About F-3 Visa
F-3 Family Visa Third Preference
F-3 Family Visa is a family-based third preference visa designed for married sons and daughters of US citizens. There is a total quota of 23,400 each year.
F-3 Third Preference Visa does not have a requirement on the beneficiary’s age, as long as they are married children of US citizens’ children. If the beneficiary is an adopted child, then he or she can apply for F-3 as long as the adoption procedure occurs before the beneficiary turned 16 years of age, the parents obtained legal guardianship for at least 2 years, and that the beneficiary and the US citizen have lived together for 2 years. Stepchildren, on the other hand, require their stepparent and biological parent to be married before stepchildren turn 18 years of age in order to be eligible for F-3.
If you are in the US, you can submit I-485 through the USCIS to petition your foreign-citizen family member to adjust to a Green Card within the US. If your family member is abroad, then your case will be referred to National Visa Center (NVC) to be reviewed, who will later redirect it to the US Consulate in your foreign-citizen family member’s country to be processed.
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