of the most important principles in U.S. immigration
law is family unification. The K-3 visa is
one way that you can be united with your spouse
who is an American citizen, and you can eventually
obtain a "green card", which permits
you to reside permanently in the U.S..
assist U.S. citizen and foreign spouses become
united in the United States along with their
dependent family members through use of the K-3
and K-4 visas. We prepare the paperwork,
guide them through the ever-changing rules, regulations
and definitions, coordinate matters with the
U.S. government and Embassy abroad, and represent
the parties before the INS and U.S. Department
of State, as necessary. We guide
the parties through the initial visa stage, which
must be followed up with a residency application,
and see the couple through to the stage of Legal
Permanent Residence in the United States, obtaining
authorization for the foreign spouse to work
and travel while the lengthy process of Permanent
Residence winds its way through the U.S. immigration
K-3 Visa is outlined below.
-3 Visa is
available to an individual who is married to
a U.S. citizen. Although the K-3 visa is a nonimmigrant
visa, it should be understood as a visa that
is obtained as part of the process to obtain
Legal Permanent Residence in the United States.
may obtain a K-3 visa and your unmarried children
under 21 years of age may obtain K-4 visas
in order to come to the U.S. to be united with
your U.S. citizen spouse.
may apply to work immediately upon entering
you are unable to enter the U.S. with another
type of visa, the K-3 visa permits you to enter
the U.S. while you await the lengthy process
to become a Legal Permanent Resident.
are no quota restrictions on K-3 and K-4 visas,
and the processing times are relatively short.
Visa Prerequisites and Restrictions:
spouse must have already filed an immigrant
visa petition for you in for you to be eligible
for a K-3 visa.
period of admission to the U.S. is limited
to two years, during which time it is expected
that you will become a Legal Permanent Resident.
Extensions of stay are possible in certain
your Petition for Alien Relative or Application
for Adjustment of Status to that of Lawful
Permanent Residence is revoked or denied, or
you get divorced from the U.S. citizen petitioner,
your K-3 visa and all K-4 visas are automatically
terminated within 30 days of your exhaustion
of all administrative appeals, and you may be
required to leave the U.S.