The K3 Visa processing time involves several stages and forms to be filed.
In the first place, you must apply for the K-3 visa in the country where the marriage took place.
With this form, you ask to establish your relationship with your alien relatives who wish to join you in the country.
- Form I-129F (Petition for Alien Fiancé(e))
If your spouse meets the requirements, you must fill out the Form I-129. At this stage of the application, you will need to provide any proof of identification such as your and your spouse’s passports. The USCIS will send your spouse a receipt within 30 days from the time the form is filed.
This process lasts about six to nine months. The I-129F petition is valid for four months from the date of its approval. However, a Consular Office can extend its validity if it expires before the K-3 visa process is completed.
If USCIS approves the I-130F before or at the same time as I-129F, your spouse and his or her children will no longer need a K-3 or K-4 visa. After having their I-130F approved, they must directly apply for immigrant visas. This will let them seek admission as lawful permanent residents.
- Form DS-160 and interview
After 30 days from the Form I-129 approval, your spouse will receive an invitation for an interview. It will take place at the U.S. embassy or consulate in your home country. The next step is to file the DS-160 visa application form and uploading it on the Department of State’s website. You will require a printed confirmation of this process, along with other documents.
The consular officer will ask to check your legal marriage certificate. Other documents you may be asked for are your most recent tax return and further proofs of marriage, such as wedding photographs. Moreover, your spouse must undergo a medical examination and meet specific vaccination requirements.
The interview will take place about 4-6 weeks after the date of the invitation. The final decision should be ready on the same day or shortly after.