Integrity Legal

8th July 2009

Integrity Legal’s Thailand office is located in Bangkok, the nation’s capital. The majority of United States Visa cases that the firm handles are those involving loved ones of United States Citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents. Visas that require a familial relationship for approval are not generally processed at the Consulate General of the United States in Chiang Mai. For the most part,  the Chang Mai consulate handles non-immigrant visa applications. As a result, when writing this blog we sometimes overlook the US Consulate General in Chiang Mai even though the post does handle a significant amount of US Immigration matters.

The most common types of non-immigrant visas that the Consulate adjudicates are F-1 Student Visas, J-1 Exchange Visitor Visas, and B-1 Business Visas. Also, I assume that the Consulate General sees a great many applications for the US Tourist Visa.

Some US Citizens who are either living in Northern Thailand or who have a Thai fiancee or spouse from Northern Thailand mistakenly seek to obtain a K-1 visa or US Marriage visa from the Consulate in Chiang Mai. As all of these visas require some form of immigrant intent, they are usually not processed at the Consulate in  Chiang Mai, but instead find their way to the United States Embassy in Bangkok.

Other than processing visa applications and dealing with United States Citizens who need assistance, the Consulate also supports the exchange of information and culture between the Kingdom of Thailand and the United States of America. The Consulate General in Chiang Mai is involved in efforts to help preserve the environment. The American Consulate in Chiang Mai is a major supporter of programs to catch those involved in the trafficking of people across international boundaries. The United States of America actively and constantly supports efforts within the Kingdom of Thailand to stamp out the farming of opium. The US Consulate seems to wholeheartedly support the idea of providing information and incentives for farmers to grow other crops in place of opium.

Although we write about the US Consulate in Chiang Mai quite a bit less than the US Embassy in Thailand. It is still staffed by efficient and professional officers who do their job in an efficient and effective manner.

The Website for the consulate is very helpful for those seeking Consular assistance.

(Nothing contained in this post should be used as legal advice. No attorney/client relationship is created by reading this post. For legal advice contact an attorney. For more information about Immigration and visa issues in Chiang Mai, please contact the Consulate.)


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