US K-3 Marriage Visa
What is a marriage visa? How do marriage visas differ from fiancee visas?
Marriage (K-3) visas are intended for the spouses of US citizens. Fiancee (K-1) visas are non-immigrant visas which allow fiancees of US citizens to travel to the US for marriage with US citizens.
Marriage visa can actually have two meanings. The first is an immigrant visa for an immediate relative. More frequently a marriage visa refers to a K-3 visa, or a non-immigrant visa which allows the spouses of US citizens to reside in the US while their immigration petition is being processed. (Read a comparision of K1 Fiancee Visas and K3 Marriage Visas.)
What are the requirements for a K-3 marriage visa?
In addition to being legally married according to the laws of the country in which the marriage took place, both the US citizen petitioner and K-3 marriage visa applicant must meet certain requirements.
The US citizen petitioner must:
- Be deemed able to support the applicant in the US (usually by evidence of having an income slightly higher than the poverty line or if unemployed evidence of assets)
- Meet certain character and legal requirements
Marriage visa applicants must also meet legal and health requirements. Applicants not meeting these requirements are sometimes eligible for a waiver.
US citizens who have petitioned for a K visa within the past 2 years or who have filed petitions with regard to two or more foreign nationals in their lifetime, may require a waiver for their spouse to be able to proceed with the application process. (Read more about the International Marriage Broker Regulation Act).
Why should I hire your firm to handle my marriage visa case?
Our firm is managed by a licensed American attorney who has been practicing immigration law since 1987 and is a member of the American Immigrations Lawyer Association (AILA). Our firm specializes in US Family Based Immigration and has overseen the filing of hundreds of US immigration claims, including exclusion and waiver cases.
A Thailand based US Immigration attorney is the most logical choice to handle the US family based immigration claims for Thai nationals (and nationals of surrounding nations) because the majority of the application is processed through the consular office in Bangkok. The Bangkok USCIS Service Center, is one of only 3 regional centers outside of the US, and has administrative jurisdiction over all of Asia.
Our partners also include qualified Thai attorneys, trained in US immigration law, and qualified and experienced Thai family lawyers.
Want to know more? Read more FAQs about the K3 visa, check out our Fiancee Visa FAQ, K1 vs K3 Comparision FAQ, Immediate Relative Visa FAQ or click on one of the questions below:
Should I petition for a fiancee or marriage visa for my Thai fiancee?
How long does it take for the marriage visa to be approved?
Do children born to K visa applicants require a separate visa to enter the United States?
Will US citizens who have petitioned for fiancee or spouse visas in the past encounter problems when filing new petitions?
My wife and I live in Thailand but would like to travel to the US for a brief period and then continue to reside in Thailand. Is the K-3 visa appropriate?
My wife is HIV+. Can she still come to the US with me?
In what circumstances may a US citizen file a petition with the USCIS Bangkok Regional Service Center?