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Which is the better visa to get?

 

Study something you don't want/need to and pay more, but have a slightly more "legitimate" visa with a little more support?

 

Pay less and don't have to study, but be pretty much alone and potentially have worries in the back of your mind?

 

How much risk is there in getting a volunteer visa?  Would leaving or applying for another visa be an issue?  What about 90 day reporting when you go this route?

 

Can you go from a volunteer visa or ED visa to a work permit?

 

Volunteer visa seems the more straight forward option, but is it the better option?

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What I don't like about the volunteer visa is that I've asked several agents (in both Bangkok as well as a few other places) who can facilitate this what I thought were perfectly reasonable questions, and none of them could or would give me a straight answer. It's pretty much a pay cash, don't ask too many silly questions and pray for the best kind of deal.

 

I don't like that your passport goes on a little trip for a few weeks and will then miraculously come back with stamps from an immigration office you've never attended to. Everything else I could probably live with if I had to.

 

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An ED visa is cheap and more secure.  Just study Thai.  It is very useful especially the reading and writing.

 

Or you can go to university and get a degree if you don't mind the embarrassment of being the older than the teacher.

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You cannot get a work-permit on an ED Visa.  You should have one with a Volunteer Visa.  The main problem I see, is if not in any way affiliated with an NGO or similar, would be difficult to explain oneself on a Volunteer Visa. 

 

There are setups in CM which actually involve doing some charity-work - "chiang mai buddy" has more on this - advertised at 35K/yr - but you are supposed to "go out" for the visa - not sure how that works now, or how it works in other areas, unless you are actually working for an NGO, Foundation, etc full-time, or similar.

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19 minutes ago, JackThompson said:

You cannot get a work-permit on an ED Visa.

Sorry, that should have been change to a work visa (Non-B).

19 minutes ago, JackThompson said:

The main problem I see, is if not in any way affiliated with an NGO or similar, would be difficult to explain oneself on a Volunteer Visa.

When do you anticipate having to explain yourself?

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2 hours ago, BangkokReady said:

How much risk is there in getting a volunteer visa?  Would leaving or applying for another visa be an issue?  What about 90 day reporting when you go this route?

I love these type of posts. I very sympathize with folk on ME marriage etc.

You sound like you entered tourist visa or visa exempt. Hope imm reading all the scams re volunteer, Ed, etc.

You clearly would not have marriage/family options.

Go home!

Having said that I hope amnesty extended.

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58 minutes ago, johnray said:

An ED visa is cheap and more secure.  Just study Thai.  It is very useful especially the reading and writing.

 

Or you can go to university and get a degree if you don't mind the embarrassment of being the older than the teacher.

A short term one year ED visa won't allow you to go to Thailand. I believe only a degree would allow.

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5 minutes ago, warcy said:

A short term one year ED visa won't allow you to go to Thailand. I believe only a degree would allow.

Sorry, should have said, this is from inside Thailand.

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2 minutes ago, BangkokReady said:

Sorry, should have said, this is from inside Thailand.

Ed Visa wont allow you to stay in Thailand for more than one year from date of entry (March 2020?)

Better to get retirement or volunteer visa 

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53 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

Hope imm reading all the scams re volunteer, Ed, etc.

 

Yea, I guess immigrations do not know about EDs or Volunteers

Look what you can do, print some bits of this forum and bring them to the nearest immigration. 😀

Keep us updated!

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53 minutes ago, CorpusChristie said:

Ed Visa wont allow you to stay in Thailand for more than one year from date of entry (March 2020?)

Better to get retirement or volunteer visa 

This is true. About 6 months from Sept.  Did you get a volunteer visa? How was it?

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Got really turned off the volunteer visa with that whole TVC debacle.

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13 hours ago, BangkokReady said:

Study something you don't want/need to and pay more, but have a slightly more "legitimate" visa

An Ed visa, if you are attending class at an approved school, is completely legitimate.

 

A volunteer Visa, if you are not actually volunteering, is completely illegitimate.

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