While it is easy for Americans to come to Thailand for a holiday, Thais and other nationalities have to go through a thorough procedure in obtaining a tourist visa that they may be able to enter the US for vacation.
Nature of a Tourist Visa
Obtaining a travel permit to visit the US proves to be exceptionally difficult to obtain particularly for ordinary Thai applicants relying on the invitation of their American friends, fiancé, spouse or relatives. The US government’s rigorous immigration procedure may be accounted for their inherent assumption when dealing with non-immigrant visa applications. The officer when evaluating the application immediately assumes that the tourist visa applicant who is seeking admittance to the US is in fact eyeing for a permanent stay in the country.
As such, this assumption needs to be overcome successfully by the applicant in such a way that he/she will be issued the necessary passage permit. However, it’s important to note that the application is evaluated subjectively and its approval or denial is altogether on the discretion of the officer evaluating the application. This is the reason why compared to other section permit types a tourist visa has a lower success rate. It is also the reason why an application is still denied despite the applicant’s providing all the necessary requirements to substantiate his/her visit to the US.
Preparing for the Application
As the evaluation of the tourist visa application is solely based on the applicant’s capacity to demonstrate that he can support himself financially all through his stay in the US and that he comes back to Thailand after his allowed visit, it’s a must that the applicant has the following qualifications in support of his entrance permit application. First would be a good and a stable occupation in Thailand.
A business letter or contract, income tax and pay visa hk slips are some ways to substantiate this. A 6-month work stint probably won’t be enough to establish the stability of your business but it’s definitely better than nothing. A task involving prostitution or working in a bar or night club doesn’t add appeal to your application so it probably won’t be acceptable declaring it. Second, you have to show assets and properties in Thailand. Assets can be in the form of cars, a real estate parcel, a house among others. Land or House Title deed, Mortgage agreement, Car registration certificate and other documents can be submitted to demonstrate your possession of these assets. Supposing you own a business in Thailand, you would have to show your business registration certificate, income tax, balance sheet among others. A savings account with substantial amount of deposit in it could also serve as one of the proof to demonstrate your financial capability.
You can ask your bank for your latest 6-month bank statements or you can show your passbooks for this matter. Just a note on the savings account, having a major money in your bank account doesn’t guarantee a successful application however it helps establish your financial status. However, if your sponsor abroad plans depositing an amount of money in your bank account just to show that you have money, make sure that the funds have been deposited discretely not in a single amount as this will be obvious.
Finally, if you have your family or youngsters in Thailand, then you can mention them as your dependants to support your visa application. Don’t also miss to give an outline of your itinerary detailing the whereabouts of your trips for example accommodation and places to visit. What if you don’t have most of the above qualifications as you depend on the sponsorship of your American relative, beau or companion? This would considerably make your chances significantly more slimmer. However, you can still continue with the application. As mentioned above the approval or denial of your application is altogether on the discretion of the officer. For family members visiting their relatives or families in the US their situations are seen differently.
The Application Process
After familiarizing yourself with the requirements and procedure of the tourist section permit application, you may now start collecting the necessary documents. You have to gather as many proof as you can to support your application. If your documents are in Thai, make sure to translate them into English. If you are going to the US via sponsorship, make sure that your sponsor provides sponsorship letter detailing your relationship and his intention to support you while you are in the US. He may have to give bank statements or work certificate to validate his great financial status in the US.