Went the the hoops with Mrs P1ATL10....Who is Thai.
Now a US Citizen
If you think marrying and bringing a Chinese women to the US is a pain...Try Thai.
HUGE prejudice about Thai women!
Am not sure what Visa she is applying for....But would bet a buck you will have to do the K-3 route.
If a Tourist Visa, the supposition of the USIS is that she will leave the country again. Which is not the case....so I doubt you will be able to go that route.
The odds on a single Thai women between the age of 14 to 54 being granted a Tourist Visa are about nil. The Immigration Lawyer we hired and consulted with advised us that in the case of a Thai women...best not to get married first. K-3 and then marry in the US.
Not the case I hear with China....lucky for you.
We did try the Tourist route....was denied.
If it had been granted, there is this nice little oddity. When you enter on a Tourist Visa you are given a 90 day stay.
Apparently, the US Gov't has decided that 60 days is enough time to fall in love. Wait 60, get married, and start the Green Card Application process. (5 years of paperwork and waiting on average before a Permanent Resident Card good for 10 years is granted).
Marry before the 60 days...and it is considered fraudulent use of a Tourist Visa. Chancve of Green card go bye-bye.
Get ready for the mountain of paperworK!
And good luck!
http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants ... tml#Spouse
A Spouse of a U.S. Citizen (K-3) Is Also an Immigrant
The spouse of an U.S. citizen applying for a nonimmigrant visa (K-3 applicant) must have an immigrant visa petition on his/her behalf by the U.S. citizen spouse. Therefore, the spouse of the U.S. citizen (the K-3 applicant) must meet some of the requirements of an immigrant visa.
Applying for a Visa
The embassy or consulate where you, the spouse of an American citizen, will apply for a K-3 visa must be in the country where your marriage took place. Here are the procedures to apply. The embassy or consulate will let you know any additional things to do, such as where you need to go for the required medical examination. During the interview process, an ink-free, digital fingerprint scan will be taken. Some visa applications require further administrative processing, which takes additional time after the visa applicant’s interview by a Consular Officer. The following is required:
* Two copies of form DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application
* One DS-156K, Nonimmigrant Fiancé(e) Visa Application form
* Police certificates from all places lived in since the age of 16
* Birth certificates
* Marriage certificate for spouse
* Death and divorce certificates from any previous spouses
* Medical examination (except vaccinations)
* A passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond the applicant's intended period of stay in the United States (unless country-specific agreements provide exemptions).
* Two nonimmigrant visa photos, two inches/50 X 50 mm square, showing full face, against a light background)
* Proof of financial support (Form I-134 Affidavit of Support may be requested.)
* Payment of fees, as explained below
The consular officer may ask for additional information. It is a good idea to bring marriage photographs and other proof that the marriage is genuine.
Documents in foreign languages should be translated. Take clear, legible photocopies of civil documents, such as birth and marriage certificates, to the visa interview. Original documents can then be returned to you.
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