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How Much Does It Cost to Get a CR-1 or IR-1 Visa?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing the CR-1 and the IR-1 Visas and a question that often comes to me is: "How much does it actually cost to get an Immigrant Spouse Visa from Thailand?"  

Well that depends. It depends on a lot of factors actually. For example, is this a locally filed I-130? Is the American citizen spouse in question; is that individual resident in the Kingdom of Thailand? At the time of this video that can have an impact as that individual may be able to file with the US Embassy here locally. However, as of March 2020 it is our understanding that that will no longer be the case as the processing procedures which have been occurring under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security and their Attachés here in Bangkok specifically, they will no longer be operating as of March 2020. So things will sort of change in March 2020 with respect to local filings.

That being said, the facts of the case are going to dictate the cost. Moreover, okay let's say that a local filing is not possible, now you have to deal with filing through the United States. Again that is often times a different cost scenario because the circumstances are different. The other thing you have to keep in mind with respect to this is the facts of the case can result in Legal Grounds of Inadmissibility, so an individual may be considered inadmissible to the United States. They may have a prior criminal conviction or they may have committed some act without having a conviction or an act that may not even be illegal pursuant to local law that is considered a ground of inadmissibility pursuant to US Immigration law. Under those circumstances, it may be required to deal with something like an I-212 or an I-601 waiver in order to get that individual processed in and moved into the United States via the waiver process. Again the facts are going to dictate the costs.

I don't mean to be vague and I am perfectly happy to talk to folks who contact us either via email or call us in order to ascertain what they are looking at with respect to the cost of getting an IR-1 or CR-1 Visa; specifically from Thailand but also from greater Southeast Asia. We deal with other cases in other jurisdictions out here and we can pretty well pinpoint what you are looking at as far as total costs, pretty quickly. We have a pretty good barometer for that if you will. A pretty short phone conversation and I can pretty well tell you what you are looking at as far as costs go in the specifics of your case or an email can do the same thing. So those who are interested in understanding the cost of an IR-1 or CR-1 Immigrant Spouse Visa for the spouse of an American citizen here in Thailand should go ahead and contact us and we would be happy to provide insight.