If you are not a U.S. citizen, and you are going to marry someone who is, you may be able to obtain a K1 visa. This visa is also known as a “fiancé visa.” A K1 visa will allow you to enter the country, but what if you have children? Your children may be able to enter with a K2 visa. Read on to learn more about how to acquire a K2 visa and what the process entails.
Who is Eligible for a K2 Visa?
Eligibility for a K2 visa requires the applicant be the child of a K1 visa holder, under the age of 21, and unmarried. Due to the fact that a K2 visa does not give the applicant immigrant status, the child is required to file an application to register permanent residence to change their status after their parents are married.
What Documents are Required for a K2 Visa?
A K2 visa is a derivative visa that is granted through their parent’s K1 fiance visa petition. This requires the child’s name to be on the parent’s petition. The applicant must also provide the following documentation for a K2 visa:
- Duly filled in Form DS-160
- Copy of their birth certificate
- Completed Form I-134
- Affidavit of Support and sponsor documents
- Passport-sized photograph
- Result of medical examination from an Embassy accredited physician
What is the Interview Process?
To receive a K2 visa, the applicant must appear for an interview at the US Consulate or Embassy. After the Petition for Alien Fiance is approved by the USCIS, it is sent to the National Visa Center (NVC). It is then sent to the US Embassy or Consulate where the applicant lives. Once the Embassy or Consulate approves the Petition for Alien Fiance, they send instructions to the applicant regarding the scheduling of their interview.
How Long Does a K2 Visa Last?
A K2 visa holder is permitted to stay in the United States as a non-immigrant for 90 days. If the marriage between their parents does not take place within this period of time, the visa holder is required to leave the country within another 30 days. In total, the validity of a K2 visa is 120 days and cannot be extended.
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