The F3 Visa allows U.S. Citizens to petition their married children to come to the U.S., as well as their spouse and minor children. While there is a limit to the number of visas issued under this category, once the F3 Visa is approved, it allows the applicant(s)/beneficiary(s) to study, travel, and live in the U.S.

The F3 visa category is considered a family “preference immigrant category” under the third preference which means that there is a waiting period and limit to the number of visas issued each year, and you must wait until your priority date becomes current before you apply. This waiting period depends on the immigrants’ country of birth.

At Tsang & Associates, we have a long history of helping thousands of clients successful file for the F-3 Family Based Visa and will help our clients complete the process from beginning to end



Our fee structure is unique to us as we strive to tailor our services for each client individually. We adapt price standards that are capable of fluctuating for each client depending on their unique needs. Clients may retain us for one or all of the above steps/services.

Our typical fee for a standard F-3 petition is $3,500, not including government fees and third-party expenses. We are happy to customize a proposal for yours during a consultation. Please see below for more information.



Step 1: Strategy Session for the F-3 Immigrant Visa

This is the most crucial step for your entire F-3 Immigrant Visa. We will review all of the supporting documents to create a strategy, a customized checklist, and a timeline to serve as the guiding foundation for the entire case preparation.

Step 2: Prepare and Submit the F-3 Visa and I-130 Application to USCIS

Our team will gather, complete, package, and ensure all the documents provided support your case to enhance your chances of getting approved.

Step 3: Await Approval of the I-130 Petition

Once the I-130 Petition is approved by USCIS, the case will be subsequently be transferred to the National Visa Center (NVC) for further processing.

Step 4: Await the priority date to apply and Submit the Required Documentation to the National Visa Center (NVC)

The F3 visa is considered as a family-sponsored preference category visa, which means there will be a waiting period due to the limited number of visas that are expedited per year. Keep in mind that the preference category of your case should be available to apply, according to the NVC Visa Bulletin. Our team will explain to you how to monitor your case and check the availability to apply. Once the priority date becomes available, we will guide you throughout this process and ensure that the NVC has all the documentation needed to continue to process your case in a timely manner.



Checklist of Required Evidence

Your documents file must contain all the necessary documentation which supports your case. You must convince the NVC and U.S Embassy or Consulate that you and your family fulfill all the requirements and are eligible to get the F-3 visa. The file must contain the following:

  • Your valid passports for more than 6 months after your planned entry into the U.S (your passport, your spouse’s, and minor children’s)
  • A signed Form I-864, Affidavit of Support from the U.S petitioner (applicant’s parent)
  • Form DS-260 confirmation page
  • Medical examination and vaccination documents
  • Two US visa photos per individual according to the Photo Requirements
  • Your valid marriage certificate to prove your marriage
  • Birth certificates or adoption documents of your children
  • Court and criminal records and/or police certificate
  • If you have been previously married, you must bring divorce or certificates of death to prove the marriage was officially terminated
  • If you served in the military, you must bring your military records

Filing Fee

The updated filing fee for F3 visa can be found here.

Who can apply for the F3 Visa?

The F3 visa as with many other family visas does not have extensive requirements. In order to be eligible for the F3 visa, you must fulfill these conditions:

  • You must have a parent who is a U.S citizen and prove it through valid birth certificates or adoption documents
  • You must be over 21 years old
  • You must be married and prove it through a valid marriage certificate

As for the U.S citizen who wants to bring their adult child in the U.S permanently, you must fulfill these conditions:

  • You must be a U.S citizen
  • You must have an adult child in a foreign country and prove it through birth certificates or adoption documents
  • You must be living in the U.S and have a valid U.S address



Attorney Brief:  [coming soon] We will provide an attorney brief sample for the I-130 petition.


Cover Letter: [coming soon] We will also provide a cover letter sample for the I-130 petition.


Sample Request for Evidence: [coming soon] Requests for evidence can be used to strengthen the case.


Forms: Here is a list of the forms that are needed by USCIS


Sample Checklist: [coming soon] We look at the client’s unique situation and create customized checklists to strengthen their cases.


USCIS Fee Calculator: This is to help calculate how much the filing fee will be.


USCIS Mailing Address: This address is where it is mailed to USCIS.


USCIS Processing Timetable: This will help you figure out how long it will take to process.


ASC Field Offices: Listed are the addresses of the field offices for the bio-metrics.



How long is the F-3 visa application process?

Because there are caps for the Family Green Cards, the processing times may be quite long. For the F3 visa, the processing time can range from 1 year up to extreme cases of 10 years. This is because there are so many people applying that they cannot all be processed at the same time.

What is the application cap for F-3 visas?

Since the Family Green Card Visas have a limited number of visas per year, the F3 visa is only given to 23,400 people in one year. If the limit for one year is reached, then the other visas will be given in chronological order in the next years.

The excess number of petitions are rolled over to subsequent years in chronological order until their priority dates become current. The U.S. Department of State publishes the cut-off dates for priority dates each month in the visa bulletin.

What are the benefits of F3 Visa?

With an F3 visa, the married children of U.S citizens can live in the U.S permanently with their spouse and minor children. They can work legally without a need for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and with only needing a Social Security Number, they can enroll in studies, as well as travel abroad and enter the U.S anytime they need to.



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