Marriage Based Green Card
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
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.