Immigrant Visas

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Beginning October 1, 2021, all immigrant visa applicants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 for the medical examination to be considered complete. Refugees and nonimmigrant visas, including K-visa applicants, are not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the immigration medical examination. Some waivers for the COVID vaccination are applicable, including if the vaccine is not age appropriate. Medical exams completed prior to October 1, 2021 will not be subject to this requirement, regardless of when the immigrant visa is issued and when the traveler enters the United States.  Additional Information is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Please also note that:

  • Close contacts of persons with COVID-19 should also be tested and must postpone the medical examination until quarantine criteria have been met.
  • Screening testing of asymptomatic applicants for COVID-19 as part of the immigrant medical evaluation may be required at the discretion of the panel physician.

COVID-19 Screening Results and Travel Clearance
All international air travelers to the United States aged 2 years or older must be tested within 3 days of the flight and show documentation of a negative COVID-19 result to the airline before boarding their flight. Applicants who have recovered from COVID-19 will not need to be retested for travel if they travel within 3 months of their positive test and can provide appropriate documentation.

Update on U.S. Travel Policy Requiring COVID-19 Vaccination

new travel policy requiring foreign nationals traveling to the United States to demonstrate proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 will take effect November 8.  The Department of State will provide further information on as it becomes available.

Immigrant visas to the United States are processed for citizens and residents of Thailand at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. (Consulate Chiang Mai does not process immigrant visas.)

To apply for an immigrant visa, a foreign citizen seeking to immigrate generally must be sponsored by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident immediate relative(s), or prospective U.S. employer, and have an approved petition before applying for an immigrant visa. The sponsor begins the process by filing a petition on the foreign citizen’s behalf with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  You may wish to review our Directory of Visa Categories on to learn about the different types of immigrant visas to the United States, including our Diversity Visa Program.  Then, follow the steps on the Immigrant Visa Process, or on the Diversity Visa Process, on to begin applying for an immigrant visa.

Once USCIS has approved your petition and you have completed pre-processing with the National Visa Center (NVC), or if you have been selected in the Diversity Visa Lottery and completed processing with the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC), review the instructions given to you by the NVC or the KCC, along with the information presented on this website, for further guidance and instructions.

Immigrant Visas