U.S. Visas: V-2
A V-2 is a visa issued to certain children of lawful permanent residents who are waiting approval of an I-130, Petition for Alien Relative.
Who Qualifies For a V-2 Visa Classification?
A child of a Lawful Permanent Residents of the U.S. (Green Card Holders) who is the Beneficiary of an I-130 immigrant visa petition that has been pending with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for at least 3 years. Additionally, a child of a green card holder who is the Beneficiary of an approved I-130 petition that was filed more that 3 years ago is also eligible for a V-2 visa.
What Are The Requirements For A V-2 Visa?
The child is the Beneficiary listed in Form I-130 that has been:
- Pending for 3 years or more; or,
- Approved and filed more that 3 years ago and presently either an immigrant visa number is not yet available to the Beneficiary; or an immigrant visa number is available to the Beneficiary but his/her application for an immigrant visa abroad or application for adjustment of status in the U.S. is still pending.
Can V-2 Visa Holders be Employed?
Yes; V-2 visa holders may concurrently or subsequently file Form I-765 for employment authorization.
How Long is the V-2 Visa Valid?
The V-2 visa stamp issued by the Consulate is generally valid for up to ten years. A change of status in the U.S. to V-2 status is typically granted for two year periods and extensions of stay may be grant on the same basis.
Termination of V-2 Status
V-2 status automatically terminates 30 days following:
- The denial, withdrawal or revocation of the I-130 petition, the immigrant visa application or the adjustment of status;
- The child ceases to be a “child” for the purposes of immigration law (i.e. reaches 21 years old or gets married); or
- The naturalization of the petitioning Legal Permanent Resident in which case the V status will terminate after the current period of admission ends.