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Siam Legal is a full service law firm but it has an extensive range of immigration, corporate, and real estate experience accessible to clients both domestically and internationally. It has offices strategically located throughout the major cities in Thailand including Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Samui and Phuket along with international representative offices in Australia, London and Las Vegas.

Why is it not advisable for my fiancée to apply for a US tourist visa?

It is not advisable for a Thai fiancée to apply for a tourist visa because the US Embassy, will, in almost all cases, refuse the application and advise your Thai fiancée to apply for a K1 (fiancée) visa instead. This is because a romantic relationship exists between you, the expected petitioner, and your fiancée, the […]

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US Visa Interview Appointments in Thailand

by | September 25, 2012 | US Immigration

The final step of your US visa application process is the visa interview at the US Embassy in Bangkok or the US Consulate in Chiang Mai. The primary purpose of the interview is to make sure you are eligible for the visa you are applying for. You will be required to swear or certify that […]

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Why are some K3 visa applications converted to CR1 visa applications?

US K3 and CR1 visas are both for spouses of US citizens. But there are differences in the application process for the two types of spouse visas. K3 visa applications involve the submission of both Form I-130 Petition for Alien Relative, sometimes called the I-130 packet, and Form I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e), sometimes called […]

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US Visas for Cohabiting Partners

While US immigration law does not in general allow couples who are not legally married, there are still options available for couples to travel together. In 2011, the US government amended the instruction manual for visa officers to state that the B2 tourist visa is appropriate for members of a non-immigrant alien’s household who might […]

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US Visa Fees for 2012

On February 2, 2012 the US State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs announced new fees. The fee changes are effective immediately and will affect future visa applications.

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US Visa in Chiang Mai

by | February 23, 2012 | US Immigration

If you live in or near Chiang Mai and wish to visit the US, Siam Legal can help you apply for a non-immigrant visa at the US Consulate in Chiang Mai. You should be aware that the US Consulate in Chiang Mai only processes certain non-immigrant visas for people who live nearby.

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US Tourist Visas for Thai Citizens

by | February 23, 2012 | US Immigration

If you are a Thai citizen who wants to travel to the US for a brief visit, you will need a B2 tourist visa.  A B2 tourist visa is usually valid for 6 months and is intended for travel, medical tourism, and visiting relatives.

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New Information from USCIS in 2012

by | February 23, 2012 | US Immigration

While there have not been any major changes to immigration law in 2012 so far, a number of references have been updated and some new initiatives have been announced. On January 12, 2012 the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated the list of schools approved by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

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US Non-Immigrant Visa Pilot Program

by | February 23, 2012 | US Immigration

The US Government, led by President Obama, has been working on ways to improve the visa process to encourage economic growth in the US without having an impact on national security. In 2011, the US issued 17% more visas than in 2010.

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US Permanent Resident

by | February 23, 2012 | US Immigration

US permanent residents may travel to Thailand for a short visit without losing permanent resident status if they intend to return to the US and make the US their permanent. However, permanent residents should make sure that their green card (Form I-551 Permanent Resident Card) will not expire while they are outside of the US.

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