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If you and your fiancé(e) want to settle in the United States with your dependent children, you can apply for the K-2 Visa for your child.
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- What are the requirements of the K-2 Visa?
- How to apply for the K-2 dependent visa
- What documents do you need?
- Application fees
- Waiting time
- How long does the visa last?
- Can you extend the K-2 Visa?
- How IAS can help
- Frequently asked questions
What is a K-2 Visa?
A K-2 Visa allows the unmarried children (under 21 years of age) ofK-1 Fiancé Visaholders to come to the US.
It is a non-immigrant and derivative visa which means that it does not grant the holder with an immigration status and is based on the parent’s visa.
Following the marriage of the parent to their fiancé(e), the K-2 Visa holder must apply for a required adjustment of status which is most commonly for permanent residence (also known as thegreen card).
It is possible for the child to accompany their parent or alternatively, join them within 12 months from the date of the visa being issued.
Another requirement of this visa is that the child is unmarried. In addition, the marriage between the fiancé(e) and the US citizen must take place before the child reaches the age of 21 years.
It is possible for K-2 Visa holders to apply to work and study in the US. However, it is not possible for holders to change to another non-immigrant status.
If the applicant has a prior immigration violation, it may not be possible to apply for this visa.
If the parent and their partner are already married, they must instead file anapplication form for a K-4 Visato seek the child’s admission to the U.S. To be eligible, the request must be submitted along with theK-3 Visa application.
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What are the requirements for the K-2 Visa?
If you are applying for the K-2 Visa, there are a number of eligibility requirements that you must demonstrate you meet.
The primary requirements include:
- The holder must be an unmarried child aged under 21 years
- The holder’s parent must be a K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa holder
- The parents must plan to marry according to the timeline of their visa conditions
- The child must have a clear criminal history
- The child must not have a record of having violated US immigration laws
- The child will have to undergo an immigration medical check
To give you the best chance for a successful decision, it is important to complete the application thoroughly and to a high standard.
If you have questions about your K-2 Visa application, contact an immigration lawyer for advice on your specific case.
How to apply for a K-2 Visa
Like all visas, there are a number of stages involved in applying for the K-2 Visa. The first step in the process is filing a petition with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
You will receive notice that your application is under review and you will receive confirmation from the National Visa Center (NVC).
The NVC will provide an overview of the documents you need to submit with your application. You should prepare the relevant documents and submit them with the appropriate fee.
When the US consulate receives your application, you will be asked to schedule a medical check with an approved physician. It is important to provide evidence of vaccination history at this appointment where relevant.
The next stage of the application process is the visa interview. It may be possible for the K-1 and K-2 visa interviews to take place at the same time. The child may be interviewed also, depending on their age.
What documents do you need?
Although you may meet all the eligibility requirements of the visa, you must demonstrate evidence of this by submitting the required documents.
It is crucial that you submit the documents in the format and way specified by USCIS or you may risk your application being denied due to a lack of accuracy.
The following documents will be necessary to bring to the visa interview:
- The completed Form DS-160 (the online non-immigrant visa application) for each applicant
- A passport with validity for travel up to at least six months after the intended stay
- Birth certificate
- Any divorce or death certificates of previous spouses of either the parent applicant or their sponsor
- Police certificates from the current country of residence
- Medical examination certificates
- Evidence of the ability of the parent to financially support themselves and their dependents
- Two passport-style photographs (adhering to the USCIS standard)
- Evidence of the relationship between the parent and the fiancé(e)
- Proof of payment of fees
You should be prepared to submit further information where required by the consular office. If any official documents are not in English, you will be required to submit certified translations.
There are a number of fees that must be paid when submitting the K-2 Visa. These include filing fees, embassy fees and (where relevant) biometric fees.
The initial fee is part of the I-129F filing fee.Form I-129Fis used to petition USCIS to bring your fiancé(e) (K-1) and their child dependent (K-2) to the US. The cost of this fee is $535.
The next fee is the embassy fee. This usually costs approximately $265, however, embassy fees vary from country to country. You should check in advance how much your local embassy charges.
The other fee associated with the K-2 Visa is the biometrics fee ($85). You will be instructed on how to provide your information while completing your appointment.
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The waiting time for a K-2 Visa is relatively short when compared to some other US visas. The majority of applicants will receive a decision within 4-6 months.
You can check the status of your petition on the USCIS website once you submit Form I-129F.
As soon as your application has been received by the NVC from the embassy or consulate, the length of time you have to wait to receive a decision on your application will vary depending on your circumstances.
It is extremely important that you submit a complete and accurate application with all the required documentation to ensure that your case is not delayed.
If you have any concerns about your application, contact IAS for a discussion about how we can assist with your case.
How long does the visa last?
As a non-immigrant visa, the K-2 Visa is issued for 90 days, allowing the applicant to come to the US in this time.
It is a requirement that the fiancé(e) and the US-based parent marry each other within this 90-day timeframe. If the marriage does not take place, the K-2 Visa holder must leave the US within 30 days.
The total length of time that the visa lasts is 120 days. In most cases, the visa holder should file a petition for permanent residence (green card) following the marriage of the parents.
The K-1 Fiancé Visa holder can then apply for permanent residence within thefamily visa category.
Can you extend the K-2 Visa?
No, it is not possible to extend the K-2 Visa. As a non-immigrant visa, it is essentially a temporary visa issued on the condition of a marriage between the visa holder’s parents and cannot be renewed.
However, it is possible to switch to another visa category to apply to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States.
This LPR immigration status gives you more freedom and rights and is a route towards US citizenship and naturalization.
We will provide you with ongoing support and advice to ensure that you receive the highest level of service with your immigration case.
Our friendly client care team are on hand to provide additional care support should you need anything throughout the process.
How IAS can help
The IAS has helped many clients with K-2 Visas and we look forward to assisting with your case. We understand how important it is to be able to join your loved ones settling in the US.
Some of the support we can provide includes:
- Checking to see if your children are eligible
- Helping you fill in a comprehensive portfolio to support your application
- Checking if you need a translation of any document that is not written in English
- Help through the K-2 Visa process
- Completion of your application form to the highest standard
Call us on+1 844 290 6312for a confidential discussion about how we can assist you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
There are a number of advantages to applying for the K-2 Visa. If your children are eligible, their visa will be approved at the same time as your K-1 Fiancé Visa, which makes the process easier. As well as this, your children can reside in the U.S. with their parents while waiting for their marriage to take place. Your children will be allowed to study and apply for Employment Authorization I-765 and once you are married to your US-based partner, your children can apply for permanent residence in the U.S.
There are a number of advantages to applying for the K-2 Visa. If your children are eligible, their visa will be approved at the same time as your K-1 Fiancé Visa, which makes the process easier.
As well as this, your children can reside in the U.S. with their parents while waiting for their marriage to take place.
Your children will be allowed to study and apply for Employment Authorization I-765 and once you are married to your US-based partner, your children can apply for permanent residence in the U.S.
Any K-2 visa that you have requested for your eligible children will be released at the same time as your K-1 Visa. However, it may take between 4 to 6 months to process Form I-129 and then grant your visa.
Any K-2 visa that you have requested for your eligible children will be released at the same time as your K-1 Visa.
However, it may take between 4 to 6 months to process Form I-129 and then grant your visa.
How do I add my child to my fiancé visa? ›
If your fiancé(e) has a child who is under 21 and unmarried, the child may be eligible to come to the United States on a K-2 nonimmigrant visa. You must include the names of your fiancé(e)'s children on the Form I-129F if you wish to bring them to the United States.Can I petition my fiancé with her child? ›
As a U.S. citizen, you may petition to bring your: Fiancé(e) (K-1 visa) and their children (K-2 visa) to the U.S. so you may marry your fiancé(e); or. Spouse (K-3 visa) and their children (K-4 visa) to the U.S. to apply for lawful permanent resident status.How much is a K-1 visa with a child? ›
The cost for a K-1 visa can range from $1,000 to $5,000 including government fees, medical exam, and legal assistance.What is the 2 year requirement for K-1 visa? ›
One of the key requirements to qualify for the K-1 visa is that the foreign partner and U.S. sponsor must have met in person in the two years prior to the date of filing the Form I-129F (“Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)”).How do I add my child to my immigrant visa application? ›
They simply need to list their names on the petition for the foreign national parent. However, each child must file their visa application separately after USCIS approves the I-130 petition. Sometimes a child will be born, adopted, or otherwise added to the family after USCIS approves the I-130 petition.How do I add dependents to my U.S. visa application? ›
To do this, first, complete one DS-160. On the “Thank You” page that follows the confirmation page, you'll see an option to create a family application. Remember, while this will automatically complete some parts of the DS-160 for each family member, everyone still needs their own individual DS-160.How do I petition my spouse and stepchild? ›
You may petition for your stepchild by filing a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with USCIS on behalf of your stepchild. If your stepchild resides abroad, after USCIS approves your Form I-130, it will transfer your case to the National Visa Center to begin consular processing.How long does the K 2 visa take? ›
It usually takes around 4 to 6 months for the US Embassy to process K2 visa. The validity of a K2 visa is 90 days within which the applicant must file a petition for immigration (permanent resident status).Can a U.S. citizen petition for a stepchild? ›
It's important to note that only a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident can petition the U.S. government for a stepchild's immigration. The stepchild cannot petition for themselves. To petition the U.S. government for a green card on your stepchild's behalf, you need Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative.What is the minimum age for K-1 visa? ›
In general, you must be at least 18 years of age to be the beneficiary of a fiancé visa. Further, you must meet all of the normal marriage eligibility requirements. The K-1 fiancé visa is a great way for you to come to the United States to plan your upcoming wedding.
What is the minimum income for K-1 visa? ›
How much income is needed for a K-1 visa? In terms of K1 visa requirements, the U.S. citizen fiancé is required to make a minimum of $22,887 for a household of two. There can be additional income requirements, and applicants are encouraged to review the USCIS website.Why do K1 visas get denied? ›
Applications for K-1 visas may be denied or rejected for a variety of reasons, including a suspect relationship, ineligibility to marry, a lack of money, or no plans to get married within 90 days. Naturally, fraudulent applications also lead to a fiancé(e) visa denial or refusal.Does immigration look at age difference for a K-1 visa? ›
Age differences between couples is common and generally accepted by USCIS when applying for a K1 Fiance Visa. However, large differences in a couples ages will result in closer scrutiny of your case. I routinely see cases that are approved where the age difference between the couple is 20 to 30 years.Is getting a K-1 visa difficult? ›
Ultimately, it is up to the applicants to decide how difficult getting a K-1 visa for the foreign national will be. Even though there are many supporting documents required for obtaining a K-1 visa, if all requirements are proven and/or satisfied, the process itself will be simple.How long does it take to get a k1 visa in 2023? ›
K-1 Visa Processing Time
Boundless tracks USCIS data by field office every month. Based on our analysis, the processing timeline for a K-1 application currently averages 14-19 months (as of May 11, 2023).
For minor children of U.S. citizens (children under age 21): The entire process will generally take 10-13 months. There is no limit on the number of immigrant visas for children of U.S. citizens who are younger than 21. After beginning the immigrant petition process, they can usually get a green card in a year or less.What is the age limit for dependent visa in USA? ›
Only the spouse and unmarried minor children (under 21 years old) are eligible to enter the United States in a dependent status. Frequently, international students and scholars wish to invite their parents or other family members to the U.S. to attend graduation or for a visit.Are stepchildren considered immediate family to USCIS? ›
USCIS does consider a stepchild who is under the age of 21 and who is unmarried to be immediate family. Because these children fall under the immediate family category, a U.S. green card is immediately available to them.How long does it take to get a k4 visa? ›
The K-3 visa allows the alien spouse and his or her children to enter the United States in K-3/K-4 status within approximately 5-7 months. It will take an additional 4-5 months for the I-485 green card application to be adjudicated from the date of filing.What is the definition of stepchild for immigration purposes? ›
For the purpose of this, a “stepchild” refers to the biological child of a foreign-born spouse married to a U.S. citizen or individual with permanent resident status. Therefore, you (the spouse – American citizen or lawful permanent resident) will be making a request for your stepchild or stepchildren.
Is K1 or K2 visa faster? ›
Application Process and Timeline for Fiancé(e) and Spousal Visa. If your main goal is to get to the U.S. as quickly as possible, then the K-1 fiancé(e) visa is likely the fastest option. But if your goal is to get an actual green card as soon as possible, then a marriage-based visa will be quicker.Can K2 visa apply for SSN? ›
2# Can a K-2 Visa holder get an SSN card? As a holder of a K2 visa, you are eligible to obtain an SSN; however, you must first obtain an EAD from the USCIS before applying for an SSN. Employment authorization is one of the documents required when applying for a Social Security number as a K-2 visa holder.How much is the fee for I-130 for a child? ›
What Is the Filing Fee? The filing fee for Form I-130 is $535. The filing fee for this petition cannot be waived.How long does it take for I-130 petition for a child? ›
How long does the I-130 petition process take? For immediate relatives (spouse or unmarried child) of a U.S. green card holder (legal permanent resident) living abroad, processing times for Form I-130 currently vary between 17-33 months. For those living in the U.S., the processing time is currently 13.5-23.5 months.How many times can you apply for K-1 visa? ›
According to the Immigration Marriage Brokers Act of 2005, a US citizen can only petition for two K1 visas. If the first marriage fails or never occurs, the American petitioner must wait two years to apply for a new K-1 visa, even if it is on behalf of the same person.How long do you have to be in a relationship for a K-1 visa? ›
There is no set time that you have to be in a relationship to qualify for a K-1 visa, but you must be able to prove that your relationship is genuine and not solely for immigration purposes.What is the alternative to K-1 visa? ›
A K-3 visa is similar to a fiancé(e) visa for married couples — it requires the same form as the K-1: the I-129F. In this case, you can file a petition for a K-3 visa after the I-130 petition is filed, and USCIS issues a receipt.How much does it cost to sponsor a K-1 visa? ›
The government filing fees for getting a K-1 visa is $800 or $2025 for the K-1 visa and the “Adjustment of Status” form required to transfer from a K-1 visa to a marriage green card after arriving in the United States. This does not include the typical cost of the required medical exam, which varies by provider.Can I live in the US while waiting for K-1 visa? ›
Can I Stay in the U.S. While Waiting For K1? A foreign national cannot reside in the U.S. on a tourist visa or Visa Waiver while waiting for a K1 Fiance visa or K3 Spousal visa. However, you can use a B-2 tourist visa or the Visa Waiver Program for a temporary visit.Are you financially responsible for someone on a K-1 visa? ›
When you sign the affidavit of support, you accept legal responsibility for financially supporting the sponsored immigrant(s), generally until they become U.S. citizens or are credited with 40 quarters of work.
Is there an interview for K-1 visa? ›
The K1 visa interview is mandatory, so you must be prepared to answer questions about your fiancé, about you, and all the details about your relationship. The K-1 interview isn't a scary process, but you can expect the K-1 interview questions to be personal.How often do fiancé visas get denied? ›
As further proof: the Department of State refusal statistics for fiancées/fiancés. According to those statistics, approximately 20,000 K-1 fiancées/fiancés every year are denied visas when they go to their interviews at the embassy. This is nearly 40% of the total number of K-1 visa applicants.What is the failure rate of K-1 visa? ›
Department of State refusal statistics for the K-1 visa reveal that there are about 40,000 denials each fiscal year. This is a 40% visa rejection rate of the total number of K-1 visa applications.Is it worth getting a lawyer for K-1 visa? ›
An attorney who is familiar with the K1 fiancé visa process can help to ensure that all of your forms are filled out correctly, that you submit the appropriate documents, and that you do not experience avoidable delays in the processing of your case.How can I speed up my K-1 visa? ›
You can generally request expedited processing by calling the USCIS Contact Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833) or by asking Emma after you have obtained a receipt notice.Is K-1 visa faster than I 130? ›
Citizens, the K1 Fiance Visa is still quicker and simpler for unmarried international couples seeking to get married. Marriage Visas generally take between 5-7 months from the time the I-130 Petition is filed at a USCIS Service Center to the day a Marriage Visa is issued. First, the Petition is filed with the USCIS.Can you bring a child on a K-1 visa? ›
K-2 visas are for the children of K-1 applicants. A K-2 applicant must be under the age of 21. Note: Unmarried children under 21 years old may accompany the parent to the United States or may apply for a visa later.What is the 2 year rule for K-1 visa? ›
One of the requirements is that the foreign national applicant (k1 visa) should have had a physical (in person) meeting with their future spouse ( U.S citizen petitioner) within the past two years of the application filing date. This is also commonly referred to as the two-year meeting requirement.Can I marry my fiancé while waiting for K-1 visa? ›
Long and the short of it is, don't get married if you have a pending fiance case. And that's true whether it's pending at USCIS, pending at the National Visa Center briefly, or pending at the embassy itself. Until you have that visa, and I would argue until you get to the United States, you should not get married.Which is faster fiance visa or spouse visa? ›
When you use RapidVisa, the K1 fiancé visa as of 2023 typically takes between 13 and 18 months, and the CR1 spousal visa typically takes between 9 and 13 months. Keep in mind that the processing time can be longer — sometimes more than a year — depending on your specific situation.
What is better a fiance visa or spouse visa? ›
Marriage visas make it possible to be married outside of the United States, whereas fiance visas make it possible for the ceremony to take place within the United States. Some couples prefer having the ceremony abroad to be together with family (or for other reasons).Can I get a visa for my stepchild? ›
You may petition for your stepchild by filing a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with USCIS on behalf of your stepchild. If your stepchild resides abroad, after USCIS approves your Form I-130, it will transfer your case to the National Visa Center to begin consular processing.How do I add a family member to CEAC? ›
On the case summary page's status chart, there are two buttons under “Applicant Information.” To add or remove a family member from your case, click on the appropriate button. You will have to enter information about your family member, including name, address, email, and relationship to you.Can you expedite K-1 visa if pregnant? ›
In most cases USCIS has expedite criterias and in most cases a pregnancy does apply unless it causes severe financial loss or is an extreme emergent situation.How do I add a child to my DS-160? ›
The application process for children is the same as for adults—you will need to complete the DS-160 application form, pay the visa fee, and schedule an appointment. A biological parent or legal guardian should attend the interview.Do I need to fill separate DS-160 for my wife and child? ›
You have to fill a separate DS-160 for each candidate. So you have to fill out one on behalf of your dependent minor as well. You have to sign as the parent/legal guardian of the minor. But create a group application so that all members of the family get visa stamping on the same day.Can I add a family member to DS-160 after submitting? ›
After filling out one DS-160 form, additional forms for family members can be added. Following the confirmation page, you will have the option to create a family application. A family application can automatically fill in fields for multiple family members.How long does it take for a U.S. citizen to petition a stepchild? ›
It can take between 6 and 19 months for the U.S. government to approve a petition for a stepchild. However, every situation is different – and your case may be processed faster (or slower) than the average. If USCIS asks for more information, you should get it to them as soon as possible.Is a stepchild an immediate relative for immigration purposes? ›
Stepkids who are under the age of 21 and who are not married are considered immediate relatives of an American citizen. Based on that relationship, the children can obtain green cards. You or your attorney can file a Form I-130 on each child's behalf.What is family sponsored visa application? ›
What is the Family Sponsorship Visa? A family sponsorship visa is a visa that allows US citizens to sponsor family members to move to the US and live there permanently.
How long does it take to get I-130 for a child over 21? ›
On average, you can expect to wait around 3-4 years to receive an I-130 petition approval as the unmarried son or daughter over age 21 of a U.S. citizen or green card holder. Once the I-130 petition is approved, adult sons and daughters must wait for an immigrant visa number to become available.What is the K-1 visa loophole? ›
The regulations provide a loophole allowing a waiver to the physical meeting. This waiver has been written to allow couples with special circumstances to skip the meeting, specifically if the meeting will cause unusual hardship or violates strict cultural or religious practices.Can my fiancé visit me while waiting for K-1 visa? ›
Can my fiancé visit me in the US while waiting for a K-1 fiancé visa? Yes – your fiancé may visit the US, so long as they have a valid B-1/B-2 visa or ESTA.