I am about to try another visa journey for my niece, and was wondering if I could explain our situation and get some advice on a best plan or course of action to take.
Both my wife and our daughter immigrated to the US after we were married.
My wife took her Citizenship test and is now a USC.
My wife’s niece currently lives in Thailand and is 13 years old.
The parents of our niece were never married. The father is out of the picture, and has been so since right after the child’s birth.
The mother of the niece, which was my wife’s sister passed away a few years back.
The child now lives with my wife’s mother and father (her grandparents) and attends boarding school.
I can provide for the child and I think her opportunities will be much greater in the US vs staying in Thailand. Her grandparents are also getting older which limits the amount of support she will have there if she were to stay.
So now I’m trying to find out the easiest way to get her here. I know based on my previous visa adventures, it will be an uphill battle, but I’m willing to put forth the effort and give her a shot at a better life.
I didn’t know if it would be better trying to petition for our niece now that she is a USC in the same manner she would do a petition for a parent? And if so, is it better to have my wife do it, while her current job is just for fun/to keep her busy vs having me do it with my full income and support?
Or would it be better to try to adopt her in Thailand seeing as she truly does not currently have parents, and then once that is done, try to petition for her to come over?
Or option 3, just try to do the adoption thing in total from America?
Any advice or further clarification would be greatly appreciated. I’m not really sure where to begin. Thank you for your time!