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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Thailand
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Ok. I have talked a little about this in my last post awhile back when my fiancee was sending in packet 2. So I would like to see what information you learned people can give me to try to get this sorted out to make it work. Here goes.

My Thai fiancee has a daughter that will be 11 in August. I think our interview will fall in August or maybe early Sept. She sent in the packet a few weeks ago and we are waiting for packet 3. Her daughter does not want to move to the USA and that's ok with me. I basically want my lady here long enough to get her SSI, green card and whatever else she needs to travel freely back and forth. I have a couple more years before I retire..again...and then I will move to Thailand. She wants to bring her daughter on her school break which will fall for the month of September but in my thinking that is cutting it real close. If we get the visa in late August she can come with her mom but the problem is mom taking her back for school after the month vacation.

So, I know about advance parole and that we have to get married first....which we plan on doing right away when she gets here...but does anyone know how we can accomplish the daughter coming here in Sept. if all works out well and mom getting her back for school after the month without causing problems? Any shortcuts for mom travelling back and then returning to the US until all the other papers are done?

Any help would be much appreciated so I can ease the stress in my fiancee who wants her here every vacation she can. Thanks in advance!!!

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Germany
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First of all, I'm always happy to see other people getting close to the end of the visa process. All the best for the last few steps!

As for your questions. After entering the US and activating the K1 visa, your fiancee cannot leave the country before she receives AP. If she does, her K1 visa will become invalid and you will have to start all over again with the Spousal Visa. From timelines of fellow VJers it looks like AP takes about 2-3 months. So it might be a problem for your fiancee taking her daughter back to Thailand. All airlines offers services to help kids travelling alone.

As for her daughter, I would assume that your fiancee could obtain a tourist visa for her. She might have to provide additional evidence (such as proof of school enrollment, affidavit of the person she is living with back in Thailand, etc) that her daughter will return to Thailand.

All the best for you and your fiance!!!


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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Ok. I have talked a little about this in my last post awhile back when my fiancee was sending in packet 2. So I would like to see what information you learned people can give me to try to get this sorted out to make it work. Here goes.

My Thai fiancee has a daughter that will be 11 in August. I think our interview will fall in August or maybe early Sept. She sent in the packet a few weeks ago and we are waiting for packet 3. Her daughter does not want to move to the USA and that's ok with me. I basically want my lady here long enough to get her SSI, green card and whatever else she needs to travel freely back and forth. I have a couple more years before I retire..again...and then I will move to Thailand. She wants to bring her daughter on her school break which will fall for the month of September but in my thinking that is cutting it real close. If we get the visa in late August she can come with her mom but the problem is mom taking her back for school after the month vacation.

So, I know about advance parole and that we have to get married first....which we plan on doing right away when she gets here...but does anyone know how we can accomplish the daughter coming here in Sept. if all works out well and mom getting her back for school after the month without causing problems? Any shortcuts for mom travelling back and then returning to the US until all the other papers are done?

Any help would be much appreciated so I can ease the stress in my fiancee who wants her here every vacation she can. Thanks in advance!!!

I applied for for the AP in mid-March and wifey receiived approval on May 15. I did however have to call USCIS to expadite the request. She met the requirements and now can go to Philippines and fetch her daughter.

After one to two months of filing, call USCIS and see what they can do. If you cannot make any headway, call your congressman and they can help you.

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Tom,

Has your fiancee considered delaying her entry to the US until after the school break? She has 6 months to use the visa and doesn't have to get on the next plane to the US once she gets it. She could plan a special time doing fun things with her daughter before she leaves. She could do some great resort for the money the plane tickets would cost for the daughter, then the wife taking her back. Not to mention the risk of not getting back into the US. It seems less stressful given the unknown timeframe of maybe late August/early September.

Is the daughter included on the K1 application or will she have to have a visitor visa to come on the next break. I don't know how all that works since we have no children involved in our process. Curious about how children visit if they choose not to immigrate.


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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Thailand
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Tom,

Has your fiancee considered delaying her entry to the US until after the school break? She has 6 months to use the visa and doesn't have to get on the next plane to the US once she gets it. She could plan a special time doing fun things with her daughter before she leaves. She could do some great resort for the money the plane tickets would cost for the daughter, then the wife taking her back. Not to mention the risk of not getting back into the US. It seems less stressful given the unknown timeframe of maybe late August/early September.

Is the daughter included on the K1 application or will she have to have a visitor visa to come on the next break. I don't know how all that works since we have no children involved in our process. Curious about how children visit if they choose not to immigrate.

She wants to stay for her daughter's birthday in August so we will play it by ear. It all kind of depends on when the interview is. I am booked to go over on June 18th but might cancel the trip so I can be there for the interview. Does not look like it will cost me much to rearrange the plane ticket, thankfully. But one think I might suggest is that she stay with her daughter the month of August, giving up our apartment in Bangkok, and then come after her birthday and we can fly over to visit over Christmas since my work shuts down for the last two weeks of the year. But still waiting on packet 4 with the interview date and I have been checking the BKK embassy site for scheduled interviews but it appears they post them once a month.

Her daughter was included on the 129 application and she filled out and paid for her daughter's 156-K also. So she is in the system. I also have an Info Pass interview set up on Friday the 13th....(woooooooooo)...at our new local UCIS office so I can speak directly with an immigration officer and find out the best course of action and how we can best handle this. I'll see what he has to say about the best way to handle the daughter's situation.

A resort is nice, but who do you think will be paying for it?? HAHAHA!!!! If I am gonna pay for a resort, I want to be there!!!

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Considering your situation, I think delaying her initial use of the visa is your best solution. She can leave after her daughter is in school and you both can begin the process once she arrives. You will not be able to apply for AP until after you are married and apply for permanent status also. You could save money and just apply for AOS. In our case, I applied for AOS, AP and EAD at the same time. We got the AP and EAD two weeks before the AOS interview. Two weeks later we received her first green card. You should review the timelines for processing of AOS now to decide whether getting AP might be warranted.

One more thing. At the AOS interview they confiscated my wife's EAD card since they had approved her permanent status. So something else to consider.

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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Thailand
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We plan to get married as soon as we can after she gets here. We have both been married before so are not interested in having some big ceremony. As for work, she is a certified yoga teacher and I have a few people here that want her to teach them yoga so that's a start. We have a new USCIS office real close to where I live now so that should make everything easier.

I am hoping to get our interview date in the next couple weeks....the sooner the better as I don't really want to change my flight and plans I have now...and after we get that then I think we will sit down and work out the time schedule of when she will come over and everything. I just hope it all goes smoothly. Thanks!!

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