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Hi guys,

 

So I am looking at to what my potential visa options are after 26th Septemeber. Some key points about me;

  • 28 years old
  • British Citizen
  • around 50-60k baht income per month (only into UK bank account)
  • on visa exemption which was extended for 30 days already (didn't extend a 2nd time with embassay letter)
  • no family here (just girlfriend which im pretty sure means nothing)
  • no degree

 

So I am living in Surat Thani. I have been staying in a Resort here with a Thai family, who I have become really close with. We was talking the other day and they was asking me about what I will do after 26th Septemeber, and they said was it possible if they could "hire me" to work for them so I could get a working visa. The only issue with that is that I have no degree. But I have seen a few people mentioning these "volunteer visas" where you do not need a degree so would it be possible for me to volunteer for my landlord to get this visa type. They are willing to go immigration with me and deal with any paperwork.

 

Any advice at all would be amazing, thank you guys you have always been a great help.

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It is great that you have such a good relationship with the Thai family, but it is highly unlikely they can help with visa issues. The volunteer visa will not work because they are not a registered charity. Actual employment would also be tricky due to the nature of their business where only specialist work would qualify under the alien business laws. I believe you will have no choice other than to use the services of an agent who can arrange a volunteer visa (through a registered aid organisation they have a relationship with) or possibly an education visa. I am unsure of the costs you are faced with in Surat Thani. Good luck!

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Your choices are pretty limited at best without some dodgy dealings.

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OP, you need read no further than post #2.

This may sound negative but youth is on your side. Return to UK and as soon as things return to semi normal come back perhaps with a METV. Many threads on TV about ways to live in Asia ongoing.

If you think Thailand is 100% for you then consider an elite visa, even if that means taking out a loan.

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You may look at a business visa if you can come up with a good reason.  Malaysia is affordable, nearby and far easier for you.   Is your love interest up for an adventure? You can usually stay in Thailand for around four months a year hassle free. Vietnam is hassle free too for long periods of time. Both countries have good food and similar lifestyles without all the hassles of military controlled Thailand. 

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This is cold and I know you don't deserve it...

 

Leaving on a jet plane, don't know when I'll be back a-gain...   (Sorry. I couldn't help myself.)

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13 hours ago, WhaleBomb said:

Any advice at all

Get married.

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13 hours ago, WhaleBomb said:

around 50-60k baht income per month (only into UK bank account)

wow, how do you manage that ? with no degree

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2 hours ago, yellowboat said:

Vietnam is hassle free too for long periods of time.

Havent they clamped down in visas in Vietnam recently ?

Only giving people 30 days at a time or something

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The reason any country offers visas is because they believe it benefits the country.

 What skills do you have to offer the country?
Are you from a rich family and don’t need to worry about money when you retire?

 

 If no degree and no job skills I would suggest you get both of these before planning to stay in Thailand a long time.

 

Do you have 10,000,000 to invest in Thailand? 
Getting married may cost 500,000 baht and a party?

Enroll in an international university and get a degree. This offers long time benefits.
Thai Elite visa. 
 

Enroll in a school to learn Thai. Many schools advertise their ability to get you a visa (I have never seen a school advertising their ability to teach you Thai) Not sure if they are still checking on you every 3 month at extension time about your progress learning Thai. 

 

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24 minutes ago, Bender Rodriguez said:

wow, how do you manage that ? with no degree

 

haha it's only around 1,500GBP/month, you'd only just break over the annual minimum tax threshold in the uk

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9 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

Get married.

Doesn't necessarily help. I'm also on amnesty after an (extended) tourist visa and was told by local IO being married doesn't help my situation. 

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