The US Visa is usually a sticker affixed in the passport or travel document which serves as an authorization to formally request before the immigration officer permission to enter into the issuing country. In the United States, upon entry, the officers of Department of Homeland Security, US Customs and Border Protection have authority to permit or deny admission.
The US Embassy in Thailand is the diplomatic agency responsible for receiving and processing requests for US visas for Thailand. In the Kingdom of Thailand, there are two diplomatic agencies allocated. These are:
Embassy of the United States- Bangkok located at 95 Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330 Thailand. Consulate General of the United States- Chiang Mai located in 387 Wichayanond Road, Chiang Mai 50300 Thailand.
Request for US Tourist Visa Thailand
The US tourist visa falls under the category of non-immigrant visas. It is also known as "B visitor visa" that is issued in favor of visitors which purpose of visit is pleasure or medical ("B2") or business ("B1").
The US visa application can be summarized in a few steps.
- Gather the documents required like valid passport, completed application form, photograph taken within the last six months, evidence of ties and proof of sufficient funds. "Evidence of ties" is a proof that the applicant has compelling reasons not to stay in the US as an immigrant.
- Pay the non-refundable visa processing fee at any of the 246 designated post offices nationwide. This fee can not be paid at the US Embassy in Thailand.
- Schedule an appointment either through the "Visa Information and Appointment Website and Call Center Service through the Internet or telephone. by means of credit card or at a participating Thai post office.
- On the date of appointment, he / she has to purchase an envelope that is available at the Thai post kiosk on embassy grounds. Along with the envelope, he / she has to bring the required documents at Window 1 and 2.
- Attend the interview with the consular officer. He / she will decide if the applicant is entitled to have the visa requested.