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22 hours ago, elviajero said:

Get your girlfriend to write a letter confirming that you are visiting to get married. That should help if you get questioned again.

Will this really help when entering again on a METV even though being in the country previously for a few years over the supposed magical 180 days/year "rule"? Good to know if this is true that it will help. 

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11 hours ago, KhaoYai said:

Please don't take this as being argumentative - I'm just quoting what I was told when I went to the Immigration counter at BKK as I left a couple of weeks ago...........

 

180 days in a year and refreshing in January is exactly what I was told. It may not be part of the law but is appears to be what they are using - although you can't even rely on that. The I.O. I spoke to said, word for word, "It resets in January".

Good to know if this is true. Was this at BKK or DMK?

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6 hours ago, RyanWalker said:

It's 100% up to the immigration officer. I have 7 SE TV's in my passport and never had a problem. I'm leaving for Thailand again next week. Never had any issue before. Get a study visa mate. 

Have you stayed in Thailand over 180 days in 2019? What month are you returning to BKK? Please let us all know how you go when you enter BKK or DMK airport soon. We want to know if you have any issues or get in fine with a new SETV.

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5 minutes ago, bbi1 said:

Good to know if this is true. Was this at BKK or DMK?

I was told the same thing a few weeks ago at DMK. IO told me to get a different visa or come back next year. At CNX I was told to get a SETV in KL and come back.

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7 minutes ago, bbi1 said:

Good to know if this is true. Was this at BKK or DMK?

Don Muang is also located in BKK.

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1 hour ago, lkv said:

Most likely the latter, because I'm seeing a pattern here. Every time we post something that questions the validity of a thread, other "users" pop up, with slightly aged usernames (but little posting history / community reputation), defending the OP. People that barely post, and all of the sudden become "talkative". To keep the thread up and going.

 

Like above, they end up talking to one another, generating content.

I'm not saying you're wrong. But I find the "community reputation" attitude a bit offensive. A lot of people lurk here. I read these forums pretty religiously for a few weeks in early 2019 when I was thinking of relocating to Thailand. I saw the tenor of the forums (most notably how many "well aged" accounts treated others) and saw a chilling effect based on my perception of how the forums are...shepherded. 

 

And I was busy with major personal life changes, retraining, moving (twice, including to Thailand...four times if you count finding more permanent housing after arrival), starting a new job, etc... 

 

I only posted recently because an issue popped up involving banking and I was hoping to get some feedback (and maybe, just maybe, nudge things a bit with my bank). These issues effect me pretty significantly, but TVF isn't exactly a "community" I feel close to and therefore I'm not going to rack up a big post count. So I can totally see myself as someone who might run into an immigration issue and post about it with a low post count (or even a new account, if the banking thing didn't happen to me first). That's kind of the way these things work. Something odd happens and you look for help/vindication/or to publicize it, whether or not you're an established member of some forum community. For every regular here, there are hundreds or even thousands of other expats with similar connections to Thailand. And frankly, the folks with loads of experience who are more likely to be established on the forums are also more likely to know the ins and outs of immigration, etc., and less likely to run into a problem.

 

Does that make a "newbie's" perspective invalid? Does it make mine suspect? You're free to discount it because I haven't paid my dues, but frankly I see plenty of members of the salty squad whose views I would never respect, regardless of post count or signup date. 

 

All that said, I'll concede that--on some rare occasions--perhaps someone has posted a fabricated or exaggerated account for trollish reasons. But the allegations of that are way too frequent here.

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5 minutes ago, scottiddled said:

Does it make mine suspect?

Actually, yes, it does. When you say "a lot of people lurk here", this exact keyword is being used by several "posters" with zero history that all get rejected.

 

And you're also a new account.

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3 minutes ago, Max69xl said:

Don Muang is also located in BKK.

To be more clear for those who are unsure, Swampy or DMK.

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7 minutes ago, ananda23 said:

I was told the same thing a few weeks ago at DMK. IO told me to get a different visa or come back next year. At CNX I was told to get a SETV in KL and come back.

That's great then. Can leave Dec 2019 after staying over 180+ days and come back Feb 2020 with no problems on a SETV/METV. Nice 🙂

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Just now, lkv said:

Actually, yes, it does.

I have some spare tin foil if that'll help?

 

Honestly...I'd be about as willing to call out some established posters here for trolling (maybe not permanently, but on occasion) than to discount someone's post merely because they're not dedicated keyboard warriors. But whatever floats your boat. I have no idea if the OP in this case is being 100% truthful or not, and even the tone of my first reply was somewhat suspicious (e.g., pointing out that a UK citizen doesn't need a VOA, prefacing my advice with an "if what you said about X and Y is completely accurate). But I guess my job is to come in here and troll by taking the middle ground? Hmm.

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5 minutes ago, scottiddled said:

But I guess my job is to come in here and troll by taking the middle ground? Hmm.

I did not say it, you did.

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Just to clarify - a lot of people confuse VOA with Exempt Entry. That could be why the OP states VOA.

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2 hours ago, bbi1 said:

Have you stayed in Thailand over 180 days in 2019? What month are you returning to BKK? Please let us all know how you go when you enter BKK or DMK airport soon. We want to know if you have any issues or get in fine with a new SETV.

Yes mate I have stayed about 8 months this year in Thailand. I won't give all the inns & outs here but anyone should be prepared when they stand infront of an IO. Have the stuff worked out in your head when they ask you any question. They can never deny me to go in, as I know what to say after 10 years in Thailand. Btw I stay in Thailand for 10 years now. All SETV's. 

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7 hours ago, Billpro785 said:

I have now 7 visa exempts in my US passport in 2019. Usually stay 3 weeks than leave. Never had a issue, most of the time the officer never looks at me. 

Same for me, however, I always extend my SETV for another 30 days. So I stay 3 months then go to get new visa. 

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2 hours ago, bbi1 said:

Will this really help when entering again on a METV even though being in the country previously for a few years over the supposed magical 180 days/year "rule"? Good to know if this is true that it will help. 

It can’t do any harm. There’s no guarantee it will help, but it should — and has for some — as it demonstrates a need to visit the country.

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