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K-3 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is K-3 visa?

The K-3 spouse visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows the spouses of U.S. citizens to enter into the U.S. and await the availability of an immigrant visa.


How do I qualify for K-3 visa?

To qualify for K-3 visa, you must be:

  • The foreign national spouse of a U.S. citizen
  • Residing outside the U.S.
  • Seeking to enter the U.S. to await the availability of an immigrant visa
  • Your U.S. citizen spouse must have filed a petition for alien relative, which must be pending

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What privileges do I enjoy on K-3 visa?

On K-3 visa, you may:

  • Reside in the U.S. with your family while waiting for the approval of your immigrant visa petition
  • Apply for a work permit
  • Travel outside of the U.S. on short trips and re-enter
  • Study in the U.S.

What are the limitations of K-3 visa?

On K-3 visa, you may not:

  • Change to any other nonimmigrant status
  • Enter into the U.S. if you have been temporarily barred for previous violation of the U.S. immigration laws

How long can I stay in the U.S. on K-3 visa?

The K-3 visa is valid for two years with multiple entries.

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