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advantage? I'm paying for several people.  So splitting it also lowers my immediate cash-flow out. advantage 2: if you are not sure you are staying for a year, why pay double?   There was no di

Maybe maybe not. You join thaivisa 8 hours ago to post about agent options that have had many threads especially last several weeks. Guessed you banked on amnesty extension. Don't understand as the pa

Just now, 2530Ubon said:

Thanks very much for your help.

This is more to all the folk out there in OP situation and yours also. 

Personally I would contact an agency tomorrow and discuss your options. 

Esp those in OP situation applying for 30 day with embassy letter. 

To me it seems extension of amnesty is not going to happen. Next cabinet meeting is 22nd. 

Only a guess but think 30 extension available almost a given. Would be great to hear any reports from folk that have approached agent recently or next days.

 

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36 minutes ago, ThaiVisaCentreGrace said:

Even us agents do not know what will happen if you take the 30 day extension.

They would be the last ones to say it was a good idea - means less money for them, at least in the short-run. 

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2 hours ago, ThaiVisaCentreGrace said:

 

If you are trying to stay here long term, and are already on a non-immigrant visa, or yearly extension you should get another yearly extension while you can.

It makes little sense risking having to get a costly 3 month non-immigrant visa because you wanted 30 days of stay for 1,900 THB.

It could be possible to keep getting 30 day extensions (if they allow it, and depending on your embassy), but if you eventually would want to switch to a long term visa that would immediately make this plan not make sense if we are not allowed to treat the 30 day extension in the same way we were treating amnesty.

But hey... Don't trust the agent 🙃

 

Yes it makes sense, but which 1 year extension do you propose at this time on a non O (with amnesty on top)? Volunteer 12 months for xx,xxx baht?

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5 hours ago, 2530Ubon said:

Thanks very much for your help.

Yes, he's been offering this "help" very frequently recently. The truth is though 49k is only for 12 months so is 4,083 baht a month. Compare that to VIP Visa just down the road in Jomtien who offer a 15 month visa for 55k which is 3,667 a month.

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9 hours ago, ThaiVisaCentreGrace said:

If you are trying to stay here long term, and are already on a non-immigrant visa, or yearly extension you should get another yearly extension while you can.

Sure, if immigration doesn't demand "unofficial" or "changed" requirements, to block you - unless willing to participate in a crime.

 

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It makes little sense risking having to get a costly 3 month non-immigrant visa because you wanted 30 days of stay for 1,900 THB.

The letters are being given out by embassies specifically to assist in obtaining long-term extensions.  But, of course, immigration can change up to maximize agent-envelope revenue, at any time.
 

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But hey... Don't trust the agent 🙃

Where I come from, it's called "Two to Ten" - referring to the years in prison on the felony-charge for giving money to a public-servant for carrying out an official-duty.  That's per-instance, btw.  But even when busted with a collection of immigration-stamps (we saw the pictures), it is "different" here, apparently.

 

You'll have to pardon us "uptight" folks, who want to do things legally - and if that is not possible, forget it.  And, yes, we realize this attitude means immigration don't want us here, as we do not serve their purposes.  Never mind our Thai families, the businesses / employees we support here.  They Don't Matter to Immigration.

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21 hours ago, 2530Ubon said:

49k isn't bad at all! Does he have to go to IO to 90 day report? I don't want to go into the office with a 'dodgy' visa, so ideally i'd need an 'address' and online reporting. I also have a tourist visa

No matter what kind of visa/extension you're going for, of course you'll need an official address. 

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2 minutes ago, Max69xl said:

No matter what kind of visa/extension you're going for, of course you'll need an official address. 

I've recently received a quote of 60k +100 baht for each 90 days report - saves me going into the office and feeling a bit shy!

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10 minutes ago, 2530Ubon said:

do VIP visa also take care of the 90 day reports?

They did offer this to us and even said it would be free.

 

However VIP Visa is in Pattaya/Jomtien and we're in BKK so not sure how she will do her reporting (I did give VIP the address in BKK to put forward on the application or whatever process is running in the background). From what I understand the first time has to be at an office and the second time forward can be done online?

 

Going down to Pattaya just to get the reporting done (free or otherwise) is a bit of a pain.

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21 minutes ago, Dart12 said:

VIP visa was 55k.  I think thai visa center was 65k for one year volunteer visa extensions. 

 

No, they offer 25,000 for the initial 3 months then 35,000 for the yearly extensions. That's a good price if you know you're going to stay in Thailand for years because you can keep extending it for 35,000.

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20 minutes ago, 2530Ubon said:

do VIP visa also take care of the 90 day reports?

I think so.  I just asked.  Easiest way for you to find out is just go on fb and message them instead of me being middle man actually.

May was very helpful, and has very good reviews.

Thai centre above also had nearly 350 good google reviews.  but they were in Bangkok.  Bit of a drive for me.  VIP is in Pattaya/ Jomtien so close by.

 

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2 minutes ago, edwardandtubs said:

No, they offer 25,000 for the initial 3 months then 35,000 for the yearly extensions. That's a good price if you know you're going to stay in Thailand for years because you can keep extending it for 35,000.

she offered both 90 day and 15 month upfront.  

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