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Im looking to file for a K-1 USA Fiance Visa for my Thai GF, we are both currently in Bangkok and have been together for almost 2 years. I dont have much faith in my own ability to fill out paperwork, so I am looking for assistance from a Lawyer.



Im wondering if I should hire a Thai lawyer to help, or should I wait to get back to the USA and hire an American lawyer. Im going back next month for a few weeks.



Thanks for your help.



July 2013 Met online

Sept 2013 Met in person

Nov 2014 Engaged

Jan 23, 2015 Married

Jan 27, 2015 Filed I-130 DCF in Bangkok

Feb 18, 2015 I-130 Approved

March 2, 2015 Sent Packet 3 docs US Priority Express Mail

March 10, 2015 Packet 3 arrived US Embassy Bangkok

March 12, 2015 Received packet 4 email

March 25, 2015 Interview

March 25, 2015 Approved

March 26, 2015 Issued

March 27, 2015 Visa in hand

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It is easier than you would think to fill out the forms the hard part is gathering all the evidence but even that isn't too bad. Take a look at he guides on this site and it will tell you everything you need and should do. If you have a question about a form, ask on here. That is why most of us are on here to help each other out through the process. i have asked several questions already and received a lot of good answers and advice. Unless you have a specific issue that makes your case more difficult its not worth the price of an immigration attorney. I checked into it and attorney i spoke with wanted $3,000, and i still had to gather all the information for him anyway. All he was going to do was fill out the forms and mail it off, which i was going to get charged for. I filed on my own. You should at least down load the forms and guides and give it a shot. you dont have to send it off if you are unsure.


12/23/2014: I-129F Sent

12/29/2014: I-129F Received by USCIS

12/31/2014: Received Electronic notification for NOA1 hard copy to follow

01/05/2015: NOA1 Hard copy received

01/13/2015: Received Electronic notification for NOA2 hard copy to follow

01/20/2015: NOA2 Hard copy received

01/20/2015: NVC Received

01/26/2015: Case # assigned

01/30/2015: Sent to embassy

02/02/2015: Embassy received

02/08/2015: Interview Scheduled for 03/11/2015 Will do Medical on 02/26/2015

02/23/2015: NVC Letter received.

02/27/2015: Medical complete.

03/11/2015: Interview. APPROVED!!!!

04/03/2015: POE Seattle

06/20/2015: Got married

07/01/2015: Filed I-485, I-765, I-131, G-325, G-1145

07/16/2015: Received NOA for I-485 and I-765

07/17/2015: RFE for I-131 Missed signature

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Thanks! Another member has mentioned an online service that might be able to help, I will take a look at them. I just dont want to make a mistake or leave anything off the forms, which I have a bad habit of doing with government forms.


July 2013 Met online

Sept 2013 Met in person

Nov 2014 Engaged

Jan 23, 2015 Married

Jan 27, 2015 Filed I-130 DCF in Bangkok

Feb 18, 2015 I-130 Approved

March 2, 2015 Sent Packet 3 docs US Priority Express Mail

March 10, 2015 Packet 3 arrived US Embassy Bangkok

March 12, 2015 Received packet 4 email

March 25, 2015 Interview

March 25, 2015 Approved

March 26, 2015 Issued

March 27, 2015 Visa in hand

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For most of us, a lawyer would just slow us down. The work is not difficult, but it is voluminous. You don't need lawyer training to do it, just a lot of stamina and patience.

For you, this is your life, and you will put in the effort to speed it up. For a lawyer this is just a day at work, so he will get to yours in the normal course of his business. So which one of you will get it done sooner?

I would only recommend a lawyer if you have a hard case, for example a criminal record for three or more drug violations.

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Thanks! Another member has mentioned an online service that might be able to help, I will take a look at them. I just dont want to make a mistake or leave anything off the forms, which I have a bad habit of doing with government forms.

No matter who you hire it wont change what has to be done to petition for the visa. The only source of info needed is you so you end up gathering the info anyway. Filling out the forms is pretty easy and you have V J as an adviser. In the end the lawyer slows the process because they function as a filter.

The K 1 forms are the tip of the iceberg as far as the volume needed for the journey to end at becoming a USC but they are done one page at a time.

Make a mistake? You might but even if you do its not that hard to repair the damage. See the guides here on V J for some very helpful info.

If you are have been a legal resident of Thailand while living there with the correct visa for at least 6 months you can file some cases DCF in BKK but I am not sure about K 1s. If you are there as a tourist forget this concept.

Find on Amazon the book Thailand Fever. If you are in BKK you can buy it there is most bookstores that sell to farangs. Buy two. Leave one with her and keep one with you. You will see the value of the book.

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I thought Thailand offered DCF visa.

That visa only takes a few weeks to complete

Have you checked into that visa?

I havent checked into it yet, but it looks like a good option. I have had a Non tourist Visa in Thailand for more than 6 months so I will look in to it.

No matter who you hire it wont change what has to be done to petition for the visa. The only source of info needed is you so you end up gathering the info anyway. Filling out the forms is pretty easy and you have V J as an adviser. In the end the lawyer slows the process because they function as a filter.

The K 1 forms are the tip of the iceberg as far as the volume needed for the journey to end at becoming a USC but they are done one page at a time.

Make a mistake? You might but even if you do its not that hard to repair the damage. See the guides here on V J for some very helpful info.

If you are have been a legal resident of Thailand while living there with the correct visa for at least 6 months you can file some cases DCF in BKK but I am not sure about K 1s. If you are there as a tourist forget this concept.

Find on Amazon the book Thailand Fever. If you are in BKK you can buy it there is most bookstores that sell to farangs. Buy two. Leave one with her and keep one with you. You will see the value of the book.

I bought Thailand Fever years ago when I first got here and it really helped, thanks. I might just get married and try DCF. Would you know if I need to be living here consistently for the past 6 months or just have a Visa for 6 months?

Thanks for all the suggestions.


July 2013 Met online

Sept 2013 Met in person

Nov 2014 Engaged

Jan 23, 2015 Married

Jan 27, 2015 Filed I-130 DCF in Bangkok

Feb 18, 2015 I-130 Approved

March 2, 2015 Sent Packet 3 docs US Priority Express Mail

March 10, 2015 Packet 3 arrived US Embassy Bangkok

March 12, 2015 Received packet 4 email

March 25, 2015 Interview

March 25, 2015 Approved

March 26, 2015 Issued

March 27, 2015 Visa in hand

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Im looking to file for a K-1 USA Fiance Visa for my Thai GF, we are both currently in Bangkok and have been together for almost 2 years. I dont have much faith in my own ability to fill out paperwork, so I am looking for assistance from a Lawyer.

Im wondering if I should hire a Thai lawyer to help, or should I wait to get back to the USA and hire an American lawyer. Im going back next month for a few weeks.

Thanks for your help.

When your eye are closed (meaning not having read what's involved),

you obviously can't see the whole picture, but when they are open

you can see (most) everything clearly (meaning you have read few Guideline pages

and looked at the required forms on this site).

I can understand your intimidation in the beginning, as I and many of us here

went through the same thing, but it's really not bad at all.

Besides, if you go to a lawyer, you would have to provide all of this information anyway.

And lawyers don't guarantee doing everything correctly and timely.

On this site there (nearly) complete step by step information on

which forms to fill...and many already filled-out sample forms are also available.

And there are perhaps thousands of VJ-ers on this site that have gone through this

and you can post questions and get reasonably quick and accurate answers

to fill the gap on any unclear sections.

I encourage you to spend one weekend on reading through suggested guidelines

and required forms. Start from this and it contains links to more information.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/300-general-k1-guides-and-info/

I think I spent about 6 hours over the weekend to go through the suggestions

and make summary notes and proceeded from there.

I also double-triple checked my documents and confirmed with this site

before I submitted. So far, all is going reasonably smoothly without a major glitch.

Good luck.


10-04-2013 We met online
11-21-2013 We met in person in Shanghai for 2 weeks

12-13-2013 I-129F packet sent via express

12-19-2013 USCIS NOA #1 (text and email) received

12-24-2013 USCIS assigns Alien Registration Number
12-31-2013 USCIS NOA #1 hard copy received
06-02-2014 USCIS web site shows NOA #2 approval
06-06-2014 USCIS web site shows case sent to NVC

06-xx-2014 Fiancee acquired birth, marriage, and police certificates from local police station (wrong)

06-16-2014 NVC creates case with GUZ### number

06-19-2014 NVC sends case sent to Guangzhou, China
06-24-2014 Received packet 3 express mail from embassy
06-25-2014 Completed DS-160 and paid K1 visa fee

06-26-2014 Mailed packet 3 response back to Embassy

06-26-2014 Requested police certificate from Russian embassy

07-08-2014 Received packet 4 email from Embassy

07-17-2014 Picked up Russian police certificate

07-25-2014 Fiancee medical exam (received MMR & Varicella, but they missed required TD shot)

07-31-2014 Picked up medical exam reports

08-01-2014 Request (correct) birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service (GongZhengChu)

08-06-2014 Picked up birth, marriage, and police certificates from Notarial Service

08-14-2014 Passed Interview Guangzhou embassy

09-01-2014 Received passport, visa, & sealed envelope

09-13-2014 POE

09-17-2014 Went to CBP office to get (US entry) I-94 updated correctly

09-18-2014 Applied for Social Security Card
09-19-2014 Applied for Marriage License (via online)
09-25-2014 Received Social Security Card
09-30-2014 Picked up Marriage License
10-09-2014 Marriage by Justice of Peace
10-09-2014 Got Certified Marriage Certificate Copies
10-17-2014 Received a letter from SS office that they need the marriage license
10-09-2014 Applied to change the social security card name
10-24-2014 Went back to SS office to provide the marriage certificate documents again!!!
12-09-2014 Submitted AOS, EAD, and AP
12-16-2014 Received 16 emails and 16 text NOA messages
01-05-2015 Received Biometrics appointment letter for (01-12-2015)
01-12-2015 Had Biometrics (fingerprint & picture) - Required Marriage Certificate!!!
02-17-2015 EAD and AP is approved
02-23-2015 Received AP is approval letter
02-25-2015 Received EAD/AP combo card (expires 02/16/2016)
02-27-2015 Applied for SS card name change (they took her SS card)
02-27-2015 Driver's learner permit test was denied since the SS card was given to SS office for name change
03-17-2015 Received SS card with married name
03-17-2015 Started to change all her accounts to married name
03-23-2015 Received potential interview waiver letter
03-27-2015 DMV rejects learner's permit due to "legal status=pending" and vision test failure
04-05-2015 Vision test for learner's permit
04-06-2015 DPS sent us letter that DHS cleared my wife's status to acquire driver's license.
04-10-2015 Passed Driver Learner's Permit
04-22-2015 Received Driver Learner's Permit ID card (expires 02/16/2016)
08-27-2015 Green Card approved
08-31-2015 Received Green Card "Welcome Notice Was Mailed" letter
09-05-2015 Received Green card
10-26-2015 Passed Driver's License Road Test (on 3rd attempt)
11-03-2015 Received Driver's License (expires 02/16/2022)
11-06-2015 Applied to remove conditional work remark on SS card
11-23-2015 Received updated Social Security Card.
- - - - - - - - - - Pending Future Processing - - - - - - - - - -
05-27-2017 File 10 Year Green Card
08-27-2017 2 Year Green Card Expires
05-27-2018 File USC

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I hired a lawyer and it has been very helpful thus far. I was worried that I would fill out the paperwork wrong or miss something and my lawyers have been extremely helpful. Most of my friends who have been through the process have also used lawyers and said it was helpful. It's up to you though :)

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Thanks! Another member has mentioned an online service that might be able to help, I will take a look at them. I just dont want to make a mistake or leave anything off the forms, which I have a bad habit of doing with government forms.

Hi Robert,

First of all.. congrats on the plans! :)

And really... assuming neither you nor your fiancee have had any Bad Stuff happen in the

past, are both free to marry, and you (as the U.S. petitioner) make enough money to make the

federal poverty guidelines, there is NO NEED to spend money on a lawyer. The only thing they

can really do is filling out the same forms you'd have to, and they'd ask you to provide the same

supporting documentation.

Since you two have obviously met within the last 2 years prior to filing (make sure you have enough

evidence of this... passport stamps, pictures together, with her family, etc etc, anything on paper that

shows you share a place together, etc etc!) the only hurdle could be your (U.S.) income.

Check out the K-1 Visa Guide here on the VJ site (go to Guides) and read up on it.. then ask us

specific questions.

You can do this, and many, many people here will be able to guide you through it!

Good luck on the voyage with your fiancee!


SEP-1994 First met! 12-16-14 POE PHILADELPHIA

05-25-14 Engaged (what took us so looooong!!!?) 12-19-14 MARRIAGE (SIMPLE)

06-19-14 I-129F packet sent to Lewisville Lockbox (USPS overnight) 01-05-15 I-485 (AOS/EAD/AP) package mailed out

06-20-14 USPS messed up, and had to re-route! 01-12-15 NOA text/email received for AOS/EAD/AP

06-23-14 I-129F packet received at Lockbox 02-03-15 Biometrics (Indianapolis)

06-23-14 NOA1 Notice Date (routed to CSC, yay!) 04-07-15 EAD and AP approved, card ordered

06-25-14 NOA1 text/email received 04-14-15 EAD/AP Combo Card received by certified mail.

06-26-14 Check Cashed 06-15-15 Received letter about interview waiver. 6mo to go!

06-27-14 Alien Registration Number changed 08-06-15 Welcome Notice mailed, permanent status registered.

06-30-14 NOA1 hardcopy received 08-14-15 Green Card mailed to me.

09-24-14 NOA2 text/email received *APPROVED* 08-18-15 Green Card (which is green!) in hand!!

09-28-14 NOA2 hardcopy received

10-15-14 NVC received 05-17-17 Time to start ROC !

10-16-14 NVC case number assigned

10-21-14 NVC left (to Amsterdam Consulate)

10-23-14 Consulate Received

10-25-14 PACKET-3 Received (regular mail)

10-25-14 Online DS-160 submitted **** I am the Beneficiary (Fred) ****

10-27-14 Sent reply to Consulate (arrives 10-28)

10-29-14 Touched *** If you have questions about the K-1 journey coming

11-01-14 PACKET-4 Received (regular mail) *** from The Netherlands, send me a message !

11-26-14 MEDICAL *PASSED*

12-04-14 INTERVIEW *APPROVED*

12-06-14 Touched (Administrative Processing)

12-08-14 Touched (Ready)

12-09-14 Touched (Issued)

12-10-14 Received email that package was sent off

12-11-14 VISA IN HAND

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I havent checked into it yet, but it looks like a good option. I have had a Non tourist Visa in Thailand for more than 6 months so I will look in to it.

I bought Thailand Fever years ago when I first got here and it really helped, thanks. I might just get married and try DCF. Would you know if I need to be living here consistently for the past 6 months or just have a Visa for 6 months?

Thanks for all the suggestions.

To file DCF you must be a legal resident of Thailand for at least 6 months. My husband lived there for two years but wasn't a legal resident.

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I really agree with Elisabeth+Fred! Save yourself the money, study the guides on here (very helpful!) and file the I-129F yourself. If neither you nor your fiancée have anything that could represent a red flag to your case (e.g. overstayed visa, criminal history, etc.), you will be fine!


 

 

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When your eye are closed (meaning not having read what's involved),

you obviously can't see the whole picture, but when they are open

you can see (most) everything clearly (meaning you have read few Guideline pages

and looked at the required forms on this site).

I can understand your intimidation in the beginning, as I and many of us here

went through the same thing, but it's really not bad at all.

Besides, if you go to a lawyer, you would have to provide all of this information anyway.

And lawyers don't guarantee doing everything correctly and timely.

On this site there (nearly) complete step by step information on

which forms to fill...and many already filled-out sample forms are also available.

And there are perhaps thousands of VJ-ers on this site that have gone through this

and you can post questions and get reasonably quick and accurate answers

to fill the gap on any unclear sections.

I encourage you to spend one weekend on reading through suggested guidelines

and required forms. Start from this and it contains links to more information.

http://www.visajourney.com/forums/topic/300-general-k1-guides-and-info/

I think I spent about 6 hours over the weekend to go through the suggestions

and make summary notes and proceeded from there.

I also double-triple checked my documents and confirmed with this site

before I submitted. So far, all is going reasonably smoothly without a major glitch.

Good luck.

No lawyer will be near the level of know how, expertise and direct, 'been there, done that, got the t-shirt' knowledge of VJ as a whole, from general form questions to specific Thailand questions with people who have just been or are in the process of Thai visa/K1/CR -basically, you name it and someone would have been in the same situation already-; and as noted this is for non complicated cases (for which anyone here will tell you to get a lawyer; and yours does not look like complicated at all) AND with a total cost of zero, zilch, nada

Edited by Gosia & Tito

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If you are on the ground to help with the Thai side of the paperwork (single cerificate, birth certificate, police report, clearance for children from earlier relationships, etc.) and someone in the states to help with your (tax transcripts, domicile (C1R and DCF) paperwork you should be fine and a lawyer will be of no help.

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