Immigrant Visa Information

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Overview

In general, a person who wishes to immigrate to the United States must have a petition approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) before applying for an immigrant visa. The petition is filed either by a qualified relative or a potential employer at a USCIS office in the United States. Specific information about filing immigrant petitions is available on the USCIS website. An individual with an approved petition and a priority date that is current for processing (when applicable) is eligible to apply for an immigrant visa or K nonimmigrant visa.

Petitions

Effective August 15, 2011, U.S. citizens residing in Thailand may file a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, at the USCIS Bangkok District Office in person during normal business hours. The USCIS Bangkok District Office is located next door to the U.S. Embassy on Wireless Road. The office is situated in the Sindhorn Building, Tower 2, 15th Floor and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. Please note that the office is closed on Thai and American holidays and is located in a time zone that is 12 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

To make an appointment to visit the office in person, please contact USCIS by phone. Walk-ins are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Phone: 02-205-5352 or 02-205-5382 (within Thailand); 011-662-205-5352 (from the United States)

E-mail: BKKCIS.Inquiries@dhs.gov

USCIS Immigrant Fee

Effective December 23, 2016, all individuals issued immigrant visas overseas must pay a US$220.00 USCIS Immigrant Fee before traveling to the United States.  Only prospective adoptive parents whose child(ren) is/are entering the United States under either the Orphan or Hague Process, Iraqi and Afghan special immigrants who were employed by the U.S. government, returning residents, and those issued K visas are exempt from the new fee.  The below USCIS website has more details on the new fee, including contact information for USCIS, if there are further questions: www.USCIS.gov/immigrantfee.

Medical Requirements

All applicants must undergo a medical exam by an Embassy-approved Panel Physician. Information about the medical exam can be found here. You will receive instructions about how to schedule an appointment for your medical exam from NVC or the Embassy. Do not try to make an appointment before receiving these instructions.

U.S. Embassy or Consulate Appointment

If you have an interview date, you must appear at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the date and time of your appointment. Please read about security restrictions at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that describes what you can and cannot bring with you to your interview. You should bring your appointment letter and the documents required for your visa class.