Same-Sex Marriage in Thailand Update


In this video, we provide an exciting update on the legalization of same-sex marriage in Thailand. It explains the implications for U.S. citizens or permanent residents in same-sex relationships who are planning to marry or apply for a U.S. visa for their spouses or fiancées.

Key Takeaways

  • If marrying or applying for a K-1 fiancée visa before the law takes effect, refer to the previous video, How to Legally Marry in Thailand for US Citizen.
  • After the law is in effect, marriages in Thailand will be recognized by USCIS for CR-1 visa applications.


Mark Friedman: In a prior video, we explained how U.S. Citizens or permanent residents in same sex relationships, whether married or engaged, can apply for a U.S. Visa for their spouses or fiancées. Our advice included marrying outside of Thailand in order to apply for a marriage visa as Thailand does not recognize same sex marriages.

I want to share an important and positive update. Recently, the Senate of Thailand overwhelmingly approved a marriage equality bill legalizing same sex marriages. The vote was 130 in favor with four opposed. The bill is waiting for his majesty’s endorsement and will go into effect 120 days after the law is published in the Royal Gazette. Thailand will become the third country in the Asia Pacific region to embrace marriage equality, including Taiwan and Nepal. So if you’re planning to marry or apply for a K1 fiancé visa before Thailand’s marriage equality law goes into effect, you can view our last video on how to move forward, and there’s a link to that video in the description below.

If you’re willing to wait until Thailand’s marriage equality law goes into effect, The marriage you will register here will be recognized by the USCIS when you make application with your spouse for a CR1 visa. We’ve provided a how to marry in Thailand video that outlines all the steps US citizens or permanent residents need to take to complete the marriage registration process. So please subscribe to our channel for further updates. If you’re interested in learning more about your same sex U.S. Visa options or the marriage registration process in Thailand, we’d be happy to host a free consultation.

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