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Immigration Laws - Are Thais Subject To Retaliation In Other countries?

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No certainly not.

 

There is no comparison to suggest otherwise.

 

Why?

 

Thais can come into the UK on a Settlement Visa. (roughly 33 months) 

 

They do not have to check in every 90 days,either to the Home Office, UKBA, or the UK Police.

 

The same applies for their next Visa,which is ILR  (Indefinate Leave to Remain) 

 

 And allows for applying for Citizenship within 5 years,of having arrived (previously 3+years,my wife obtained Citizenship in 3 years and 3 month,which has now changed to 5 years at the end of this month Oct 2013)

 

They can start work in the UK from day one. (without a work permit) and has many months to aquire, a free of charge NI no. (National Insurance Number )

 

They can buy Land or property in their own name.

 

They can buy a vehicle in their own name.Car or Motorcycle!

 

They can use a Thai Driving Licence for one year on arrival (before needing a UK Provisional Licence).

 

During the time they are subject to Immigration control,they are only obliged to contact the UKBA/Home office to notify a change of address,and/or a breakdown of the relationship, or a contravention of the Visa conditions,which initially the Sponsor is responsible for,any notifications.

 

They can also get free Health care under the NHS on a Settlement Visa +.Their own GP and any Surgery or other treatment,requiring Out patient or In Patient treatment,again free of charge, the only payment they have to pay is £7.80 for Prescriptions,the same as everyone else in the UK,who are non exempt of charges.

 

My Information is that there are 35,000 Thai Permanent Residents in the UK,according to 2012 figures!

 

Far from subject to any Retaliation in this Country,I am pleased to say Thai people in the UK are not discriminated against,our laws would not tolerate it!

 

 

 

If only the reverse were true.

 

And to the OP, compare apples with apples. Once you've got the permission to stay in the UK for example, you have the same rights and priveleges as any other citizen, forever. Does that apply here? No, not even close.

 

It applies when you become a citizen here. So what ate you waiting for?

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Personally, I'd be rather stunned if it turned out that any of the countries where I am a citizen exposes Thais to wrongful actions simply because Thai immigration laws are less than favourable. I am actually quite confident there's no such thing as a discussion like "now they treat us bad, we're going to treat them the same way. That'll teach them!"

How easy is it for a Thai to get a visa to go live in the countries you hold citizenship of?

My guess is its a lot more difficult than for you to get a visa to live in Thailand and my certainty is that your government(s) are more concerned with trade between themselves and Thailand than they are the gripes of a few of their citizens who have chosen to live elsewhere.

All a UK citizen had to do was marry someone from another country, and provided they were in regular employment and had their own home, they could bring them to the UK, then after five years, their spouse could get a British passport. I know of one Thai person who married a UK citizen, left him after two years and is now living in the UK permanently. No border runs, no 90 day reporting, given accommodation via the British taxpayer. Can you imagine Thailand doing anything like that?

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No certainly not.

 

There is no comparison to suggest otherwise.

 

Why?

 

Thais can come into the UK on a Settlement Visa. (roughly 33 months) 

 

They do not have to check in every 90 days,either to the Home Office, UKBA, or the UK Police.

 

The same applies for their next Visa,which is ILR  (Indefinate Leave to Remain) 

 

 And allows for applying for Citizenship within 5 years,of having arrived (previously 3+years,my wife obtained Citizenship in 3 years and 3 month,which has now changed to 5 years at the end of this month Oct 2013)

 

They can start work in the UK from day one. (without a work permit) and has many months to aquire, a free of charge NI no. (National Insurance Number )

 

They can buy Land or property in their own name.

 

They can buy a vehicle in their own name.Car or Motorcycle!

 

They can use a Thai Driving Licence for one year on arrival (before needing a UK Provisional Licence).

 

During the time they are subject to Immigration control,they are only obliged to contact the UKBA/Home office to notify a change of address,and/or a breakdown of the relationship, or a contravention of the Visa conditions,which initially the Sponsor is responsible for,any notifications.

 

They can also get free Health care under the NHS on a Settlement Visa +.Their own GP and any Surgery or other treatment,requiring Out patient or In Patient treatment,again free of charge, the only payment they have to pay is £7.80 for Prescriptions,the same as everyone else in the UK,who are non exempt of charges.

 

My Information is that there are 35,000 Thai Permanent Residents in the UK,according to 2012 figures!

 

Far from subject to any Retaliation in this Country,I am pleased to say Thai people in the UK are not discriminated against,our laws would not tolerate it!

 

 

 

If only the reverse were true.

 

And to the OP, compare apples with apples. Once you've got the permission to stay in the UK for example, you have the same rights and priveleges as any other citizen, forever. Does that apply here? No, not even close.

 

 

It applies when you become a citizen here. So what ate you waiting for?

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You're seriously suggesting that Thai PR is comparable to what is received in the UK? Limited to 100 people per year, almost impossible to get, and not even given out for years now to anyone unless they are super rich and well connected. Give me a break.

 

That's not what I'm suggesting at all.

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How easy is it for a Thai to get a visa to go live in the countries you hold citizenship of?

My guess is its a lot more difficult than for you to get a visa to live in Thailand and my certainty is that your government(s) are more concerned with trade between themselves and Thailand than they are the gripes of a few of their citizens who have chosen to live elsewhere.

I live in New Zealand. My Thai girlfriend got her working holiday visa within 2 weeks (applying from Bangkok). She got her 2 year work visa within 6 weeks, applying after being here for 1 year. She got her residence within 4 weeks, after being here for 1.5 years. I very much doubt that Thai immigration would exercise the same consideration and respect which NZ Immigration extended to my lovely lady who is loving her time here, making friends outside of the Thai community and balancing the good of Thai and Western cultures while trying to weed herself of the bad.

I own an apartment in our name, which she has the right to take half the value of should we split up, even though I pay the full mortgage (the law here is outrageously ignorant of the purchasing pattern differences between stereotypical men and women).

There has been discussion of us both opening a business so that she can do something with less ups and downs and more enjoyment than what she does currently. She will own the majority of the business and I will have a small percentage of it because she wants to say thank you for helping her set up.

I have taught her the "system" here, to help her have a better life should we ever split and am prepared to lose half of my property, even though she insists she will not take it as it belongs to me and she does not ever want us to be apart.

Absolute respect to the NZ Immigration service for allowing my lady to be here with me, but I see plenty who do not deserve to be here. Many refuse to integrate, are not interested in integrating, not interested in our culture, and openly exploit our open system by buying into the property markets, opening businesses and sending the profits back when they feel the time is right. I am talking about Thais as well as a few other noticeable ethnic groups. (Malaysians, Indians and mainland Chinese predominantly). I wonder if they also have immigration knocking on their doors to interview them at 7am as we had?

The doors should be harder to open, vetting should be more difficult to get those with the right intentions in, and keep those entering "open" western countries not providing reciprocal rights in their home countries out. Unfortunately our governments profit in the form of taxation and temporary geographical asset reallocation and therefore doubt little will be done until the land on which we grew up on no longer belongs to us, is too expensive for us to buy back because we do not have the means to pay for it, and we cannot buy in the cheaper closed global markets.

Sorry for the rant, my thoughts are as clear and concise as I could make them.

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Reading OP's post I don't know what the point is, the situation of western countries are so different from Thailand's.

For example, western countries don't let people in in the first place, tourist visas are severely restricted and some Thai or Russian wanting to work in France/Germany/USA/UK, etc. has virtually no chance of being allowed to do so.

So no retaliation needed.

Whaaat????If you are an Eastern European, go into the UK, do the job cheaper than a British national, then you will get accomodation courtesy of the British taxpayer. Let anyone outside of Thailand try that with the Thais.

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That's not what I'm suggesting at all.

Very cryptic, enlighten me as to what you are referring to then please.

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There is an historical difference between why the US, Europe etc treat Thai's differently, and that is due to the poverty gap, which means Thai's who were given tourist visas as easily as we foreigners receive them in Thailand would simply never leave the country everyone knows that.

That may well change as Thailand gets richer and the gap closes - it was not so long ago that Brits had to have visas to enter the US and Australia for the very same reason. Thailand has offered an easy tourist entry system for a long time owing to its need to for foreign tourists currency - it is an enormous business for them - that is the only reason they do it, not because they want to be nice to foreigners - so let's please not get all fuzzy about how good the the Thailand Government is for letting us in so easily - it is purely good business sense to do so.

When it comes to Thailand offering long stay visas they are generously available I think, compared to Thai's trying to get the same in 'Western' countries - but again, there is sound business sense behind these long term visas - foreign currency once again - they get loads of cash from us for offering this service, and as we can afford it we benefit - thank you Thailand - but there the benefits to us 'one year residents' end - even if we are married to a Thai and have Thai born Children we are treated pretty appallingly compared to Thai's who (once allowed to reside in our countries) receive the same humanitarian rights as local citizens, which is far far from what we receive here - effectively we have no rights at all compared to 'accepted' long term Thai's in our countries - it is nothing short of scandalous, inhumane and totally unnecessary. What Thailand gains from treating us this was is a mystery to me, but there seems to be no end to it.

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Well I admit to wanting to lobby my congress woman to introduce a bill hat would make all Thais in my county;

1) not be able to hold land

2) not be able to hold a majority share in their own business.

3) to be subject to having to leave the country ever 90 days, no matter how long the validity of a visa.

4) to accept outrageous racism and not object to being called "chink" or "slope" ( to their face, too!! )

5) to consistently get the low end of the internet spectrum.

6) to run around doing endless paper chases to get anything done, at all.

7) to have no rights of demonstration whatsoever.

8) to pay off officials to procure documents that should be free

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You've managed to mix in some truth with some complete hogwash BS. But I don't doubt that you personally feel this way. I would never want to live in a country that I felt treated me this horribly. Why would you?

There is a lot of truth in McWhines post. I can only talk for the UK here. Despite a lot of unfairness in the way Thailand treats us expats. Thailand is still a much better country to live in, they do not have anywhere near the level of taxation the UK does, council tax, TV licence, the cost of running a car, the cost of fuel, etc etc etc. The answer to the question Why would you? is it just shows you how bad the UK is that so many of it's expats prefer to live here.

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There is an historical difference between why the US, Europe etc treat Thai's differently, and that is due to the poverty gap, which means Thai's who were given tourist visas as easily as we foreigners receive them in Thailand would simply never leave the country everyone knows that.

Tens of thousands of foreigners have done the same in Thailand.

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What is interesting is the many posts on TV with regards to Thai immigration laws and how expats are being treated "unfair" and if only farangs were able to buy land and yada yada yada.

There are also a remarkable number of posts where the author suggests that their home country should apply some sort of distinction based on nationalities and adopt an "eye for en eye" policy towards citizens of countries that enforce a more stringent immigration policy.

This is utter childish rubbish, if you ask me. I can only assume that this view is only represented by an exceedingly small number of expats, and by no means represent a generic view.

The truth is, that those who believe Thailand are treating farangs as <deleted>, have none or very little knowledge of how Thais are being treated in their own home countries in Europe, where - with very few exceptions - arbitrary bullshit sets the standard for an inhumane and dangerous view on humans and their social life, something that sometimes inhibits people to move across borders even though families and their wellbeing are at stake.

The simple truth is that unless you are extradited out of Thailand you would be able to live there if you wanted to, where as a Thai wouldn't even be able to cross the border of most European countries unless someone was prepared to sponsor the visit.

The truth is that Thailand is one of the most accessible countries there is in terms of immigration. Contrary, if a Thai child and mother had the option of reporting to the authorities every 90 days, if that meant they could stay in the country where they have lived for many years, I'm pretty confident they would gladly accept that option. But the average expat cries like a little girl because they have to do exactly this.

Most expats should be extremely happy that Thailand doesn't start treating farangs the same way Thais are being treated abroad.

Sorry! But you are wrong, Thailand is not one of the most accessible countries there is in terms of IMMIGRATION. We are not immigrants, we are guest, who can easily be deported. What is true is that it is easy for nationals of most countries to obtain entry into Thailand,by usually gaining a restricted visa at the point of entry. Very easy to get into, but not so easy to stay if the authorities want you out and while you are IN Thailand you have very little rights. In comparison the entry requirements into the UK are very strict, yet once you are in, you can enjoy many rights, such as to own land, obtain British citizenship etc, and of course it can be very difficult for the authorities to deport you.

If the requirements to get into the UK are so strict, why is the country so badly over run with emigrants? It does not matter if these emigrants are Eastern European, Asian or whatever. they were not born in the UK. So despite the fact that the UK must obey European rules from Brussels or whatever. The UK is far too over crowded with emigrants. Thailand would never allow any of that nonsense. So, despite the way we are treated in Thailand. the UK does not even come close in comparison.

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Immigration Laws - Are Thais Subject To Retaliation In Other countries?

Retaliation for what?

If you are a Westerner you can come here for study, work, retirement, marriage on one year extensions very easily, or as a tourist for months at a time! Arriving as a tourist you don't even need a visa if your stay is less than 30 days (flying in) which I guess 95% of tourist's time here is.

Why on earth does that need to be 'retaliated' against? :huh:

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If my wife comes to Australia on a tourist visa longer than 90 days, she has a multi-entry visa with every entry being not longer than 90 days. (sound familiar?).

This is not so for every foreigner visiting Australia, but only for those coming from a country outside a given list.

It so happens that it is a lot harder to do a border run from Australia! If this is not retaliation, I do not know what is!!!

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If my wife comes to Australia on a tourist visa longer than 90 days, she has a multi-entry visa with every entry being not longer than 90 days. (sound familiar?).

This is not so for every foreigner visiting Australia, but only for those coming from a country outside a given list.

It so happens that it is a lot harder to do a border run from Australia! If this is not retaliation, I do not know what is!!!

Even if could do a border run from Australia, it would not work. It would not reset the clock like Thailand allows it to do. If you tried to live perpetually in a Western country as a "tourist" by stepping over the border and back every one, two, or three months, you'd be denied entry as it would be clear you are not a tourist but settling in.

See how good farangs have it in Thailand?

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I think there is a topic running about Japan making it less difficult for Thais traveling to Japan,well guess what Many Thais are taking advantage of this and overstaying and illegally working there in the "industry".

Once upon a time Thais could travel to some scandinavian country's without visas ,and guess what happend there........

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