What is a K Visa?
The K Visa is for foreign fiancé(e)s to enter the United States to marry a U.S. citizen. It is also available to foreign spouses of U.S. citizens and permits the spouse to enter the U.S. to complete the immigrant visa process.
There are four types of K Visas:
- K1 – Alien Fiancé(e)
- K2 – Alien Fiancé(e)’s Children
- K3 – Alien Spouse
- K4 – Alien Spouse’s Children
The K-1 visa is for the fiancé(e) of a U.S. citizen. K-2 visas are available for minor children of the K-1 visa holder. The K-1 visa holder may also qualify for a work permit upon arrival in the U.S.
The K-3 visa is for the foreign spouse of a U.S. citizen, not a fiancé(e).
In theory, the K-3 visa category is supposed to shorten the amount of time the spouses are separated by allowing the foreign spouse to enter the U.S. while waiting for a decision on a pending relative petition. However, in practice this process is usually longer and more expensive depending on USCIS processing times and the specific U.S. Consulate involved.
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