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K1 Visa Approval Rate by Country: Latest 2023 Stats

Your chances of getting approved for the K1 visa can depend on which country the foreign fiancé(e) is coming from. In this blog article, we show the K1 visa approval and refusal rates by country, including the latest 2023 data.

Chelsea Spinos, Writer
Simon Craven, Manifest Immigration Lawyer

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Chelsea Spinos

Chelsea Spinos is a contributing writer for Manifest Law. She covers all topics related to U.S. visas and green cards. She is passionate about helping people navigate their immigration journey with clarity and confidence.

Reviewer:

Simon Craven, Esq.

Simon Craven is an immigration attorney with 11+ years of experience working on thousands of successful immigration cases. Simon is passionate about US immigration and helping people.

9 min read • May 20, 2024

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When you’re applying for a K1 visa, the chances of getting approved can really depend on where you're applying from. Countries with strong economies and stable social conditions often see higher approval rates because their applicants are generally considered lower risk by U.S. immigration authorities.


On the other hand, if you’re applying from a country facing economic problems or social unrest, the approval rates might be lower. This is due to concerns like political instability, high levels of visa fraud, or the risk of people overstaying their visas, which lead to stricter scrutiny of applications from these areas.


Regardless of your home country, being well-prepared and presenting a detailed application can greatly improve your likelihood of getting approved for the K1 visa.

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K1 Visa Approval and Refusal Rates

K1 Visa Approval and Refusal Rates

Here you can see the global approval and refusal rates for the K1 Visa by fiscal year. These rates are based on the number of approvals and refusals provided by the U.S. Department of State.

Fiscal Year

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

Approvals

30,522

16,849

22,866

27,226

31,015

Refusals

7,825

5,630

6,106

7,561

8,043

% of Denials

21.00%

23.40%

17.78%

13.01%

14.18%

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For more detailed statistics, you can check out the U.S. Department of State's annual reports on non-immigrant visa issuances and refusals. These reports are available on their official website at Travel.state.gov.

K1 Visa Approval Rate By Country (Top 25)

K1 Visa Approval Rate By Country (Top 25)

The US Department of State doesn’t release specific data on K1 visa approval rate by country, nor rejection rates. The approval rates shown below for each country are based on the total number of approved K1 visas across all consulates in the specific country, and the global K1 visa approval rate and rejection rate shared by the US Department of State.

Australia

Australia

In fiscal year 2022, 87.19% of K1 visa applications from Australia were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

427

186

261

177

172

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Brazil

Brazil

In fiscal year 2021, 83.33% of K1 visa applications from Brazil were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2018

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

Approvals

650

1,067

378

10

650

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Cambodia

Cambodia

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In fiscal year 2022, 82.27% of K1 visa applications from Cambodia were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

320

175

156

144

81

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Canada

Canada

In fiscal year 2022, 87.01% of K1 visa applications from Canada were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

909

535

518

844

381

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China

China

In fiscal year 2022, 87% of K1 visa applications from China were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

1106

272

637

522

365

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Colombia

Colombia

In fiscal year 2022, 87.01% of K1 visa applications from Colombia were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

1,122

543

572

1,761

1,097

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Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic

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In fiscal year 2022, 87.02% of K1 visa applications from Dominican Republic were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

1,317

571

931

1,193

965

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Germany

Germany

In fiscal year 2022, 87% of K1 visa applications from Germany were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

396

191

261

763

365

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Haiti

Haiti

Haiti flag

In fiscal year 2022, 82.28% of K1 visa applications from Haiti were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

700

375

541

629

540

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India

India

In fiscal year 2022, 87% of K1 visa applications from India were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

3

382

586

569

505

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Indonesia

Indonesia

In fiscal year 2022, 87.22% of K1 visa applications from Indonesia were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

271

127

225

116

153

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Italy

Italy

In fiscal year 2022, 87.14% of K1 visa applications from Indonesia were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

260

98

118

183

123

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Jamaica

Jamaica

In fiscal year 2022, 87.01% of K1 visa applications from Jamaica were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

386

174

289

268

273

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Japan

Japan

In fiscal year 2022, 87.05% of K1 visa applications from Japan were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

617

235

483

383

316

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Mexico

Mexico

Mexico flag

In fiscal year 2022, 87.03% of K1 visa applications from Mexico were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

1,701

1,026

1,391

1,778

2,028

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Nigeria

Nigeria

In fiscal year 2022, 87.07% of K1 visa applications from Nigeria were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

569

234

198

936

412

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Pakistan

Pakistan

In fiscal year 2022, 87.1% of K1 visa applications from Pakistan were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

92

150

210

486

376

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Philippines

Philippines

In fiscal year 2022, 87% of K1 visa applications from the Philippines were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

6,756

2,887

744

7,744

2,905

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Russia

Russia

In fiscal year 2022, 87.5% of K1 visa applications from Russia were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

Approvals

743

262

132

7

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Spain

Spain

Spain flag

In fiscal year 2022, 87.22% of K1 visa applications from Spain were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

234

113

153

198

91

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Thailand

Thailand

In fiscal year 2022, 87.07% of K1 visa applications from Spain were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

908

365

790

633

436

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Turkey

Turkey

In fiscal year 2022, 87.05% of K1 visa applications from Turkey were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

199

256

205

820

444

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Ukraine

Ukraine

In fiscal year 2022, 87.07% of K1 visa applications from Spain were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

Approvals

877

353

614

202

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United Kingdom

United Kingdom

In fiscal year 2022, 87.01% of K1 visa applications from the United Kingdom were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

1,516

545

554

1,025

564

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Vietnam

Vietnam

In fiscal year 2022, 87.05% of K1 visa applications from Spain were approved.

Fiscal Year

FY 2019

FY 2020

FY 2021

FY 2022

FY 2023

Approvals

1,764

851

662

968

672

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Boost Your Chances of K1 Visa Approval

Boost Your Chances of K1 Visa Approval

No matter which country you’re applying from, it’s important that you complete your K1 visa application thoroughly and make sure you both meet the K1 visa requirements. This includes gathering evidence of your relationship, proving your intention to get married in the U.S., meeting the K1 visa income requirements, and acing the K1 visa interview.


If you need help applying for a K1 visa, Manifest Law can help you. Our experienced K1 visa lawyers have helped countless clients bring their foreign fiance(e) to the U.S. Plus, our team has helped many people transition from a K1 visa to green card, allowing them to live and work in the U.S. permanently.


Book a free visa consultation today and learn more about how we can assist you.

No matter which country you’re applying from, it’s important that you complete your K1 visa application thoroughly and make sure you both meet the K1 visa requirements. This includes gathering evidence of your relationship, proving your intention to get married in the U.S., meeting the K1 visa income requirements, and acing the K1 visa interview.


If you need help applying for a K1 visa, Manifest Law can help you. Our experienced K1 visa lawyers have helped countless clients bring their foreign fiance(e) to the U.S. Plus, our team has helped many people transition from a K1 visa to green card, allowing them to live and work in the U.S. permanently.


Book a free visa consultation today and learn more about how we can assist you.

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The key here is that some organization thought you were the go-to person with ample expertise to assess the work of others. This shows USCIS that you are seen as someone who stands out from others in your work.


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