Many people are aware that spouses of U.S. citizens enjoy special privileges when applying for a visa or green card. The problem for many, however, is that these privileges do not attach until the marriage has taken place. This means that if you plan to be married in the United States, you must get travel authorization from U.S. immigration authorities to do so. The K visa program was designed to bridge this gap by allowing those betrothed to U.S. citizens and their families temporarily to enter the United States to be married and then to apply for permanent residency based on that marriage once it has occurred. Our attorneys at Bretz & Coven, LLP are proud to assist couples taking the next step in life and making their marital home in NYC or anywhere in the United States.
The K visa program includes several types of visas designed to allow fiancés and fiancées to enter and remain in the United States until they can obtain lawful permanent residency:
While K visas do not in themselves provide work authorization, K visa holders can separately apply for authorization to work in the United States.
K visas are also available to same-sex couples. Same-sex marriage is legal in the United States. However, it is not legal in most countries. Fortunately, a U.S. citizen can apply for a K visa for his or her foreign born same-sex fiancé or fiancée who is living abroad. Once in the United States, they can marry anywhere in the country in order to become eligible to apply for a greencard.
Over more than 20 years of practice in NYC, our attorneys at Bretz & Coven, LLP have helped new families establish permanent roots in the United States through the K visa program. Contact our experienced immigration lawyers in New York City today at 212-267-2555 or online for creative solutions to your complex immigration problems. For an office appointment in Metro Park, New Jersey, call 1 (732) 313-0075.