Like the K Visa, the V is requires special attention. We understand this and work with you to ensure a smooth petitioning process.
V Visa - General Information
The V nonimmigrant status is applicable to certain spouses and minor children of lawful permanent residents to reside and work in the United States while waiting to obtain immigrant status.
Persons granted V nonimmigrant status must still wait until an immigrant visa number (priority date) becomes available -- in accordance with the Department of State's monthly Visa Bulletin -- to apply for their Green Card.
The spouse or unmarried child (under 21 years of age) of a lawful permanent resident is eligible for the V nonimmigrant classification, if he/she:
- Had a Form I-130 (Petition for Alien Relative) filed with the INS on his or her behalf by the lawful permanent resident spouse or parent on or before December 21, 2000; and
- Has been waiting for at least three years after the Form I-130 was filed for their immigrant status -- either because a visa number (priority date) has not yet become available, or because INS has not yet adjudicated the Form I-130 or the Form I-485 (Application for Adjustment to Permanent Residence).
The unmarried child (under 21 years of age) of a person who meets the above requirements is also eligible for V status.
Employment authorization is not automatic. An application needs to be filed to obtain an Employment Authorization Document.