Spearheaded by Ambassador Eric John, the US Embassy in Thailand serves as a representative of the US government to the Kingdom.
Being the third-largest American embassy in the world, it offers various services not only for their citizens staying in Thailand and the rest of Southeast Asia but also for the Thai people who wish to enter the United States of America.
The primary goal of the US Embassy in Bangkok is to serve and protect the interests of US citizens staying in the Kingdom. It assures the Americans of individual freedom, human rights, and democracy, as stated by the law.
Also, it provides assistance to Americans who wish to engage in businesses inside the Kingdom. It is also in charge of the export of US agricultural and industrial products; thus promoting the economic and industrial interests of the United States.
Services for the American Citizens
In order to be more efficient, the US Embassy in Bangkok is divided into several departments:
Defense Attaché Office – Supervised by the Defense and Air Attaché, Colonel Joseph P. Curso, U.S. Air Force, this unit represents the US Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Military Services, Joints Chief of Staff, Chiefs of the US Military Services and Commander of the Pacific Command in Thailand.
- Economic Section – This observes the economic, trade, and investment inclinations in Thailand. Its prime concern is the protection of American businesses in the Kingdom.
- Management Section – This unit renders different management services to US Mission Thailand and to regional posts in East Asia and Pacific Region through the following sub-departments: Financial Management Center, Human Resources, Information Resource Management, General Services Office, Medical Unit and Community Liaison Office.
- Media & Cultural Section – This unit of the US Embassy in Bangkok promotes American education and culture. It covers Media Relations as headed by the Counselor of Public Affairs.
- Political Section – In charge of the security, defense, and alliance issues of the US-Thai Bilateral relations, this unit keeps an eye on Thailand’s politics and human rights concerns.
- Refugee and Migration Affairs – The major role of this office is to offer and assist the refugees or Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) to their resettlement in the US. It also assures the protection of the migrants’ rights to relocate.
- Regional Environmental Affairs Office for Southeast Asia – This unit is responsible for the preservation of the ecosystems in Southeast Asia. It is made possible through partnering with Non-Governmental Organizations and disseminating knowledge about preserving the nature.
- Regional Security Office – It is in charge of implementing security measures so that the consular responsibilities of the US Government will be executed. It also assures the safety of the public, particularly the American citizens in Thailand.
- Transnational Crime Affairs Section – This unit of the US Embassy in Bangkok supports the Royal Thai Government in fighting against illegal drugs, terrorism, and transnational organized crimes.
- American Citizen Services – (a) provides passport assistance to US citizens living outside Thailand, (b) takes charge of birth and death reports in Thailand, (c) handles matters for federal benefit, (d) issues of legalizations, and (e) aids troubled Americans
- Visa Section – assists Thai citizens who wish to enter the US as tourists or immigrants
As the American Citizens Services (ACS) office provides passport assistance, it allows US citizens whose passports are about to expire to renew it and prolong their stay in Thailand. Here are the steps to follow:
1. Gather all necessary documents to support the application:
- US birth certificate
- Certificate of Citizenship
- Certificate of Naturalization
- Valid ID
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad
- Previous US passport
- Naturalization certificate
- Social Security number
- 2 identical photographs (2×2)
2. Should ALL of the following descriptions are applicable, the DS-82 form must be completed:
- The US passport holder must have been sixteen (16) years old and above before the passport was issued
- The passport must have been released within the last fifteen (15) years
The present name of the holder is used for the passport, or should there be changes in name, supporting legal documents must be presented
If there is a problem with one of the requirements, the applicant should complete a DS-11 form instead. Forms must be signed in front of the Consular Officer.
- Submit the form and the documents to the ACS. Renewed passport will be released in two weeks.
Services for the Thai Citizen
It is not for the Americans alone that the US Embassy in Thailand operates. It also assists the Thai citizens who wishes to visit or stay in the US.
The Visa Section office deals with visa applications. It helps the Thai citizens in obtaining immigration and non-immigration visas.
Non-Immigration Visas: US Tourist Visa, US Business Visa
Immigration Visas: K1 Visa Thailand, K3 Visa Thailand, CR-1, IR-1 and Work
U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai
Further assistance could be done by the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai. It caters to the Americans and Thai citizens residing in the 16 north-western provinces in Thailand. It does not provide Thai visas for Americans, though. However, it notarizes documents needed for the applications in Bangkok.
American Citizen Services is done in appointment basis only. However, the office could be contacted at 081-881-1878 during emergency cases such as death, arrest or serious injury of an American citizen inside the vicinity of Northern Thailand.
The Embassy of the United States is located at 95 Wireless Road, Bangkok, Thailand 10330. Office is open from 7AM to 4 PM, Monday to Friday. It closes on official holidays. For more information, call +66-2-205-4000 or log on to http://bangkok.usembassy.gov/
You can also check the US Embassy Thailand page of Siam Legal.
The US Consulate in Chiang Mai is situated at 387 Wichayanond Road, Chiang Mai 50300. It is just across the street from the Chiang Mai Municipal Hall. It operates from Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Contact +66(53)10-7700 or log on to http://chiangmai.usconsulate.gov for further inquiries.