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Non-B/Non-O Visas from London--Report

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An enlightening post 👍.  Typical Thai shortsightedness - two days before the visa amnesty/extension until 26th September and the SoE is extended for another month,  you're told that your 2nd August flights need to be rescheduled!  Surely they must have known what was going on.  Well done and for having the perseverance to navigate the seemingly endless bureaucracy!  

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Just wanted to provide an update after my wife and I got our visas a couple of weeks ago:

 

Wife and I just got confirmation of flights into Thailand for August 14th (arriving in Thailand on the 15th). We just emailed relevant documents (Flights, ASQ Booking, etc.) to the Thai embassy in London to request a CoE. The embassy have told other staff who have gotten visas that it takes 3 working days for CoEs to be issued. Our CoEs should be issued via e-mail.

 

However, the above flight is apparently NOT a Thai Airways flight. Apparently, several top international schools have chartered an EVA Air plane (!!!) and are putting all their new staff and dependents on that.

 

God only knows what that cost in terms of money and connections involved. All I know is that we hope to have our CoEs by August 5th and fly out on the 14th.

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Is thai Immigration started providing Non-O visa for Spouse ?. i have been working here hold valid work permit and got married in Feb 2020 after i came back to bangkok in March the lockdown was imposed and immigration stop issuing new visas. I was following up with my HR about the visa issuing information but till date she was replied as immigration is not yet started. dammm....can anyone confirm is thailand immigration started issuing new Non-O visa for Spouse.

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On 7/31/2020 at 6:48 PM, CWA14 said:

Just wanted to provide an update after my wife and I got our visas a couple of weeks ago:

 

Wife and I just got confirmation of flights into Thailand for August 14th (arriving in Thailand on the 15th). We just emailed relevant documents (Flights, ASQ Booking, etc.) to the Thai embassy in London to request a CoE. The embassy have told other staff who have gotten visas that it takes 3 working days for CoEs to be issued. Our CoEs should be issued via e-mail.

 

However, the above flight is apparently NOT a Thai Airways flight. Apparently, several top international schools have chartered an EVA Air plane (!!!) and are putting all their new staff and dependents on that.

 

God only knows what that cost in terms of money and connections involved. All I know is that we hope to have our CoEs by August 5th and fly out on the 14th.

Glad that it all worked out for you and your travel to work here and ASQ lodging is as easy as some other members have indicated.

 

FWIW, ThaiSmile are offering their A320's for charter on their website. I wouldn't be surprised if they are being used for regional repatriation groups already.

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On 8/5/2020 at 4:30 PM, AjRoyalbkk said:

Is thai Immigration started providing Non-O visa for Spouse ?. i have been working here hold valid work permit and got married in Feb 2020 after i came back to bangkok in March the lockdown was imposed and immigration stop issuing new visas. I was following up with my HR about the visa issuing information but till date she was replied as immigration is not yet started. dammm....can anyone confirm is thailand immigration started issuing new Non-O visa for Spouse.

Immigration never stopped issuing non immigrant visas or extensions of stay.

You should be able to apply for a extension of stay based upon marriage if you have a non immigrant visa entry (non-b, non-o and etc).

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On 7/22/2020 at 9:38 PM, CWA14 said:
After the third request, my wife then proceeded to give them a document pack from the school with the above, her contract, qualifications (degree, PGCE etc.) and other documentation in Thai.

Could you elaborate on what was in the document pack? My school is clueless.

 

On 7/22/2020 at 9:38 PM, CWA14 said:

We completed the online applications and payment the previous Tuesday. We scheduled an 11-11:30 am appointment for last Monday (20 July) and arrived at 10:50 am. We got a queue ticket, sat down and waited for just over an hour. When we were called up, my wife went first.

Can the passport and documents be sent by post (after they have been uploaded)?

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On 8/11/2020 at 2:44 PM, stubuzz said:

Could you elaborate on what was in the document pack? My school is clueless.

 

Can the passport and documents be sent by post (after they have been uploaded)?

Sorry for the delayed response. Bascially, it was everything that should be in a Non-B/teachers doucment pack for those to teach in Thailand. Things such as: your qualificiations (e.g. degree) and police check, school/business licence, school director/owners signed ID card, contract in Thai, school financials and tax info, invitation letter etc. Your school should be able to sort something like this and/or contact the Embassy/Consulate where you plan on applying to see what exactly they want. This may vary depending on the type of school and where you are applying.

 

As for sending things by post, I can't advise and think it takes way longer (3 weeks thereabouts) if its even possible at this time. If you can, you need to fill out the online application, pay, and send in your confirmation barcode and doucuments to and from the embassy via Royal Mail Special Delivery. If at all possible, I'd apply in person.

 

On 8/11/2020 at 2:13 PM, ubonjoe said:

Immigration never stopped issuing non immigrant visas or extensions of stay.

You should be able to apply for a extension of stay based upon marriage if you have a non immigrant visa entry (non-b, non-o and etc).

 

The embassy in London should be doing these as there were a few Thai/farang couples in there trying to sort visas, documents required, CoEs, repatration flights etc. No idea on the particulars though so can't advise. My wifes school did most of the legwork (ASQ bookings, flights, CoEs, liasing with the Embassy and MFA). If you're on your own, I wish you all the best. Luckily, aside from my COVID test taking longer than plan, everything worked out. My wife and I made it in and are in our ASQ hotel. Will post more details in a more relevant thread though.

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Adding everything worked out

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