What is adjustment of status and how does the process differ for K1 fiancee and K3 marriage visa holders?
K visas are a special class of visas created to allow the fiancees and spouses of US citizens to unite with their partner in the US without having to wait for an immigration petition to be processed. As a result, when K visa holders enter the US, they are accorded non-immigrant status and must file for permanent residence status (i.e. file to adjust status) after entering the U.S. K1 and K3 visa holders’ immigration claim is made on the basis of their marriage to a US citizen. For K3 visa applicants, this marriage occurs before they enter the US and the immigration petition is filed prior to or at the same time as the K3 visa petition. K1 visa applicants, on the hand, have to file their immigration petition in the US when filing for conditional permanent resident status. As a result, K3 visa holders are generally able to be accorded permanent resident status faster than K1 visa holders. If your fiancee will need to return to her home country or travel outside of the US shortly after co