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    What if both the husband and wife are living in Thailand now? Is sensible to apply for a spousal visa when no one is actually established in the US? We have a daughter with US citizenship and have been married about 10 years now. Is it necessary for me to go to the US and establish myself there before or could we all make the big move back together at the same time?
    Is sensible to apply for a spousal visa when no one is actually established in the US?

    Why do you want to get it? Ok, it makes sense if you are moving back to the states permanently. If you are NOT, it is not adviseable; get a tourist visa instead. If you do Permanent Residency, it is a track. Once you get it, you must remain in the United States constantly. If you spend more than 1 year out of the country, you lose permanent residency. Why apply for it if you are just going to visit every now and then. If she is eligible for permanent residency, the U.S embassy in Thailand would just grant the tourist visa.

    Is it necessary for me to go to the US and establish myself there before or could we all make the big move back together at the same time?

    You can submit the paperwork while in Thailand. It takes a while to process these days at least 6 months to a year (closer to a year these days).

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    Thanks for the info. Sounds like that Form I-130 is the starting point for us. The tourist visa option is another idea but then there would be more regular costs for my wife leaving and coming back.

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    Just fly her into Mexico as a tourist and bring her across the border illegally. Then she will be able to get all kinds of benefits and be able to drive without a drivers license, insurance, or anything else (helps if she speaks Spanish).

    Just kidding.

    I would contact the US Embassy as the entry requirements change all the time.

    Being married to a Thai can work (I've been married for over 38 years), but make sure you really know the lady and she knows you before tying the knot.

    Like my daddy used to say, "It's a lot easier to get married, then it is to get a divorce."

    Words of wisdom, especially if marrying someone you met on vacation.

    Good luck,

    RickThai

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickThai
    Being married to a Thai can work (I've been married for over 38 years), but make sure you really know the lady and she knows you before tying the knot.
    That would apply to any nationality
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrAndy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RickThai
    Being married to a Thai can work (I've been married for over 38 years), but make sure you really know the lady and she knows you before tying the knot.
    That would apply to any nationality
    Can't argue with that.

    However, I think people should be extremely careful if they marry a girl they met through a "marriage web site", that they met in the sex industry, or have known only a very short time.

    Many of these girls marry for reasons (money, US Residency/Citizenship, etc) rather than for love. I've known several men who have married Philipino girls only to wind up broke and divorced once the girls have cleaned them out and/or brought over their entire families to live with them.

    BTW: The most beautiful female body I have ever seen naked was a Phlippino girl. Hopefully, I will never forget how she looked.

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    If it helps, I just went down this road. Here is the detailed thread and process.

    https://teakdoor.com/thai-visas-and-v...on-plight.html

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    I will never get married again, but if I did it sure wouldn't be to a Thai in the US. Why give her so many rights in case things go bad, if you're just going to visit?

    I'd marry at the Amphur, then apply for a tourist visa.

    I know two different guys who wound up with spousal support and all kinds of grief by marrying in the US. One lost half of a private pension.

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