Can I apply for a social security number while in K-3 status?
Yes, you can. See the website of the Social Security Administration.
Who is eligible for a K-4 visa?
Only children who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to receive a K-4 visa.
- One of the applicant’s parents must be a US citizen;
- One of the applicant’s parents must have a K-3 application pending;
- The applicant must be under the age of 21;
- The applicant must be unmarried;
- The applicant cannot have committed any previous immigration violations; and
- The applicant must intend to immigrate to the U.S.
What is the processing time for K-3/K-4 visas?
The K-3 spouse visa processing time is generally anywhere from 5 to 9 months. Don’t count on this estimate, however — circumstances are changing rapidly due to the Covid-19 crisis as well as the current administration’s apparent hostility to immigration.
Can K-3 spouse visa holders work or go to school in the United States?
Yes. The visa that the foreign spouse and children receive will be a nonimmigrant visa that allows visa holders to enroll in school immediately upon arrival to the United States. To work, however, the visa holder must file Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization, to receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This takes about four months. Approval of EAD applications is routine for K-3 and K-4 visa beneficiaries, however.
How do I obtain a green card after I get to the US?
You will need to file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence to apply to adjust status to a permanent resident. The I-485 adjustment of status application processing time is about 9 to 11 months. Don’t worry 0- even though the K-3 visa is classified as a nonimmigrant visa, it is not at all unusual when K-3 visa recipients subsequently apply to adjust status to permanent resident — this is normal and expected.