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K-3 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Do I need to submit Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, along with my K-3 visa application?

No, you do not need to submit Form I-864, Affidavit of Support, until you file for adjustment of status to legal permanent resident in the U.S. The Form I-134, Affidavit of Support, for nonimmigrant visas may be deemed appropriate by the consular officer.


Can a consular officer approve Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance?

No, the Form I-129F , Petition for Alien Fiance, must be approved by the USCIS in the U.S. Neither consular officers nor USCIS offices overseas are delegated the authority to approve these petitions.

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Can I apply for K-3 status in the U.S. once the I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance is approved?

No, applicants in the U.S. may not change to K-3 status. K-3 status must be obtained at an American Consulate abroad.


Why is Form I-129F, Fiance Petition, also used for K-3 spouse visa?

To avoid any delay in the implementation of the K3 visa process the USCIS decided to use the I-129F, Fiance Petition, to process K-3 visa applications.


How long is the I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiance valid?

The Form I-129F petition is valid for four months from the date of USCIS approval. If the petition has expired, the consular officer may revalidate the petition for an additional four months.

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