Immigrant Visas

U.S. Embassy Bangkok is scheduling a limited number of immigrant visa appointments for all visa categories, with priority given to interviews that were postponed or canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The COVID-19 pandemic continues to limit the Immigrant Visa Unit’s daily appointment capacity.  In addition to the current COVID-19 restrictions in Thailand, the past year of local and national lockdowns, travel restrictions, quarantine regulations, and the measures taken by our embassy to protect customers and staff created a significant backlog that increased wait times for visa interviews.  Applicants will receive an email with instructions when their case is eligible to be scheduled for an interview.  Please do not schedule an interview until you have received email instructions from U.S. Embassy Bangkok’s Immigrant Visa Unit.

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 usvisas.state.gov 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 usvisas.state.gov 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