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University Council Seeks Longer Visas For Foreign Students, Profs: Thailand

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A foreign teacher on staff will usually earn 20,000 to 22,000 per month at a government university. Generally they are called lecturers and usually are required to have at least a BA or MA degree. Many universities will pay an additional 8,000 baht for off campus living expenses. Obviously this is very low. For a Westerner to teach at a primary or secondary school, they must have a teacher's license or pass the Thai teacher's test. I took a one year teacher's course and took the tests and received my Thai teacher's license. In addition, it was necessary to complete the Thai Culture Course which is approximately 20 hours. As part of taking the Thai Teacher's Course, you must work at a school and an advisor will visit you and the school at least 2 times during the course. I found the course to be very good. The license is for 5 years and then has to be renewed. A Teacher's License is not required to teach or lecture at a university. Lecturing as non staff at at University gets you more money but it is not steady and you do not know from term to term if you will get any classes or how many. I have been lecturing for the past 3 years and do okay. In addition, I volunteer 2 days a week at a Temple school who assists with the yearly work permit and visa. I am all in favor of higher pay and longer visa tems.

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How about getting rid of the stupid 90 day reporting whilst they are at it...?

Simply because it provides occupations for the grossly numerous population of government employees. ... and needless to say, revenue.

90 Day reporting costs nothing so how does it provide revenue?
 

When you miss it by more than 7 days, it provides 2000 baht to the powers that be:)

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You get what you pay for... Pay peanuts, get monkeys. TOO HARD TO UNDERSTAND????

A little hard to understand. Are you referring to teachers or University lecturers, or immigration officers or members of the University Council or the Foreign Ministry?

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How about getting rid of the stupid 90 day reporting whilst they are at it...?

Simply because it provides occupations for the grossly numerous population of government employees. ... and needless to say, revenue.
90 Day reporting costs nothing so how does it provide revenue?
 

When you miss it by more than 7 days, it provides 2000 baht to the powers that be:)

Why would you miss it? If you choose to miss it, you pay the fine. It's your choice. Hardly a revenue generating scheme.

It's an anachronism that should be dispensed with - but's that a different issue.

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You get what you pay for... Pay peanuts, get monkeys. TOO HARD TO UNDERSTAND????

Rubbish! I know several expat teachers and university lecturers who are excellent. They choose to live in Thailand for family or personal reasons and accept the employment conditions. That's the problem with "sayings" - they generalise, stereotype, often provide inadequate metaphors and similies. Hard to understand but it helps to think,

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Regarding the 30000; the government calls it a subsidy, the institution calls it a cap.

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How about getting rid of the stupid 90 day reporting whilst they are at it...?

Simply because it provides occupations for the grossly numerous population of government employees. ... and needless to say, revenue.

90-day reporting is free......

Since when has it been free? Because I have been advised by many that when I have my study visa, I have to turn up every 90 days with 2,000 Bt. Are we talking about the same thing?

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How about getting rid of the stupid 90 day reporting whilst they are at it...?

Simply because it provides occupations for the grossly numerous population of government employees. ... and needless to say, revenue.

90-day reporting is free......

Since when has it been free? Because I have been advised by many that when I have my study visa, I have to turn up every 90 days with 2,000 Bt. Are we talking about the same thing?

No.. The 90 days you ae talking about is for an extension. THis costs about 2000 baht. You also seperately have to report your address every 90 days of staying in the country. THis is a seperate requirement and not doing so is a fine too.

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This topic refers to University students and lecturers not those in high schools etc. I cannot understand this as students at a university are entitled to apply for one year visas not 3 months. He may be confusing 90 day reporting which is still required.

I can confirm this. I was on a non-imm Class ED visa when studying at university here, and the extensions were for one year at a time.

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At Payap University in Chiang Mai, the international students get a 1 year visa. They still do the 90 day report just like every other foreigner in Thailand who lives here throughout the year. I think that immigration will not listen to someone who comes with a complaint which is comprised of inaccurate facts. CUPT president Prof Somkid Lertpaithoon seems to have some poor advisers.

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