What Is The K2 Visa?
The K2 visa is a nonimmigrant visa intended for the children of K1 fiancé visa holders. The K2 allows the children to enter the U.S. until an immigration visa can be granted for them. While they are in the United States, they may go to school and work (as long as they get a work permit).
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How To Apply For The K2 Visa
In order to be eligible for a K2 visa, the applicant must be the unmarried child under age 21 of a K1 visa holder. The first step is for the U.S. citizen sponsor to file Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), with the USCIS.
Once the visa petition is approved, it will be sent to the National Visa Center (NVC), where your case will get assigned a case number before it is sent to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where the U.S. petitioner lives.
Gathering the required documentation is a vital step of the K-2 visa application process. You will need:
Fill Out Form DS-160(online nonimmigrant visa application).
Passport that will remain valid until at least six months beyond your intended stay in the U.S.
Police certificates from the applicant’s current country of residence
Evidence of relationship with your U.S. citizen fiancé
The final step before someone is granted a K2 visa to appear for a visa interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You will need to bring the confirmation page from Form DS-160 to the interview with you.
Privileges Granted To K2 Visa Holders
K2 visa holders are granted the right to live with their parents in the U.S., but there are other benefits as well, including:
The application can petition for Permanent Residency once the marriage between the U.S. citizen and foreign fiancé has been solemnized — in other words, after the couple has an official wedding ceremony.
The applicant can study in the United States and can apply for a work permit by submitting Employment Authorization (E.A.D.) form (Form I-765).
K2 Visa Cost
The cost of a K2 visa varies from case to case, but can generally be broken down into three segments:
Form I-129 Filing Fee: $535
Embassy Fee: $265
Biometrics Fee (If required): $85
K2 Visa Processing Time
There is no official time frame for K2 visa processing, and instead, the process depends on a number of factors, including the workload and staff availability at the consulate. You should expect an average wait time of four to six months for K2 visa processing.
F.A.Q.s About The K2 Visa
If you still have a lot of questions about the K2 visa, don’t worry. We have broken down the most frequently asked questions about the K2 visa for you.
What Restrictions Are Placed On K2 Visa Holders?
Once a K2 visa is received, the holder is not permitted to change to another nonimmigrant visa status. People who are in the process of applying for a K2 visa may not enter the U.S. if they have any prior immigration violations.
What’s The Difference Between The K1 & K2 Visas?
The K1 visa is for the fiancé(e) of an American citizen, whereas the K2 visa is for the fiancé(e) ‘s child.
Can K2 Visa Holders Attend School?
Yes. The K2 visa allows holders to study in the U.S.
Can K2 Visa Holders Work In The U.S.?
K2 visa holders are permitted to take up lawful employment in the U.S. They first must obtain employment authorization — also known as a work permit. To do so, they must file a petition for E.A.D. (Form I-765) with the USCIS.
What Happens If My K2 Visa Application Is Denied?
If your K2 visa application is denied, you can appeal the USCIS’s decision. Typically, you will have to file Form I-290B and submit it to the office where the original petition was submitted. Reasons dor denial.
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