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we are preparing packet 3 without yet having actually received it.

everything I've read (including a copy of the embassy's instructions on their letterhead) says that all documents in any language other than English need to be translated, and by a certified service.

fiance insists a Thai language forum says that the standard documents (birth cert, single cert, police cert if clean) DON'T need to be translated if they are in thai.

I can read street signs and menus in Thai but not her forum.

I'm looking from anyone who has personal experience of not translating their Thai docs for us embassy bkk.

my own feeling: better safe than sorry, we should translate them (we have to translate her ex's death certificate which establishes her custody of her son, so why not a few more pages?)


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From packet 3 from the embassy's website. "All documents not in English or Thai must be accompanied by certified English translations." We did not have anything translated from Thai to English when we went through packet 3.


I must say it is a different version from 4+ years ago but the same information is still there. Good luck with your journey and happy new years.

AOS Journey

11-04-2011 sent AOS to Chicago lockbox

11-07-2011 delivered

11-08-2011 Date on text messages but did not receive until 11-22-2011

11-23-2011 Check cashed.

11-25-2011 Hard copies of NOA1s

12-06-2012 Pui's Brother unexpectly passes away and we make an info pass appointment and receive an emergancy AP so she can return home. Pui leaves for Thailand for 2 weeks.

12-06-2012 Get a text message and email that she received an RFE

12-12-2012 RFE for original birth certificate. I swear we sent it along with a certificate translation of it.

12-20-2012 Pui returns from Thailand.

12-21-2012 We send the RFE back for with original birth certificate along with a new certificate of translation(I had to wait for her to return for her to sign)

12-26-2012 text and email they have received the RFE.

12-29-2012 Appointment for biometrics is 01-23-2012

01-13-2012 AP is approved.

01-23-2012 Biometrics appointment. Later during the evening the text and email saying the EAD is approved.

01-31-2012 EAD/AP combo card arrives.

05-22-2012 Email and text card is in production!

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All Thai documents in packet3 don't need to be translated. I went to the interview in November and had no problem at all.

▼ ▽ My K1 visa journey ▲ △ ( My process took 90 days until the interview )

14 August 2015 : Mailed I-129F through USPS express service /  23 August 2015 : The package was arrived.

24 August 2015 : NOA1, date on a hard copy

27 August 2015 : Received NOA1 by E-mail. routed to California service center!  / 02 September 2015 : Received NOA1 hard copy by mail.
15 September 2015 : NOA2, case was approved on website./ 21 September 2015 : Received NOA2 hard copy by mail.
05 October 2015 : Case number was assigned. [Call for the case number on 8 October 2015. It takes 20 days totally]
07 October 2015 : Our case got forward to the embassy. Then reached to the embassy on 10 October 2015
13 October 2015 : Case status update from "In transit" to "Ready"
20 October 2015 : Packet 3 arrived in my hand.
28 October 2015 : Sent in Packet 3 to U.S. embassy Bangkok.
03 November 2015 : Got Packet 4 e-mail from Bangkok embassy about the interview date. /
12 November 2015 : Medical examination
18 November 2015 : Visa interview and it was approved! / 20 November 2015 : Got documents and a passport with K1 Visa back in my hands.

▼ ▽ My AOS Journey ▲ △ ( My process took 99 days without interview )

11 July 2016 : Sent AOS+AP+EAD package

12 July 2016 : NOA1 for AP and EAD  / 14 July 2016 : NOA1 for AOS

17 July 2016 : Got text & email notification / 18 July 2016 : Check was cashed  / 26 July 2016 : Got Biometric letter

09 Aug 2016 : Biometric appointment

21 Sep 2016 : EAD New card is being produced
21 Sep 2016 : EAD and AP case was approved / 04 Oct 2016 : EAD Card was Mailed to me
05 Oct 2016 : Combo card was picked up by the USPS / 
07 Oct 2016 : Combo card arrived in my mail box
07 Oct 2016 :
AOS New card is being produced
07 Oct 2016 : AOS case was approved. Without interview!!

13 Oct 2016 : card was mailed to me

17 Oct 2016 : Green card arrived !!

▼ ▽ My I-751 - Removing conditions Journey ▲ △
20 Sep 2018 : Sent package to USCIS in Arizona
22 Sep 2018 : Package arrived at the destination
25 Sep 2018 : Credit card was charged
27 Sep 2018 : Got text notification. Case number LINxxxxxxxx

25 Oct 2018 : Got paper NOA , Notice date 20 October 2018

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