The K1 Fiancee Visa from Thailand

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					Each year, many couples meet and fall in love in the Kingdom of Thailand. After
meeting, many American Citizens try to bring their Thai girlfriend or fiancée
back to the United States. Much frustration surrounds the US Immigration process
from Thailand and this article is intended to help clear up any confusion.

THE K1 VISA FOR A THAI FIANCEE

The K1 Visa was designed to allow an American Citizen to bring a fiancee to the US
for the purpose of marriage. Once granted, the Thai fiancée will have six
months to travel to the US. After entering the USA the Thai fiancée must get
married within 90 days and file for permanent residence or else leave the country. In
order to obtain a K1 Visa the US Citizen must file an I-129(f) petition with the USCIS
Service Center in either Vermont or California. After approval by USCIS the petition
will be forwarded to the National Visa Center and ultimately to the US Embassy in
Bangkok, Thailand. The US Embassy in Bangkok will issue instructions to the Thai
fiancée about what documentation will be needed and what to do to prepare for
the visa interview. The Embassy will also give the Thai fiancée an interview
date and time. The Thai fiancée should be prepared to spend most of the
morning or afternoon at the Embassy depending upon when the appointment is
scheduled.

THE DECISION TO HIRE AN IMMIGRATION ATTORNEY TO EXPEDITE THE
K1 PROCESS

Many couples decide to hire an immigration law firm to help with the K1 process.
Others would argue that this is not necessary. Depending upon your situation an
Immigration attorney can help submit the petition with USCIS and can greatly
increase the chances of approval. An immigration attorney with an office in Thailand,
particularly near the US Embassy, can be a major advantage for the couple seeking a
K1 Visa. If the Immigration Law Firm has a licensed US Immigration Attorney along
with Thai attorneys and staff, then the US Attorney can expedite the USCIS petition
and deal with the US Embassy while the Thai staff can help prepare the Thai
fiancée and explain the immigration process in Thai. The Thai staff can also
prepare the fiancée by giving mock interview questions in both English and
Thai which can be of great advantage when it comes time for the real interview.

Although the US Immigration process may seem daunting at first blush, most
obstacles can be overcome with time, patience, and perseverance.

Thanks for Reading,

Benjamin W. Hart, Esq.

The information imparted herein is intended for informational use only and should not
be used as a replacement for competent legal advice from a professional. Nothing
written in this article should be used in lieu of professional legal advice for specific
situations

				
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