A US Fiancée Visa allows a Thai national to live in the US for a duration of 90 days, as long as there are plans of getting married within this given period. There are several forms and documents needed in applying for the US Fiancée Visa, thus, it does not guarantee that you will be issued one unless it is perfectly presented without a missing document. It is highly recommended to seek legal assistance to lessen the burden regarding matters related to visa and immigration, and official documentations prior to culminating with the decision of getting married. Do not use a tourist visa for this or a US K3 visa.
US Fiancée Visa in Thailand
There are various requirements for American nationals to be able to bring their Thai fiancées to the United States on a US Fiancée Visa. There must be proof of genuine and ongoing relationship such as providing evidence of phone records, email exchanges or money transfer transactions, and also photos taken together.
The couple should also have met each other in person or physically during the preceding two years. Both parties should also be single and eligible to marry. Children of the Thai fiancée are also allowed to enter the US under the K2 Visa subsidiary. Note that you will need a police clearance certificate.
The US citizen should submit a petition on behalf of the Thai fiancée with the United States Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). After the approval of such petition, it would be forwarded to the National Visa Center (NVC) and to the US Embassy in Bangkok. When all the appropriate documents are gathered for the US Fiancée Visa application, the Thai fiancée should be able to attend a visa interview at the US Embassy.
Once the visa has been approved, your Thai fiancée may travel to the United States. The Thai spouse is given 90 days to apply for adjustment of status if both of you decide to get married. Usually, US Fiancée Visas for Thais take up around 6 to 8 months to process – from the filing of the petition to the release of the visa.
Should the US Fiancée Visa be approved, the final step for the Thai fiancée would be to go to the US port of entry and present her K1 visa. The US Immigration Officer has the authority to refuse a visa holder from entering the US. Upon successful entry to the United States and following the couple’s marriage, an adjustment of status can be applied which serves as application for permanent residency for the Thai fiancée.