Tuesday, October 27, 2009

What Is the Expiration Date of My Thai Fiancee's K1 Visa?

United States Immigration is a lengthy process and obtaining a K1 visa can be time consuming. There is a light at the end of the tunnel as thousands of K1 visas are issued each year. With that in mind, once the visa is actually issued, there are many questions about how long the K1 visa will remain valid and the restrictions imposed upon a foreign fiancee.

The process of acquiring a K1 visa is somewhat time consuming and can cause frustration for the the American Petitioner and Thai Beneficiary. In many cases, a couple will wait five or six months before being granted preliminary approval from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service. Once approved, the petition is forwarded to the National Visa Center, the NVC forwards the case file to the American Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand for Consular adjudication. For many, this process can be aggravating. In many cases, the wait ultimately results in the issuance of a valid K1 fiancee visa.

Upon the visa's ultimate issuance, a number of United States Citizen fiances grow apprehensive regarding the information and dates written on the actual travel document. Of great concern is the notation on the visa which states: "K1 Petition expires on: Month, Day, Year." Many American Citizens mistakenly believe that this is the end of the visa's validity. In reality, the visa is good for traveling to the United States until the expiration date noted on the visa. As a general rule, K1 fiance visas are distributed with a validity of six months. Although, they could be issued with more or less validity as it is technically at the discretion of the Consular Officer adjudicating the case at the United States Embassy in Bangkok.

The visa's actual date of expiration can be the catalyst for perplexity also. The K1 visa is valid for six months after issuance. With that in mind, one should be aware that upon arrival in the USA and gaining lawful admission through the port of entry, the bearer of a K1 visa will only remain in lawful status for ninety days. That being said, the foreign fiancee is entitled to marry their American fiance and apply for adjustment of status. Upon approval, the Thai applicant will be granted a Green Card. Many people, after receiving the K1 visa, are confused by these differing dates. The important thing to bear in mind about the K1 visa is that it can be utilized within 6 months of its issuance and it provides 90 days of lawful status to the bearer upon entry. If the couple does not marry within 90 days, then the Thai fiancee will need to depart the USA before the visa's expiration.

This article is provided courtesy or Integrity Legal (Thailand) Co. Ltd. Contact Integrity Legal at 1-877-231-7533 or email info@integrity-legal.com. To learn more please see: http://www.integrity-legal.com/us-visa/k1-visa-thailand.html

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