US Visas for Thai Fiancees: The Final Interview

by admin on May 21, 2009

One of the final steps for a Thai fiancee or spouse to enter the US is the interview at the US Embassy in Bangkok, conducted by either Thai or US staff members. Based on staff limitations, a large number of applicants and a matter-of-fact business culture, applicants and their spouses often perceive the process and the interview itself as being somewhat cold and impersonal.

Many applicants understandably feel anxiety regarding the prospect of an upcoming interview at the US Embassy.  This apprehension is further encouraged by websites claiming that the process is “daunting” or that extreme preparation is required.

We would like to clear up some issues regarding the interview at the US Embassy for either a fiancee or marriage visa.  Most fiancee and marriage visas are obtained successfully if the documents are prepared correctly and the applicant couple is not attempting to circumvent (or break) the law. The major issues the Consular Officer is looking for that may potentially delay the visa, are:

a) marriage fraud or a sham relationship;
b) a minor child travelling with a parent that requires the consent of the other parent;
c) the petitioning US citizen has a domicile in the US;
d) a public health issue such as contagious disease (HIV, tuberculosis or hepatitis);
e) that the couple has physically met one another.

In the case of concerns such as health and child custody issues, if the Consular Officer believes that the documents received are not adequate, the Officer may issue a 221(g) which requires the submission of further supplementary documentation to resolve the outstanding issue.

If an applicant encounters a legal or medical issue that may prevent issuance of a visa, enlisting the help of a qualified licensed attorney who is also a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association with knowledge of local Embassies (Consular) is advised. There are a few American lawyers in Bangkok who may meet these requirements.

While it is important to advise visa applicants of what to expect at the Embassy interview, many websites create undue fear and anxiety for the law-abiding visa applicants.  Law abiding individuals will not have a problem with the interview while persons in sham marriages are regular targets of Consular Officers.  The interview process may be annoying or unpleasant but should be successful for those with genuine applications.  Rehearsing answers or memorizing replies may be necessary for individuals intending to deceive Embassy staff, however regular people will be well equipped with a general knowledge of the process and honest answers.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Halford March 23, 2011 at 1:36 am

I will be bringing a Thai girl on a K-1 fiance visa. During the 90 day period will she be able to travel in the US with me by plane? Are their any restrictions I ned to know about. Thank you Michael Halford

Michael halford March 23, 2011 at 1:52 am

I will be bringing a girl from Thailand on a finance visa. During the 90 days we have to decide on marriage can we travel anywhere in he US. Can she fly in a plane to another state. Where can I find info on the things she can do in the US while on a finance visa? Thank you

Michael Halford

Richard Erlandson August 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

How are you today? I am good…; and excited to come back to Thailand on the 5th of October to see my future wife, her (our) son and her family. I will leave Thailand on Nov. 3rd. Her and I want to marry but are in no rush and would like to navigate the legal process of marriage and transition of citizenship for her and her son to America. We are interested in doing it right the first time and satisfying all requirements needed. I am 42, she is 32 and our son is 6 years old.
By the time the end of October rolls around, neither she nor I will have anything holding us back from making our dreams coming true. She and I have spent time together in November 2010, the father of her son has died and the required six month wait time for my divorce will be complete.
Neither of us have any health issues or other roadblocks that would prevent a successful union between us… other than money. Money makes the world turn and I am not a rich man. I make an average American wage and feel I can support the three of us with little difficulty. I own a home and have been employed for nearly all of my adult life and have been with my current employer since 11/11/96. How much money and time (for an average situation) does it take from start to finish to successfully completing this process? I would love to see a detailed outline that shows each step of the process and is labeled with cost and expected time for completion of each step.
I feel that a prenup will not be needed since neither of us have a lot of money or property. I have a timeshare, house, SUV, small 401k and small bank account. She has some land and a small bank account. How do I prove that I make enough money to support the three of us? She also wants to work in America. I wish to open a line of communication for question and answers. I am not opposed to paying for your services but am not sure if I am barking up the correct proverbial tree. In other words, I do not want to waste my money because I do not have much. In today’s economy I need to make every penny go as far as possible.
What documents do I need to bring with me to Thailand if she and I decide to marry while I am there in seven weeks? I will bring my birth certificate, original social security card and divorce decree and have it translated. Then apply for a marriage certificate at the local Amphur. Is this all there is to it?
Thank you for your time and hopefully we can talk soon.
Best Regards, Rick Erlandson

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Jordan December 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

“Maybe. If you get this from Youtube or blogs, these are the kind of “fun” conclusions that ralery match reality.”i started noticing this 10 years ago when i first heard of yoshihiro akiyama, a japanese guy who is actually korean. he was considered extremely cool, manly, and stylish, to the point where his nickname was “sexyama” in japan and i didn’t even realize he was korean until following his career for a while, because there was absolutely no blowback in japan about this guy for being korean. aren’t they supposed to not like koreans who dare to live in japan? yet this guy was a judo idol. a fourth generation korean immigrant who is required to carry ID at all times, yet has a japanese name, competes for japan in judo, and has a fanbase? after a while it started to get hard to believe that the average japanese person on the street really had that low of an opinion of koreans.i do know the korean music wave has changed the opinion of the chinese about the koreans. at least the chinese under 30, the average person is a lot more likely to think the koreans are better looking, neater, cleaner, and more sophisticated. which is true, although media projection, as it always does, accounts for a lot of this change in attitude.don’t get me wrong. i know these guys hate each other. it’s a long running deal. china and japan are in a major hate fest right now which is not really being reported in the US. north korea and china are allies only out of convenience. the chinese tried to wipe out the koreans for thousands of years, which is why the koreans are so insular and why there are only like 200 last names in all of korea – this was their evolved genetic defense mechanism to resist the endless pressure of the han to genetically assimilate them. if koreans weren’t that racist, they would have ceased to be korean centuries ago and they would just be more chinese people now. they’re outnumbered 20 to 1 by the han and share a land border with them – that usually doesn’t go well.

kunya chutosri March 13, 2016 at 4:17 am

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