K-3 Nonimmigrant Visa
K-3 visas are designed to reunite married couples when one spouse is a U.S. citizen and the other is a foreign national.
If you're seeking legal assistance for your K-3 visa application, the dedicated team at SimVisa is here to help. We understand the many complexities of the immigration process and offer the following benefits:
- Experienced K-3 visa lawyers
- Affordable, transparent fees for a smoother process
- Streamlined reunification in the U.S.
Get started today to put yourself on the fast track to reconnect with your spouse.
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How It WorksAOS -$3,200Get startedConsular - $2,900Get started*prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity
Step 1: Initial Consultation with SimVisa
Step 2: SimVisa Fills Out Your Immigration Applications
Step 3: SimVisa Prepares Application Package with Evidence
Step 4: A SimVisa Attorney Reviews Your Application Package
Step 5: SimVisa Submits an Application to USCIS For You
Step 6: SImVisa Handles All Communications with USCIS
Step 7: SimVisa Monitors Your Case From Start To Finish
Have you started your application and then gotten confused? Are you worried you might make a mistake or leave out important supporting documents? SimVisa is the solution. We understand you might want to save on lawyer fees and file on your own. You can relax because SimVisa will prepare your application under the supervision of an immigration attorney. You will even get a one hour video conference with an immigration attorney after SimVisa prepares your forms.
How It Works*prices do not include government fees and may vary based on case complexity
Step 1: SimVisa collected information and documents from you through our online portal
Step 2: Simvisa fills out your forms and prepares your supporting documents
Step 3: A SimVisa immigration attorney goes over your filled-out application and supporting documents with you (1-hour video consultation)
Step 4: Simvisa finalizes your packet with attorney approval
Step 5: We deliver your packet to your door
Step 6: You file with USCIS
All You Need to Know
Skilled K-3 Visa Attorneys
SimVisa is a trusted immigration law firm dedicated to providing exceptional legal services for individuals and families navigating the U.S. immigration system. Based in Chicago, our firm serves clients nationwide, helping them reunite with their loved ones overseas.
We understand the unique challenges that come with obtaining a K-3 visa. Our experienced immigration attorneys are well-versed in the intricacies of immigration law and know all the ins and outs of K-3 visa applications. We proudly offer clients an accelerated pathway to bring their loved ones to the United States.
What Is a K-3 Visa?
The K-3 visa is a nonimmigrant visa category designed to facilitate the reunion of married couples when one spouse is a U.S. citizen and the other is a foreign national. Its primary purpose is to allow the foreign spouse to enter the United States while awaiting the approval of their immigrant visa application. This can help couples avoid long separations.
Who Is Eligible for a K-3 Visa?
Eligibility for a K-3 visa is primarily based on the marital relationship between the U.S. citizen petitioner and the foreign national spouse. To qualify for a K-3 visa, the following conditions must be met.
The petitioner must be a U.S. citizen, and there must be a valid and legally recognized marriage between them and the foreign spouse. This means common-law marriages and those considered valid under U.S. law may not qualify. The K-3 visa isn’t available to spouses of U.S. green card holders.
Immigrant Visa Petition
The U.S. citizen petitioner must have filed Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, and Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé, on behalf of the foreign spouse with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Intent to Live Together
The petitioner and their foreign spouse must have the genuine intention to live together as husband and wife in the United States once the immigrant visa is approved.
The foreign spouse must meet the standard requirements for admissibility into the United States. As such, they can display no factors that would make them inadmissible, such as a criminal history or certain disqualifying health conditions.
Purpose of Visa
The primary purpose of the K-3 visa is to allow the foreign spouse to enter the U.S. temporarily to await the processing of their immigrant visa. Therefore, the couple must intend to live together in the U.S. for the entire duration of this period.
It's important to note that eligibility requirements and procedures may change over time, and there may be additional requirements or considerations depending on your individual circumstances.
How Long Does It Take to Process a K-3 Visa Application?
The average processing time for a K-3 visa is around 19 months, nearly equivalent to the timeline for USCIS to approve a marriage green card. Given this prolonged processing period, many find the K-3 visa option less appealing due to the added complexity and expense, which includes fees for each document filed.
If you're uncertain about the best path for your situation, SimVisa can provide valuable guidance. Complete our simple five-minute questionnaire to get assistance exploring your visa alternatives. Start your journey today!
K-3 Visa Process
The process of obtaining a K-3 visa involves several steps, from filing the initial petitions to the eventual arrival of the foreign spouse in the United States. Here's a general overview.
1. File Form I-130
The process begins with the U.S. citizen petitioner filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with USCIS. This form establishes the qualifying relationship between the U.S. citizen and the foreign spouse.
2. File Form I-129F
Simultaneously or shortly after filing Form I-130, the petitioner should file Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé, also with USCIS. This petition is used to request K-3 nonimmigrant status for the foreign spouse while the immigrant visa petition (Form I-130) is pending.
3. Await USCIS Processing
USCIS reviews and processes both Form I-130 and Form I-129F. If they approve the latter, the agency will forward the document to the National Visa Center (NVC).
4. Await NVC Processing
Once the NVC receives Form I-129F, they’ll assign a case number and forward it to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the foreign spouse's home country.
5. Await Embassy/Consulate Processing
Next, the U.S. Embassy or Consulate will contact the foreign spouse with instructions on how to proceed with the K-3 visa application. This may include completing Form DS-160, undergoing a medical examination, and attending an interview.
6. Attend a K-3 Visa Interview
The foreign spouse must submit to an interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their home country. During the interview, they’ll need to provide documentation demonstrating the bona fide nature of their marriage.
7. Receive the K-3 Visa
If their interview is successful, the foreign spouse will be issued a K-3 visa, allowing them to travel to the United States.
8. Reunite in the U.S.
Upon arrival in the U.S., the foreign spouse can live and work legally while awaiting the approval of their immigrant visa application.
9. File for Adjustment of Status (Form I-485)
Once within the United States, the foreign spouse can file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, to obtain lawful permanent resident status (green card).
How SimVisa Can Help with K-3 Visas
We understand that immigration laws can be complex and potentially confusing. That's why we focus on offering authoritative insight and ensuring a smooth, successful journey for petitioners and their spouses.
Here's how we can assist you with your K-3 visa:
- Evaluating Your Case: We’ll assess your eligibility and present a clear summary of your options.
- Preparing Documents: Our legal professionals will meticulously prepare and review all required documents for accuracy and completeness.
- Gathering Evidence: We’ll advise you as you collect essential evidence to support your case and demonstrate the bona fide nature of your marriage.
- Completing Forms: Our team can help you fill out forms correctly and submit them in a timely manner.
- Handling Requests for Evidence: If necessary, we can help you respond to Requests for Evidence (RFE) to strengthen your case.
- Managing Appeals: In the event of a denial, we can review your case and file an appeal on your behalf.
- Offering Continued Support: We’ll keep you informed about your case's progress and provide support every step of the way.
Choosing SimVisa means getting it right the first time, which in turn means saving time, money, and the stress of potential setbacks. While results can never be guaranteed, our team boasts a 98% success rate with our immigration services. Let us help you navigate the K-3 visa process and pave the way for a prompt reunion.
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Why Choose SimVisa?
When it comes to visas, results are everything. The capable legal team at SimVisa boasts a remarkable success rate of 98%, demonstrating our commitment to client success. Choose us for:
- Extensive experience in K-3 visas and immigration law
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Our lawyers are ready to help you take the first steps toward a brighter future by obtaining a K-3 visa for your spouse.
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Our clients have a lot of questions. Here are the answers to some of those most frequently asked.
Can my children accompany me on a K-3 visa?
Yes. The unmarried children (under 21) of the foreign spouse applying for the K-3 visa can generally accompany them to the United States. These children can apply for K-4 visas, which allow them to enter and reside in the U.S. with their parents.
Can I work in the United States on a K-3 visa?
K-3 visa holders are eligible to apply for work authorization in the United States by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Once approved, they can legally work while awaiting approval of their immigrant visa.
What happens after I enter the United States on a K-3 visa?
After entering the U.S., you can live with your citizen spouse and any accompanying children. Your next step will be to file for adjustment of status to become a lawful permanent resident. While your Form I-485 is pending, you can continue to live and work legally in the United States, and you'll be able to travel outside the country with advance parole.