Navigating the K-2 Visa Process to Reunite with Your Children in the United States.
When it comes to bringing your children to the United States on a K-2 Visa, understanding the legal intricacies is paramount. As an experienced immigration and criminal defense attorney in New York and New Jersey, I’ve helped numerous families reunite with their loved ones. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the K-2 Visa process, its eligibility criteria, and the steps you need to take to successfully bring your children to the U.S.
Understanding K-2 Visas
What is a K-2 Visa?
A K-2 Visa is a non-immigrant visa designed for the children of K-1 Visa holders, also known as fiancé(e) visas. This visa allows eligible children under the age of 21 to accompany their parent to the United States and eventually adjust their status to become lawful permanent residents.
To qualify for a K-2 Visa, both you (the parent) and your child must meet certain criteria, including:
- The K-1 Visa holder and K-2 applicant must have a genuine parent-child relationship.
- The child must be under 21 years old and unmarried.
- The K-1 Visa holder must intend to marry their U.S. citizen fiancé(e) within 90 days of entry.
The K-2 Visa Application Process
Step 1: File Form I-129F
The first step in the K-2 Visa process is for the U.S. citizen fiancé(e) to file Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e). This form is submitted to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and should include the K-2 Visa beneficiary (the child).
Step 2: Visa Application at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate
Once USCIS approves the petition, the child can apply for the K-2 Visa at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country. They will need to attend a visa interview and provide supporting documents.
Step 3: Arrival in the U.S.
Upon K-2 Visa approval, your child can travel to the United States. After arrival, the countdown to the wedding begins, as the marriage between the K-1 Visa holder and the U.S. citizen fiancé(e) must occur within 90 days.
Navigating Potential Challenges
Certain circumstances, such as prior immigration violations or criminal records, may lead to inadmissibility. Consulting with an immigration attorney can help address these issues.
Seeking Legal Guidance
Navigating the immigration process can be complex, and any misstep could jeopardize your child’s visa status. Working with an experienced attorney can help ensure a smoother process.
Bringing your children to the U.S. on a K-2 Visa is a significant step toward family reunification. By following the eligibility criteria and carefully navigating the application process, you can successfully bring your children to the United States. For further guidance and personalized assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to a qualified immigration attorney.
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