If you are an American with a Thai fiancée, and you want to take her to the US with the intention of getting married there, then a K1 Visa is probably best for her. There are many factors to consider, and, of course, there are other US visa options available but this particular visa offers distinct advantages and more flexibility. The following are some of the benefits of the K1 Visa:

  • The K1 Visa is relatively faster and easier to obtain at about 4-6 months.
  • Once granted with a K1 Visa, the Thai fiancée can add to the K1 Visa petition her child/children in the form of a K2 Visa.
  • When in the United States, the fiancée can apply for a work permit and can be lawfully employed.

You should make a distinction between a K1 and a K3 Visa. While the former is applied to non-married couples who are planning to get married in the US, the latter is for married couples with the American spouse intending to take his Thai spouse to the US. While the process of acquiring both visas is very similar, getting a K3 Visa is a bit more complicated and needs more involvement.

Going back to the K1 Visa, there are certain requirements that need to be met. Among these are the following:

  • You must be an American citizen to be eligible to petition
  • You must have been with your fiancée in person in the last two years. There are exceptions to this (religious rites, etc.)
  • You and your fiancée must pass a criminal record test
  • Your Thai fiancée must pass a medical check up
  • You must be financially eligible to meet the income requirement. You must show that your income is 125% of the poverty line.
  • You and your Thai fiancée must be unrestricted to marry
  • You must make certain that you will get married within 90 days from arrival in the USA, as the K1 Visa is valid only for 90 days

Although this seems simple, it’s always best to seek the assistance of professionals who are proven experts in dealing with US visa matters. Not only will it help you with paperwork but also the appropriate guidance in the overall preparation of applying for a K1 visa in Thailand. This can save you a considerable amount of time, energy and money.

This article was provided by Siam Legal, an international law firm with offices in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Phuket, and Samui. Siam Legal publishes guides to applying for a US visa in Thailand on its website.

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