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I have the Permanent Resident since July 2004. (I'm a Thai citizen and has been living in the US for 15 years). My wife is living in Thailand and we have been married in Thailand for the past 6 months now. Is there a better way to apply for a visa for my wife to come here faster rather wait for me to become a citizen and apply K-1 visa?

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Hi Jak,

If your wife applies for a visitor visa at the nearest U.S. Consulate, the application will probably be denied on the basis that she is an intending immigrant. Moreover, filing an I-130 petition (also known as petition for alien relative) while you are a permanent resident will not allow her to join you, since it will take several years for a visa to be available in the 2nd family preference category. Therefore, your plan to become a U.S. citizen and then apply for K-3 visa is appropriate. (K-1 visa is only for fiance(e) of U.S. citizen).

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Ajay K. Arora, Esq.
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I can answer your questions on employment and family-based U.S. Immigration Law. Expertise in various immigration categories includes the following: H-1B, L-1, O-1, PERM (labor certification), EB-1 to EB-3 I-140 employment-based immigrant petitions, family or fiance(e) or spousal sponsorship, visa extension or change of status, adjustment of status, naturalization (citizenship), etc.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) full member since 1995.

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Ajay K. Arora attended Pennsylvania State University and the University of Wales at Swansea (United Kingdom), and earned his law degree at Temple University School of Law, Philadelphia, in 1993. Mr. Arora has practiced Immigration Law since graduation and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1995.

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