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Frequently Asked Questions
  • I am engaged/married to a US citizen. How do I get a visa to live with him/her in the United States?

    I am engaged/married to a US citizen. How do I get a visa to live with him/her in the United States?

    • Your spouse or fiancée must file a petition for you with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) in the United States. In some cases where an American resides in Thailand, the American may file the petition in Thailand at the USCIS office in Bangkok. They should go to the USCIS website for information about filing a petition, and refer to this website for information about the immigrant visa interview. The Embassy will only interview you after the petition process is complete, which can take 6 to 18 months depending on the case and the office reviewing the petition.
  • When is my interview? What should I expect on the day of the interview?

    When is my interview? What should I expect on the day of the interview?

    • Dates of immigrant visa interview schedules are posted on our website.  In order to schedule an interview at US Embassy Bangkok, we must have received an approved petition from the National Visa Center and the DS-260 and a signed Checklist of Documents (Packet 3 Instructions) from the applicant.

      Hints: Arrive to the Embassy at your appointed time. Bring complete and organized documentation. An embassy employee will review your documents and prepare your file for the interview with the consular officer. Screening time averages 1-3 hours. Incomplete and unorganized documents can delay the process. When your case file has been fully screened, a Consular Officer will call you to the window for an interview. If your case is approved, the visa will usually be issued the following workday. You should plan to spend the morning at the embassy for this process.

  • Where can I find Visa Application Forms?

    Where can I find Visa Application Forms?

  • I am a U.S. Citizen. I married a foreign national. Where can I get Immediate Relative (IR-1) and K3/K4 visa Information?

    I am a U.S. Citizen. I married a foreign national. Where can I get Immediate Relative (IR-1) and K3/K4 visa Information?

    • If you are a U.S. citizen there are two ways to bring your spouse to the United States to live. They are:

      • Immigrant Visa for Spouse of a US Citizen (IR1 or CR1):
      File a petition on Form I-130

      • Non-Immigrant Visa for Spouse (K-3) of a U.S. citizen and visa for the spouse's dependents (K4):
      File the petition using Form I-130 And Form I-129F

      Further information is available at the Department of State's Spouse and Fiance(e) or an American Citizen.

  • I am a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident. I wish to apply for an immigrant visa for my relative. What should I do?

    I am a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident. I wish to apply for an immigrant visa for my relative. What should I do?

    • Please see the Family Immigration website.
  • I am a U.S. citizen. I plan to marry a foreign national. We want to marry in the USA. What should I do to bring my fiancé to the United States?

    I am a U.S. citizen. I plan to marry a foreign national. We want to marry in the USA. What should I do to bring my fiancé to the United States?

    • Details on fiancée visas are available on the Department of State website and our website.
  • I am adopting a Thai child. What do I need to know?

    I am adopting a Thai child. What do I need to know?

    • For information on foreign adoption law and general procedures, see the Adoption Procedures and U.S. Embassy Bangkok adoption procedures.
  • What happens after I’ve received an I-797 Notice of Approval from USCIS?

    What happens after I’ve received an I-797 Notice of Approval from USCIS?

    • It’s a multi-step process.

      First, USCIS forwards the approved petition to the National Visa Center (NVC) in Portsmouth, NH.

      Then, NVC sends out an application instructions packet (Packet 3) directly to the petitioner for immigrant visa cases.

      Next, the petitioner must complete the required I-864 and pay the fee. (Only then does NVC forward the case to the Immigrant Visa Unit in Bangkok. It takes an average of 2-4 weeks for cases to arrive for processing in the Immigrant Visa Unit.)

      Finally, the IV unit in Bangkok processes the newly arrived case and schedules an interview appointment. The appointment letter (Packet 4), including required medical examination forms, is sent directly to the visa applicant’s address in Thailand.

      Note: The interview generally is held 10-12 weeks after processing of the case by the Immigrant Visa Unit.

      However, it’s a bit different process for nonimmigrant K1 and K3 cases.
      For those, USCIS sends NVC the notice of approval.

      NVC handles just preliminary processing, including a required FBI namecheck.

      Next, NVC sends the initial case file to the Immigrant Visa Unit in Bangkok.

      Then, the Embassy’s Immigrant Visa Unit in Bangkok processes the newly arrived case and sends out the instructions packet (packet 3), including medical examination forms, directly to the visa applicant’s address in Thailand.

      Finally, once the visa applicant returns Packet 3 to the Embassy, the IV Unit in Bangkok sends out the appointment letter (Packet 4.) The letter notifies the applicant of the date for the K1/K3 visa interview.

      Note: the interview is normally scheduled 10-12 weeks after the Packet 3 materials are returned.

  • I have submitted my “Packet 3” information. When is my interview?

    I have submitted my “Packet 3” information. When is my interview?

    • Interviews are generally scheduled 10-12
      weeks from the time we receive Packet 3 and the DS-230.  Each applicant
      is notified of the interview date and time in an appointment letter,
      the “Packet 4” documents. Interview days and times are posted on the
      Embassy’s Interview Schedules website.
  • I would like to know the status of my case.

    I would like to know the status of my case.

    • The IV unit in Bangkok is unable to provide status check updates for pending cases. We suggest that you contact USCIS and/or the National Visa Center (NVC) below to check the status of petitions pending approval.

      USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration and Services) at www.uscis.gov if the petitioner filed in the United States or bkkcis.inquiries@dhs.gov if the petitioner filed with USCIS, Bangkok.    

      NVC (National Visa Center in U.S.) at [01](1) 603-334-0700

      Note: If you have received a Notice of Approval (I-797) of your petition from the USCIS and the applicant does not receive the Additional Visa Application Instruction materials (Packet 3) within 60 days, please send an email message to the U.S. Embassy.

  • I sent some documents to the Embassy; did you receive them yet?

    I sent some documents to the Embassy; did you receive them yet?

    • Any additional documents we requested at the time of the visa interview may be sent to us by mail. Or the applicant may bring them to the Embassy in person during our designated hours. Please do not submit unsolicited documents to the Embassy.

      We will contact the applicant only after we receive all the requested documents. Please include contact information with any documents you submit to us by mail or fax. For certain documents, such as the Affidavit of Support, we must have original, notarized documents and cannot accept fax copies.

  • How can the children of a visa recipient follow to join the parent in the USA?

    How can the children of a visa recipient follow to join the parent in the USA?

    • Children of K1 and K3 visas holders only are eligible for derivative visas (K2 and K4). Provide us with an address in Thailand to send "packet 3" documents for completion by the children’s' current guardian. After the guardian returns the complete checklist of required documents, we send out additional instructions. Then we schedule an interview for the children. Please note that the children’s visa must be issued within one year of the parent’s visa.

      For other categories of immigrant visas, the petitioner must file a separate petition for each child

  • Where can I get the required Thai Police Certificate?

    Where can I get the required Thai Police Certificate?

    • Thai Police Certificates are required for all applicants age 16 or older. These certificates are available only from the following office:

      Section 3, Sub-Division 2, General Staff Division
      Special Branch, Royal Thai Police Department
      Rama I Road
      Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
      Telephone: 66-2-205-2605

  • I have questions about the financial Affidavit of Support (I-864).

    I have questions about the financial Affidavit of Support (I-864).



    • Please see Affidavit of Support.

  • Have more questions?

    Have more questions?

    • We hope the above information has helped answer your questions.

      If after looking through the material above and the links we provided, you still have questions regarding a case pending at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, please see our contact instructions below:

      Please send an additional email to visasbkk@state.gov with the following information

      Subject Line

      1. Must contain the words “Inquiry”

      2. Case Number: Include the case number (with prefix of BNK)

      3. Applicant’s surname: include in the subject line.

      Text of Message: Include the full name of the petitioner, applicant, type of visa, nationality of applicant (Thai or other) and your contact information in the first paragraph. Follow this with your specific concerns in the subsequent paragraphs.

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