V Visa Information
If you are a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), U.S. immigration law provides a number of ways for you to bring your spouse and children to the United States. One possible method is through a V nonimmigrant visa.
The purpose of a V nonimmigrant visa is to reunited families who have been or could be separated during the process of immigrating to the United States. With V visas, family members can wait in the United States for the immigrant visa process to be completed.
Spouses (husbands and wives) and unmarried children under the age of 21 of lawful permanent residents may apply for V visas under these conditions:
- Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) petitioner MUST have filed the I-130 immigrant visa petition on or before December 21, 2000;
- Priority date is at least three years old;
- Priority date is not current;
- Applicant has not already had an immigrant visa interview or been scheduled for an interview;
- Petition is not already at an embassy or consulate abroad; and
- Applicant is otherwise eligible as an immigrant.
The priority date is the date the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received the petition.
For more information about V visas, please visit the Department of State's travel website.