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What's up with the K3 visa? Why do people say it's "dead" since 2010?

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I ask this question simply out of curiosity. The K3 visa always seemed a mystery to me. Why do people say "The K3 has been declared dead as of Feb 1, 2010."? Is it no longer available? I just don't understand the point of the K3 visa. Why would any married couple choose it over the CR-1 which includes AOS too and therefore is a lot cheaper?

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In the old days - think around 2001, it regularly took over several YEARS to get a spousal visa and K3 was introduced as a way to cut down on the separation time.

Since nowadays the IR/CR visa is at a steady pace of around a year start to finish (in most, not all cases), they're no longer issuing K3 as frequently as before. NVC even has a rule that if both approved petitions (I-130 and I-129f) make it there at the same time they will administratively close I-129f (leading to K3) and proceed with IR/CR one - immigrant visa. I think I saw maybe 5 cases on VJ in the past several years that were K3.


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In the old days - think around 2001, it regularly took over several YEARS to get a spousal visa and K3 was introduced as a way to cut down on the separation time.

Since nowadays the IR/CR visa is at a steady pace of around a year start to finish (in most, not all cases), they're no longer issuing K3 as frequently as before. NVC even has a rule that if both approved petitions (I-130 and I-129f) make it there at the same time they will administratively close I-129f (leading to K3) and proceed with IR/CR one - immigrant visa. I think I saw maybe 5 cases on VJ in the past several years that were K3.

Thank you so much for your answer. Very interesting! :)

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Filed: Lift. Cond. (apr) Country: China
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Moved from What Visa Do I Need - Family Based Immigration to K3 Process & Procedures; topic is specifically about the K3 visa.


Our journey:

Spoiler

September 2007: Met online via social networking site (MySpace); began exchanging messages.
March 26, 2009: We become a couple!
September 10, 2009: Arrived for first meeting in-person!
June 17, 2010: Arrived for second in-person meeting and start of travel together to other areas of China!
June 21, 2010: Engaged!!!
September 1, 2010: Switched course from K1 to CR-1
December 8, 2010: Wedding date set; it will be on February 18, 2011!
February 9, 2011: Depart for China
February 11, 2011: Registered for marriage in Wuhan, officially married!!!
February 18, 2011: Wedding ceremony in Shiyan!!!
April 22, 2011: Mailed I-130 to Chicago
April 28, 2011: Received NOA1 via text/email, file routed to CSC (priority date April 25th)
April 29, 2011: Updated
May 3, 2011: Received NOA1 hardcopy in mail
July 26, 2011: Received NOA2 via text/email!!!
July 30, 2011: Received NOA2 hardcopy in mail
August 8, 2011: NVC received file
September 1, 2011: NVC case number assigned
September 2, 2011: AOS invoice received, OPTIN email for EP sent
September 7, 2011: Paid AOS bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 9, 2011)
September 8, 2011: OPTIN email accepted, GZO number assigned
September 10, 2011: Emailed AOS package
September 12, 2011: IV bill invoiced
September 13, 2011: Paid IV bill (payment portal showed PAID on September 14, 2011)
September 14, 2011: Emailed IV package
October 3, 2011: Emailed checklist response (checklist generated due to typo on Form DS-230)
October 6, 2011: Case complete at NVC
November 10, 2011: Interview - APPROVED!!!
December 7, 2011: POE - Sea-Tac Airport

September 17, 2013: Mailed I-751 to CSC

September 23, 2013: Received NOA1 in mail (receipt date September 19th)

October 16, 2013: Biometrics Appointment

January 28, 2014: Production of new Green Card ordered

February 3, 2014: New Green Card received; done with USCIS until fall of 2023*

 

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