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Change in K-3 Processing Procedures by the Department of State

As of February 1st, 2010, in cases where USCIS has approved and sent both the I-129F petition for a nonimmigrant K-3 visa and the I-130 petition for an IR-1 (CR-1) spouse of a US citizen visa to the National Visa Center (NVC), the need for the K-3 visa ends as the Immigrant Visa application I-130 has been approved. The K-3 visa was intended to facilitate the expeditious entry of US citizens’ spouses and children into the US. When both petitions are received by the NVC:

  1. The nonimmigrant K-3 visa will be administratively closed.
  2. The petitioner and Beneficiary will be contacted by NVC with instructions to the processing of the IR-1 (RR-1) immigrant visa. For information regarding the immigrant visa process please review the Immigrant Visa for Spouse Webpage.

If your I-130 petition and your I-129F for K-3 visa are not received by NVC at the same time, then your I-129F for K-3 visa will be processed by NVC.