Visa Renewal by Mail Program

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Overview

If you already have a B1/B2, C1, C1/D, F, M, or J visa and would like to renew it by mail, you may qualify to submit your application via mail provided that you meet all of the qualifications listed below.  If you do not, click here to request an in-person interview.

Qualifications

If you are applying for a visa type that you have previously been approved for, such as a tourist visa or student visa, you may qualify for an exemption to the interview requirement.

If you can answer “yes” to all of the following questions, you may qualify for our Visa Renewal by Mail Program.

  1. I am renewing a B1/B2, C1, C1/D, F, M or J visa that is currently valid or has expired within the last 12 months (1 year). All other visa classes must make an appointment for an in-person interview.
  2. I am physically present in Thailand.
  3. My name, surname, date/month/year of birth, and nationality on my passport match my previous visa. If they do not match, please provide official, government-issued documentation.
  4. My 10 fingerprints were scanned at the previous interview.
  • The U.S. Embassy and Consulate did not start collecting 10 fingerprints until September 1, 2007. If your previous visa was issued before this date, you did not submit 10 fingerprints and are not eligible for this program.

        5. I am applying for the same type of visa as my currently valid or prior visa.

  • For B1, B2, and B1/B2 renewals, applicant’s most recent visa must be full validity. Please check the U.S. visa reciprocity schedule to see if you qualify.
  • For F and M renewals, applicants must either (a) continue participation in the same program even if at a different institution; or (b) attend the same institution even if in a different program and the applicants did not use the last visa to attend a high school program.
  • For J renewals, the SEVIS number matches the prior DS-2019.
  • For F, M and J renewals, the applicant must be in possession of sufficient funds to meet the individual's tuition, cost of living, and other financial needs.
  • For C1/D renewals, applicants must submit company letters confirming employment.
  • For those under the age of 14, applicants must submit a copy of their birth certificate and a copy of one or both of their parents’ valid B1/B2 visa.

       6. I am applying at the same location where my last visa was issued (Bangkok or Chiang Mai). The previous visa will state the issuing post in the top-left corner.                                                                                                                         7. The most recent visa does not have "Clearance Received" or “Waiver granted” written on it.
      8. My most recent visa is in my current passport or it is in my old passport which I will submit with my application via postal mail.
      9. I have never been denied entry to the U.S.A.
     10. I have not been refused a U.S. visa in the past five years
     11. I answered “no” to all of the security and background questions on the DS-160 form

If you do not qualify for an interview exemption, click here to schedule an appointment for an in-person interview.

How to Apply

If you meet the requirements above, please follow these steps.

Step 1:

Complete the DS-160 Form.

Read the Guidelines for Completing the DS-160 Form carefully. All information must be accurate. The call center cannot help you complete your DS-160. 

Note: You need access to a printer to complete this process.

Step 2:

Create a profile and pay the visa application fee.

The visa fee page lists the visa types and fees in U.S. dollars and Thai baht. For detailed payment options, please click here. After you pay the fee at the bank, please keep your proof of payment..

Step 3:

Log into your profile by using the same username and password to answer questions and print out Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter with UID and QR code.

You will need the following items to continue:

  • Your passport number,
  • The visa fee receipt number (Click here if you need help finding the fee receipt number), and
  • Barcode number with 10 digits that appeared in your DS-160 Confirmation page (Click here if you need help finding the DS-160 barcode).

Step 4 (Final step):

Compile and mail your documents via Thailand Post (please use the checklist below).

The online system will prompt you to print a Document Submission Form. Please follow the instructions on the form and mail the required documents to the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok or the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai. Once your visa is adjudicated, Thailand Post will mail your passport and documents to your designated address.

What documents do I need to submit my visa renewal application by mail?

  1. Passport: Your passport must have at least two blank pages for the new visa and at least six months validity,
  2. Old passport with most recent valid U.S. visa or expired within the last 12 months (if not in currently valid passport),
  3. DS-160 confirmation page with barcode, completed and submitted online,
  4. Two photos (5 x 5 cm or 2 x 2 in, in color with white background, taken within the last 6 months, no glasses, color contact lens, or hat),
  5. The Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter with UID and QR code, and
  6. Visa fee receipt.
Additional documents for students and exchange visitors (F, M, J)
  • I-20 or DS-2019 form original and signed
  • SEVIS I-901 Payment Confirmation
  • Recent academic transcripts
  • Proof of financial evidence

Additional documents for C1D (Air or Ship Crew)

  • Company employment letter

Additional documents for children under 14 years old

  • Click here for additional documents and information for children

Important Notice:

  • The use of the mail-in service does not guarantee visa issuance.
  • In some cases, applicants may still be required to appear in person for a visa interview at the Embassy or Consulate. Examples of this include incomplete or inaccurate applications.The Embassy or Consulate will contact you if additional documents or a personal interview is required.
  • Visa Renewal by Mail Program will take approximately 10 business days. If your travel is urgent, please schedule an in-person interview.

Track Visa Renewal Documents

Once you submitted your applications through Thailand Post’s drop-off locations.  Please keep the receipt for your records. You may track the location of Visa Renewal Documents with Thailand Post’s Track & Trace Service, which can be found here.