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thaichalina, you are fine, it is not a problem in your case.

That would also mean i don't have to get proof of income and show it at immigration when making an extension? Just the ones who are applying for ed visa have to send it to MOE?

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Things start from Bkk, don't they? Sent from my GT-I9190 using Thaivisa Connect Thailand mobile app

Not necessarily?

As far as I understand for example nearly 2 years ago Chiang Mai seemed to be the first location in Thailand to impose an upper limit on applicants . I was told, language schools had sent e-mails to older applicants (above 50) that they were no longer able to obtain an education visa in Chiang Mai.

And yet places like Bangkok and Pattaya didn't seem to have that restriction?

I think that was another unfounded rumour. I know lots of people over 50 in CM with ED visas.

It was also referred to in this thread and apparently Walen School confirmed it according to the original poster ? So apparently not a rumour ?smile.png

I have read somewhere that Ed visa for an over 50 person will not be extended after the first year (I am 62). This was confirmed by Walen school as being the policy of immigration in Chiang Mai. Does this rule apply for the rest of Thailand?

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/601367-ed-visa-extension-for-over-50s/

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Removed, and will continue to remove, off-topic posts and the replies to them. This topic is not the place to discuss the consequences of overstay, getting a new passport, definition of work and the need for a work permit, etc.

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Why is there no stamp or heading on these papers ?

My guess is because there is no law requiring the use of a form with a stamp or letterhead for the collection of information for this purpose. The forms serve the purpose of gathering some supplementary information that will help in arriving at a decision whether a student is a bona fide student and thus qualifies for the MoE's recommendation to a Thai consulate for a visa or an immigration office for an extension of stay. The alternative would be to summon the student for an interview, ask him the questions, and take note of his answers on a scrap of paper.

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thaichalina, you are fine, it is not a problem in your case.

That would also mean i don't have to get proof of income and show it at immigration when making an extension? Just the ones who are applying for ed visa have to send it to MOE?

Does showing evidence of income cause concern ?

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thaichalina, you are fine, it is not a problem in your case.

That would also mean i don't have to get proof of income and show it at immigration when making an extension? Just the ones who are applying for ed visa have to send it to MOE?

Does showing evidence of income cause concern ?

Yes because my money stays on account that i'm using together with my thai girlfriend.It's a joint account.I don't have a separate account.So if they want evidence all i can show is that joint account.

MacWalen told that i shouldn't have problem with many tourist visas as i'm already on ed visa but just wanted to know if i need a proof of income at immigration when go make extension or is that only for people who are applying for ed visa?

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thaichalina, you are fine, it is not a problem in your case.

That would also mean i don't have to get proof of income and show it at immigration when making an extension? Just the ones who are applying for ed visa have to send it to MOE?

Does showing evidence of income cause concern ?

Yes because my money stays on account that i'm using together with my thai girlfriend.It's a joint account.I don't have a separate account.So if they want evidence all i can show is that joint account.

MacWalen told that i shouldn't have problem with many tourist visas as i'm already on ed visa but just wanted to know if i need a proof of income at immigration when go make extension or is that only for people who are applying for ed visa?

Best you get an account in your own name ! smile.png

You will then be "safe" !

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Agakure, we have not tested it yet but it seems people with a lot of tourist visas may find it difficult to obtain an ED visa. Sent from my GT-I9190 using Thaivisa Connect Thailand mobile app

thats good as they are not students..just visa jumpers

Wrong.You can't say that for everyone,don't generalize.I have a lot of tourist visas but i actually have never missed a thai school lesson on my ed visa,and i'm eager to learn thai language.

It would be better to have some sort of test based upon how much months/years did you learn thai.Those who have ed visa for several years but can't speak even a word,those are the real problem.

As said so many times, please bring me an immigration officer to test my Japanese, I have a level 3 certification and 7 years of study, but somewhat they persist in talking to me in Thai, and it seems the case for every language beside Thai

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This will effectively kill the ED business. If for example a book author, receiving money from abroad. What is his status?

He or she cannot get a work permit because the business has nothing to do with Thailand. The same with thousands of different freelancers out there, not working locally.

What if you have your own savings but the form asks for "the person who is supporting you financially". Then if you have a person, for example your wealthy uncle in Italy, who does not speak English. They are going to call him and speak Italian?

It will kill the business of procuring ED Visas when in reality that is not the reason the person has for living in Thailand.

You have to realise Thailand has no obligation to provide a means for everyone in the world to come and live here as they choose.

They are quite accommodating really.

You make it sound like anybody has a right to live wherever they choose and the country should not deny them.

Of course they don't have to allow anyone to live here; however the common notion is that foreigners living here pour their money into the Thai economy, so everybody wins.

The only westerners I know that work in Thailand illegally are English teachers. You can say they are taking jobs from Thais, but you and I both know that they actually teach English much better than 99% of Thai teachers, so the truth is that Thailand is benefiting from those (illegal) teachers as well.

The ED visa for studying Thai is indeed just a cover up for staying in Thailand for a few years, and I (ab)used it as well. But then again I've spent 2 million baht here, so I think the Thai economy surely benefited from my stay. And I never have any intention of working in Thailand, unless you count working online for my own (non-Thai) business as working in Thailand.

And finally, the number of people using ED visa for staying long periods can't be that high. In my school there are very few students, maybe a total of 30-40 at any given time. Even if there are dozens such schools in bkk, it would be maybe a total of 1,000 people in bkk, hardly a large scale problem.

Foreigners who stay here do so for their own benefit, not for Thailand's, but they are very creative is justifying their benefits to their host country.

I presume you don't know any Russian Westerners then as many are arrested working here illegally, and I assure you it goes far beyond the realms of English teachers.

It seems the Thai authorities regard abuse of the ED visa as a serious enough issue that they are attempting to address it. Likely there are a few who abuse say medical visas too, I have met those.

You believe spending 2 million baht justifies your breaking the laws of Thailand by utilising an ED visa incorrectly? I have certainly spent substantially more than that here, but lived here using a legitimate retirement extension, which do you believe the Thai authorities prefer?

Russian are not westerners, and in any case, if there is a problem with Russians working illegally, the authorities can easily deal with them, as they have Russian passports... (unless we believe one of the posters here that some have fake French passports).

I got an ED visa by going to a Thai language school, which is perfectly legal. So your allegations of breaking the laws are both wrong and rude, and please keep them to your self.

As for the Thais benefiting from my stay here, that is obviously true - my money comes from abroad and goes into Thai businesses and individuals, and would not have been there otherwise. It's not like there is a quota and I'm taking someones place...

And finally, there is a term called a Win-Win Situation, and perhaps you should familiar yourself with it in your advanced age - it's when both sides benefit from a situation. The foreigners that stay here do it for their own benefit, the same way as tourists come here for their own benefit; It does not mean that Thailand does not benefit from it as well.

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Russian are not westerners, and in any case, if there is a problem with Russians working illegally, the authorities can easily deal with them, as they have Russian passports... (unless we believe one of the posters here that some have fake French passports).

I got an ED visa by going to a Thai language school, which is perfectly legal. So your allegations of breaking the laws are both wrong and rude, and please keep them to your self.

As for the Thais benefiting from my stay here, that is obviously true - my money comes from abroad and goes into Thai businesses and individuals, and would not have been there otherwise. It's not like there is a quota and I'm taking someones place...

And finally, there is a term called a Win-Win Situation, and perhaps you should familiar yourself with it in your advanced age - it's when both sides benefit from a situation. The foreigners that stay here do it for their own benefit, the same way as tourists come here for their own benefit; It does not mean that Thailand does not benefit from it as well.

Does the new requirement say "westerners" ? No.

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Proof of income? Aren't they studying, and not working?

Income from outside Thailand is what they want to see.

Income from who? Their parents? I still can't imagine how a full time student is expected to have an income from a foreign job, while studying full time in Thailand.

Doesn't matter who supplies the money, just as long as it comes from outside the country.

You do know the difference between savings and income, don't you? You can be a self funded student, but that doesn't mean you have any income to show. Thai immigration, when they say income, they mean just that. Not savings in the bank, not someone else's income.

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