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29th July 2013

Thailand Visa Update

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There have been some recent developments with respect to Thai visas. The following information is for general use only and should not be construed to apply to every unique situation as there are often numerous Thai visa options for those wishing to travel and remain in the Kingdom of Thailand for a prolonged period of time.

Thailand Business Visas

It has recently come to this blogger’s attention that 12 month multiple entry Thai business visas are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain from Royal Thai Embassies and Consulates abroad. For example, the Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur recently announced that it will no longer issue 12 month multiple entry business visas to applicants as applicants are now only able to obtain a 90 day Thai Business Visa (officially referred to as the Non-Immigrant “B” Visa) at that post. Applicants are encouraged to first obtain a 90 day Thai business visa and subsequently apply for a Thai work permit and visa extension in the Kingdom of Thailand. However, it would appear that the Royal Thai Consulate in Penang may issue 12 month multiple entry business visas under limited circumstances. It seems that those who have previously obtained a multiple entry Thai business visa and Thai work permit may be eligible to obtain another one year Thai business visa from the Thai Consulate in Penang. Meanwhile it would seem that the other Thai Embassies and Thai Consulates around the world are becoming increasingly hesitant to issue one year multiple entry Thai business visas and in those situations where such visas are issued they are only granted after significant scrutiny by the Consular officers issuing such travel documents.

Thailand Retirement Visas

In some cases, a foreign national may be eligible to obtain a Thai retirement visa. However, Thai Immigration officials are carefully reviewing applications for Thai retirement visas. In fact, this blogger has  learned that issues surrounding the finances of the applicant for a Thai retirement visa are of increasing concern for Thai Immigration officers. In fact, Thai Immigration officers seem to be seeking larger amounts of evidence concerning a retiree’s financial situation compared to past applications.

Thailand O Visas

The O visa in Thailand is technically classified as a miscellaneous visa category. Generally, this visa category is used by foreign nationals with family in Thailand (this is why this category is sometimes referred to as a Thai marriage visa notwithstanding the fact that  it could be used by any family member of a Thai national). As is the case with the Thai retirement visa, the finances of the foreign national seeking an O visa is of central concern to the Thai Immigration authorities especially when the foreign national is seeking a Thai O visa based upon marriage to a Thai. Therefore, those seeking Thai O visas should be prepared to show substantial evidence of ability to financially support oneself, and one’s spouse, while in Thailand.

Thailand Education Visas

The Thai Education visa (categorized by Thai Immigration as the “ED” visa) is more widely used by foreign nationals in Thailand compared to times past. That stated, Immigration officials examine such applications with a great deal of thoroughness. It should be noted that those staying in the Kingdom on an ED visa based upon attendance at a Thai language school may be tested on their Thai language ability by Immigration officers. Therefore, if one has been present in Thailand on an ED visa for a significant period of time, but cannot show a basic understanding of Thai the ED visa could be revoked.

For related information please see: Thailand work permit

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1st August 2009

For those who are present in Thailand on a long term visa it may eventually become necessary to obtain a Thai visa extension. A Thai visa extension allows the bearer to remain in the Kingdom of Thailand for a specified period (usually 1 year). That being said, if the holder of an extended Thai visa leaves the Kingdom, then the visa will automatically expire upon departure. The Thailand visa extension will not extinguish if the visa holder obtains a reentry permit. A Thai reentry permit is similar to a reentry permit for a USA visa in that it puts the Thai government on notice that the visa holder wishes to return to Thailand and does not intend to abandon his or her Thai visa.

Only an office of the Royal Thai Immigration Police can grant a reentry permit. Generally, there are two reentry permit classifications: the single exit permit, and the multiple exit permit. The multiple reentry permit is more costly than its single entry counterpart, but it may be wise to obtain a multiple exit reentry permit even if one is not immediately intending to leave the Kingdom of Thailand. I would argue that paying an extra fee for the multiple exit permit would be prudent in order to forestall losing one’s visa status should some sort of unforeseen eventuality arise.

The Reentry permit should not be mistaken for the Thailand multiple entry visa. A multiple entry visa usually allows the bearer to remain in Thailand for 90 days at a time over the course of the visa’s validity.  One major difference between the Thai visa extension and the Thai multiple entry visa is the fact that a person utilizing a multiple entry visa breaks their status every time the depart the country (even for a short period of time in the case of a “visa run”).  The person remaining in Thailand on an extension retains the benefit of enjoying unbroken visa status.

Even with a reentry permit, the holder of an extended Thai visa is still required to report their address every 90 days at the Thai Immigration office that has jurisdiction over their place of abode. Technically, passing through the Thailand Immigration checkpoint with a valid visa extension and reentry permit is a sufficient substitute for the 90 day reporting requirement because Thai Immigration simply wants to make sure that the foreign national checks in with their agency at some point during any 90 day period.

A Thai reentry permit should not be confused with a Thai work permit which is necessary in order for a foreigner to obtain lawful employment in Thailand. One should be aware that just because one has a valid reentry permit, their work permit may expire on a different date from their visa and take measures to ensure that all of these documents are kept up to date.

(Note: This information is for educational purposes and is subject to change. No fiduciary relationship should be construed to exist between the author and any reader of this posting.)

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