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I am a 31 year old male from the UK....I am currently making £1000-£2000 passively a month. I don't think a STV will be granted for me or anyone from the UK currently.

 

I guess it would be ok to get an ESL job and then get a Non-B/Work Permit until everything calms down BUT...................What other ways are there to get a long term visa (6 months/1 year)? 

 

Can a tourist visa be changed into a Ed-Visa , and how much is an Ed-Visa/How long does it last?

 

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Use an agent to obtain a non o (volunteering) then 12 month extension.

Or hope that the 60 day 'covid extensions' will continue. Think they will.

Didn't you open exact same thread recently?.

Advice won't have changed.

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7 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

Use an agent to obtain a non o (volunteering) then 12 month extension.

Or hope that the 60 day 'covid extensions' will continue. Think they will.

Didn't you open exact same thread recently?.

Advice won't have changed.

 

Yep, a volunteer visa is the easiest.  They start at around 40k baht for one year.  ED visas are available from many language schools but will cost the same or more after all the fees and tuition, so if you aren't really interested in studying Thai, just go with the volunteer visa.

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On 1/11/2021 at 7:14 AM, Phillip9 said:

 

Yep, a volunteer visa is the easiest.  They start at around 40k baht for one year.  ED visas are available from many language schools but will cost the same or more after all the fees and tuition, so if you aren't really interested in studying Thai, just go with the volunteer visa.

Does getting an ED visa root you to the locality of the school? I am unironically genuinely interested in studying Thai as I have been for 2 years now and want to get conversant 

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I enter Thailand in March on a SETV.

Hopefully the interprovincial travel will be normal again by then. I am a bit worried if I have to self-isolate in my condo in Chiang Mai, 1 month of 3 months would be already used up.

And for ED visa they usually need 2 months to get the documents. Now I see Immigration wants to convert the visa at least 21 days before it expires. Seems like an impossible task if there is another isolation arriving in Chiang Mai.

 

What do I need for a "60 day covid extension"? Is that only for people who really cannot leave? There are daily flight from Thailand to my home country. The embassy would surely not issue any letter.

 

The main reason I decided against the STV is because it seems I have to leave the country after 9 months and I am uncertain quarantine will be dropped so quickly.

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4 minutes ago, cerox said:

Hopefully the interprovincial travel will be normal again by then. I am a bit worried if I have to self-isolate in my condo in Chiang Mai, 1 month of 3 months would be already used up.

It is hard to predict what the situation will be in March.

I think going to immigration is something you may be able to do during self isolation.

6 minutes ago, cerox said:

What do I need for a "60 day covid extension"? Is that only for people who really cannot leave? There are daily flight from Thailand to my home country. The embassy would surely not issue any letter.

Not sure if the 60 day covid 19 will be available when you would possibley need one. It also may not be available for new arrivals since it was intended to be for those already here when they started allowing them,

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57 minutes ago, FalangJaiDee said:

Does getting an ED visa root you to the locality of the school? I am unironically genuinely interested in studying Thai as I have been for 2 years now and want to get conversant 

Most schools offer classes via skype or zoom.  Thats how I have been taking my classes.   But you would need to return to the location of your school to extend your visa every 3 months.

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4 hours ago, FalangJaiDee said:

Does getting an ED visa root you to the locality of the school? I am unironically genuinely interested in studying Thai as I have been for 2 years now and want to get conversant 

It's good to learn Thai. Value in a VISA

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Language school worth it only if you really want to learn Thai, but choose good one then. They most likely will ask additional money for Immigration to switch to ED visa. 

Volunteer visa may be ok if want to stay here for 6 months or 1 year without leaving the country, it is kinda "dark" visa. 

You can try to find sponsored work permit, i saw some companies offer it, but it is quite expensive. 

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33 minutes ago, VyacheslavKHV said:

Volunteer visa may be ok if want to stay here for 6 months or 1 year without leaving the country, it is kinda "dark" visa. 

It is not a "dark" visa. It's a non O based on volunteering obtained via agent. Optional 12 month extension. Very costly however 100% legit.

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1 hour ago, pantsonfire said:

Iam interested too.  Iam on a TR just arriving 6 days ago, but i wish to extend by at least 2 months.  Any opinions on the best approach?

Obtain 60 day 'covid extension'.

No guarantee they will continue however can't imagine they will not. 

Which ASQ. Can you detail your experience.

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30 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

Obtain 60 day 'covid extension'.

No guarantee they will continue however can't imagine they will not. 

Which ASQ. Can you detail your experience.

But the 60 day covid extension might just only apply to old TR? 

 

Iam currently in centrepoint pratunam. 49k baht. Has balcony which can use with microwave for the mild warm food. Food is good with 3 choices per breakfast, lunch and dinner. Room is big enough that can fit two doubles. Pickup all smooth.

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