The US K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa for Thai Citizens
Everything you need to know about taking your Thai partner home to the US to get married
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What is the US K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa?
This visa is for couples who plan to marry and live in the US, where one is a US citizen and the other is a Thai citizen. It allows the US citizen to sponsor their Thai partner’s entry to the US with the intention of marrying within 90 days. Once married, the Thai spouse can then pursue adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident.
When getting married and planning a future together, where to live is a big part of the puzzle. If you’re American and want to marry and live in the US with your Thai spouse, you will need to apply for this K-1 visa together.
If you are already married to a Thai citizen and plan to return to the US with them, you will need a different visa: the IR1, CR1, or K-3 Spouse Visa.
What’s covered on this page
Navigating the K-1 visa application can be time-consuming and frustrating — especially when you’d rather be focusing on your loved one and your wedding. To help make the process easier, this article will cover:
Requirements for the US K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa
The K-1 visa application involves both of you:
Requirements for the US citizen petitioner
Proof of US citizenship
Requirements for the Thai applicant
Proof of health
Requirements for both of you
Proof of relationship
Proof of financial independence
Criminal record checks
Legally free to marry
Intention to marry while in the US
The US K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa application process
Once you have established that you and your Thai partner fulfill the above requirements and have gathered the necessary documentation, you can begin the K-1 application process.
Challenges to Obtaining US K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa
Several factors can decrease the Thai applicant's chances of being issued a K-1 Visa. Based on our past experience, here are some of these factors:
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US K-1 Fiancé(e) Visa Specialists
We are an immigration-focused international law firm based in Bangkok. Our team of bilingual counselors are experts at simplifying and facilitating visas for international couples living in Thailand or abroad.
While it is possible to tackle the K-1 Visa application on your own, it is faster and a lot less stressful if you have an expert by your side. With our K-1 Visa assistance service, you can be confident that all the legal requirements in both the US and Thailand are satisfied. Our Thai- and English-speaking team members will be with you and your partner every step of the way.
We take the time to get to know you both, ensuring you are on the best path for your unique needs. With decades of legal experience helping clients unite with their partners, and strong relationships with Thai Immigration Bureau authorities, we can make the Fiancé(e) Visa process seamless for you and your loved one.
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What is the cost of the K-1 Visa?
|K-category Visa fee||$265 (THB8,900)|
|Alien Fiancé(e) Petition (Form I-129F)||$535 (THB17,900)|
|Medical exam (dependent on age, plus any costs for required vaccinations)||$100–300 (THB4,000–9,800)|
|Legalization of Thai Document at the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs (as needed)||$12 per document (THB400)|
How long will it take to obtain a US K-1 Visa?
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What questions will they ask my Thai fiancé(e) during the interview?
Should we make travel plans before my Thai fiancé(e) obtains the K-1 Visa?
Can the US citizen petitioner attend the interview?
What's the difference between the US K-1 Visa and K-3 Visa?
If I get married in the US, can I come back to Thailand with a Non-O Visa?
How soon after arriving in the US will my Thai fiancé(e) be able to work?
What kind of evidence will be required to prove that I have a legitimate relationship with my Thai fiancé(e)?
My Thai fiancé(e) has children — are they eligible for a US visa?