The United States government has announced that the processing of K visa applications will be resumed with high priority, according to the United States Department of State announcement.
K visas are created for international citizens who plan to marry a citizen of the United States. Still, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, their processing has been temporarily suspended, since mid-March, VisaGuide.World reports.
However, the new statement from the US Department of State has revealed that since August 28, consular operations have begun to be resumed.
“Effective August 28, as it becomes safe to resume more consular operations at each US mission, posts are authorized to give K visa cases a high priority. Applicants should check the website of their nearest US Embassy or Consulate for updates on what services that post is currently able to offer,” the statement reads.
The United States President, Donald Trump issued the Presidential Proclamation 9996, on March 14, which permitted only a limited number of internationals to travel to the United States, in an effort to stop the spread of the pandemic Coronavirus.
The new announcement of the Department of State also clarifies the process of the applications which have been subject to the temporary suspension of visa’s processing.
“The I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé (e) is typically valid for four months; however, consular officers may revalidate the I-129F petition in four-month increments. For most cases impacted by the suspension of routine visa services or COVID- 19 travel restrictions it will not be necessary to file a new I-129F petition,” the statement stressed.
Through the K-1 visa overseas national fiancés are eligible to temporarily enter the US for the purpose to marry their petitioning, US citizen fiancé.
K-2 visas permit the overseas national fiancés to bring their children with them into the United States. But, the applicant must be aware that both K-1 and K-2 visas have specific requirements and guidelines, which must be seen. K-3 visas are awarded to spouses of US citizens from a foreign country.
The temporary suspension of K visas has left a large share of separated persons, while they sought help from authorities to reunite with their loved ones.
Through hashtags, #Loveisessential & #Loveisnottourism couples who have been separated by the COVID-19 imposed restrictions continuously share their common problems and look for more news regarding their situation.