We help you getting your U.S. K-3 Visa in Ghana
The K-3 non-immigrant visa is issued to a foreign national spouse of a U.S. citizen. This category is intended to shorten the physical separation between the foreign national and the U.S. citizen spouse by having the option to obtain a non-immigrant K-3 Visa overseas and to enter the U.S. to await the approval of their immigrant visa petition.
The K-3 visa entitles the holder to enter and reside in the U.S. as a non-immigrant until the immigrant visa petition filed by the petitioner is approved and the holder is able to obtain immigrant visa status.
Unmarried children under 21 years of age of a K-3 applicant derive K-4 non-immigrant visa status from the K-3 parent and are entitled to apply with the applicant if the children’s names have been included in the K-3 visa petition.
The Application Process
Documents required in support of the application
What happens after a K-3 visa is issued?
Once a K-3 visa is issued, the consular officer will give the applicant their passport with the K-3 visa and a sealed packet containing the civil documents they provided plus other documents prepared by the U.S. embassy or consulate. The visa will be good for multiple entries to the U.S. for up to 10 years, or in the case of children for up to the child’s 21st birthday. Normally the applicant must use the visa within 6 months, although the consulate can extend this period if necessary
The inspection process during entry typically involves a U.S. border officer opening the sealed envelope containing the visa documents and making sure the applicant has not used fraud. The border officer has expedited removal power which means that the officer can turn the applicant right around and send them home if anything appears wrong in the applicant’s packet or with answer to the officer’s questions. When the officer is satisfied that everything is in order, they will stamp the applicant’s passport to show that they are now a K-3 visa holder.
If the applicant has accompanying children they must enter the U.S. at the same time as the applicant or after the applicant’s entry. The applicant can apply for a work permit once they are in the U.S.