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K3 VISA - MARRIAGE VISA
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The K3 visa for spouse of a US
citizen and K4 visa for the spouse’s children were created to
reduce the separation between a US citizen and his or her foreign spouse
while waiting abroad for an immigrant visa. The K3 and K4 visas allow
the foreign spouse and his or her children to enter the United States
as nonimmigrants, re-unite with their family here, and then apply for
permanent resident status (Green Card) while in the United States.
K3 VISA PETITION
To establish K3 visa classification for a foreign spouse, an American
citizen must file a K3 petition with the US Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS, formerly Immigration and Naturalization Service) and
show that an immigrant petition is pending. The approved K3 petition will
be forwarded by the USCIS to the American consular office where the foreign
spouse will apply for his or her visa. A petition is valid for a period
of four months from the date of USCIS action, and may be revalidated by
the consular officer.
VISA INELIGIBILITY AND
Applicants who (1) have committed serious criminal acts; (2) are likely
to become a public charge; (3) have used illegal means to enter the United
States; (4) have a communicable disease or a dangerous mental disorder;
(5) are drug addicts; or (6) are subject to the J1 two-year foreign
residency requirement, do not qualify for a K3 visa, unless a waiver
of inadmissibility is granted. The waiver must be approved by the
USCIS before the consular officer will issue a K3 visa.
Upon approval of the K3 petition by the USCIS, the applicant may apply
for a K3 visa stamp at the American consular office. A K3 visa applicant
is an intending immigrant and, therefore, must meet documentary requirements
similar to the requirements of an immigrant visa applicant. As soon as
the processing of a case is completed and the applicant has all necessary
documents, a consular officer will interview the foreign spouse. If found
eligible, a visa will be issued, valid for multiple entry during a period
of 24 months.
AFTER ENTRY INTO THE
The alien spouse must apply for work
authorization with the USCIS in order to accept employment in the
United States. The alien spouse must apply to the USCIS for permanent
residency (Green Card).
For marriages less than two years old, the applicant is initially granted
conditional resident status. After two years, the applicant may apply
to the USCIS for removal of the conditional status.
K3 VISA LAW LIBRARY
Affairs Manual 41.81 Notes - K Visas for Fiancees and Spouses
Affairs Manual 41.81 Procedural Notes - K Visa Procedures
Visa Application Procedures - State Department Cable
Marriage Broker Regulation Act - USCIS Guidance Memo
IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES
Marriage in China
Marriage in France
Marriage in Hong Kong
Marriage in Indonesia
Marriage in Italy
Marriage in Japan
Marriage in Malaysia
Marriage in Philippines
Marriage in Poland
Marriage in Russia
Marriage in Singapore
Marriage in Spain
Marriage in South Korea
Marriage in Taiwan
Marriage in Thailand
Marriage in Vietnam
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