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30th March 2010

It is common knowledge that many people seek United States travel documents from the US Embassy Thailand. However, are those who have complex questions regarding United States Tourist visas and in many cases, these questions can only be answered by either an attorney or a Foreign Service Officer. Thanks to the internet, there are more and more opportunities for those with sought out knowledge to communicate with those who need specific questions answered. The website Thaivisa.com is reporting that the US Embassy in Bangkok has initiated a live chat program to allow the public to interact directly with Embassy personnel online:

“U.S. Embassy Bangkok Non-Immigrant Visa Webchat

Interested in visiting the U.S. as a tourist? Looking to study in the U.S.? If you have questions about non-immigrant visas to the U.S. here is your chance to ask! The U.S. Embassy Bangkok Consular Section will be online to answer questions about non-immigrant visa services for Thai citizens and residents of Thailand. Join us for this special webchat!

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Time: 6:00-7:00pm (Bangkok time)

To participate:

1. Go to https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/bangkok
2. Enter as a Guest (Type your name)
3. Submit your questions (We accept questions and comments in advance of, and at any time during the program)

We look forward to chatting with you then!

Please Note: At this time questions can be submitted in English only.”

Although this chat session has already occurred one should note that this is a terrific resource for those interested in a tourist visa as it allows for an applicant to have their inquiries answered in real time by one who is knowledgeable about US visa matters. It is interesting to note that the Thaivisa.com posting only makes reference to the the US Tourist Visa and not other visa categories. This is probably due to the fact that employment based visas such as the E2 visa or the L1 visa are granted after an assessment of the unique set of facts and issues in a given case so it would be difficult to discuss such visas through the internet. That being said, tourist visa adjudications are based upon the facts in the case, but judging an applicant’s likelihood of obtaining a US visa is often easier, compared to employment based cases, due to section 214(b) of the US Immigration and Nationality Act. Family based visa applications for visas such as the K1 visa, the K3 Visa, the IR1 visa and the CR1 Visa are also adjudicated based upon the facts of the case and in many cases the likelihood of ultimate approval is not easy to determine unless one delves deeply into the details of the case. This could explain why these types of applications do not appear to be the intended topic of discussion in the aforementioned live chat session.

Hopefully, this will become a regular addition to the already quality service provided by the US Embassy in Bangkok.

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18th March 2010

For regular readers of this blog, it is probably no surprise that some of the most recent USCIS Service Center processing time estimates are being put up as a courtesy to readers and the immigrant community at large. However, we have begun adding other visa category processing time estimates as there may be those in Thailand interested in either the L1 visa for intracompany transferees or the E2 visa for those trading in the United States under the US-Thai Treaty of Amity.

The following are the processing time estimates from the California Service Center as of January 31, 2010:

I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-1/K-2 – Not yet married – fiance and/or dependent child 5 Months
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-3/K-4 – Already married – spouse and/or dependent child 5 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21 5 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 June 23, 2005
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21 May 23, 2002
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister January 16, 2001
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 21 April 02, 2007
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 February 02, 2003
I-131 Application for Travel Document All other applicants for advance parole 3 Months
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal Readmission after deportation or removal 4 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker E – Treaty traders and investors 2 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker L – Intracompany transfers 1 Month

The following are the processing time estimates for the Vermont Service Center as of January 31, 2010:

I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-1/K-2 – Not yet married – fiance and/or dependent child 5 Months
I-129F Petition for Alien Fiance(e) K-3/K-4 – Already married – spouse and/or dependent child 5 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a spouse, parent, or child under 21 5 Months
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 October 15, 2008
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a married son or daughter over 21 October 15, 2008
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative U.S. citizen filing for a brother or sister January 16, 2009
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for a spouse or child under 21 August 27, 2008
I-130 Petition for Alien Relative Permanent resident filling for an unmarried son or daughter over 21 January 09, 2009
I-131 Application for Travel Document All other applicants for advance parole 3 Months
I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal Readmission after deportation or removal 4 Months
I-129 Petition for A Nonimmigrant Worker L – Intracompany transfers 1 Month

Please note that these estimates are for USCIS processing only and do not include processing time for an application at the National Visa Center or at the US Embassy or US Consulate that will ultimately adjudicate a foreign national’s visa application. Please be advised that recent changes implemented by NVC may have a dramatic impact upon the overal K3 Visa process, but these policies should not effect the processing of a K1 visa.

For information about assisting a loved one with US visa obtainment please see: Thai Girlfriend Visa.

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8th September 2009

US Visa Thailand: The L1 Visa

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An L1 Visa is a travel document which is used to enter the United States of America for the express purpose of working in lawful L1 visa status. The visa categorized as L1 is a non-immigrant visa. The visa is valid for a short amount of time when compared to longer term United States visas, usually L1 visas are granted with a validity of 1-3 years.

L1 visas are statutorily intended to be used by the employees and executives of companies and business entities with an international presence. Generally, these entities have offices in countries abroad and in the United States. Some companies with no presence in the United States of America seek to set up a business presence in that jurisdiction while also maintaining a business presence in the home country. L1 visas were created for foreign employees to transfer to the company’s United States office after having been employed with the company’s foreign office for a minimum of at least one year prior to being approved for  L1 visa status. The office in the United States of America must be the direct owner of the US company (parent company relationship), subsidiary to the US company (child company relationship), or an affiliate of the US company (sister company relationship). The major factor in determining if two entities meet the L1 criteria has to do with a “commonality of shareholders.” This means that the two companies must be substantially intertwined from an ownership perspective.

There are two subcategories of the L1 visa. The L1A visa and the L1B visa.

L1A visas are reserved for for Managers and Executives.  The term “Manager” means one who oversees the day-to-day operations of the company or organization. Usually, Managers either supervise the endeavors of other subordinate managers or specialists, or else they oversee important tasks within the corporation. As a rule, a manager is one who has a great deal of authority with regard to routine operational issues.

Those employees who are considered “Executives” are tasked with providing leadership to the management of the company or of a significant division within the corporate hierarchy. Managers set company policy as well as long term goals and have a great deal of autonomy to make decisions regarding the direction of the company. They function with little or no scrutiny from supervisors.

L1B visas are granted to those with specialized knowledge of the company’s business or the inner workings of the company itself. The specialized knowledge denoted in this category is company specific, meaning that an L1B visa holder should be intimately aware of issues relevant to the overseas entity specifically.

A major concern of US immigration authorities is the, not unfounded, suspicion that some companies are changing their corporate structure in order to obtain visa benefits for their executives, managers, and specialists. This is of particular concern with regard to small companies. Readers should note that it is never advisable to make business decisions solely for the purpose of obtaining Immigration benefits as doing so could bring up issues of immigration fraud.

Note: The L1 visa is a dual intent visa, so even though the visa is for non-immigrants it is possible that the visa holder could eventually adjust status in the United States and obtain lawful permanent residence.

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