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Leaving Thailand with NON-IMM B and returning with NON-IMM O

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Hey everyone,

 

I know this has been asked and answered before but not exactly for my case, so sorry if the question seems repetitive.

 

I'm currently working in Thailand with a work permit and a NON-IMM B visa. Next month, in September, my wife-to-be and myself are getting married. We looked up the differences and for us it would make more sense and be easier if I had a NON-IMM O visa in stead. 

 

I'm planning on visiting family back home in December so I contacted the consulate in my home country and explained the above to them and asked what I could prepare to get a 1-year NON-IMM O with multiple entry. The lady explained they can not give out the 1-year multiple entry visa because it's the first time I'm getting that type of visa and additionally she said "also you're not married yet" (I don't understand what she meant by that). They can only give a single entry NON-IMM O. She says when I arrive with the NON-IMM O I have to go to Immigration in Thailand to get it extended/renewed to a 1-year multiple entry.

 

Is this right? I've been living in Thailand for the past 2 years with extensions on my NON-IMM B. I remember when I first came to Thailand I had a single entry NON-IMM B visa too but doesn't it make a difference that I already have a 1-year multiple entry visa, my (by then) wife obviously lives in Thailand and that my home address is officially located in Thailand?

 

Thanks for all the help/advice/thoughts in advance! 

Sorry if it's difficult to read or for any grammar mistakes, English is not my 1st language.

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Some Thai embassies will not freely issue multiple entry Non O visas. Getting a single entry Non O and extending it in Thailand would be an option. If your job provides minimum 40,000 a month income, getting the extension of stay should not be difficult. It is also possible that there was a breakdown in communications, and they believed you would be requesting the visa before marriage. In that case, they were offering to be helpful in providing a visa to visit your fiance.

 

An alternative, once you are married, would be to get a multiple entry Non O at Savannakhet, Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi.

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If you're living in Thailand all you need is a Single Entry Non 'O' visa which gives you 90 days on entry. Then towards the end of the 90 days you apply for the 1 year extension of stay based on marriage. You can also buy a Multiple Entry Re-entry permit which allows you to come and go during that year.

 

Multiple Entry 'O' visas are getting harder to get as the authorities want expats living in the country to have the correct extension of stay. The consulate in your home country might have their own rules regarding visa issuance.

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11 hours ago, BritTim said:

Some Thai embassies will not freely issue multiple entry Non O visas. Getting a single entry Non O and extending it in Thailand would be an option. If your job provides minimum 40,000 a month income, getting the extension of stay should not be difficult. It is also possible that there was a breakdown in communications, and they believed you would be requesting the visa before marriage. In that case, they were offering to be helpful in providing a visa to visit your fiance.

 

An alternative, once you are married, would be to get a multiple entry Non O at Savannakhet, Ho Chi Minh City or Hanoi.

 

10 hours ago, elviajero said:

If you're living in Thailand all you need is a Single Entry Non 'O' visa which gives you 90 days on entry. Then towards the end of the 90 days you apply for the 1 year extension of stay based on marriage. You can also buy a Multiple Entry Re-entry permit which allows you to come and go during that year.

 

Multiple Entry 'O' visas are getting harder to get as the authorities want expats living in the country to have the correct extension of stay. The consulate in your home country might have their own rules regarding visa issuance.

 

Both thanks for the help and explanation. I will probably not have an income at that time as I'm looking for something else/maybe starting something with my wife, is there another way apart from the 40k Baht income to make the process easier? I saw some people here talking about needing 800k+ Baht on a bank account or is that not applicable to my situation?

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2 minutes ago, Cyclenshaven said:

I saw some people here talking about needing 800k+ Baht on a bank account or is that not applicable to my situation?

The 800k baht is for a retirement extension of stay.

For an extension based upon marriage you need 400k baht in the bank for 2 months or proof of 40k baht income.

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1 minute ago, ubonjoe said:

The 800k baht is for a retirement extension of stay.

For an extension based upon marriage you need 400k baht in the bank for 2 months or proof of 40k baht income.

Thanks for the super fast reply, is that only for a 60 day extension or can it also be used for the 1-year multiple entry extension?

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17 minutes ago, Cyclenshaven said:

Thanks for the super fast reply, is that only for a 60 day extension or can it also be used for the 1-year multiple entry extension?

400,000 for 2 months prior to applying and other documentation, sometimes different requirements, depending on your local Imm' office.

The extension 1 year will require you to buy a re-entry permit if you leave and return to Thailand. Without a re-entry on return you will get 30 days and start again.

Re-entry single 1000baht

Re-entry multi  3800baht.

Check with your local Imm' what documention they want you to supply for the extension.

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4 minutes ago, overherebc said:

400,000 for 2 months prior to applying and other documentation, sometimes different requirements, depending on your local Imm' office.

The extension 1 year will require you to buy a re-entry permit if you leave and return to Thailand. Without a re-entry on return you will get 30 days and start again.

Re-entry single 1000baht

Re-entry multi  3800baht.

Check with your local Imm' what documention they want you to supply for the extension.

Great, thanks!

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41 minutes ago, Cyclenshaven said:

Thanks for the super fast reply, is that only for a 60 day extension or can it also be used for the 1-year multiple entry extension?

You don’t need to provide any financials for a 60 day extension only the 1 year. But it’s a one time extension after which you must leave or extend for 1 year.

 

When you apply for a 1 year extension you need 400K in you account 2 months before applying. They will take 30 days to process your application (formality) and you should keep the 400K in the account during that 30 days. Once the extension is issued you can withdraw all/any of the 400K, but need to top up again at least 2 months before the 2nd year application.

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2 minutes ago, elviajero said:

You don’t need to provide any financials for a 60 day extension only the 1 year. But it’s a one time extension after which you must leave or extend for 1 year.

 

When you apply for a 1 year extension you need 400K in you account 2 months before applying. They will take 30 days to process your application (formality) and you should keep the 400K in the account during that 30 days. Once the extension is issued you can withdraw all/any of the 400K, but need to top up again at least 2 months before the 2nd year application.

I guess the process is similar to my current NON-IMM B visa, which I have to extend every year too.

As I moved here with the intention of staying here permanently I would be applying for the 1 year extension. The money isn't that big of a deal, I use it in Thailand anyway and have some extra in a fixed deposit account as well, that counts too right? Or does it have to be a savings/checking account?

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Cyclenshaven said:

The money isn't that big of a deal, I use it in Thailand anyway and have some extra in a fixed deposit account as well, that counts too right? Or does it have to be a savings/checking account?

A fixed term account will be accepted if the funds can be withdrawn without delay or penalty other than loss of interest.

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20 minutes ago, Cyclenshaven said:

The money isn't that big of a deal, I use it in Thailand anyway and have some extra in a fixed deposit account as well, that counts too right? Or does it have to be a savings/checking account?

As long as the money can be withdrawn at anytime immigration should accept a fixed deposit account. 

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41 minutes ago, Cyclenshaven said:

I guess the process is similar to my current NON-IMM B visa, which I have to extend every year too.

As I moved here with the intention of staying here permanently I would be applying for the 1 year extension. The money isn't that big of a deal, I use it in Thailand anyway and have some extra in a fixed deposit account as well, that counts too right? Or does it have to be a savings/checking account?

 

 

You are confusing an extension of stay with the non-imm B (or O) visa.  Different consulates have different requirements for whether they will issue non-imm visas and whether they can issue multiple entry or only single entry visas.   You never mentioned which consulate (city, country) you were asking about visa options in the OP.

 

Extensions of stay do not have any additional entries attached to them.  you must obtain a separate re-entry permit (single or multiple) and attach it to each extension.

 

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25 minutes ago, 4evermaat said:

You are confusing an extension of stay with the non-imm B (or O) visa.

No he isn’t.

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Another difference between a visa and an extension of stay.

If you are considering applying for PR or whatever a multi entry O visa, ie having to leave and return every 90 days isn't accepted. It must be 3 consecutive extensions of stay

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