K3 US Marriage Visa for Thai

K3 US Marriage Visa for Thai

K3 US Marriage Visa for Thai

Once the Thai spouse register marriage with the US. Citizen, they can obtain for K3 US Marriage Visa for Thai in order to live and  stay in the USA permanently.  

As you know, Thailand is one of the leading destinations in Southeast Asia for foreigners from the U.S and Europe.

Thailand offers a lot of places to visit and beaches to relax on and amazing culture that is definitely rare. Thailand is also known for its palette worthy and flavorful Thai Cuisine which is known around the world for its spices and amazing taste, indeed Thailand is Amazing that’s why a lot of foreigners also settles in Thailand and ends up marrying a Thai citizen.

U.S. Citizens who travel to Thailand usually finds their better half too, it is common in Thailand for Thai women to marry U.S. Citizens, in that case marriage occurs and of course going to the United States of America for marriage is a must for some of the couples.

K3 US Marriage Visa for Thai is a wonderful type of visa which allows the couple to live in the U.S. together.

The U.S. commissioned different types of visa to choose for those U.S. Citizens who have found love in the other country, this only means that there’s a lot of chances for Thais to enter the U.S with their foreign spouses.

Our goal is to give the best option for our clients to get their well-deserves Non-immigrant visa to the U.S.

We wrote this content for allowing you to understand in detail how you can apply K3 US Marriage Visa for your Thai spouse properly.

Moreover, if you are not register Marriage yet, we suggest to read information about US Fiance Visa via this Link as well: Learn more about K1 Visa

Let drive thru the information below.

Feedback from our US Visa client

“Dear Mr. Jirasak and Miss Ying,

It was my pleasure to write that message. Miss Aonpairin and I will be forever grateful to Siam Attorney for the wonderful service we received, and the superlative attention that your firm extended to our U.S. CR-1 Visa process.

From the initial Registration of our Thai marriage, to the issuance of Miss Aonpairin’s U.S. Visa, we were completely happy and satisfied with the work of you, Mr. Jirasak, Miss Ying especially, Miss Saifon, and the entire Siam Attorney Office.

Please feel free to use us as a reference for anyone considering your Office for marriage or visa services in Thailand. You may extend my name and e-mail address for this purpose. I will be happy to relate the good and valued experience we have had with Siam Attorney.

Best regards,

David Hendrix and Aonpairin Somjai”

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Table of Contents:

  1. What is US K3 Marriage Visa Thailand?
  2. Packets for the US K3 Marriage Visa Thailand
  3. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR US K3 Marriage Visa Thailand
  4. ELIGIBILITY OF THE K3 US Marriage Visa
  5. DURATION OF STAY IN THE U.S. WITH THE K3 US Marriage Visa
  6. Our Visa Consultants’ Words of Advice
  7. Conclusion

“If you are confuse with the ton of information on internet or from your friend, it is better for you to find the right person to help you go with the correct direction. We aim to assist you and your Thai Partner for US. Visa application smoothly.”

1. What is US K3 Marriage Visa Thailand?

According to one of our Visa Consultants:

“The US K3 Visa is design for the U.S. Citizens to be able to bring their lawful spouses in the U.S. although the timeframe for getting this visa is quite long but the privilege it gives is worth the wait as the U.S Citizen’s spouses will be eligible to permanently stay in the U.S. furthermore, we are always providing the best options for our clients when it comes to choose which type of visa they should get, we believe that everyone deserves the best even if it is just options such as what type of visa to get. I personally make sure that our clients will get more than what they asked for and the visa process will be easy for them.”

The US K3 Marriage Visa is a visa for Thai Citizens who married U.S. citizens, this visa will allow the U.S. Citizen to take his Thai wife back to the United States with him.

Once the K3 visa has been approved the Thai wife must apply for Adjustment of Status and after that, proceed to the permanent residency or green card application.

The purpose of this visa is not just for the U.S. Citizens to bring back their spouses but to also make sure that they will live together in harmony in the United States and to avoid illegal immigration.

The process can be a bit complicated but with the right advice and guidance from professionals, the process will be quick and easy.

The K-3 nonimmigrant visa is for the foreign-citizen spouse of a United States (U.S.) citizen.

K-3 visa recipients subsequently apply to adjust status to a permanent resident (LPR) with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) upon approval of the petition.

Because the spouse of a U.S. citizen applying for a nonimmigrant K-3 visa must have an immigrant visa petition filed on his or her behalf by his or her U.S. citizen spouse and pending approval, a K-3 applicant must meet some of the requirements of an immigrant visa.

It should be noted that under U.S. immigration law, a foreign citizen who marries a U.S.

CR-1 US Visa is another option for those who want to file for Petition for their spouses, it differs from the waiting time of approval as well as benefits. (Please see the link for reference) (LINK TO CR-1 VISA)

CR-1 and K3 US Marriage Visa differs on the following aspect:

  • Processing time (CR-1 takes more time to process)
  • Privilege (CR-1 immediately gives permanent residency for the Thai Spouse)
  • Applying for work (K3 visa holders cannot be legally employed not unless provided with work authorization).
  • The CR-1 visa holder will be granted the privilege to apply for work in the U.S.

2. Packets for the US K3 Marriage Visa Thailand

Here are the following steps for K3 US Marriage Visa application in reference to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,

The First Packet

You, the U.S. citizen sponsor, must first file Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, with Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office that serves the area where you live.

The USCIS will send a Notice of Action (Form I-797) receipt notice to inform you that it has received the petition.

You must then file Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), for your foreign-citizen spouse and stepchildren.

After USCIS approves the petitions, they will be sent to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing.

The Second Packet

When both petitions have been approved by USCIS and sent to the NVC or when USCIS approves the I-130 before the I-129F, the availability of, as well as the need for, a nonimmigrant K-3 visa end.

If the NVC receives both an approved I-130 petition and an approved I-129F petition:

The nonimmigrant US K3 Marriage Visa case will be administratively closed.

The application process explained below will not be available to the foreign-citizen spouse and cannot be used.

The NVC will contact the U.S. citizen sponsor and foreign-citizen spouse, with instructions for processing the IR-1 (or CR-1) immigrant visa. For more information on the immigrant visa process, review the Immigrant Visa for a Spouse

If USCIS Approves Form I-130 First or at the Same Time as the Form I-129F

If USCIS approves your Form I-130 before or at the same time as your Form I-129F, your spouse and his or her children will no longer need a K-3 or K-4 visa. This occurs in the vast majority of cases. When your spouse’s approved Form I-130 reaches the Department of State, an immigrant visa is immediately available to him or her. Your spouse and his or her children then must apply for immigrant visas and seek admission to the United States as lawful permanent residents.

Basically, this means that you can proceed to the CR-1 visa already which has a more wonderful benefit as it is already subjected for permanent residency.

If USCIS Approves Form I-129F First

If your Form I-129F petition is approved before your Form I-130, USCIS will send your petition to the Department of State. To receive a K-3 or K-4 visa, your spouse must submit a nonimmigrant visa application with the Department of State.

NOTE: To obtain a K-4 visa for your spouse’s children, you do not need to file a separate Form I-129F. You must list your spouse’s children on the Form I-129F you filed for your spouse. However, in applying for the Green Card, you must file a separate Form I-130 for your spouse’s children before they may apply for a Green Card. In order for you to create an eligible step-parent/step-child relationship, the child must have been under 18 years of age when you and your spouse married.

3. REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR US K3 Spouse Visa Thailand

The Thai applicant will go through two steps to get the visa, the first step will require relevant documents for the application and the second step requires more specific documents for the application.

Provided below are the list of all the documents needed.

Here are the documents required for the First Step or the Initial Visa application:

  • Passport(s) valid for six months beyond the intended date of entry into the United States, unless longer validity is specifically requested by the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your country.
  • Form I-130.
  • Form I-129F. (Please click the link for reference)
  • Civil Documents for the applicant. See Documents the Applicant Must Submit for more specific information about documentation requirements, including information on which documents may need to be translated.
  • Two (2) 2×2 photographs. (for the Thai applicant & US citizen)
  • Civil Documents for the US citizen (Petitioner)

Here are the documents required for the Second Step:

  • Passport(s) valid for six months beyond the intended date of entry into the United States, unless longer validity is specifically requested by the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your country.
  • Police Clearance Check
  • Another set of two (2) 2×2 photographs.
  • Civil Documents for the applicant. See Documents the Applicant Must Submit for more specific information about documentation requirements, including information on which documents may need to be translated.
  • Completed Medical Examination Forms.
  • Completed Form DS-160
  • Evidence of financial support (Form I-134, Affidavit of Support may be requested)
  • Ten (10) 2×2 photographs (Thai citizen)
  • Evidence of relationship with your U.S. citizen spouse
  • Payment of fees
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4. ELIGIBILITY OF THE K3 US Marriage Visa.

If you are a U.S. citizen, your foreign spouse may be eligible for a K-3 visa if he or she:

  • Is married to you;
  • Is the beneficiary of a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative that you filed for him or her; and
  • Seeks to enter the United States to await USCIS’ decision on the Form I-130.

A child of your foreign spouse may be eligible for a K-4 visa if he or she is:

  • Under 21 years of age;
  • Unmarried; and
  • The child of the K-3 visa applicant you filed for.
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5. DURATION OF STAY IN THE U.S. WITH THE K3 US Marriage Visa.

If you are granted a K3 US Marriage visa, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will admit you for a 2-year period.

You generally cannot change your status in the U.S. to another nonimmigrant visa category.

If you have a K-3 US Visa, you may submit a Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status to USCIS in the 120 days before your authorized stay expires.

To be eligible for an extension of stay, you must show either:

  • a Form I-130, a Form I-485, or an immigrant visa application is still pending; or
  • Good cause why you did not file a Form I-485 or immigrant visa application
  • USCIS grants extensions of stay for K-3 holders in 2-year increments.
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6. Our Visa Consultants’ Words of Advice

One of our experts in U.S. Visa, Ms. Jamjuree suggest that:

“In applying for a U.S. Visa from Thailand, you must first know what type of visa you should get, remember that there are 3 types of visa you can choose accordingly, there is the US K3 Marriage Visa, the US IR-1 Visa and the US CR-1 Visa, the only different for these 3 types of visas is that the K3 Marriage Visa is a non-immigrant visa meaning that you must convert it to an immigrant following the approval and your confirmed stay in the U.S. meanwhile, the IR-1 and CR-1 visas are immigrant visa and is vital in directly getting a Green card in U.S. As one of the pioneers in this firm, I have experienced a lot of situation where our clients are quite confused with what type of visa, they should apply but rest assured that we will educate you and we will give you the best option so you will not have a hard time in your visa petition process.”

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Mr. Ice, one of our visa consultants also gives advice:

“In not that easy to apply for a U.S. Visa here in Thailand, there are some challenges that both the petitioner and the beneficiary will face but know that as visa consultants, it is our job to ease their burden. Our role is more than just the one who process the visa petition or visa application, we also connect with our clients and make sure that we give them the best output, we are hired by our clients because of our diligence and willingness to listen and give them the best path to follow. Our firm is known for being passionate in helping and prioritizing our client’s goals.”

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Conclusion

Choosing the correct type of visa to apply is not that easy, there are a few choices to choose from especially if you have a U.S. Citizen as a partner. Know that you must learn the eligibility of each visa first. The US K3 Marriage Visa for Thai, US IR-1 Visa and US CR-1 Visa all differs from the eligibility and some requirements.

If you get confused on our contents, let us know so one of our visa consultants can happily assist you and explain the different types of U.S. Visa as well as its privileges and eligibility.

We have processed a significant number of petitions for the past couple of years, we know all the tips and tops of the visa application process for U.S. visa here in Thailand.

Our visa consultants are very engaged and passionate when it comes to helping our clients get their visas. We have been in this industry for quite a long time now and we will not stop to provide the best service to our clients.

Understanding the different types of visa to the U.S., their eligibility and requirements is necessary for you to understand that it will not be an easy journey, but with the help of our visa consultants, it will be a smooth ride to get your dream visa for your Thai better half.

Let us know if you are confused with any detail written above so our visa consultants can reach out to you and clarify it.

We are always willing to help those who are in need of visa assistance for a reasonable and cost-efficient price.