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How Much Does It Cost to Get a K-3 Visa?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing the K-3 Visa and specifically we are discussing cost. 

A major question I get from folks throughout the world especially in the context of Thailand is how much is it actually going to cost any in to go ahead and get a K-3 Visa? Not to sound too vague and that is not my purpose with this video, but it really is going to depend on the specific facts of the given case. 

Please feel free to contact us, contact me, look for me specifically here at the firm. I deal with most, if not all the Immigration depending on the time. Sometimes I feel like I always deal with everything having to deal with all aspects of Immigration in the firm but the cost is going to be dictated by the facts in the given case. For example things like legal grounds of inadmissibility that is going to have an impact on how long it is going to take to process the case. It is going to have an impact on the process of moving through the case so for example things like an I-212 or an I-601 waiver may be necessary in order to go ahead and get the case processed through. If that is necessary, that is generally speaking that is going to result in increased cost, probably increased processing times. These type of things,  it is a good idea to ascertain them before going ahead and proceeding with a K-3 Visa process and that is for any country, it is not just for Thailand.

Now something specific to the K-3 I should bring up. As a practical matter, the K-3 has been being for lack of better term being phased out and the reason for this is its use is no longer really there although it will be interesting to see in the future if the K-3 isn't used with more frequency as we have been seeing more and more delays in the overall Immigration process as a result of various policies that have been brought in in this latest Presidential Administration under Mr. Trump. That being said, as a practical matter, at least for the last about 10 years the K-3 has effectively been phased out through what is called Administrative Closure. The reason for the K-3, it was invented in order to create an expedited process for those married to American citizens because at the time it was created under the Life Act under President Clinton, the processing times for Immigrant Spouse visas were in the multi years and oddly enough Fiancée Visas could oftentimes be processed in a few months so Congress corrected that by creating the K-3 Visa. When Immigration was reorganized under USCIS, under Department of Homeland Security in the early 2000s, a lot of that got worked out, the overall process got streamlined and they caught up on their backlog and as a result they now have a situation where approved K-3 petitions will often hit before or sometimes even after an approved I-130 petition and by arrived, I mean arrived at the National Visa Center. Where that occurs NB PCS policy is to administratively close the K-3 and simply proceed with the Immigrant Visa. 

So the thing to take away from this video is first of all the cost will vary. There is nothing wrong with giving somebody a call or somebody an email like myself, to ascertain what you are looking at with respect to the cost moving forward because having that information will be very useful especially as a way of predicting what your future costs will be throughout what can sometimes be a rather lengthy process.