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What is a K-3 Visa?

Happy CoupleThe K-3 visa is a non-immigrant visa reserved for the spouse of a U.S. citizen. This visa category is intended to shorten the physical separation between the foreign and U.S. citizen spouses by having the option to obtain a nonimmigrant K-3 visa overseas and enter the United States to await approval of the immigrant visa petition. Once a K-3 visa holder enters the United States, he or she can proceed with the immigration process to apply for a green card/permanent resident status through adjustment of status.

What is the concept behind a K-3 Visa?

The concept behind the K-3 visa is to compensate for the delays experienced by married couples as they wait for approval of their Form I-130. The good thing about a K-3 Visa is that you will not have to submit a whole separate application to adjust status and get a green card after you are in the U.S.; instead, you can obtain an immigrant visa at the consulate, which makes you a permanent resident the minute you enter the United States.