K4 Visa: What is it, how to apply and how much does it cost?
What is the K4 visa? What are the requirements, process and fees? What documents are needed to apply for a K4 visa? What is the K4 visa application process? How long does it take for the K4 visa to be processed by the U.S. Embassy? These questions will be answered in this post.
What Is Visa K-4 (K-IV)?
The K4 Visa also known as “Fiancé(e) of U.S Citizen” or “IR Laser”. This type of nonimmigrant visas is issued only to children residing outside with their parents who have plans on marrying a U.S citizen who will petition for them to join him/her in the states and live together as husband and wife. The k4 visa can be issued before marriage, on the day of marriage or even after the wedding has actually happened (which is called “Adjustment of Status”).
In order to apply for this type of nonimmigrant visa, you must be unmarried; the child’s parents must have legal capacity to marry each other at the time they were married; not be legally separated from their spouse or have divorce proceedings initiated against either parent at any prior time; be able to demonstrate that your home country allows the issuance of K-IV without meeting all of the above requirements.
Application process and documents required to apply for the k4 visa
The K/ Four Visa Application Process: Parents of children seeking this type of visas must file form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services; An immigrant visa number is assigned by USCIS once it has approved the petition; The child will then contact the nearest US Embassy or Consulate in his home country where he can submit an application package containing all necessary forms, fees and supporting documentation needed to help him qualify as “K” nonimmigrant; He submits this packet along with photos, valid passport that’s not close to expiration under normal circumstances, proof of financial support that might be required, medical examination results and all other necessary documentation.
Documents required for the k4 visa
The documents required to apply for a K- Four visa are as follows:
- Proof of U.S. citizenship (birth certificate or valid passport) and copies.
- Valid photo identification.
- A copy of your parents’ legal capacity to marry each other at the time they were married, which must be authenticated by their respective embassy, where it was issued.
- Marriage certificate between the parents translated into English with Apostille attached if applicable.
How much does it cost to apply for a k4 visa?
The fees can range from $335 to as much as $665 depending on the visa application center where you file your petition and what type of service they offer.
The k four visa application process usually takes around six months or more depending on how fast USCIS processes an approved petition (which can actually take up to few years); The child must apply at least three months before his “K” nonimmigrant status expires; It’s important he submits all documents during this time frame as well.