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Hi All

I have a 5 year PE visa that is about to expire shortly, according to the written date on the visa (26th August).
However it seems like my membership expired already, unknown to me my membership started one month before actually getting the visa.

Elite membership service is now telling me that visa is invalid due to membership expiry date even though the date on the visa itself is still within date.
Does anyone know if this could indeed be the case? That my visa is invalid even though the date written on the visa is still good?
I think they are trying to pull a fast one me for me to fork up some more money already, but it would be an unwelcomed surprise if I try to enter using the visa and get denied.

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Your visa is still valid for one more one year entry on or before the  26th of this month.

I think they start the membership when they do the welcome letter. Probably not unusual for the the membership to expire before the visa. The only thing you have lost is the perks you get from membership.

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2 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

Your visa is still valid for one more one year entry on or before the  26th of this month.

I think they start the membership when they do the welcome letter. Probably not unusual for the the membership to expire before the visa. The only thing you have lost is the perks you get from membership.

Thanks ubonjoe, I thought so.
They are trying to pull a fast one. Referencing immigration regulation, not specifying any further then that.

I'll update here again in a few days after I have arrived if anyone else encountering the same thing.

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5 minutes ago, Granit said:

Thanks ubonjoe, I thought so.
They are trying to pull a fast one. Referencing immigration regulation, not specifying any further then that.

I'll update here again in a few days after I have arrived if anyone else encountering the same thing.

If you go out / in before 26 August you should get another year on the visa.

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1 hour ago, Granit said:

Does anyone know if this could indeed be the case? That my visa is invalid even though the date written on the visa is still good?

I suppose TE could ask immigration to cancel the visa and any permit to stay as you’re no longer a member, but the visa is valid for use until expired or cancelled.

 

Immigration at passport control would have no idea, or way of knowing that, your TE membership has expired and should give you a new 1 year stay permit.

 

I am sure TE are not happy that someone can get 6 years out of one visa, and wouldn’t be surprised if they do something about that in the future now many of the initial 5 year visas are starting to expire.

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When looking at the official rules: http://web.krisdika.go.th/data/law/law2/%a402/%a402-2e-2556-a0005.htm

It does indeed look like they are right, you should not be able to get a one year permission to stay from your visa after your membership ends.

But in reality the IO just sees your visa which is still valid and will stamp you in for another year.

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Update:
So I have returned to Thailand and I did indeed get a one year permit to stay stamp upon entry even though I was no longer a member.

Now I will try to obtain a re-entry permit on this so I can return again from my next work assignment. Update to follow if I can get a re-entry on this.

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1 hour ago, Granit said:

Update:
So I have returned to Thailand and I did indeed get a one year permit to stay stamp upon entry even though I was no longer a member.

Now I will try to obtain a re-entry permit on this so I can return again from my next work assignment. Update to follow if I can get a re-entry on this.

That is as expected because immigration do no know you are no longer a member.

 

The issue is whether or not — if discovered — immigration or TE do anything about it.

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On 8/30/2019 at 1:40 PM, elviajero said:

That is as expected because immigration do no know you are no longer a member.

 

The issue is whether or not — if discovered — immigration or TE do anything about it.

Not sure, but wouldn't this be exactly the same as getting a second year on the O-A visa?

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11 hours ago, newatthis said:

Not sure, but wouldn't this be exactly the same as getting a second year on the O-A visa?

No because the reason for issuing the visa, and more importantly the stay permit, hasn’t changed.

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2 questions

1. What does PE mean? I know TE means thailand Elite

2. Does a TE visa require reentry permits? I thought you could come and go as much as you please getting 1 year extensions each time up until the expiration of the entire visa?

 

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46 minutes ago, wasabi said:

2 questions

1. What does PE mean? I know TE means thailand Elite

Privilege Entry

 

46 minutes ago, wasabi said:

2. Does a TE visa require reentry permits? I thought you could come and go as much as you please getting 1 year extensions each time up until the expiration of the entire visa?

Stay permits are issued beyond the expiry date of the visa so you need a re-entry permit if you want to exit/enter and keep such a stay permit alive. 

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Update:

So I went to immigration today to file a TM30 and try to get a re-entry permit.
TM30 went fine after 3 hours in queue (as expected).

Then it was time to try for a re-entry permit, it was refused by split decision. One officer say ok, can do. But two of them said cannot. So in the end I did not get a re-entry permit.
Will try it again in the airport next time I leave. Will update this tread when I do. Although I am not sure when that will be, stay tuned.

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On 9/2/2019 at 11:42 PM, wasabi said:

2 questions

1. What does PE mean? I know TE means thailand Elite

2. Does a TE visa require reentry permits? I thought you could come and go as much as you please getting 1 year extensions each time up until the expiration of the entire visa?

 

PE means privileged entry, and is the type of visa that TE issues. There is no such thing as a TE visa.

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