What is Spouse of a U.S. Citizen Visa?
The Spouse of a U.S. Citizen visa, also known as the K-3 visa, is a nonimmigrant visa that allows the foreign spouse of a U.S. citizen
to enter the United States and apply for adjustment of status to become a lawful permanent resident
The K-3 visa was created to reduce the separation of families during the long processing times for immigrant visas for spouses of U.S. citizens.
To qualify for a K-3 visa, the foreign spouse must be legally married to a U.S. citizen
and have a pending immigrant visa petition (Form I-130) filed by the U.S. citizen spouse
The U.S. citizen spouse must also file a separate petition (Form I-129F) to request the K-3 visa for their spouse.
Once the foreign spouse enters the United States on a K-3 visa, they may apply for adjustment of status to become a lawful permanent resident.
The K-3 visa is valid for two years and can be extended if necessary.
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