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I presume I am out of options at this point

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So will try to break this down quickly

1. Expired Thai Elite Visa in Feb of 2020

2. Left the country before that so I have a permission of stay stamp until Oct 2020 which I been using to stay

3. Was planing on heading home in the summer but decided to wait it out longer due to COVID World

4. Now looking at options to stay even a bit longer in Thailand like another year visa somehow but not looking good.

 

1. I can't get an ED Visa and I have tried, been to several schools and they all say the same thing, The reason is an Elite visa is a difference of purpose of visa to enter Thailand. so it's not entitled under the consideration of the Amnesty which is announced by the Thai government.  The MOD says I have to leave the country and come back, but how can I do that haha, since I can't get back in to begin with.  Honestly, if I am going to leave the country for any reason I just go home, was trying to stay in country.  I had no problem with going to school for a while but does not seem like an option

2. Not really up for this volunteer visa option, seems shady, I would just be stressed over it all the time so won't go that route

3. Thai Elite will happily take my money again for 5 years and say I can stay in the country and not have to leave to get a new Thai Elite Visa but that is another 5 years and 500k.  I was planning on heading home eventually I do not want to commit to this visa again at this time

 

Don't see any options at the moment, it is disappointing that someone on a 3 month tourist visa can switch over to ED Visa within the country but I cannot, but I also realize that when they made these new rules I seriously doubt they thought about what about the people with expiring thai elite visas:)

 

Of course some people are saying wait and see what they say in Sept.  However, I really can't stick around to what might or might not happen.

 

Any options out there? or just time to mask up and get in that tin can of an airplane and head on home

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1 minute ago, Eibot said:

Just use an agent for a ED visa. Had. Friend who converted his tourist visa into an ED visa in the country. 

 

Money goes under the table. Tit after all. 

the tourist visa is under Amnesty and converting of the tourist visa to ED visa is allowed right now within country.  The Thai Elite is not under Amnesty so the past rules are still applying, meaning to change it i got to leave and come back.  I have gone through at least half a dozen Agents and at first they all say yes you can do it! then when they look into it I get a call saying  I cannot,

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That's weird. So if you're on Elite you can't use agents? 

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1 hour ago, krey said:

the tourist visa is under Amnesty and converting of the tourist visa to ED visa is allowed right now within country.  The Thai Elite is not under Amnesty so the past rules are still applying, meaning to change it i got to leave and come back.  I have gone through at least half a dozen Agents and at first they all say yes you can do it! then when they look into it I get a call saying  I cannot,

The only agent assisted extension that would definitely be possible is a medical extension, but that will likely only be for 30 days at a time.

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5 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

A Elite visa is a category that is unique. It is not a tourist or or non immigrant visa.

Only a visa exempt or tourist visa can be used to apply for a non immigrant visa. Extensions of stay require a non immigrant visa other than a few that can be applied for with a tourist or non immigrant visa.

so sounds like you agree I do not have any longer term options:) beside of course getting the elite again.  🙂

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What about those who entered the Kingdom using an APEC Card. Do they need to leave by the 26th as well? 

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I am in the same boat as you.

 

I was in my 6th year of Elite visa when Covid started and my permit of stay expired end of May during the amnesty.

 

I guess I'll have to renew with Elite if I want to stay. Anyone knows of other options? I am not very keen to spend 500k right now as I have many uncertainties and didn't plan to stay beyond 2021. 

 

I'm also curious about these volunteer visas but feel that it may come back to bite me in the a$$ at some point should I try this path...

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17 hours ago, BritTim said:

The only agent assisted extension that would definitely be possible is a medical extension, but that will likely only be for 30 days at a time.

According to paragraph 2.25 of Police Order 327/2557, medical extensions are valid for up to 90 days.

 

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6 minutes ago, OJAS said:

According to paragraph 2.25 of Police Order 327/2557, medical extensions are valid for up to 90 days.

 

Note is says up to 90 days. If a person's medical care took that long then it could be issued for 90 days but if not it could be for any number days less than 90 days.

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