Marriage Based Green Card

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This article is a simple index of the different visa categories that relate to immigration when connected to the marriage of a United States Citizen (USC).

Non-Immigrant K Visas

K1

Main Article - K1

Used for a foreign fiance(é) to travel to the United States and to then get married to a specific USC within 90 days of entry with a view to then adjust their status to that of Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR).

K2

Main Article - K2

Used for the unmarried child (under the age of 21) of a K1 visa applicant to enter the US with their parent, or up to a year later, with a view to then adjust their status to LPR upon the marriage of their parent and that parent's new spouse.

K3

Main Article - K3

Used for a foreign spouse of a USA to travel to the United States and adjust their status to LPR from within the United States.

K4

Main Article - K4

Used for the unmarried child (under the age of 21) of a K3 visa applicant to enter the US with their parent with a view to adjust their status once an I-130 is filed for the K4 holder.

Immigrant Visas for Spouse

CR-1

Main Article - CR-1

Used for the spouse of a USC (when the marriage took place within the last 2 years), but the adjustment of status processing is done while the foreign spouse is in their home country, rather than inside the United States. The visa holder has conditional resident status.

IR-1

Main Article - IR-1

Like CR-1, but when the marriage took place over 2 years ago Conditional Status is bypassed and a standard imediate relative visa is issued.