Chicago K-3 Visa Attorney

Chicago K-3 Visa Attorney

Bringing Families Together in Chicago

Getting married is a life-changing event and a big step toward a new future. Separating from your spouse for whatever reason, whether for work or economic purposes, can strain the relationship enormously. The K-3 visa is a visa that is available to foreign partners of US citizens. Our team understands the stress of being separated from your partner and aims to ease your burden. We will stand by your side from the beginning and walk you through every step of the process. At Gilliam Law, we believe in family. You are not alone. Call us today for your Case Consult at 866-511-3422.

What is an K-3 Visa?

A K-3 Visa is a non-immigrant visa that helps foreign spouses enter the United States temporarily to be united with their partners while waiting for their immigrant visa approval. Most people decide, however, that a K-3 visa isn’t worth it because, in the time it takes to get it approved,  you can also apply for and be approved for your marriage visa, which is permanent. The K-3 visa adds an extra, often unnecessary, step and filing fee. Some couples still find themselves in situations where traveling down this path is helpful. Therefore, it is still beneficial to understand the requirements.

Who is Eligible for the K-3 Visa?

You are eligible for a K-3 visa if you meet the following requirements:

What is the Application Process for the K-3 Visa?

There are multiple steps to take to apply for the K-3 visa. It can be a long and frustrating process, but our team is here to help you every step of the way. The first step is to file form I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiance). The form’s title may sound misleading, but spouses are asked to use this form too. There is supporting documentation required alongside this form:

Make copies of everything you send to the USCIS, so you have proof of your file. Generally speaking, within 30 days, your spouse will receive notification from USCIS that they have received your file and are processing it. Processing times vary, but it usually takes between six to nine months. We understand that waiting can be difficult, so during this period, we are available to answer any questions or help ease your mind in any way we can.

What Happens During the Interview?

After you file your form I-129F, you will be notified (usually by email) of an appointment date and time for your visa interview at the US embassy in your home country. This email will also tell you what documents to prepare and bring to the interview. Contrary to popular belief, the point of the interview is not to trick you. The interviewer will not be purposefully cruel or deceitful. They only want to be sure that the relationship is valid and not only for immigration purposes and that no one is entering the country who should not otherwise be permitted. As long as you are honest and calm, everything should go well. Our team will help you prepare for your interview so you can feel confident beforehand.

You will need to bring:

What are the fees for the K-3 Visa?

A filing fee of $265 is usually collected at the time of your interview. However, pay attention to the embassy message regarding payment because it varies depending on your home country.

This is in addition to the fee your US citizen spouse paid to file the I-130 form, which is $535.

Other fees may include medical exams, passport photos, translation services, and other costs. Budgeting appropriately beforehand is a good idea when deciding to invest in a visa. Our team can help you and your partner develop the best plan for your future together.

Planning a future with your spouse in a new country is exciting. It is difficult to separate. No couple should begin their life together that way. Marriage is a bond that should last a lifetime. At Gilliam Law, We believe in strengthening families and bringing people together. We will work tirelessly to get your loved one home to you. Call us today for a Case Consult. 866-511-3422 Let us welcome you home.

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