A visa related to the K-1 visa is the K-3 visa. This is a non-immigrant visa for spouses of U.S. citizens. This visa category was created by legislation passed by Congress in December 2000 to address the unfair advantage K-1 visa beneficiaries had over beneficiaries of the green card process (see our Family-Based Immigration/Green Card Through Relatives section ). The K-1 visa process was simpler and faster, allowing beneficiaries to be reunited with their fiancé(e) faster than couples that were already married. Additionally, the immigrant fiancé(e) could be present in the U.S. with their U.S. citizen fiancé(e) during the pendency of their Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
The legislation that created the K-3 visa category allows a U.S. citizen to file a petition for their non-resident alien spouse in order to obtain a non-immigrant visa so they will be treated in a similar manner to a fiancé(e). The U.S. citizen spouse can then file an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status to adjust the status of their alien spouse to that of a legal permanent resident after their spouse enters the U.S.
Do you have a spouse residing in another country who you want to immigrate to the U. S.? Is it currently worthwhile to file for a K-3 visa, versus the traditional route for obtaining a green card? Please contact a Woodland Hills K-3 visa immigration attorney for a consultation so we can help you decide what to do, and file all the required documents for you. In addition to Woodland Hills, we provide immigration attorney services in a variety of other areas, including Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Burbank, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Eagle Rock, Encino, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Los Angeles, Mission Hills, Monterey Park, North Hollywood, Northridge, Pasadena, Reseda , San Fernando , Santa Clarita, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Warner Center, Winnetka, and West Hills. Even if your city is not listed, please don’t hesitate to contact us to see if we can help. Since immigration law is federal, we can help you wherever you live in the United States.