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 […]
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.
US Visa in Chiang Mai
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.
US Tourist Visas for Thai Citizens
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.
New Information from USCIS in 2012
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).
US Non-Immigrant Visa Pilot Program
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.
US Permanent Resident
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.
US Visa and Immigration Services
Welcome to the US visa and immigration blog maintained by Siam Legal’s immigration professionals. We will provide information about US immigration law, what you can expect from the visa application process and other topics related to going to the US from Thailand.
US Visa Denied
If your application is denied at the Embassy interview, the consular officer will give you a form explaining why the application was denied and whether you may be eligible to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility. This is true for both immigrant and non-immigrant visa applications.
K4 Visa Application Process from Thailand
A K4 visa allows the children of a U.S. citizen’s Thai spouse to accompany their parent to the U.S. K4 visas are only available if the child’s Thai parent successfully applies for a K3 (spouse of a U.S. citizen) visa. A K4 visa is valid for two years.