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What is K3 Spouse Visa in the US?

When a foreign national marries a US Citizen, they are allowed to apply for a visa to enter the USA to shorten the physical detachment of the married couple. If you are a foreign citizen thinking of how to move to Canada or any state in the USA to be with your spouse, you need to apply first for a K3 spouse visa while waiting for the approval of the immigrant visa petition.

A spouse with an approved K3 spouse visa who wishes to permanently reside with his or her spouse needs to apply for a permanent residency under the Department of Homeland Security and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services once their petition has been approved. (1)

What is a K3 Visa?

The K3 visa classification falls under non-immigrant visas. This visa is filed by the spouse of the US Citizen from the country where they were married, while the petition for an immigrant visa is applied by the US Citizen. Once the K3 visa is approved, the non-immigrants are allowed to stay in the US until their petition is approved.

Bear in mind that when you are applying for a K3 visa, the filing process should be done in the country where the marriage took place. If you are married outside the US and the country does not have a US embassy or consulate, it should be filed in a country where they normally process a US visa.

If the petition for an immigrant visa filed by the US Citizen spouse was approved first, the application for the K3 visa will be closed, and the US Citizen spouse shall follow a new process.

Who Is Eligible for K3 Visa?

There are specific criteria for spouses who want to apply for a K3 spouse visa. The foreign national should be legally married to a US Citizen, wherein the couple is required to provide legal documents of their marriage.


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