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Report: Multi-Entry Non-Immigrant O Visa (Thai spouse) from HCMC

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20 hours ago, poka513 said:

Good Morning Vietnam T-shirts.

Adrian (who? *) and I are proud of you and Thank You much for the report.

 

Adrian Cronauer (aka: Robin Williams)

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Ask the hotel to get you Grab taxi.

We always stay in district two on the riverside. Used a few places and normal taxi to the embassy, district 1, is around 180,000 - 200,000, each way.

Grab was 150,000 round trip.

Ok it's not a bank breaker in the first place but if you smoke and like a beer on your room balcony with cigs

( Marlboro Gold ) at 25,000 a pack, 240,000 a carton and Tiger/Heineken at roughly the same price it feels like freebies 😆😆

This time was the first I have seen ( at pick-up ) in the consulate a small pile 4 or 5 passports to one side and one person being told their application had been rejected, not sure what visa or nationality being denied but the person was told 'if you take your passport you will have to re-submit and it will take another two days or you can leave your passport, return tomorrow and talk with someone about it'.

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"I needed to apply for an invitation letter prior to leaving Chiang Mai so I could get a Visa to enter Vietnam on arrival"

 

Not strictly true, you can get an E-visa from the immigration website.

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Just picked up my Non-O (1 year multiple entry) this afternoon, fairly easy process as already outlined by OP poka513 but have a few points to add in.

 

* I stayed in district 1 on Ly Tu Trong street, situated between the old Presidential Palace of Sth Vietnam and Ben Thanh Market.

 

* From the main gate of the old Presidential Palace SVN in a North Westerly direction you find about 1km away the Thai Consulate, about 100m  before on the same road is the Japanese  Embassy. The area seems to be main diplomatic area and high end housing.  From where i was staying I walked to the Thai consulate, weather was fine, the streets are classic french bouluvard wide foot paths very green took about 20mins.

 

* When applying for Non-O my wife did the letter on basis of seeing/staying with her and the kids.  If you are going to indicate thai children ensure you take the kid's birth certificates & copies incase they want to see it.  In this case they did also ask to see the kids birth certificates and took the copies I had as well.  For further verification on the children the ask if I had their passports which i did, the embassy staff looked at the passports to  cross verify details with the children's  birth certificates.  Luckily I have been in the habit of taking all the kids docs with me when applying for Non-O - previously I had been going to Savannakhet.

 

*  I did also have the original & copy of the wife change name documents when we got married, just incase they did ask for it.

 

* I drop off my application on Thursday morning at around 9am no que walked straight , in the 10mins i was there about 6 people making applications of sorts.

 

* pickup today from 1.30pm - i arrive 5 mins beforehand and wait with about 12 people in/out 5 mins.

 

* 1 thing I noticed with the Non-O visa i received today  they indicated in hand-writing on the visa label in the "remarks" section  the visa is for staying with wife (loosely translated by my wife) and they wrote her name  - different to what they do  compared to Savannakhet which they never indicate anything in remarks.

 

 

All in all less stressful process here in HCMC - interesting city to visit relatively cheap, more scooters than thailand that's for sure!   Oh ATM's aren't abundant and not all accept foreign cards but it seems to be getting better for ATMs. Bring plenty of cash and get a mixture of Vietnamese Dong and US$ in small bills - US$ is widely accepted.

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Regarding Multi Entry O visa based on marriage, I understand you must leave Thailand every 90 days. How long do you need to be outside of Thailand before getting back in for an additional 90 days? Would you be able to leave for one night and re-enter and be good for another 90 days? 

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I go to mai sot,straight in and out.Not even time to get the seat warm,but you can stay all day if you want. 

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1 hour ago, regularguy said:

How long do you need to be outside of Thailand before getting back in for an additional 90 days?

Just long enough to be stamped in and out of another country before returning to Thailand.

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Thanks for the detailed information.  I will be doing this in July 20.  This will come in handy.

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I was planning to do my Non O at Savannakhet as they do not ask for proof of income. So HCMC is also an option?

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3 minutes ago, pj123 said:

So HCMC is also an option?

Yes

The only difference is you need a short letter from your wife requesting they issue you a visa and the $200 fee for the visa.

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That’s good news. I would rather fly to HCMC than drive up to Mukhadan form Bangkok. 

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I note that the OP did the process in two days. Submitted Thursday, collected Friday. However, the website for the consulate advises two working days. So not sure if I should plan to stay for two nights. I was planning to fly TG arrive 9.15 am on a Tuesday, go straight to the consulate to submit papers, then collect the visa next day after lunch. Then return to BKK on the 8.10 pm flight on the Wednesday

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7 hours ago, pj123 said:

However, the website for the consulate advises two working days.

The 2 days is the day you apply and the next afternoon when you pick it up.

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On 8/24/2019 at 3:30 PM, poka513 said:

I now have a one year multi-entry visa based on marriage and except for TM-30s, do not have to deal with local Immigration, but do need to do a border run every 90 days. The family is already thinking about where we will go for future holidays every 3 months.

Not strictly correct.

You can obtain a 60 day extension to each 90 day entry, making a border run after 150 days.

If used to it's maximum potential you can stay in Thailand for almost 17 months before applying for a new Visa, with only 3 border runs and 3 x 60 day extensions.

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