US IR VISA FOR THAI
The IR Visa (Immediate Relative) visa category entitles the holder to have permanent resident status and a renewable 10-year stay in the US. Immediate Relatives of a US citizen are also entitled to apply for this type of visa (IR Visa).
- A US citizen can petition for immediate relatives to be able to visit and settle in the United States. The beneficiaries of this petition fall under the unlimited immigrant visa quota which grants permanent resident status after their entry into the United States.
TYPES OF IR VISA
Immediate Thai relatives of the qualified sponsor can be petitioned to immigrate to the US:
- IR-1 Visa – Your Thai Spouse
- IR-3 Visa – The Unmarried children of the Thai Spouse that are under 21)
- IR-5 Visa – The Parents of the Thai Spouse.
For the Petitioner (Sponsor)
- Must be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident in the US.
- Must meet the financial requirements following the Poverty Guidelines.
- Must be at least 18 years old for IR-1 Visa and IR-3 Visa; at least 21 years old for IR-5 Visa petitions.
- Must have permanent residence (domicile) in the US.
- Meet Financial Requirements of 125% of Poverty Guidelines.
For the Applicant A US citizen or legal permanent resident can file a petition an IR Visa for immediate relatives including the following:
- A spouse that has been legally married for at least two years
- Unmarried children under 21 years old
- Spouse (IR-1 Visa)
- A legal marriage certificate
- Proof of on-going long term marital relationship with the US citizen petitioner.
- Children (IR-3 Visa)
- Must be less than 21 years old
- Must be single or unmarried
- Parents (IR-5 Visa)
- Must be the legitimate parent of a qualified IR Visa sponsor and at least 21 years old.
- The US citizen (Sponsor) files an I-130 petition with the USCIS.
- The National Visa Center receives notification of approval of the petition.
- The National Visa Center then instructs both the petitioner and the IR Visa applicant to submit the processing fees.
- After the processing fees are settled, the petitioner and the IR Visa applicant are informed by the NVC about the required documents to be prepared and submitted.
- The applicant and the petitioner must provide all required documents in a timely manner to avoid delays.
- The beneficiary is called into the local consular or embassy for an interview.
- In addition, all biographical data that will be obtain during the process must be accurate and complete. There are occasions when the NVC will request for additional documents, and make sure to respond in a timely manner.
- Proper preparation of the required support documents and petition filing may take several months, and will take a further 6 to 12 months from the petition filing date for the IR Visa to be issued.
TSL IR Visa Services:
TSL’s staff will provide you with comprehensive support and guidance to ensure that the IR Visa Application process goes smoothly, and our service package includes the following:
- Immigration and Visa Specialist Advice
- Assistance with preparation of application forms and supporting documents required for the specific IR Visa category.
- Filing of the application package to each of the appropriate agencies.
- Access to consultation with Lawyers with specific expertise depending on the needs of each case.
- Communication with the US Embassy on behalf of the applicant.
- Proper preparation for the appointment and interview at the Embassy.
- If necessary, assistance with obtaining police clearance report or medical examination.
NOTES FOR APPLICANTS AND SPONSORS
Benefits Of IR-1 Visa
- Your immediate relatives can live in the US permanently
- Your petitioned immediate relatives can work in the United States
Drawbacks of IR-1 Visa
- Longer processing time
- No derivative beneficiary unlike K visas
- Please keep copies of all application forms and support documents, and take clear notes of specific questions that you are asked and the answers that you give. This will give TSL what it needs to assist you in case your application is rejected.
- The advice of an immigration consultant to obtain your entry clearance will save you significant time and cost, compared with the cost of a lawyer to help overturn the refusal of a US IR Visa for a Thai national.
- Before you start, we recommend that you should speak with one of TSL’s Visa & Immigration Specialists, or request further information about US Visa applications for Thai nationals.
TSL Thailand Contact Information:
For more information about applying for a Visa or requesting our Legal Services, please visit the TSL Thailand Contact page.
Or you can contact us by phone:
International: +66 84-361-2818
In Thailand: 087-595-4918 or 02-168-7734