Visas for Children and the Elderly

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Overview

If you are an applicant who is 80 years old or older, or applying for a child who is younger than 14 years old or at the time of application, you are eligible to apply for a visa by mail, provided that the applicant can answer “yes” to all of the following questions

  1. I am applying for Tourism/Business B1/B2 or F, M, J visas
  2. I am a national or resident of Thailand
  3. I am physically present in Thailand
  4. I was not born in or do not hold a passport from Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Sudan or Iraq    
  5. I answered “no” to all of the security and background questions on the DS-160 form
  6. I have never been denied entry to the U.S.A.
  7. I have not been refused a U.S. visa in the past five years, and
  8. I was refused a U.S. visa but subsequently was issued the same visa type I am renewing.

Additional requirements for children younger than 14 years old:

  • One of the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s) must have a valid B1/B2 visa at the time of the child’s application
  • Neither parent(s) or legal guardian(s) is a Legal Permanent Resident of the United States

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 or your child meets 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 and complete the online application.

Use the credentials you used to pay your visa fee.

You will need the following items to continue:

  • Your passport number,
  • The visa fee receipt number from your visa fee receipt. (Click here if you need help finding this number.), and
  • The ten-digit barcode number from your DS-160 confirmation page

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 for visa application by mail?

  1.  Passport: Your passport must have at least two blank pages for the visa and at least six months validity
  2. DS-160 confirmation page with barcode, completed and submitted online
  3. 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),
  4. The Interview Waiver Confirmation Letter with UID and QR code, and
  5. Visa fee receipt

For applicants younger than 14 years old:

  • A copy of a valid birth certificate or legal custody document(s)
  • A copy of valid B1/B2 visa of one or both of the child’s parent(s) or guardian(s) at the time of application

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.
  • Visas for Children and the Elderly Apply by Mail program will take approximately 10 business days. If your travel is urgent, please schedule an in-person interview.

Track Visa Renewal Document

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 your visa package with Thailand Post’s Track & Trace Service, which can be found here.