Integrity Legal

4th April 2009

Many people become concerned when it becomes time to prepare for the visa interview at the US Embassy in Thailand. Since the US Visa obtainment process can be a true, “hurry up and wait” game there are sudden flurries of activity followed by lulls of inaction. Packet 3 can be a stressful time for the Thai-American couple because it requires a great deal of document gathering and compilation. This is difficult for Americans gathering documentation, but for a Thai fiancee or spouse it can be nearly overwhelming. In some cases, people opt to hire a US visa lawyer in Thailand, but some opt to compile the necessary documentation on their own. Whichever path is taken, this post will shed some light upon what packet 3 is and what needs to be done to fulfill the packet 3 requirements before the Visa interview at American Embassy in Thailand.

What is Packet 3?

Packet 3 is the list of documentation and instructions for the visa interview at the US Embassy. Non-Immigrant Visa Applicants (K1 Visa and K3 Visa) will receive packet 3 from the Embassy in Thailand.  Immigrant Visa applicants (CR-1 and IR-1 Visas) will receive packet 3 from the National Visa Center rather than the US Embassy in Bangkok. The National Visa Center conducts a more extensive background check on immigrant visa applicants due to the fact that an immigrant visa confers permanent residence upon entry into the USA.

Some of the documentation can be difficult to obtain. This is especially the case in situations in which the applicant is registered on a Tabien Baan in a province far from Bangkok and must obtain documentation from the Amphur in his or her home amphur office. Name change certificates are one of the most sought after pieces of documentation that is difficult to obtain because they must be obtained from the Amphur and Thais tend to change their names far more often than Americans due to the fact that name change is a much less difficult endeavor for Thais.

Having an attorney with knowledge regarding the US Immigration process can be extremely helpful for getting a jump-start on the packet 3 process. Having foreknowledge of what documents are needed for packet 3 can greatly speed up the process because one can inform the Thai applicant as to what is needed beforehand and thus prepare accordingly.

For more in depth instructions regarding packet 3 click here

Please note:  nothing in this post should be taken in lieu of competent advice from an attorney and no decisions regarding any aspect of US Immigration should be made without extensive research and thoughtful calculation.


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