How Long Does It Take to Get a K3 Visa?


The K3 visa was developed to allow United States citizens to bring a foreign spouse into the United States for the purposes of settlement. It is a three-stage process consisting of a petition to apply, application and interview. This visa was developed to be faster than its predecessors, the IR-1/CR-1 visas.


  • The couple must be married in a legally recognized ceremony. All prior marriages must have been legally terminated, and documentation needs to be provided. The marriage must have been consummated, and marriages by proxy are not eligible. The petitioner must have a valid United States postal address. Only United States citizens may petition to apply for a K3 visa. The marriage must be bona fide, and evidence must be included.

Tips to Save Time

  • Use a check for your USCIS payment so that it is traceable. All supporting documents must be in English or accompanied by a certified translation. Photocopy any items submitted for review with your petition and keep a copy on hand. This will save time if any evidence is lost.
    Retain all original documents, as they may be called for at any time, including during the interview.

First Stage

  • The first stage is the petition to apply. This takes approximately six months and depends on how quickly the Service Center adjudicates petitions.

Second Stage

  • Once you have been approved, the adjudicated application is sent on to the National Visa Center, who sends it on to the U.S. Consulate in the country of the foreign fiance's residence. This process usually takes approximately three to five business days.

Third Stage

  • Once the Consulate receives the information, they send the application for the K3 visa to the foreign spouse. The Consulate then schedules an interview date, which will depend on how many applications the consulate is processing at that time.

Fourth Stage

  • If the visa is approved once the interview is completed, it will be issued in the next few business days.

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