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In SFO, 5 minutes before boarding Qatar said the Thai govt demanded I get an onward ticket when my visa exception of 30 days was up.  They got me a flight to Cambodia on Feb. 10.  So I feel I'd better get moving on the visa I'd planned on: an education (student?) visa to study Thai  language.  I'm in quarantine in BKK; got here today. What should  I do next?  Thank you.

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You need to find a school that can get your ED visa.  Pick a location near where you want to live or somewhere central if you plan to travel, because you will need to go back every 3 months to extend.

Yep, if the OP doesn't really want to study Thai, they should consider a volunteer visa.  Also, with the ED visa most provinces only allow you to stay up to one year from your date of original entry,

You should think about where in Thailand you want to stay. Not all immigration offices would issue you a non-immigrant visa for studying at a language school, so your choices are limited. After you de

Keep on eye on what extensions are being issued post jan 29. Hopefully the 60day "covid extensions" will still be available. 

How long do you hope to stay in Thailand?

Don't understand your concern about ticket to Cambodia. That's a throw away ticket.

 

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You should think about where in Thailand you want to stay. Not all immigration offices would issue you a non-immigrant visa for studying at a language school, so your choices are limited. After you decided where you want to stay you should look for a school there.

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1 minute ago, jackdd said:

You should think about where in Thailand you want to stay. Not all immigration offices would issue you a non-immigrant visa for studying at a language school, so your choices are limited. After you decided where you want to stay you should look for a school there.

and aren't here restrictions on the type of schools?  As in university programs only?  however, I know of one province, where the Russians are getting them and not even going to class..but ad a flight to ASQ and 40k for visa and insurance..your out over 100k before you have flirted with your first LB.

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Where would the OP find a reasonable choice of language schools: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket?

(Pretty sure about the first two, but not the latter two.)

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7 minutes ago, onebir said:

Where would the OP find a reasonable choice of language schools: Chiang Mai,

Is where I lived before & will again.  OK, I'll call American L school in Ch Mai tomorow. Already paid those huge sums for flights, insurance, asq & now I'll get the visa. 1st find a school,  then.... submit applcation (?).  & 29 Jan. extend. I think there are restrictions on the schools. Am L should know. Thank you.

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19 minutes ago, onebir said:

Where would the OP find a reasonable choice of language schools: Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket?

(Pretty sure about the first two, but not the latter two.)

I heard it was rife in Hua Hin. 

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9 hours ago, cubism001 said:

Is where I lived before & will again.  OK, I'll call American L school in Ch Mai tomorow. Already paid those huge sums for flights, insurance, asq & now I'll get the visa. 1st find a school,  then.... submit applcation (?).  & 29 Jan. extend. I think there are restrictions on the schools. Am L should know. Thank you.

You can apply for a 30 day extension of your visa exempt entry. I assume you got a 45 day entry not 30 days when you entered the country.

You could also apply for the 60 day covid 19 extension but by the time your current entry ends the order for it may of been extended beyond the 29th.

Chiang Mai immigration normally want 21 days remaining on your permit to stay to apply for a non-ed visa.

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11 hours ago, cubism001 said:

In SFO, 5 minutes before boarding Qatar said the Thai govt demanded I get an onward ticket when my visa exception of 30 days was up.  They got me a flight to Cambodia on Feb. 10.  So I feel I'd better get moving on the visa I'd planned on: an education (student?) visa to study Thai  language.  I'm in quarantine in BKK; got here today. What should  I do next?  Thank you.

 

You need to find a school that can get your ED visa.  Pick a location near where you want to live or somewhere central if you plan to travel, because you will need to go back every 3 months to extend.

 

 Some schools I know were offering this:

pro language pattaya, insight hua hin, genius phuket, Centre for Thai Studies, Chiang Mai University.

 

Don't bother with trying to find a school in BKK, because it is either impossible or very expensive to get an ed visa there.

 

Keep in mind, the whole process takes 5-6 weeks, so you need to start immediately when you get out.  2-3 weeks to apply at your school and get approved by the ministry of education and after that about 2 week to get your visa from immigration.  Chiang Mai takes even a week or 2 longer, so I would avoid there unless that's really where you want to live.

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16 minutes ago, Phillip9 said:

 

Don't bother with trying to find a school in BKK, because it is either impossible or very expensive to get an ed visa there.

Any rough idea what the ed visa (school assisted) costs in places not including BKK.

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4 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

Any rough idea what the ed visa (school assisted) costs in places not including BKK.

 

In addition to the normal visa fee of 2k, you will be charged an extra fee for the in-country visa conversion.  This will vary a lot between schools and provinces.  I had schools quote between 6-15k baht.

 

You also have tuition and extension fees.  So for one year, it should be roughly 40-50k all in for group online classes a couple of times per week.  More if you want in person classes.

 

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1 minute ago, Phillip9 said:

You also have tuition and extension fees.  So for one year, it should be roughly 40-50k all in for group online classes a couple of times per week.  More if you want in person classes.

I imagined that might be the case. Depending on how long the person wants to stay in Thailand, obtaining a non o (volunteering) with annual extension might be worth considering at similar cost.

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2 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

I imagined that might be the case. Depending on how long the person wants to stay in Thailand, obtaining a non o (volunteering) with annual extension might be worth considering at similar cost.

Yep, if the OP doesn't really want to study Thai, they should consider a volunteer visa.  Also, with the ED visa most provinces only allow you to stay up to one year from your date of original entry, so they will really only get 10 months beyond their normal extension.  There is no such limit with the volunteer visa, so they can get a full extra year.

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I never use agents, but if I was under 50 and wanted to stay I would.. And agree 40-50k for the year, but not having to go to Vientiane or Penang is worth about 10k right there.. and you wouldn't be the first to not get what you needed there. 

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