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Which school is this? Is it one of the combat schools in Chiang Mai, a Thai language school, or something else?

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59 minutes ago, MaksimMislavsky said:

Does anyone by any chance know if there are any such unis in Bangkok or around? Well, anywhere else but CM?

There are a lot of Universities throughout Thailand that probably have programs for you. Certificate programs will probably have easier acceptance criteria. Getting accepted to a regular academic program might be very competitive. I know Chul and Mahidol have international programs. Thai students also love to tice English and you can meet some really nice people. Likewise they'll be able to help with your studies. 

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1 hour ago, Hackney35 said:

Why anyone would want to pay that amount of money to live in Thailand is beyond me!

All these type threads have too many old people with retirement visas getting on the morale high ground cos they are old and can get an easy visa if they have small income (pension) from home every month flowing in.

 We should be trying to help each other against the ridiculous ever changing immigration system not turning against each other. 

Finally!  A voice of reason.  Thanks for making a positive comment, and not an unfounded snarky remark.

 

To set the record straight, I am applying for an ED Visa for an accredited school.  The school has a stellar record of getting approval letters from the Ministry of Education for all applicants.  If they approve an applicant, that should be reason enough for the Consulate to grant the Visa IMO. 

 

I am NOT applying for the ED Visa simply to stay in the Kingdom but without it, I will need to find another way to stay here.  

 

So again, I’d really appreciate some constructive advice.

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On the visa side I think you need luck, but when you return DO NOT fly back, do a land crossing into Thailand. If you are refused entry you walk back to Laos, if you fly you get deported. The chance of being refused entry with a land crossing is less. 

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12 hours ago, CangguSurfer said:

repeating that a few times once my "retirement" visa expires at the end of this month

Why don't you go back on a retirement extension?

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1 hour ago, kanook said:

Why don't you go back on a retirement extension?

Fact is, I was going back and forth on whether or not to renew it for the last several months, decided not to, and planned to leave the Kingdom when it expires next month.

 

I had a change of heart a few weeks ago but it's too late to get funds back into my Thai bank account and get them "seasoned" in time. 

 

I was thinking of getting an SETV to allow enough time for this to occur (and still am considering it) but there's a school that interests me greatly that offers an ED Visa and that sounded more appealing.

 

I thought the real challenge was going to be getting an approval from the Thai Ministry of Education (which I got the other day), not realizing the real challenge would be with a Consulate.

 

Even if I end up getting denied the ED visa by a consulate (which would really suck), I still want to attend the school and so I may try for the SETV until I can get the bank account seasoned for a new Non-O extension, or maybe just try and get back to back SETV's.

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13 hours ago, Hackney35 said:

We should be trying to help each other against the ridiculous ever changing immigration system not turning against each other. 

Or perhaps people should abide by the terms and conditions of the Visa or Entry they utilize. If they come in on an ED Visa, they should be attending school. If they use Visa Exempt or Tourist Visas, they should really be tourists, not residing. 

We do help each other, very much so, in this forum. Pointing people towards various ways to remain in Thailand and answering questions. What is an issue, is people playing/ gaming the system, irritating Thai immigration, and causing them to modify rules and become ever stricter. That is NOT helping each other much at all.

No non Thai has a right to live in Thailand. 

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