Visa application guidelines for Thai people who want to work in the United States

On June 11, 2018, the Consulate General in Los Angeles Brainstorming with the American Chamber of Commerce in California Asian American Advancing Justice (AAAJ) [1] and Thai restaurant owner in California. To study the ways of visa examination and solve the labor shortage problem of Thai restaurants. Especially cooks. Summarized as follows

  1. General labor (including cooks)
    1. The EB-3 (far Permanent to Workers – to Workers, Skilled, The Professionals, And Unskilled to Workers): a visa for the worker. (With the employer applying) to work in the United States. You can apply for an employment-based immigrant visa and apply for a permanent resident or green card in the United States.
      • The employer must be a sponsor and submit proof of income showing the net profit of the store. (For example If the chef earns US $ 2,500 a month, the restaurant must earn at least US $ 30,000 a year in order to be able to apply for an EB-3 visa to a chef from Thailand. 1 person with followers)
      • Employees may be professional experts. (Minimum Bachelor Degree Or equivalent) skilled workers (with at least 2 years of work experience) or unskilled workers who can not be found in the United States. (Must be a regular employee).
  2. Experts
    1. E-1 (Treaty Traders): A visa for employers and employees. Under the Treaty of Amity and Economic Relations The Treaty of Amity and Economic Relations between the Kingdom of Thailand and the United States, 1968, aims to promote bilateral trade and investment.
      • An employer must be a Thai national to trade in substantial amounts of US goods and services in the United States.
      • Employees must have the same nationality as the employer (Thai nationality) and must be in the managerial / executive position. Or in other qualifying positions. Special Skills and Skills
    2. E-2 (Treaty Investors): The same as in 2.1.
      • The employer must be a Thai citizen who will invest a substantial amount of capital in the United States and have at least 50% of the ownership of the business.
      • Employees must have the same nationality as the employer (Thai nationality) and must be in the managerial / executive position. Or in another location with special features.
    3. H-1B (Specialty Occupations): Employee Visas This will be given to skilled workers, especially those in the US. High skilled specialists in career fields promoted by the US government such as science, medicine, engineering information technology Public health, biotechnology, education and special business, etc., with a quota of 65,000-85,000 people per year.
      • Employees must have a bachelor’s degree or higher. In particular fields

Thai business owners, entrepreneurs and interested persons can learn more about the rules and regulations for applying for Thai visas to work in the United States. Visit the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website at https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/working-us. Contact the American Chamber of Commerce of California at https://www.thaiconsulatela.org call 818.246.2795 or 818.468.3585


AAAJ is a non-profit organization. Provides counseling and legal assistance to Americans of Asian descent in the United States. To promote justice and human rights. More details on that https://www.advancingjustice-aajc.org

Royal Thai Consulate-General, Los Angeles

Royal Thai Consulate-General, Los Angeles