiancé visa petition with USCIS if you believe your case has not yet left the Service Center that approved your petition. Write a formal letter indicating your desire to cancel your petition. Use your USCIS receipt number as a reference number to help identify your case. It may take a couple of months before you receive an official form confirming that your petition has been withdrawn.

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    Send the written statement of withdrawal to the National Visa Center if your petition has already been transferred there. The statement must be from and signed by either the petitioner, the applicant or the applicant's lawyer. Give the names and birth dates of both petitioner and applicant and your NVC case number. Explain that you want to withdraw the fiancé visa petition and why. If a lawyer makes the statement of withdrawal, attach USCIS Form G-28: Notice of Entry of Appearance as Attorney or Accredited Representative to the letter.

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    Contact the U.S. embassy if your case has been forwarded there for an interview and adjudication. The petitioner must execute a signed, notarised statement that he or she wishes to withdraw the K1 visa petition. Mail the letter to the Immigrant Visa Unit. Fax the letter if you wish but the embassy must receive the original document before your petition is terminated. You can cancel the K1 visa this way anytime until the alien fiancé(e) is admitted into the U.S. using the visa.

Tips and warnings

  • The death of the petitioner would also cancel an approved K1 visa petition.
  • If you do not yet know what your National Visa Center case number is, you can use your USCIS receipt number instead whenever you contact the NVC about your case.
  • Find your USCIS receipt number on the Notice of Action confirming receipt of your petition when you first submitted it.
  • Find your NVC case number in the correspondences sent to you by the National Visa Center.
  • Visas have a limited validity period. A fiancé visa will expire if it is not used to enter the U.S. within that period.
  • A fiancé visa will be effectively cancelled if the beneficiary loses his or her passport with the visa on it, and reports the loss to the U.S. embassy. The embassy will deactivate the visa so it can never be used, not even if the passport and visa are later found.
  • Because previous visa petitions can have an effect on current or future petitions, you might want to consult a lawyer to help you find the best way to cancel a fiancé visa.
  • Do not assume that a visa petition is cancelled just because you asked for it. Ask and wait for written confirmation.

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