|Starting the K1 Visa process:|
The process starts with your filing a Form I-129F also known as an Alien Fiancé Petition with Homeland Security (USCIS) at the office closest to your home. Kindly note, that you cannot start the petition at an embassy abroad. Once the petition is approved it is sent to the National Visa Center. They will then process the petition and send it to the embassy in Bangkok, Thailand for your Thai fiancée to complete.
The petition is only valid for 4 months after it has been approved by USCIS. Should you not be able to complete the process with that time period, the embassy may be able to extend it for you. It is therefore best to see an attorney to handle all the paperwork in Thailand noting the language barriers, time zones and limited time.
The K1 Visa Thai fiancée in the United States:
Your Thai fiancée having entered the US has 90 days in which to marry you once entering the United States. Once the marriage has been consumed your Thai wife would then have to file an Adjusted Status or a Form I-485 application with USCIS. This is basically an application for Permanent Residence.
Should you Thai fiancée before getting married have to leave the country again she would need to apply for Advanced Parole or file a Form I-131. The K1 Visa is in essence a once off visa. Should she leave the US before making this application she will not be able to return to the US on the same K1 Visa.
Children and the K1 Visa holder:
You have to place the child or children’s name(s) on the original I-129F petition which was done for the K1 Visa. After marriage however the child would ahve to make a separate application for Permanent Residence. The important part is that normally the child would have to arrive with the K1 Visa holder, however if that is not possible the child/children would have to arrive within a year from the date on which the K1 Visa had been issued.
There are numerous documents that the K1 Visa for Thai fiancée would need when the K1 Visa process ends at the US Embassy in Thailand. These include but not limited to vaccination certificate, criminal records checks, educational background and fingerprints just to name a few.
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