Us Visa Thailand in 2010: the Cr – 1


While the United States immigration process would, in all probability, remain substantially the same, there are some pending changes to the CR-1 petition process by virtue of some proposed legislation in the United States Congress.

The CR-1 petition is used by the Thai spouse of American citizens in order to be reunited with them in the United States and at the same time, be able to lawfully reside in the U.S. permanently. One of the important stages of this petition is the processing of the I-130 application by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), which could take around five months. After which, the application makes its way to the National Visa Center (NVC) for processing followed by a visa interview at the US Embassy in Thailand. The whole process can take between eleven to twelve months.

There is an issue with the CR-1 petition concerning the conditional nature of the residence granted to the holder of a CR-1 Visa. If the couple have been married for less than two years during the entry of the immigrant spouse into the United States, her residence is considered conditional. Once granted, a CR-1 visa holder and her spouse must file an application with the USCIS to remove the condition within ninety days prior to the second-year anniversary of the immigrant spouse’s entry into the US.

Presently, there is a proposed rule regarding the increase of application fees. As of yet, there is no word as to whether there would be any dramatic increase in the fees charged in connection with immigrant visa applications, although it does not yet do away with the possibility of such an increase.

Congress is currently debating a bill that could have significant impact upon the U.S. immigration process. As of this time, it is difficult to estimate its exact effects, but it is a safe bet that the fluidity of the current procedure would be preserved, although in a different guise.

Siam Legal International provides CR1 Thailand visa services to Thai Nationals. Our US Visa attorneys can assist you with your US Visa Thailand application.


Source by Dennis P. Ramm