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K3 – Spouse Visa

The K3 spouse visa is a non-immigrant marriage visa. This visa came into effect in April of 2001. The purpose of this visa was to bring the spouse of the US Citizen to the United States to live as well as work. This visa has a two year validity to enter the US until the immigration procedure.

The applicant of a K3 visa must be the legal spouse (wife/husband) of the US Citizen and be legal married. The applicant must also be eighteen years old to sign the affidavit.

When applying for the K3 visa be prepared to have the following documents for the process. You will need documents that prove the sponsor is a US Citizen. You will need copies of your marriage certificate. If either party has been married before and now divorced, they will have to supply the proof of termination from previous marriage (death or divorce certificate). They couple will need valid passports, birth certificates and medical examination certificate.

The American citizen must file Form I-130 to establish the relationship with the applicant and Form I-129F with the USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). These need filed before applying for the K3 spouse visa. The US citizen will receive a Notice of Receipt which will then allow the US Citizen to forward the application to the country where the marriage had taken place. Once the petition has been approved, the USCIS will forward the petition to the US consulate where the applicant had applied for the K# spouse visa. The process varies as it could take a few months or up to a year or more.

There are many benefits to using the K3 visa over the other immigration visas. It is best to read all the benefits for the various immigration visas and decide what is best for your situation. The sooner the process is complete, the sooner you will be with your loved one.

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