K3 Visas are a well-liked visa category utilized by some married couples who wish to search expedited immigration advantages for america. Just lately, the National Visa Center, an company under the jurisdiction of the American State Department, made an vital discover about I-129f petitions used for Ok-three visas:
"Important Discover: Efficient February 1st, 2010, when both the I-129F petition for a nonimmigrant Ok visa and the I-one hundred thirty petition for an IR-1 (or CR-1) partner of a U.S. citizen visa have been accepted by USCIS and sent to the Nationwide Visa Heart (NVC), the provision in addition to the necessity for a nonimmigrant K-three visa ends. If the NVC receives each petitions:
The nonimmigrant Okay visa shall be administratively closed. The applying course of explained below will not be applicable and can't be used.
The NVC will contact the petitioner and you with instructions for processing your IR-1 (or CR-1) immigrant visa. For extra info on the immigrant visa process overview the Immigrant Visa for a Partner webpage. If the NVC doesn't receive your I-one hundred thirty petition and I-129F at the identical time, the NVC will course of your I-129F petition. Then NVC will ship the petition to the embassy or consulate in the country the place the wedding happened. If your marriage befell in the U.S., the NVC will send the petition to the embassy or consulate that points visas in your country of nationality. If your marriage took place in a rustic that doesn't have an American embassy, or the embassy doesn't subject visas, the NVC will send your petition to the embassy or consulate that normally processes visas for residents of that nation. For instance, if your marriage befell in Iran the place the U.S. does not have an embassy your petition would be despatched to Turkey." [cited from: http://www.aila.org/content/default.aspx?docid=31340]
What does this announcement mean in actual phrases? Upon the date of the original publication of this text, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is processing I-130 petitions very effectively. The upshot of this somewhat fast adjudication process is that I-130 applications are sometimes arriving either prior to their I-129f companion petition or at concurrently. Ought to this happen, the I-129F software will be "administratively closed" and the couple may have no choice however to hunt either an IR1 visa or a CR1 visa.
As long as the USCIS is processing an I-130 petition in the identical period of time as an I-129f software, the K3 marriage visa is tough to acquire because the supplemental I-129F petition will be administratively closed if it gets to the Nationwide Visa Center at the same time or after the I-a hundred thirty petition.