If you are taking your Thai fiancée back to the US then you need to apply for a US fiancée visa in Thailand. The process is takes approximately 9 months once the I-129f application has been filed with the USCIS in the US up to the final interview at the US Embassy in Bangkok. The timeline for the K1 visa in Thailand greatly depends on the caseload at the US Embassy and also at the USCIS.
Depending on where in the US you live the I-129f application is submitted to the USCIS service center in the region where you reside in the US. You can either fall under the Vermont Service Center of the California service center. Your immigration lawyer in Thailand will know where this needs to be submitted for your application. Also ensure that you meet the financial requirements of the visa.
K1 Visa Applicant (Her)
- – Is single or free to marry
- – In good health
- – Has met fiancé at least once in the last two years
- – Able to show existing and genuine relationship with the American sponsor
- – No Criminal records
K1 Visa Petitioner (You)
- – An American citizen
- – Is single or free to marry
- – No Criminal records especially those involving domestic violence
- – Is financially established (income of at least USD 20,000/annum)
- – Able to show existing and genuine relationship with the foreign fiancé
- – Has met foreign fiancé at least once in the last two years
NOTE: You need to ensure that you meet the financial requirements of the K1 Visa. There is a breakdown of the financial requirements on this website. If you need more information or are unsure then speak to us online or send us an email for assistance in this regard.
1Once you have submitted your application the service centre will issue you a Notice of Action 1 which is nothing more than a letter of receipt to state that your application has been received by the service centre. Once the application has been reviewed by the service centre it gets sent to the National Visa Centre and a notice is sent to the applicant that the application has been reviewed and this notice is called the Notice of Action2 letter.
2The time spent by your application at the National Visa Center is normally much shorter than the time it has spent at the Vermont or California Service Center. The National Visa Center will now do the final approval and send the application to Thailand for an interview at the US Embassy in Bangkok or at the US Embassy in Chiang Mai.
3Once the NVC has sent the application to the US Embassy in Thailand they will also send you Packet 3 which contain the final instructions such as documents which need to be brought to the US Embassy on the date of the interview. Note that normally with the K1 and K3 visa applications the Packet 3 is sent from the US Embassy in Bangkok whereas applications for a CR1 and IR1 is sent to you from the National Visa Center in the US. It is best to hand these documents to your immigration lawyer in Thailand as most times more documents are needed and some can only be obtained at the Amphur where the person was divorced, married or had her name changed.
4Once the date has been given for the interview you need to ensure that all extra documents which had been needed have been found, completed and translated into English. Also that all documents which needed to be certified have been certified by a public notary. The US visa interview is not an inquisition so to speak but more of a confirmation that the application is valid and that there is no force, cohesion or fraud taking place.
NOTE: The minor child/children of the K1 Visa beneficiary can travel with the mother to the US under the K2 visa. The K2 Visa application should be done simultaneous with the K1 Visa application. Speak to us about the minor children and their visa application while in Thailand.
- Comprehensive checklist on the required documents for the petitioner and applicant
- Assistance with collecting the required documents
- Preparation of the USCIS petition
- Filing the petition with the USCIS
- Preparation of the Visa application papers for the US embassy
- Assistance with medical check up
- Assistance with Police report
- Interview preparation
- Submission of the visa application to the US embassy
- Constant update about the whereabouts of the visa application and the results
If you have more questions about your US visa application then speak to us today online or in person at our offices in Bangkok or Phuket or call us toll-free on our US telephone number.