US Fiancée Visa FAQ Part IV—Hiring a US Visa Lawyer
Why should I hire your law firm to facilitate my US visa for my Thai fiancée?
Our firm has been registered in Thailand since 1998; it is managed by a licensed American immigration attorney who has over 20 years of experience and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Our Thai attorney staff is comprised of licensed lawyers who are members of the Thai Law Society and are bilingual in English and Thai. We are based in Bangkok, Thailand, so that we can provide hands on assistance at all levels with the US Embassy in Bangkok.
Why are some firms in the US and Thailand able to charge so little?
Some visa service firms located in the US are able to charge extremely low rates because they do not handle the cases completely. Their work stops when they have made the initial petition for immigration in America. They then mail materials to the Thai US visa applicant, who will have to find his or her own assistance for the rest of the process. We assist with the entire process including assisting your Thai spouse or fiancée/fiancé with obtaining required documents from Thailand and accompanying her through the major steps of the process including attending the medical exam and US Embassy interview.
Why hire a law firm with a licensed US immigration lawyer based in Thailand?
An expertise in American immigration law and a thorough understanding of the legal issues in Thailand are both important. Applying for a US visa from Thailand comes with special legal considerations. "Immigration firms" that work in many different countries may not have the localized experience needed. You need a US immigration law firm that has experience in both the US and Thailand, one that won't treat cases in Thailand the same as it would in Taiwan or Tunisia, for example.
Who can legally represent me in my US immigration or US visa application?
Only a licensed attorney can legally represent you in your US visa or US immigration claim. Non-lawyers, such as marriage brokers or travel agents, sometimes represent themselves as licensed attorneys, a violation of both Thai and US law. Not only will these “attorneys” be unable to assist you with any legal problem that you may encounter, they may not even be around to finish your application since false representation as an attorney is a criminal offense. It's a good idea to verify the qualifications of the person assisting you with your US visa before you solicit their services.
What about hiring a local Thai firm to handle my US visa claim?
While most of the work for a US visa application is done in Thailand, some issues often arise that require substantial knowledge of American immigration law. It is important to make certain that the law firm you hire has the specific experience and expertise in US immigration law, the American legal system and has the appropriate license to legally represent you.
Do I need an American-based lawyer?
It is not necessary, and may be impractical, to hire a visa lawyer based in America to represent you or your fiancée/ fiancé in a visa case that originates in Thailand. The documentation for most non-immigrant visas is handled by consulates and embassies in Thailand. For US Marriage visas, US Fiancé(e) visas and some other US Business visas, an initial petition must be made with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). This petition is fairly straightforward and once made, nearly all the remaining work is done in Thailand.
What are your fees for US visa applications?
If you contact us by email or phone, we can provide you with a range of our prices. Many immigration law firms quote very low prices over the internet and as the case progresses, many clients end up paying extra for additional charges or services. We take your case seriously and we think it is unprofessional to quote prices without knowing about you and your situation.
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