I am helping a Thai citizen apply for a tourist visa to the U.S. I've read all the requirements here and have a few question for anyone who may have recent experience doing this. The Thai citizen is a woman in her late 20's who has been employed for 5 years at the same business. She has many friends in the U.S. that she will be staying with for free and her travel expenses are being paid for by her boss as a reward for 5 years of work. She has no criminal record and no one in her family has traveled to the U.S. before.
If she intends to be in the U.S. 8 weeks in June/July 2019, how soon should she apply for the visa?
Should she buy her plane ticket prior to the visa interview to help prove her intent to return? It would be awful to get denied and lose the ticket though.
If friends are paying for most of her trip, how does she proof of that? Notarized letters?
- A contract from her employer stating her guaranteed salary/benefits for the year to prove income and intent to return.
- Original bank book in her name showing regular income and savings over 100,000b
- A 1 page letter from her employer stating position, salary, length of employment, etc.
- 1 page planned travel itinerary and activities while in the U.S.
- College diploma
- Other suggestions?