Californians may sponsor their foreign spouse's children to come to the U.S. on a K-4 visa. In order to qualify for a K-4 visa, the child must be (1) unmarried, (2) under 21, and (3) the child of a K-3 visa applicant.
In this article our Los Angeles immigration lawyers answer frequently-asked-question about K-4 visas in California, including eligibility, application processes, time frames, and fees. Click on a topic to jump directly to that section:
- 1. Can my children get a K-4 visa in California?
- 2. How does my son or daughter apply for a K-4 visa?
- 3. How long does it take to get a K-4 visa?
- 4. What is the price of a K-4 visa?
- 5. Can K-4 visa-holders work or go to school in California?
For children of foreign fiancé(e)s, see our article on applying for a K-2 visa in California.
The six eligibility requirements for K-4 visas are:
- The child is younger than 21 years old;
- The child is not married;
- The child has no prior immigration violations;
- The child has no previous immigration violations;
- The child's foreign parent is in the process of applying for a K-3 visa;
- The child is intending to immigrate to the U.S; and
- The visa sponsor (the child's parent's spouse) is a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident.
Note that children are disqualified from K-4 visas if their foreign parent was denied a K-3 visa.1
First, the sponsor files Form I-130 and Form I-129f with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If the USCIS approves the forms, the foreign spouse and child(ren) will receive visa application instructions.
K-4 visa applicants are usually required to submit to a medical exam and a consular interview. These interviews take place at a local U.S. embassy or consulate.
If the child receives a K-4 visa, he/she can travel to a U.S. port-of-entry. For example, LAX Airport is a port-of-entry for immigrants flying into Los Angeles.
The final hurdle are the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents stationed at the port-of-entry. These agents review the child's documentation and determine whether to admit him/her into the U.S.2
The application time frame is about five (5) to eight (8) months. K-4 visas remain valid for two (2) years or until the child reaches 21, whichever occurs sooner.3
The K-2 visa fee is $265, plus any costs for a medical exam.4
Yes, K-4 visa holders may go to school and apply for a work permit.5
Call a California immigration attorney...
Are you and your child(ren) seeking to join your spouse in the U.S.? Then contact our Los Angeles immigration lawyers at (855) LAWFIRM for a free consultation on how we can help achieve your immigration goals.
Go to our California visa main page.
See our article on K-4 visas in Nevada.