My fiancee has told me that she has never worked in a bar, but I met her in Pattaya

U.S. Immigration Legal Advisors in Bangkok, Thailand answers frequently asked complex American Visa questions

Question: My fiancee has told me that she has never worked in a bar, but I met her in Pattaya and she has lived and worked there for the last 5 years. I think she is telling me the truth but I am afraid the Embassy will make things difficult for her and she is also scare they will accuse her of being a bar girl. She works as office staff at a real estate office which I can personally confirm having visited there.

Answer by U.S. Immigration Legal Advisors in Bangkok, Thailand: If your fiancee has lived and worked in a place like Pattaya additional scrutiny will be given to her application for a visa. She may be asked to verify previous employment.

Embassy personnel have a very negative view of Pattaya, as do I. While it may not be fair to generalize about everything and everyone in an entire city, often we must do so for our own protection. There is a disproportionate percentage of foreign criminals living in and visiting Pattaya than most other cities around the world. Economically desperate local people go to Pattaya to take advantage of tourist and engage in criminal activities as oppose to seeking honest employment. Countless accounts evidence one of the world’s most corrupt constabulary who are experts at extortion.

It is estimated that Pattaya is home to 40,000 plus prostitutes, some of whom hold day jobs. It is not unreasonable for the Embassy to use extra care with a visa application when the girl lists a residence and employment in Pattaya.

On the other hand some people are insulted when strong unsupported accusations are made that a lady may be or have been a prostitute. Most consular officers speak to people politely and perform their duties without insulting people.

Most people are unaware that the original development of Pattaya was to serve as an R&R facility for US troops during the Vietnam War. It continues to serve the US military today within tens of thousands of US soldiers visiting there each year.

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