Tips on Managing your Immigration Documents

by admin on October 12, 2009

You are in the final stages of bringing your Thai fiancée to the United States on a K1 fiancée visa.  While compiling her documents for the final visa interview, she realizes she is missing the original version of her Thai ID card.  Did she make a copy?  Missing documentation could cause a US visa denial.  The following tips can help avoid missing and destroyed documentation disasters:

1)      Make copies of all your original documents, including birth certificates, passports, marriage registration and insurance.

2)      Scan all your original documents and keep electronic versions.

3)      Keep hard copies and originals in separate locations, including those stored electronically.

4)      Keep a copy of your entire application package. 

5)      If sending documents by mail, keep the sending confirmation number. 

6)      Keep all associated receipts, including money transfer receipts. 

7)      Use photocopies of originals at all times unless the original versions are specifically requested.

Many couples who have gone through the K1 visa process need copies of their filing documents for  any possible occurrences in the future, including the adjustment of status process—the application for permanent residence—tax purposes, and other future family matters.  In the unfortunate case of divorce, or other legal matters, these documents can prove to hold important information.

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frank lewis January 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

have known thai girl only 2mos. but want to bring her to u.s.
I am an engineer and play in band also. My schedule does not allow time to visit Thailand. We are very sure of each other and I am very careful to read between the lines of internet communication. The intent for both of us is cohabitation, u.s. citizenship, and finally marriage. I am in the process of divorce which will be final in 90 days.
I am seeking legal help on best way and what each of us needs to do.
Thank You
Sincerely
Frank

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