Get K3 Spouse Visa Help
From A U.S.A. Immigration Consultant
Congratulations – You’re in love!
You got married and want to bring your husband or wife to the United States. You’ve heard about the K3 spousal visa and you think it’s a great way to get your husband or wife to the USA faster.
You’ve done the hard part and now you’ve found me, Mike Corbett, to make the complicated part EASY for you.
As an experienced K3 Spousal visa immigration consultant, I’m here to help. Feel free at any time to Contact me for a Free Marriage Visa Consultation.
Attention: The U.S. Government K3 Visa Is No Longer Available.
You can start by forgetting anything good you may have been told or read about the K3 visa and its benefits, because….
Effective February 1, 2010, new procedures adopted by the National Visa Center have effectively rendered the K-3 spousal visa and K-4 visas for stepchildren, no longer available.
“How can this be?” you say. Let me start by saying my wife and daughter came to the USA with K3 and K4 visas back in 2006, when they were available, so I’m intimately familiar with the history and details.
The K-3 and K-4 visas for Spouse and Children are technically non-immigrant visas that theoretically allow the family to be reunited faster. Here is a brief overview but in virtually all cases, the original purpose of these visas has been rendered moot by changes in USCIS adjudication policies combined with the National Visa Center’s current procedures.
The history is explained below, but you’ll save time by concentrating on the currently available visa for the spouse of a US Citizen. It’s the CR1 Spousal visa. Click here for more information.
On December 21, 2000 the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act (LIFE Act) was signed into law. One of the provisions this legislation is the creation of K-3 and K-4 non-immigrant visas for spouses of US Citizens who are outside the US, and the children of those foreign spouses. These visas were created to allow reunification of families of US Citizens, by allowing the spouse and children to enter the United States as non-immigrants, and filing for Adjustment of Status inside the United States, rather than waiting for Consular immigrant visa processing. Provisions for processing for the K-3/K-4 became effective on August 14, 2001 after coordination required between USCIS ( then the “INS”) and the State Department.
Until November 2006, USCIS adjudicated petitions for CR1-2 and IR1-2 visas separately from the K-3 petition and at different service centers. In November 2006, USCIS changed its policy and began adjudicating the petitions together and with rare exceptions, completed adjudication or approved both petitions the same day. Effectively, this did away with the previous far shorter timelines for the K-3 and K-4 processes. It is because of both the significant additional fees for the K-3 and K-4 visas from petition to green card and the negligible time savings, that we seldom recommended this path to our clients after late 2006. The February 1, 2010 changes in National Visa Center procedures (Administratively closing the K3 spousal visa case when both approved cases arrive together as the virtually always have since early 2007), make these visas virtually obsolete.