1. Complete your K1/K3 Visa Application and mail it to USCIS.
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2. K1/K3 Visa Approval Notification Letter (NOA1 and NOA2)
After you sent your application to the USCIS you will receive a letter usually after a week informing you that they have received your application along with the documents attached to your application. (Notice of Action â€“ 1 NOA1)
USCIS will then take 2-3 months to process the application. This is one of the longest wait period in the K-1 Visa process and highlights why it is important to have all the documents in order when making the initial application. This is processed depending on where in the United States you live. It could be either the Vermont Service Center or the California Service Center.
After they processed your petition along with the documents you have forwarded to their office, the USCIS will inform you if your petition is approved. Once it is approved, USCIS will send you a letter stating that the petition has been approved. This is known in the K-1 Visa process as (Notice of Action â€“ 2 NOA2). They then forward your approved petition to the National Visa Center (NVC).
3. K1/K3 Visa Process National Visa Center
Once the National Visa Center (NVC) has your petition they can either deny or approve it. Once approved, you will receive a letter informing you that your K1 Visa or K3 Visa (I-129F) petition has been approved and a copy of which shall be sent to the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
4. K1/K3 Visa Process Starts in Bangkok, Thailand
The US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand will send a notice to your fiance(e). This is commonly called the Packet 3. This usually takes 2 to 3 weeks.
Once your fiance(e) has completed the Packet 3 and mailed it to the embassy, the staff will contact them to set an interview date and request any other documents that may be needed and that would have to be translated into English.
Mail all documents to:
Return all the documents and forms immediately by mail to:
US Embassy, Consular Section, Immigrant Visa Unit
120-122 Wireless Road, Lumpini, Bangkok 10330
5. Packet 4 and Interview Scheduled
After you submitted the necessary documents for Packet 3, the Consular Office will send you an email with your interview date. You will also receive instructions of what to bring to your interview. This is what is commonly referred to as Packet 4.
Sample Documents Commonly Required:
- Interview Appointment Cover Letter
- Special Instructions for Thai Applicant, Written in English/Thai
- Order of Documents/Checklist to bring to Interview
- Required Medical Documents
You must bring all the required documents with you to your marriage interview. If you do this correctly your interview will go much quicker. If you do not, you will be asked to return another day with the appropriate documents. This can cause a lot of delays and frustration.
When you use the Visa Streamline System – K1 Visa, we will provide this complete list to you ahead of time, so you can be prepared as soon as the U.S. Embassy contacts you.
6. Day of your Marriage Interview.
Arrive slightly earlier than your appointed time. This U.S. Embassy is organized, and you will be guided through to the correct locations. Bring all your documents and have them organized.
Your documents will be reviewed and prepared for an interview with the consular officer. Be prepared for this to take 1-3 hours, essentially you should plan to spend half a day here.
If your case is approved, your K1 visa or K3 visa will be issued the following workday.