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 5 Approval Determinants of the UK Visitor Visa

Securing approval for the UK visitor visa does not solely rely in satisfying all the documentary requirements. There are other factors that applicants from Thailand should consider. Usually, these aspects readily determine the application’s success.

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 UK Tourist Visa Applicants Confront Age Gap Issues

Age gaps between the petitioner and beneficiaries hardly affect UK tourist visa applicants. This shall be considered only if the couple is applying for a UK settlement visa.

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 Limitations on Marriage in Thailand

The Civil and Commercial Code (CCC) of Thailand is the main source of legislation which provides who may and who may not get married under Thai laws.

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 Australian Tourist Visa For Thais

Basically, there are two Australian visa options that would permit the entry of Thais who intend to explore the country or pay a visit to their Australian relatives. These are the tourist visa and the sponsored family visitor visa. While the two (2) share similar functions, they are nonetheless different in terms of the applicants that they cater to.

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 K-1 Visa In Thailand

A K-1 visa, also known as a Fiancé Visa, is the permission to enter the United States given to a foreigner fiancé of an American Citizen. Therefore, in the case of a Thai fiancé, he/she shall be granted this type of visa if his/her American partner first files Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancée, in the U.S. Said petition, if granted, enables the Thai fiancé to file the corresponding application for a K-1 visa in his/her home country.

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 Commercial Litigation in Thailand

Commercial Litigation involves resolving disputes in areas of business matters, such as bankruptcy, debt collections, settlements, contract disputes, financial transactions, shareholder litigation, partnership disputes, allegations with regard to consumer fraud, disputes regarding insurance coverage claim, unfair competition, and real estate litigation.

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 Determinants of Child Support in Thai Divorce

Divorce in Thailand is coupled with many other concerns. These concerns do not only involve the divorcing partners themselves, but their children as well. One issue in divorce which involves children is child support.

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 The Establishment and Termination of Guardianship in Thailand

Parental authority is automatically vested in the natural parents of a minor. There are, however, instances when parental authority is delegated to other persons.

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 Personal Injury Claims in Thailand

What is Personal Injury? Personal Injuries can be physical (such as bodily injury, loss or damage of property) or psychological (such as mind, liberty). The most common claim in a personal injury case is negligence.

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 Thai Laws on Paternity

The relationship that is established by law between a father and his child is called paternity. Paternity in Thailand is presumed in a valid marriage. Therefore, a child born out of a valid Thailand marriage is considered the legitimate child of the husband.

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 Wills and Living Wills Distinguished

Wills and living wills are two different terms which refer to two different things in Thailand.

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 Foreigners Adopting in Thailand

Foreigners who want to adopt a child in Thailand must understand that adoption is processed through the Child Adoption Center of the Department of Social Development and Welfare (DSDW). The DSDW is the sole government agency that is tasked to facilitate the adoption process in Thailand.

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 Understanding the Various Grounds for Thai Divorce

Couples who cannot resolve their marital problems can decide to end their marriage by getting a divorce. But not all marital issues can be used as grounds for a divorce. Section 1516 of the Thai Civil and Commercial Code provides the legally acceptable grounds for divorce in Thailand.

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 Recognition of Foreign Divorce in the Philippines

There is no law allowing divorce in the Philippines. The only remedy available to Filipinos for ending their marriage is Annulment. Take note that his remedy is distinct from Declaration of Nullity of Marriage.

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 Divorce of UK Citizens in Thailand

Mixed marriages between British and Thai nationals have greatly increased in the recent years. Quite inevitably, divorces have grown in number too.

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 US CR-1 Visa in Thailand

Introduction: The CR-1 visa is the conditional immigrant visa that allows a United States Citizen (petitioner) to bring their Thai spouse (beneficiary) to the United States. Contrary to the K3 visa, the CR-1 visa grants the beneficiary permanent residency in the United States. Thought the process is more arduous than other spousal visa options, the United States does not limit the number of CR-1 visas granted. Therefore, the CR-1 visa’s availability makes it an attractive option.

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 The Advantages of having a Prenuptial Agreement in Thailand

A prenuptial agreement or prenup is a written contract entered into between future spouses as regards the designation of their assets, control of assets and liabilities, treatment of property and earnings during the marriage, and potential division of marital property in case of dissolution of the union.

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 Drug Offenses in Thailand

Introduction: The Kingdom of Thailand strictly enforces a draconian set of drug laws. The police enjoy broad discretion when enforcing these laws. The courts may impose comparatively harsh penalties on minor offenders. Major offenders may be sentenced to death. While there are few defense options in the Thai courts, there are some options for foreign drug offenders.

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 US-Thai Amity Treaty

Introduction: The Treaty of Amity and Economic Relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and the United States of America (Treaty of Amity) was signed in 1966. Through the signing, the nations intended to encourage “mutually beneficial trade and closer economic and cultural intercourse between their peoples….” The Treaty of Amity allowed for expansive international commerce between the two nations. Specifically, it allowed U.S. owned business to operate as Thai companies in Thailand.

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 Australian Tourist Visa

Introduction: The Australian Tourist Visa (subclass 676) is the visa typically obtained by Thai citizens looking to visit Australia. The visa allows visitors to stay in Australia for either three or six months.

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 Australian Fiancé(e) Visa

Introduction: The Prospective Marriage Visa (subclass 300) is the visa that allows Australian citizens to bring their foreign fiancés to Australia in order to wed. Visa applicants must be outside of Australia while the application is processing. The sponsor and applicant must marry within 90 months. After the wedding and before the Prospective Marriage visa expires, the couple must apply for a Partner visa to allow the foreign spouse to remain in Australia.

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 Trade Disputes and Litigation in Thailand

Introduction: Foreigners and Thai citizens may enter into contracts in Thailand. The Thai courts strictly enforce an array of contractual agreements. In fact, Thailand permits more types of agreements than most western countries do. For example, Thai law does not require consideration. Therefore, Thai courts will enforce gratuitous promises. This allows westerners to seek legal enforcement of international business agreements.

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 Real Estate in Thailand

Introduction: Thai law strictly prohibits freehold ownership of real property by foreigners. Essentially, only Thai citizens can “own land.” Despite this restriction, the Thai government has left several options open for foreign individuals and corporations seeking long-term property interests.

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 Parentage and Repudiation of Paternity in Thailand

Thailand has distinct laws on parentage. While the issue of maternity is easily determinable, the same is not true on paternity. There is a presumption of paternity in births within a valid marriage. There are likewise laws in case of births outside marriage and after divorce.

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 Underwater Weddings in Thailand: Legal or Not?

Underwater Weddings have become so popular in Thailand these past years. Marrying couples who want to have this experience must not forget the more important aspect of their union - the legality of the marriage.

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 Condominium Purchase in Thailand

Introduction: The Condominium Act of B.E. 2522 (1979) (as amended) delineates the rules regarding foreign ownership of Thai condominiums. Essentially, foreign investors may own buildings but not land. Therefore, condominiums offer ideal investment opportunities. However, the Thai statutes place a few restrictions on the condominium investment.

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 Surrogacy and Adoption in Thailand

Thailand has yet to pass a law which allows nor punishes surrogacy in the country. Until there is no surrogacy law in Thailand, Legal Adoption as the option for a couple to have a child of their own other than by natural means.

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 Representative Office in Thailand

Introduction: Foreign companies may establish a Representative Office in Thailand in order to perform certain business functions. Specifically, the representative office may only engage in non-revenue generating activities. The representative office is often the quickest and easiest way for a foreign multi-national company to establish a local foothold in Thailand.

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 US Tourist Visa in Thailand

Introduction: The B2 Tourist Visa is the necessary visa for Thai citizens wishing to travel to the United States as tourists. The visa can be acquired at the U.S. Embassies in either Chiang Mai or Bangkok. It is a non-petition-based visa. In the end, the U.S. official has the final discretion whether to issue the B2 Tourist Visa.

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 Loans of Money in Thailand

The Loan: “A Loan for Consumption is a contract whereby the lender transfers to the borrower the ownership of a certain quantity of property which is consumed in the user, and the borrower agrees to return a property of the same kind, quality and quantity.”

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 Extradition from Thailand

Introduction: The Extradition Act of 2551 (2008) is the relevant statute that governs extraditions to and from Thailand. In addition to the Thai statute, international treaties affect extradition proceedings. These instruments allow the Thai government to request or comply with an extradition proceeding.

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 Thailand - Personal Injury Claims

Thai personal injury claims are rooted in a tort theory based on fault. Essentially, an injured plaintiff must show that the defendant injured them via some illegal or grossly negligent act or omission. The aggrieved party must then bring their case before the court system. The courts may then award limited damages to compensate the injured party for their loss.

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 Grounds for Divorce in Thailand Explained

The Thai Civil and Commercial Code list numerous grounds for divorce in Thailand. Most people who are planning to divorce in Thailand take the liberty of reading and construing these grounds literally without seeking the assistance of a lawyer in Thailand. While some grounds are indeed self-explanatory, some need to be explained by a lawyer so that the grounds are appreciated correctly by its readers.

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 Spouses' Thailand Property Ownership

Introduction: Since 1999, the Thai government has allowed its citizens who are married to foreigners to own land in Thailand. This was a stark contrast to a former law which did not allow even its own nationals to own land within the State owing to their marriage to a foreigner. Back then, the government considered a mixed couple as entirely foreign and thus, not qualified to own land in Thailand.

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 US K3 Visa in Thailand

Introduction: The K3 visa allows a United States citizen (petitioner) to bring their Thai spouse (beneficiary) back to the United States. The K3 visa applies to couples who have been married outside of the United States. While the process is more complicated than the K1, it is a convenient alternative for couples who have been legally married outside of the United States.

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 US K2 Visa in Thailand

Introduction: The K2 visa is a derivative visa used by children immigrating with parents on a K1 fiancé visa. The K2 visa is the fastest and easiest way to bring a child along with a fiancé to the United States. Since the U.S. issues the K1 and K2 visas together, it ensures that families remain united.

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 US K1 Visa in Thailand

Introduction: The K1 visa is the exclusive visa that allows an American to bring their fiancé/fiancée to, and get married in, the United States. Upon the marriage, the foreign spouse is eligible to adjust of status for permanent resident.

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 Thailand's Anti-Money Laundering Law

In 1999, the Thai government passed the Anti Money Laundering Act 2542 (1999). The statute was enacted to address the growing problems surrounding international organized crime. Large sums of money funding illicit activity flowed freely throughout Thailand and across much of South East Asia. The Anti Money Laundering Act has curbed this flow.

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 US K1 Visa Interview in Thailand

Introduction: A K1 visa is required for a fiancé (beneficiary) of a U.S. citizen (petitioner) when the two plan to wed in the US. The K1 application process culminates with an interview between a U.S. consulate official and the visa applicant. Via the interview, an official attempts to verify a legitimate, genuine, and continuing relationship between the beneficiary and the petitioner. In Bangkok, the interview process is manageable, and the embassy is generally expeditious and accommodating.

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 Instances When Contested Divorce in Thailand is Available to Parties

One of the forms of divorce in Thailand is Contested Divorce. This is also known as Judicial divorce in the country. The court is given the task to determine the propriety of a divorce case lodged by concerned parties.

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 Medical Malpractice in Thailand

Introduction: Lawsuits regarding medical malpractice are becoming increasingly frequent in the Thai legal system. As medical tourism increases in popularity, more malpractice suits arise. Thai law protects the interests of injured medical patients via the Commercial and Civil Code’s tort liability for wrongful acts.

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 Overview on Thailand Divorce

The increasing number of marriages between Thais and foreigners has inevitably resulted in the escalation of divorce cases in Thailand. Many associate this unfortunate trend to the dissimilarity in culture and language. While there is always a common hope that one’s marriage will weather all trials, there is also equal possibility of the marriage ending in a divorce.

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 Employment Dispute Under Thai Labor Laws

Introduction: Under the Thai Labor Protection Act 2541 (1998), employee rights are widely protected. Generally speaking, employers must remain considerate and defer to Thai and foreign employees. When disputes arise, they typically take the form of a wrongful termination claim. Thai law is clear in defining when and how an employee may be lawfully terminated. Additionally, standards for determining remedies are well established.

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 Intellectual Property in Thailand

Introduction: Thailand protects intellectual property rights via three main statutes. These statutes include the Patent Act 2522 (1979), Copyright Act 2537 (1994), and Trademark Act 2534 (1991).

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 Thailand Marriage Registration and Wedding Ceremony

One distinct concept in Thai marriages is that it consists of two different parts: The Wedding Ceremony and the Marriage Registration. Not too many foreigners are aware that it is the Marriage Registration which marks the legal start of their marriage in the country. Many get surprised to find out that after years of being together, Thailand has yet to recognize their union for failure of registration.

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 Advanced Parole for a K1 Visa Holder

Introduction: Advance Parole allows a Thai fiancee or spouse to leave and re-enter the country while on a K1 (single entry non-immigrant) visa. It is a necessary while an application for adjustment of status is pending. Advance Parole is necessary when planning a honeymoon or other international travel.

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 Thailand Prenuptial Agreement

Every couple tying the knot hopes for a marriage that will last a lifetime. Unfortunately, it does not always happen. When couples divorce, custody battles and conflict over division and distribution of properties add unnecessary stress to an already very stressful state. With an inter-racial couple, things may become more complicated. To avoid this kind of situation, unromantic as it may seem, an engaged couple may consider entering into a prenuptial agreement.

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 Thai Work Permit

When a foreign national wishes to work in Thailand, they must procure a Work Permit. The work permit allows a foreigner to earn a living while enjoying all that Thailand has to offer. The work permit is one of the alternatives for people looking to spend an extended amount of time in Thailand.

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 Adjustment of Status for Thai Spouses

Introduction: Adjustment of Status is the procedure by which a resident alien can become a permanent resident without leaving the United States. Thai spouses who gained entry to the United States via a K1 or K3 visa typically utilize this process. The results often depend on the discretion of the USCIS District Director but are typically successful.

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 Company Registration in Thailand

As in most countries, Thailand recognizes three types of companies; sole proprietorships, partnerships, and limited companies. All of these entities must comply with the Ministry of Commerce and their registration procedure. The most common type of foreign entity is the limited company.

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 Marriage in Thailand

Thailand is a truly unique place for most couples to make their dream wedding come true. Nonetheless, a legal marriage in Thailand for both foreigners and Thais should be performed according to Thai law.

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 Adoption in Thailand

Adoptions in Thailand are governed by the Child Adoption Act 2522 (1979). Adoption requirements are strict. The process can take upwards of 1-3 years. In addition to complying with Thai law, the adoptive parent(s) must comply with the regulations set out by their own governments. Additionally, adoptions must comply with the Hague Adoption Convention.

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 Getting Married in Thailand

Marriage in Thailand is a quick and easy process to arrange. After all, finding the perfect mate should be the hardest. Many people around the world want to get married in Thailand for many reasons. The possibilities for a dream wedding are endless – take a pick among the most serene of beaches for that perfect beach wedding or a rustic setting for a Thai traditional wedding on top of the mountains.

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 Thailand Visa Information

2010 can be described as a year that dawns numerous changes in Immigration Rules and regulations for most of the advanced countries around the globe.

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 US Travel Visas for Thai Children

Thai fiancé or parent can bring with them in the United States their children using the visas especially created for that purpose. K1 visa (fiancé visa) parents can apply for K2 visa for their children. Thai children of K3 visa applicants, on the other hand, can use K4 visa to allow them travel to the US. The counterpart in the cases of CR-1 visa and IR-1 children is CR-2 and IR-2 visa respectively.

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 K1 Fiancé Visa Interview at the US Embassy in Bangkok

The fiancé visa, also known as the K1 visa, is a type of visa granted exclusively to the fiancé of US citizens. It has very few eligibility preconditions like the age, financial adequacy and meeting requirement. Being so, many fiancé visa applications are filed annually. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) process these applications.

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 How to Apply for a K1 US Visa in the Philippines

A Filipino who is engaged to an American citizen may enter the United States with a K1 US Visa or popularly known as the fiancée visa. This is a type of visa issued to a non-American who is engaged to be married to an American citizen.

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 How to Apply for a Schengen Visa in Thailand

The birth of the Schengen Agreement in 1985 has abolished internal border controls in most parts of Europe, allowing citizens of member states and foreign travelers ease of circulation and travel within the Schengen Area. Initially signed only by France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands and West Germany, the agreement has now expanded to include 25 member states.

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 US K2 Visa from Thailand

US Immigration law is sometimes hard to understand because of its complexity and evolving nature. The length of time it takes us to obtain a US visa takes us to a quite distance. The whole process sometimes produces mixed results. Many Thai Nationals decide to hire US immigration attorneys in Thailand in an attempt to gain approval of their K2 visa Thailand application and thus much money is spent to obtain the desired results. In a nutshell the American K2 visa will be discussed below.

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 Crossing Borders: Bringing Thai Children to the United States

Our world is getting smaller. The recent years saw the growth in the number of intermarriages among Americans and Thais. Many US citizens have chosen to bring to the US their Thai fiancée or spouse. And more often, the Thai fiancée or spouse has children of their own whom they also wish to bring to the US.

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 How Do I Meet the Financial Requirements for a K3 Visa Thailand?

In order to petition for a K-3 non-immigration visa, a U.S. citizen petitioner is required to prove a minimum income that meets the poverty guidelines level. This requirement is to ensure that a spouse of U.S. citizen will not be a public charge to the U.S. government once he or she enters the United States.

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 How Do I Meet the Financial Requirements for a K1 Visa Thailand?

One of the preconditions in the application for U.S. fiancé visa or K1 visa is meeting the income requirement. The legal basis for this measure is Section 212 (a) (4) of the Immigration Nationality Act which aims to prohibit entry of potential immigrants who are likely to become a public charge to the U.S. government.

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 Thailand Adoption

As a signatory to the Hague Convention on International Adoption, Thai laws have laid down an elaborate procedure by which foreigners may adopt minors.

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 US Visa Thailand: Establishing Domicile on the Affidavit of Support for an American Expat

There appears to be some confusion regarding the filing of an affidavit of support during the US visa application process in Thailand, particularly when it comes to the question of the petitioner’s residence and where the petition is filed.

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 US Fiancé Visa in Thailand: Do We Need to Meet Before We Can Get A K1?

In this age of internet dating it is quite often it is asked if a personal meeting is necessary in order to apply for a US K1 Visa in Thailand. This article will explore the necessary requirements for a successful US Visa Thailand for K1 Visa application.

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 Wills & Living Wills in the Kingdom of Thailand

“Wills” refer to instruments that are used to state a person’s testamentary dispositions after death. Usually, the notion of creating a will arises when arrangements need to be made concerning the distribution of assets prior to the testator’s death.

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 US F1 Visa for a Thai

Initially, the idea of studying in the United States of America can be a little daunting for a simple Thai aspiring to attend prominent and illustrious universities such as Yale, Harvard or Stanford since there are many requirements to be complied with, forms to be completed, and sponsor letters to draft.

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 Key Points for a Prenuptial Agreement in Thailand

Prenuptial agreements provide for a financial plan than can be used during and even after the dissolution of a marriage. Prenuptial agreements are valid and binding in Thailand as long as they are registered before the marriage. This is in striking contrast to the United States and other common law countries where the prenuptial agreement is not registered with the government.

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 Land Lease in Thailand: Can I Own the House?

Another common predicament besetting foreign property owners in Thailand is the acquisition of house under a long term lease agreement rather than owning them directly.

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 Advance Parole for US Immigrants from Thailand

Advance Parole isn't a prison term but rather an immigration term used when a Thai Fiancee who is in the US on a k1 visa requests to go abroad before achieving her adjustment of status.

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 A Primer on Thailand Property Law

Thailand property laws do not greatly differ from those of other countries. Excepting the prohibition on foreign ownership of land, the same legal concepts and regulations operate in dealing with real property.

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 Trends in Building and Land Development in Thailand

Land development and construction in Thailand are primarily regulated by two laws: the Building Control Act and the Town and City Planning act, both of which have been passed and continuously revised starting in 1992.

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 Concerns Over Owning Condominium Units in Thailand

Condominium units are the exception to the general rule that foreigners are not allowed to have any direct interest over real property in Thailand.

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 Company Landholding through Nominees in Thailand

The use of a Thai holding company as a means of circumventing the prohibition against foreigners having a direct interest in land may no longer hold true in the near future. With the advent of the proposed amendments to the Foreign Business Act and the continued application of previously issued policy guidelines, land registration in favour of a Thai limited company has resulted in a more stringent and rigorous process.

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 Land Lease in Thailand

In a lease agreement, the owner of the building or land, commonly known as the landlord, relinquishes in favour of the person leasing the property, known as the tenant or leaseholder, temporary possession and occupation of the premises for a fixed sum of money. Leasehold in Thailand is governed primarily by the provisions of the Civil and Commercial Code particularly the provisions on hire of property.

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 Thailand Real Estate: Reduced Tax Rates

In an effort to encourage the sustained growth of its burgeoning Thailand property sector, Thai officials deemed it necessary to further extend the period of reduced tax rates on property transfers.

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 K1 Visa Thailand: What if I Don't Marry My Thai Fiancée within 90 Days?

The purpose for the issuance of K1 visa Thailand or US fiancé visa is to allow the Thai fiancée to travel to the U.S. to marry her US citizen fiancée within 90 days from entry to the United States.

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 Advantages of Having a Prenuptial Agreement in Thailand

It is perhaps a play of irony that a Thailand prenuptial agreement is best appreciated when the marriage that gave birth to its existence has finally expired.

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 Requirements for a Thailand Marriage

Thailand wedding ceremonies are known the world over for their pomp and grandeur. Traditional nuptial celebrations involve the lavish display of embroidered gowns, exquisite tapestries, and ornate wares, thus making it a veritable sight to behold. These embellished festivities draw its origins from ancient beliefs, traditions and customs unique only to Thai culture and society.

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 Onerous Provisions in Thailand Real Estate Contracts

Ideally, contracts are forged with the view of attaining a fair and just agreement between the parties. In practice, however, this is not always true as market forces, unequal bargaining positions and fraud mire the negotiation process. Thailand real estate contracts suffer from the same malady as developers and buyers often stand in unequal and sometimes opposing terms.

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 K1 Visa Thailand Interview Questions by the US Embassy

The K1 Visa interview at the US Embassy in Thailand will make anyone nervous. But knowing what the consular officer is looking for will make an applicant feel at ease and confident.

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 The Effects of a Criminal Record on Your K1 Visa Thailand

The application process for a K1 Visa Thailand requires delving into the previous history of the Thai fiancée visa applicant. As such, previous delinquent and criminal records are expected to be perused in an effort to accurately discern the suitability of the applying party.

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 Consular Processing, and 99 State - Thailand

Consular officers and immigration attorneys in Thailand are not supposed to act as adversary counsels during the consular processing.

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 How to Draft a Thai Will

Succession is one of the modes of transferring ownership which takes effect by operation of law upon the death of the owner. In Thailand, succession may either be intestate or testamentary. When there is a valid will made by the deceased, testamentary succession will take place. If there is none, intestate succession will rule upon the distribution of the estate.

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 Thailand Real Estate: Environmental Trends and Policies

Thailand is a country blessed with an abundance of rich natural resources. Its lush pristine forests are home to a vast variety of species of flora and fauna indigenous to the country. As such, the Kingdom has taken great pains in preserving its natural wealth by passing laws designed to control and regulate the amount of waste and pollution produced each year. Thailand residents desire to live a quality life while living in a Phuket villa or Bangkok condo.

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 Marital Property in Thailand

Property relation between husband and wife is, most often than not, one of the major causes of marital conflict. This is especially true in a marriage of mixed cultural backgrounds such as between a foreigner and Thai couple. Thus, albeit its unsentimental character, it is prudent to have a clear understanding of the legal implications of marriage in property relations before crossing the threshold of marital union.

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 Thailand Company Registration

Many foreigners wish to start up or expand their business in Thailand. Starting a business in a foreign country can be both a rewarding opportunity and a daunting task.

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 Thailand Real Estate: Transfer Ownership of Houses and Other Structures to Foreigner’s Name

Although Foreigners are not allowed to own land in Thailand, the law does not prohibit them from owning structures and other improvements constructed on lands. This gives foreigners the latitude to set in place legal security measures to protect their ownership rights over the property.

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 Thailand Prenuptial Agreements between Multinational Couples

Signing a prenuptial agreement is now a common practice and is considered legal in most countries. While many nations prefer to be governed by their customs and traditions in their marital relationship, a growing number of them are now recognizing the legal benefits of this kind of settlement as well as the expediency and ease it provides the married couple.

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 The United States’ CR-1 Visa Thailand

The United States of America recognizes the right of its citizens to a happy married life. It is for this purpose that a U.S. citizen who decides to marry a Thai national is granted the privilege to bring his or her Thai spouse to the United States.

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 The K-1 Visa Thailand and the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Visa: Options for Potential Immigrants

With the widespread of globalization, interracial marriages became prevalent. While this has been practiced centuries back, statistics have surged particularly during the past ten years, when communication barriers were crashed by computers and cyber technology. Globalization has also brought people across the globe making marriages with other nationalities inevitable.

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 Comparative Study: Thai and US Visas

When traveling in a foreign country, be it by land or air, one is usually required to secure a visa first. Securing a visa is one of the most important thing, if the not the most basic requirement, that one should know before traveling to another country.

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 Thailand K1 K3 Visas – G-28 Form Changes

In the context of increasing petitions for United States’ Immigration that are usually brought by marriage of a United States’ Citizen to different nationalities, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service issued a notice regarding the revised form of G-28.

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 Thailand K1 K3 Visas & the International Marriage Broker Regulation (IMBRA)

The US Citizen wishing to sponsor his Thai Fiancée for a K1 Visa in Thailand or the K3 Spouse Visa in Thailand will face new regulations regarding how and where he met his fiancée or spouse as well as the petitioner’s background. This new regulation may affect their chance for a successful Thai Fiancée K1 Visa – Thailand K3 Marriage Visa application at the US Embassy in Bangkok.

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 Adjusting the Status of your Thai Fiancee or Thai Wife to Permanent Residence

Adjustment of Status is the process when the K1 or K3 visa applicant (either the Thai fiancée or spouse) becomes a lawful permanent resident (also known as a “Green Card” holder) of the United States without leaving the country. For the CR1 and IR1 visas, this process is done when the Thai Spouse applies for a visa at the US Embassy in Bangkok.

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 Under-Declaring the Value of your Real Estate in Thailand

After spending all that time on researching your holiday home or retirement property purchase in the Land of Smiles, Thailand and with the stress of property negotiations and many a restless night, the end is within reach. All that needs to be done now is the transfer of property to your name at the Thai Provincial Land office.

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