K2 Visa: Introduction and Overview
The K2 Visa is a family reunification visa and is a sub-part of the K1 Visa. Children of K1 fiancé visa holders who are not married and are younger than 21 years old are eligible for the nonimmigrant K2 Visa.
Dependent children are allowed to come and remain in the US on a K2 Visa until they are eligible for an immigrant visa. With this visa, children become eligible to enrol in educational institutes in the US and also apply for a work permit to work if they fulfil the age requirement and other related requirements.
The I-129F petition submitted by the US citizen will list the children of their fiancé(e). The K1 foreign fiancé(e) and the American citizen must wed within a 90-day time frame of the foreign fiancé(e)’s entry into the country.
Once the K1 parent applicant and the US citizenship holder are legally married, their K2 dependents can apply to modify their status and get a Green Card to file a petition for permanent residence.
- K2 Visa: Introduction and Overview
- Eligibility Requirements for the K2 Visa for Pakistani Citizens
- What Are the Financial Requirements for a K2 Visa?
- How to Apply for a K2 Visa from Pakistan
- K2 Visa Interview
- Application and Processing Fees for the K2 Visa
- What is the Processing Time for a K2 Visa for Pakistani Citizens?
- What Are the Common Reasons for the K2 Visa Denial?
- How Can Total Law Help?
Eligibility Requirements for the K2 Visa for Pakistani Citizens
- A successful K2 Visa applicant must be a child of a K1 Visa holder,
- Be under 21 years old at the time of application and,
- Be unmarried at the time of application.
- Additionally, at least one of the parents must be a K1 Visa holder who is a foreigner and intends to marry a US citizenship holder in the United States.
- Parents must get married before the K2 applicant turns 21 years of age.
Within a year of the visa’s issuance, the child can either move in with the K1 parent applicant or travel with the K1 parent to the US.
However, they will need to submit a new visa petition if they do not enter the country within the allotted 12-month window.
Please be aware that a K2 Visa does not provide the applicant an immigrant status. The children of the K1 fiancé(e) applicant must submit a Form I-485 to register permanent residence in the United States for the change of visa status after the legal marriage.
What Are the Financial Requirements for a K2 Visa?
There are no specific financial requirements that must be fulfilled by the K2 applicant themselves, but there is criteria for the K1 Visa holder, who must provide an affidavit, which states they will bear all the costs of the applicant once they reach the United States.
The current financial requirements for K1 Visa applications is that the sponsor’s income must amount to 125 percent of the HHS Federal Poverty Guidelines. In 2023, these earnings must be equal to at least $24,650 to support a household with two people, with an additional $6,425 required for each extra person.
Please get in touch with Total Law right away to learn more about the precise paperwork and requirements needed to apply for the K2 Visa. Our skilled staff can assist you in making the entire application procedure simple and trouble-free. For further details, call our visa aid specialists at +1 844 290 6312.
How to Apply for a K2 Visa from Pakistan
A K2 Visa is an auxiliary visa that is approved through the K1 petition of the parent’s fiancé(e). The names of the children must be listed on the parent’s I-129F petition.
In addition, the applicant must present additional documents to be granted a K2 Visa. This include the following:
- A DS-160 application form filled and submitted online
- A completed I-134 form
- Birth certificate
- Two colour passport-sized photographs
- Affidavit of support
- Medical examination conducted by a physician or lab approved by the U.S. Embassy at the applicant’s home country.
- A police clearance certificate
US immigration may also request proof of a genuine relationship between the K1 fiancé(e) and the US citizen partner to process the K2 petitioner’s application.
If you are unclear about the documentation needed to apply for a K2 Visa from Pakistan then reach out to Total Law for support and advice on the paperwork required for a successful application.
K2 Visa Interview
When applying from Pakistan, all K2 applicants must keep in mind that interviews for this visa are only conducted at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad. So, when filling out the DS-160 form, all applicants must select Islamabad when scheduling an appointment.
Not all applicants will be required to attend an interview, with young children often exempt from the interview stage of the K2 Visa process.
If called for an interview, K2 Visa applicants should attend with the following paperwork:
- Passport with at least six months remaining validity
- DS-160 confirmation
- Two passport photographs with a white background
- Birth certificate
- Medical exam reports in a pre-sealed envelope
Evidence of relationship to the K1 fiancé(e) and fee payment receipts.
Application and Processing Fees for the K2 Visa
The K2 Visa processing and application fee can be broken down into three categories: the form filing fee, the biometrics fee, and the Embassy or consulate fee.
The I-129F form filling fee is around $535, the embassy fee is around $265, and the biometrics fee can cost the applicants around $85.
Applicants might also need to pay additional charges from gathering all the relevant and required documents.
Miscellaneous charges can include the cost of the medical examination, a police clearance certificate as well as document translation services
What is the Processing Time for a K2 Visa for Pakistani Citizens?
Regarding the processing of K2 Visas, there is not a set amount of time for applications from Pakistani citizens and there are a number of factors that can affect the timescale such as demand and current backlogs.
According to the current US immigration times, applicants for K2 Visas are taking an average of 16 to 19 months to process.
What Are the Common Reasons for the K2 Visa Denial?
The most common reason for a K2 Visa denial is the denial of a K1 Visa of the non-immigrant fiancé(e), because if the parent is not allowed to travel to the United States, then neither is the child or children.
Another reason for rejection can include the inability to prove a genuine relationship between the US citizen and the K1 parent. If the Embassy suspects that the relationship between the parents is not genuine then the Embassy might reject the petition.
Similarly, if the US citizen is unable to provide proof of sufficient funds to support their foreign partner and children coming to the United States, they might have to face application rejection.
The K2 Visa might also get denied if the applicant’s parents are unable to convince the Embassy or consulate that they will get married within the 90-day time frame.
If either of the two (the K1 Visa applicant or the US citizen partner) are legally not eligible to marry one another, the K-1 applicant will face rejection. Consequently, the K2 application will automatically be refused.
K2 Visa Interview Questions
The questions posed during a K2 Visa interview can vary based on the consular officer and will be tailored to the age of the child. Questions may include:
- Do you know who your parent is going to marry?
- How many times have you met the person?
- What are your intentions for your stay in the United States?
- Where do you plan to stay?
- Who will be responsible for providing you with food/care?
- Do you plan to go to school?
- Where will you live in the US?
- Have you been in trouble with the police?
Preparation is vital for a successful K2 Visa interview and it is advisable to practice responses to common questions. Applicants must be honest and straightforward in your answers and provide extra information if requested.
How Can Total Law Help?
It can be very challenging for Pakistani citizens to get access to their local U.S. Embassy and completed all the required paperwork for the K2 Visa as the process can be overwhelming, especially when wanting to be reunited with loved ones in the US.
Pakistani citizens will also need to ensure they provide appropriate evidence and supporting documents to avoid delays or rejection of a K2 Visa application, In such a scenario, it may be best to hire an experienced person to provide the correct level of support and advice
Our experts at Total Law can take care of everything for you. From providing you all the information, to managing your applications and documents so you do not have to make the extra effort. The qualified Total Law team has the right knowledge and skills to answer all your queries.
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The total validity of the K2 Visa is 120 days with specific requirements. A 90-day time frame is allotted for the applicant’s parents to get married.
If the marriage does not take place within the 90-day period, then the K2 Visa petitioner is given another 30 days to leave the country. Please note that the K2 Visa is non-extendable unless in very exceptional circumstances. However, K2 applicants can later apply for the adjustment of their status once their K1 fiancé (e) parent and the U.S. citizen get married.
Children who enter the United States on a K2 Visa must first apply for a work permit by filling and submitting the I-765 form, which will allow them to work (if their age permits) for the 90-day waiting period provided for their parents and the U.S citizen to get married.
No. The K2 children must either travel along with their K1 parent or they must enter the United States after the K-1 parent applicant has already entered the country.