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K-3 Spouse Visa Process cr112

This is Fred Wahl the VisaCoach Todays topic is: What is the K-3 Spouse Visa? Visa Coach Fast, Easy and Personal I am Fred Wahl, the VisaCoach, I am known
for the personal one-on-one relationship that WE share, (thats you, me and your partner),
as WE work together, as a TEAM, to overcome the many challenges of immigration, Don’t risk your happiness, Don’t go this course
alone. Alone, its too easy for you to make mistakes
that cause tears, delays and expensive denials. Do Pick up the Phone and speak with me directly,
so that, you and I,can get to know each other. This is the free consultation I talk about
later. If we are compatible, thats the beginning
of our beautiful relationship to get you the immigration approvals you need. This is what two of my clients Elizabeth and
Tren, had to say: Tren comes from Vietnam and I helped him get
his Fiance visa and Green Card When I first met my husband I knew he was
the one I would marry. But I knew the lengthy process it would be
to bring him home with me to America. But I was determined and along the way I met
you Mr. Wahl, that made the process and anticipation much easier and faster. After only 6 months my husband
was on his way to me & I couldnt believe it was actually happening! & Its now a year later and I couldnt be happier! 🙂 We’re going now on
almost a year or marriage, a home in just a few short weeks. Lord only
knows whats in store in the near future. Now, lets talk about K-3 Spouse Visas.. In order to bring one’s foreign-born spouse
to the USA the American citizen or Lawful permanent resident applies for a
spouse visa. Originally two different spouse visas were
available the IR-1 Visa if the marriage had lasted over 2 years, and the CR1 Visa
if the marriage was less than two years old. Around 2001 it came to the attention of Congress
that while married couples had to wait for 2 years to get permission to start
their lives together in the USA, couples that were not yet married, who only
INTENDED to marry, were able to receive their visas much faster. It seemed to Congress that Americans who had
made solid marriage commitments were being penalized, having to wait so much
longer than what the fiance visa process offered. Congress suggested a solution, this was a
hybrid Visa that was half fiance visa and half spouse visa. This became the K-3 spouse visa. At that time while regular IR1 and CR1
spouse visas were taking 2 years, the K3 cut the waiting time in half, to
about a single year. The process to obtain a K-3 visa, combined
the steps needed to apply for a regular spouse visa AND the steps needed
to apply for a fiance visa. Actually,
it doubled the work for the applying couple. First a couple applies for a spouse visa following
all of the regular procedures one would use to apply using the I-130 form. They wait until receiving
confirmation from USCIS that the I-130 is in process, then submit a second petition
this time using the I-129F form which is normally used exclusively for fiance visas. Now two separate but fairly identical petitions
have been submitted and are in process at USCIS. If the two petitions were submitted close
upon the heels of each other the I-129f petition would be approved first then
passed on to the National Visa center and arrive at the consulate for issuance of
the K-3 Visa about a full year faster than a CR1 or IR1 visa. The K-3 visa when issued would allow the foreign
spouse to enter and exit the USA for up to two years,
and permit the spouse within those two years to apply to adjust status
and obtain permanent residency. The K-3 was a stopgap method that doubled
the work, but halved the waiting time. It became a popular choice. Fast forward to about 2013. By 2013 US immigration was doing a much better
job in processing regular IR-1 and CR-1 spouse visas. No longer was it taking 2 long years. Instead
processing times were reduced to about only 1 year. And one year, is about the same amount of
time that was needed for the hybrid K-3 Visa.. The K3 was invented to compensate for slow
processing times of the regular spouse visas. By 2013 the original problem was apparently
solved. Regular spouse visas are now being processed
in a reasonable time frame of about a year. The K-3 no longer has a speed advantage. In essence that
means the K-3 no longer is needed. Basically “Problem solved”. But, the K-3 visa is still on the books. The Department of State has not
removed it as an option from the list of available visas, And who knows,
it might be needed later, in case regular spouse visa processing slows down again. In the mean time, the Department of State
doesn’t want to process them, and in 2013 announced an official policy that
serves to make the K-3 Visa almost impossible to get. As described earlier, the K-3 application
process requires two petitions submitted to USCIS. Previously the I-129F K-3 petition had a speed
advantage over the regular I-130. But no that is no longer the case. Now both petitions are being processed just
as quickly. Department of State’s
new policy is they would only process whichever approval was granted first. If I-130 was approved first, then the IR-1
or CR-1 visa would be processed. If the I-129F was approved first then the
K-3 would be processed. But the race is fixed. The new more efficient USCIS processing, virtually
always approves the I-130 first, or both, on the same day. And I-130 first
or ties result in the regular spouse visa being processed, and the K-3 request being
ignored.. This has caused a huge decrease in the number
of K-3 visas actually issued. Three years after creation, by 2004, almost
14,000 K-3 visas were issued compared to 44,000 IR-1 and CR-1 visas. In 2015 there were approximately
108,000 regular IR1 or CR1 spouse visas approved, compared to only 182 K3 Visas. While a handful of K3 visas are still being
issued, for most it’s hardly worth the extra effort and cost to apply for
the K-3 knowing that the chances of it being eventually issued, are miniscule
compared to simply applying for the regular spouse visa. This was Fred Wahl, The VisaCoach Please “like” or add your comments to this
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before entering an arcane maze of rules, regulations and procedures, before commiting yourself
to a risky path that could mean an end to your happiness, speak with
the VisaCoach and ask for his Free Consultation. He listens to you to learn the red flags and
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the best strategy to get it, and how soon your love could join you. The friendly advice and wisdom he’ll freely
share with you, might make the difference between
approval and denial, and could save you months, or years, of lonliness and separation. What have you got to lose? Book your free consultation today.


  • Armando Munoz

    October 26, 2018

    Thank you for educating me on the k3 👍👍👍👊👊👊

  • GeshGret GeshGret

    March 13, 2019

    How much does it cost to ask help from VisaCoach? For 1R1 Visa in philippines.


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