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Hello everyone,


I’m currently filing for k1/k2 for my fiancee and her two children 7 and 9. They currently live in tijuana. 


Does anyone have experience or exact information on IF the kids will need passports or consent letter from the father? Currently the father is not a part of their lives at all and lives far away. From what i understand , both parents need to be present to even get passports for the kids.


I did read on the mx/us consultant website that minors dont need permission to travel as long as 1 parent is present. But does this apply to the visa as well? 


Please help with this information. It would definitely help ease our mind so we can know exactly what we would need . and if anyone knows a way for her to get a passport without the father present, that would also help. Thank you

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They will need passports.   You will need to prove at the Visa Interview that they have permission to immigrate.

March 2, 2018  Married In Hong Kong

April 30, 2018  Mary moves from the Philippines to Mexico, Husband has MX Permanent Residency

June 13, 2018 Mary receives Mexican Residency Card

June 15, 2018  I-130 DCF Appointment in Juarez  -  June 18, 2018  Approval E-Mail

August 2, 2018 Case Complete At Consulate

September 25, 2018 Interview in CDJ and Approved!

October 7, 2018 In the USA

October 27, 2018 Green Card received 

October 29, 2018 Applied for Social Security Card - November 5, 2018 Social Security Card received

November 6th, 2018 State ID Card Received, Applied for Global Entry - Feb 8,2019 Approved.

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8 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

They will need passports.   You will need to prove at the Visa Interview that they have permission to immigrate.

Hey there Paul & Mary,


Really appreciate you reply. So I have been getting more answers and finding information with YES on Passports but NO on the permission per the consulate website and with other members. Can you elaborate more from your own experience or is this what you heard from others as well? Thank you

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NOTE: This is not specific to Mexico. Local laws apply.

Generally, either permission from the parents or a court order is required. There are exceptions such as the Philippines, where a mother that gives birth out of wedlock has sole custody and no such letter is required.

Facts such as whether the child was born in wedlock, if the father is on the birth certificate, any previous court orders or judgements by the father (i.e. a support order), contact, etc. may apply.


There is at least 1 case on VJ in the past year where a mother brought a child to the US (Edit: from Mexico....forget that important qualifier) on a tourist visa without consent of the father (whom she stated was not in the father's life). They are currently being sued by the father to return the child as they did not have permission from him to bring the child. The mother's AOS is in question as it may or may not be determined to be child smuggling.

Moral of the story? Be absolutely sure no permission is necessary before crossing the border.


Edit 2: Just to note, at the time tourist visa was obtained, there was permission (idk the details...I believe that they were married at the time it was issued).

Edited by geowrian




7/27/20: Sent forms to Dallas lockbox, 7/30/20: Received by USCIS, 8/10 NOA1 electronic notification received



AOS (I-485 + I-131 + I-765):

9/25/17: sent forms to Chicago, 9/27/17: received by USCIS, 10/4/17: NOA1 electronic notification received, 10/10/17: NOA1 hard copy received. Social Security card being issued in married name (3rd attempt!)

10/14/17: Biometrics appointment notice received, 10/25/17: Biometrics

1/2/18: EAD + AP approved (no website update), 1/5/18: EAD + AP mailed, 1/8/18: EAD + AP approval notice hardcopies received, 1/10/18: EAD + AP received

9/5/18: Interview scheduled notice, 10/17/18: Interview

10/24/18: Green card produced notice, 10/25/18: Formal approval, 10/31/18: Green card received




12/1/16: sent, 12/14/16: NOA1 hard copy received, 3/10/17: RFE (IMB verification), 3/22/17: RFE response received

3/24/17: Approved! , 3/30/17: NOA2 hard copy received



4/6/2017: Received, 4/12/2017: Sent to Riyadh embassy, 4/16/2017: Case received at Riyadh embassy, 4/21/2017: Request case transfer to Manila, approved 4/24/2017



5/1/2017: Case received by Manila (1 week embassy transfer??? Lucky~)

7/13/2017: Interview: APPROVED!!!

7/19/2017: Visa in hand

8/15/2017: POE


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