Family Non-immigrant Visas

Family Non-immigrant Visas

The family non-immigrant visas are issued for the non-US citizens whose family or family members reside in the US. One of the major reasons for the formation of the category is to ensure that family members such as spouses or children do not have to stay away from when the Immigrant visa process takes a long or extended period.

Family Non-immigrant Visas

This involves a major role of professional aids before and during the process to ensure a smooth transition.

Nonimmigrant (V) Visa

The V visa is issued to the spouse or the children of the US LPR. The visa came into reckoning under the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act (LIFE Act). As the process of immigration to the US could be a long and hectic one, hence this visa intends to bridge the time gap in-between. The criteria to be met are as follows:

  • The initiation for the process of Petition for Alien Relative at the USCIS should be prior or on December 21, 2000
  • The priority or preferred date for the original petition must be 3 or more years old
  • No current immigrant visa already existing with the applicant
  • No ongoing process at the embassy for the petition already

Nonimmigrant K-3 Visa

(Validity: 2 years)

This is issued to a foreign citizen who happens to be the spouse of a US citizen. The idea is again to reduce the gap of separation during the processing of the immigrant Visa process filed already. The criteria are:

  • The full application for the process of immigrant visa is already filed
  • The application for K-3 visa should occur in a country outside the US

Nonimmigrant K-1 Visa

(Validity: 6 months)

The K-1 visa comes into reckoning for the foreign national fiancé of a US citizen who awaits the marriage shortly. The idea is to make sure that there is a legal means of entering the US for a lawful marriage and also to reduce the separation period. The criteria are:

  • The Wedding shall take place within the 90 days from the time of entry
  • The visa should be followed up with a process for the LPR status post the marriage

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