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V Visa

(Spouses and Children of Green Card Holders)
The V visa allows certain spouses of lawful permanent residents and the children of those spouses to travel to and from the U.S., and to reside in the U.S. while they wait for the final completion of their immigration process.


Benefits of the V Visa

You can enter the U.S. immediately, whereas the current waiting period for an immigrant visa for spouses and minor children of green card holders is about five years
You can apply for a work permit by filing USCIS Form I-765, and engage in employment
You can freely travel in and out of the U.S. provided you have a valid visa

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Requirements for the V Visa


Criteria for Determining Spouse's Eligibility for V-1 Visa

The spouse of a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. (a green card holder) may apply for a V-1 nonimmigrant visa overseas (and in some instances inside the U.S.), if the following conditions are met:

The green card holder filed an immigrant visa petition for his/her spouse on or before December 21, 2000
The spouse has waited three years since the filing of the petition and has not been scheduled for an immigrant visa interview
The spouse may be waiting either for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) approval of the petition or, if the petition was approved by the USCIS, for availability of a visa number in order to complete immigrant visa processing

Criteria for Determining Child's Eligibility for V-2 Visa

Child of V-1 Spouse may qualify for a V-2 visa, if the following conditions are met:

He/she is the child of the principal applicant who qualifies for V-1 visa, or
He/she is the child of a green card holder who filed an
I-130 petition in his/her name, and the priority date and the three-year waiting period since the filing of the petition both meet the requirements of V eligibility
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