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Can anyone suggest a lawyer who know Thai law, not just US law

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My question is for people with experience with a certain type of issue. My wife and I love each other and have known each other for almost 5 years. We have great documentation of emails and skyping for that period of time, and we have receipts, plane tickets, and lots of pictures from the wedding, some sharing of money by transfer for small expenses, and heartfelt welcome notes from my family, etc. Now that we are married, we are looking into shared bank account, etc.

We are at the stage of *starting to fill out CR1 forms.

But to the issue:

My wife made a simple mistatement to her *home country civil marriage official (not to a US official), saying we knew each other (and lived together, not true) for 6 years but our emails go back only 5 years. Maybe she remembered wrong or maybe she had a flash of confusion or self consciousness or psysiological anxiety due to the pressure of not seeing each other and the paperwork stress. This was stated in another language and I did not know about it when it happened.

This misstatement now appears on a supplementary marriage document (of her home country) which is not the marriage certificate, but which is sometimes requested (by the US) as a supplement to the marriage certificate.

a. One question is under what circumstances will the US typically request the certificate-supplentary documents like this? Do they accept the flowery marriage certificate alone in 95 percent of cases when there is good documentation, etc?

b. How much will an official care about this size of a discrepancy when overall the marriage is genuine and has other very good documentation? Although the 5 years versus 6 years issue might be called small, maybe the it says "lived together" and that's just not so. Are US officials scrutinizing things aggressively looking for discrepancies like this in documents from the other country? Or are they "normal people" who recognize a person can make a mistatement due to nerves, self-consciousness, and culture differences?

b2. In the CR1 process, will we *both be asked on US forms when we met? Will we *both be asked in some other way (eg in person)?

c. What are the typical implications of this type of error? Would it typically merely cause a 4 month delay and cause lawyer intercession (which we can live with) or would it actually typically bring about visa failure (like more than a 5%). In other words, can it be expected to cause a final decision of "no". Would it cause a US official adding a year onto the process? Do US officials care about small to medium discrepancies like this when the marriage is otherwise clearly very genuine?

We can't presume at this time that an option is to have the (her-country) document corrected. We are still gathering information on whether that is easy or hard to do, and whether it might just insert new messiness/questions/hardships into the process. We are both under stress due to her statement because we love each other and we are both conscientious people.

I can ask all these questions to a lawyer, obvious, but different lawyers (just like different doctors) often give different advice, and each country is different. And if the lawyer has not dealt with this specific issue, then they can only shoot from the hip. That is why I am asking this question also on this forum.

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