Bring your Thai Spouse to US through K3 marriage Visa

Bringing your Thai Spouse to US requires K3 marriage Visa from Thailand. This K3 marriage visa was specifically designed to help shorten the physical separation between a Thai citizen and his or her U.S. citizen spouse. It’s the perfect solution for many couples who wants to move to the United States together without an extended separation associated with the immigration process. In practice, the K3 marriage visa process is rarely used. While it remains a component of immigration law, most couples have a tough time obtaining one.

What is K3 Visa?

K3 marriage visa or k3 visa is a two year multiple entry visa that allows the foreign citizen spouse to immigrate to the US by adjusting their status to permanent resident. This combines USCIS and DOS processing time that is typically 5 to 8 months. The K-3 marriage visa is also popular when American citizens want to bring their Thai spouses back to the United States as quickly as possible, as this is the fastest immigrant visa to process for the spouse of an American citizen living in Thailand.

Process of K3 Marriage Visa

The K3 marriage visa processes similarly to the K-1 Fiancee Visa. The average processing time for the K3 visa from Thailand as of this writing is 5-8 months. The K-3 visa allows the Thai spouse unlimited and unrestricted travel back and forth between Thailand and the United States for a two year period. The K3 visa is popular with American citizens who are living and working in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan as it freely allows their Thai spouses to travel with them to the USA and then back to Thailand when they have R & R.

The children of the Thai spouse can also be attached to the K-3 marriage visa application. They will be issued K-3 visa. US Immigration Legal Advisors in Thailand never charges an additional fee to process visa applications for Thai children accompanying or joining a parent within one year.

Before the end of the two year period, the Thai spouse, and children if applicable, will remain in the United States and apply for an adjustment of status to permanent resident to obtain a green card.

How To Apply for K3 Marriage Visa from Thailand?

The U.S. citizen must first file Form I-130 and receive the receipt letter before he or she can file Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), on behalf of the thai spouse. Approximately two to three weeks after filing the I-130 petition, USCIS will mail the petitioner an I-797 Notice of Action that confirms receipt of the petition. Once the U.S. citizen receives this receipt letter (I-797), he or she may file Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), to request the K3 Marriage visa.

Required Documents to Apply for K3 Marriage Visa from Thailand

Thai spouse will be required to bring the following forms and documents to the visa interview:

ü  The applicant (and any eligible children applying for K4 visas) must: (1) complete Form DS-160 and (2) print the DS-160 confirmation page to bring to the K3 interview.

ü  A valid passport for traveling the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond the intended period of stay in the United States.

ü  Medical examination

ü  Evidence of financial support

ü  Two (2) 2″x2″ passport-style photographs.

ü  Evidence of relationship with the U.S. citizen spouse

ü  Payment of fees

ü  Civil documents – the original(s) (or certified copies) and photocopies of the following:

  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate for the marriage to the U.S. citizen spouse
  • Divorce or death certificate(s) of any previous spouse(s)
  • Police certificates from present country of residence and all countries where the applicant has lived for 6 months or more since age 16. (Police certificates are also required for accompanying children age 16 or older.)
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