From time to time, we get customers who wish to file for a K3 spouse visa. The fact is, for all intents and purposes, this visa has been obsolete for years. Unfortunately, the indexing of results on Google seems to favor old outdated information that speaks of the K3 as if it’s still a common or viable solution.

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The K3 was a non-immigrant visa that allowed certain spouses of U.S. citizens to enter the US, then adjust status to obtain a conditional green card. The CR1 spouse visa serves the same two functions, but in fewer steps and at a lower cost. With a CR1 visa, the spouse immediately has a conditional green card upon entry.

For many years, getting a K3 visa was a few months faster in processing time than a CR1 because there was a huge backlog in processing Form I-130. But as of early 2010, the I-130 and I-129F forms carried almost equal processing time. 

Even if you start out applying for a K3, chances are, it will be converted to a CR1 by the government, for efficiency purposes.

Although the CR1 process can be daunting, let RapidVisa help. We have a 99.7% approval rate and offer personalized, end-to-end support.

Disclaimer: The contents of this post were accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Immigration is constantly changing, and old information often becomes outdated, including procedures, timelines, prices, and more. Take note of the publish date. For archival purposes, these posts will remain published, even if new information renders them obsolete. Do not make important life decisions based on this content. No part of this post should be considered legal advice, as RapidVisa is not a law firm. This content is provided free of charge for informational purposes only. If anything herein conflicts with an official government website, the official government website shall prevail.

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