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BANGKOK 24 April 2019 19:27
anatta0

URGENT : PP Embassy asked for employment letter for tourist visa

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3 hours ago, pr9spk said:

What kind of genuine "tourist" travels with a letter from their employer proving that they are actually employed?

 

Next thing you know, they will want a certificate from a local doctor proving that you are actually alive.

 

Or maybe the original copy of your birth certificate. And a certified and notarised copy of a document proving that you think the moon is made out of cheese.

 

Take your hard-earned money and spend it somewhere where you are appreciated.

 

Thai people getting a tourist visa to most 'western' countries have to provide proof of employment/income all the time

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Another office creates an add-on out of thin air that has never been asked for elsewhere for SETVs...that employer letter is asked for METVs in a person's home country and even the employer letter can be waived if you have a good bit of dough at your back...but not now in UK from April 1st.

Same old same old.

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Ok, too late, i already give the letter saying that i have a part time work with company in my country that i can run remotely in my laptop while i travel. Also have some side job that i can run remotely, which is true. But i am not employed or do any business in Thailand.

 

Lucky lucky said we will get the news today by 5 PM. Either approved or rejected. Before we submitted the visa, we already been warned by lucky lucky that these days, the embassy may ask employment letter. We knew going to Vientiane will be easier, but i like coming to siem-reap and pp as i have not been there before. Also we have no any SETV. 

 

I understand many are frustrated with the visa rules of Thai immigration here. Fyi, i am from Indonesia, have travelled to 9 ASEAN countries (not yet to Brunei) and had been a digital nomad for years in few countries. There is a good reason i picked Thailand.

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2 minutes ago, anatta0 said:

Ok, too late, i already give the letter saying that i have a part time work with company in my country that i can run remotely in my laptop while i travel. Also have some side job that i can run remotely, which is true. But i am not employed or do any business in Thailand.

 

Lucky lucky said we will get the news today by 5 PM. Either approved or rejected. Before we submitted the visa, we already been warned by lucky lucky that these days, the embassy may ask employment letter. We knew going to Vientiane will be easier, but i like coming to siem-reap and pp as i have not been there before. Also we have no any SETV. 

 

I understand many are frustrated with the visa rules of Thai immigration here. Fyi, i am from Indonesia, have travelled to 9 ASEAN countries (not yet to Brunei) and had been a digital nomad for years in few countries. There is a good reason i picked Thailand.

Don't be surprised if (when) your application is rejected especially if it mentions "remote working"! 

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9 minutes ago, KarlS said:

Don't be surprised if (when) your application is rejected especially if it mentions "remote working"! 

Yeah, i feel silly now 😞 Digital nomad is a normal thing nowadays, but i forgot that i should see from the Immigration eyes, it is a no no.

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2 hours ago, digbeth said:

Thai people getting a tourist visa to most 'western' countries have to provide proof of employment/income all the time

Wages in all Western countries are higher than Thailand, so they have a reason to move there, overstay, and take jobs illegally.  Western-country passport-holders have no similar motivation in coming to Thailand, where an illegal-job pays less than the lowest-paid job in our passport-countries.

 

Until fairly recently, Thai immigration policy reflected this reality, and used our presence to maximize income-opportunities for their own citizens.  But, recently, they decided (likely paid-off) to throw their own citizens under the bus, by making harder and harder for us to visit/stay here.

 

49 minutes ago, anatta0 said:

Fyi, i am from Indonesia ...

That could explain this previously unreported request at that consulate; Thai authorities may view your coming to Thailand as a potential means to obtain a higher-paying job than in your passport-country - even though this may not be at all true, in your particular case.

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That's an unusual request, even considering it's Phnom Penh we're talking about. Maybe something the OP wrote on the application form (they do ask for the applicant's occupation, after all) triggered it, if it was unclear or suspicious? OP, could you share with us what you wrote there?

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8 minutes ago, JackThompson said:

That could explain this previously unreported request at that consulate; Thai authorities may view your coming to Thailand as a potential means to obtain a higher-paying job than in your passport-country - even though this may not be at all true, in your particular case.

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It is a NEW NORMAL now in PP for employment letter on SETV, before we applied, Lucky Lucky agent already told us, many get asked for employment letter too. So we have to be prepared for it. 

 

My friend's national is USA, he got the same request from embassy too. 

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9 minutes ago, Caldera said:

That's an unusual request, even considering it's Phnom Penh we're talking about. Maybe something the OP wrote on the application form (they do ask for the applicant's occupation, after all) triggered it, if it was unclear or suspicious? OP, could you share with us what you wrote there?

We didn't fill any application form, all are handled by the visa agent. I am Indonesian passport holder, my friend is USA passport holder. 

 

It is a NEW NORMAL now in PP for employment letter on SETV, before we applied, Lucky Lucky agent already told us, many get asked for employment letter too. So we have to be prepared for it. 

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1 minute ago, Caldera said:

A Thai who helps out at a Thai restaurant in Europe "under the table" can easily make 4+ times as much as working a regular job in Thailand. That's simply not the case the other way round, so that comparison makes little sense.

Mmm  Obtaining a Schegan tourist visa as a Thai is not easy - 

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2 minutes ago, anatta0 said:

We didn't write anything, all are handled by the visa agent. I am Indonesian passport holder, my friend is USA passport holder. 

Interesting, not filling in the form by yourself might not work in your favor. When I applied for a SETV in Phnom Penh last year, I also used an agent (not Lucky Lucky though), but he made me fill in the application form by myself. Back then, things were still easier in any case, they just wanted a bank statement and a ticket out as supporting docs.

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Time for you to head on to another country you’re clearly working here in Thailand And trying to circumvent the system


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1 minute ago, Caldera said:

And for a good reason, which was my point. For a "typical" Thai (who, as you wrote, doesn't easily qualify for a Schengen visa), working illegally on such a visa would be much more attractive than for a typical Westerner in Thailand.

Sorry, but unlike you, I do not indulge in Thai bashing. The chances of what you refer to as a "typical Thai" getting a Schengen visa range from nil to zero. 

NB I did not use the word "typical", it was your choice to use that disparaging word.

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