Thailand Coup - How it Can Affect Thai Visitors in the US?

September 19, 2006- In response to the crisis in Thailand, clients and our site visitors contact us with questions as to how this crisis can affect their status in the US. If the situation deteriorates in Thailand there could be special legislation passed to help Thai nationals currently in the US. Such legislation would direct the designation of Thailand on for TPS (Temporary Protected Status) based on the armed conflict under INA Section 244(b)(1)(A) and the existence of extraordinary and temporary conditions under INA Section 244(b)(1)(C). Such bill would allow Thai Nationals currently in the U.S. to remain in this country for an initial twelve-month period due to ongoing hostilities in Thailand. Political activist with Mr. Shinawatra’s part currently in the US might be eligible for political asylum if the coup is successful and a new government will be set in place.

Tanks and troops patrolled Bangkok early Wednesday after the chief of Thailand's army said the military was taking control of the country. Police were closing stores and directing traffic off Bangkok streets. The coup against the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra is being led by Thai army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratkalin and Thailand's opposition Party of Democratic Reform. Thaksin is in New York for the U.N. General Assembly meeting.

We suggest that clients that have F1 and H1B visa appointments at the US Embassy in Bangkok to hold off and reschedule until the situation is more certain. We will also update our K1 and marriage based clients as the procedures to take place in the next few days at the Embassy.

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