Last updated on August 24th, 2018
The K-3 marriage visa allows immigrating spouses of United States citizens to enter into the United States while awaiting approval of their Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative. To be eligible for a K-3 Marriage Visa, you must be married to a U.S. citizen and awaiting approval of your Form I-130.
How Do I Apply for a K-3 Visa?
To apply for a K-3 visa, you must file a Form I-129F application. You will not be able to file this application until you have completed your Form I-130 and have received a confirmation letter (Form I-797) from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Once the USCIS approves your I-129F application, it will then forward it to the National Visa Center (NVC). If the NVC receives your Form I-129F before it receives your Form I-130, it will forward it to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country or nearest to the country where you were legally married. The U.S. Embassy will require you to undergo a medical examination and an interview to finalize your application.
Once Your K-3 Marriage Visa Application is Approved
If your K-3 application is approved, you may enter the United States immediately. Your K-3 visa is valid for two years, but it will expire automatically in 30 days if USCIS denies your I-130 petition, USCIS denies your Form I-485 petition, or you and your spouse divorce.
While in the United States, you are encouraged to begin your adjustment of status (green card) application even if your Form I-130 has not yet been approved. You may also file a Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization at the same time you apply for permanent residency if you would like to start working.
K-4 visas are also available for accompanying children.