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Reports from a friend who was extending a tourist visa for +30 days in Isaan.. He was grilled on source of funds, over an extension, and told not to come back to immigration and they would not extend any further tourist visas for him in that office.

So thats a legit issued visa, being extended, not a land border.. and still being given 'final warnings'.

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How long does it generally take to get the issued paperwork for an ed. visa inside Thailand once you satisfy the self support funds and other requirements ?

How long is that piece of paperwork vaild for...e.g. would it be valid 3 weeks after it getting issued in Thailand ?

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How long does it generally take to get the issued paperwork for an ed. visa inside Thailand once you satisfy the self support funds and other requirements ?

How long is that piece of paperwork vaild for...e.g. would it be valid 3 weeks after it getting issued in Thailand ?

For the ED visa it should not take all that long to get. I would think the paperwork would be valid for 3 weeks.

Then once you have the visa entry there will more paperwork needed for the extension of stay,

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Amazing Thailand! They make it harder and harder for me to live here and dump my money into the their economy. When will realize that there are people in this world who are under 50 yrs old and don't have to work?

There is another rumour that retirement visas will be starting again at 55. I believe it was this age in the past and it was lowered to 50.

Wow - that would cause a meltdown of TV !!! It is - as you know - an 'Extension based on retirement' - no such thing as a 'Retirement Visa', strictly speaking ! (i see the accusations of pedantry coming over the horizon...)

The non immigrant OA is a retirement visa no ?? Alternatively the non imm O issued on the basis of retirement but that is a regular non imm.

UK now saying 65 for these classes.

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You just say that you are supporting yourself. Then if they want proof show some form of proof that you have funds coming into the country from abroad. The best proof would be a Thai bank book showing transfers in.

This is going to really hurt a lot of English Teachers that have been using the ED visa while they teach.

The only income they have is teaching but they are not going to be able to show it.

This is also going to mean more work for Embassies as they are going to have to verify the income much like they do for us younger folk.

Should be interesting to see how this works out.

I agree though with all the abuse it is about time they did something to resolve the abuse.

If you have an ED Visa, you cannot work. So teachers, must get a Visa accordingly to the reason they stay in Thailand, that clearly is NOT an ED Visa.

Well then the schools had better start issuing work permits. I still.don't understand how it has become the norm for foreigners to work in Thailand with no permit.

Why does it need a visa.change to enforce this. Just check permits of foreigners who are working.

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I've signed up an account because I'm interested in studying Thai language in the near future.

Read through a few threads but couldn't make sense of some visa requirements.

My interpretation of info so far is that a foreigner in Thailand should not be working (whether locally or online) without a WP, but how would then would one generate "a source of income" for the ED-visa?

Or do "income" here simply means sufficient bank savings rather than a constant monthly inflow of money?

Isn't this then contradictory since, as a foreigner staying in Thailand more than six months, you have to pay tax?

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Do any of you know someone currently getting rejected for being here on a tourist visa for 2 years prior to the education visa application ?

i mean not what you guess, based on the new procedure info, but straight from a friend or a posted info elsewhere...wai2.gif

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I am applying for an ED visa in Penang tomorrow. I already have my supporting documents from the language school/MoE etc.

Can I check if the actual visa application form to be completed at the consulate differs from previously, or can be downloaded and completed prior to visiting the consulate?

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I am curious, as to what may happen in the future regarding ED Visas, and how these might become much more difficult to obtain.

I've seen that there are what appears to be questionable ethics regarding how to get a longer stay in Thailand, by going down the ED visa route.

What will happen to those people who have paid money up front to some of these establishments, and then find that immigration start clamping down on what appears to be a questionable route for many to staying longer here in Thailand?

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and then find that immigration start clamping down on what appears to be a questionable route for many to staying longer here in Thailand?

If you are attending the lessons, then what is questionable about it?

If you're attending Thai language lessons, expect questions in Thai when you attend immigration or the consulate.

If you're studying Muay Thai or Thai cooking, I have no idea how they will confirm that you are actually attending lessons.

I'm learning Chinese, and am happy for my language knowledge to be tested.

But IMHO, I think that the issue of ED visas for Muay Thai, cookery lessons etc may be curtailed.

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and then find that immigration start clamping down on what appears to be a questionable route for many to staying longer here in Thailand?

If you are attending the lessons, then what is questionable about it?

If you're attending Thai language lessons, expect questions in Thai when you attend immigration or the consulate.

If you're studying Muay Thai or Thai cooking, I have no idea how they will confirm that you are actually attending lessons.

I'm learning Chinese, and am happy for my language knowledge to be tested.

But IMHO, I think that the issue of ED visas for Muay Thai, cookery lessons etc may be curtailed.

Well, that is my question really, how will they ascertain that the person is attending? I think it's a grey area - that may well be looked at in much more detail, especially with private establishments. Bit different is someone is enrolled at a University

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and then find that immigration start clamping down on what appears to be a questionable route for many to staying longer here in Thailand?

If you are attending the lessons, then what is questionable about it?

If you're attending Thai language lessons, expect questions in Thai when you attend immigration or the consulate.

If you're studying Muay Thai or Thai cooking, I have no idea how they will confirm that you are actually attending lessons.

I'm learning Chinese, and am happy for my language knowledge to be tested.

But IMHO, I think that the issue of ED visas for Muay Thai, cookery lessons etc may be curtailed.

Well, that is my question really, how will they ascertain that the person is attending? I think it's a grey area - that may well be looked at in much more detail, especially with private establishments. Bit different is someone is enrolled at a University

Somebody should write a letter to the Immigration people.

My friend MRTOAD, he must be a bit busy ATM, but he'd be a perfect person for the job.

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and then find that immigration start clamping down on what appears to be a questionable route for many to staying longer here in Thailand?

If you are attending the lessons, then what is questionable about it?

If you're attending Thai language lessons, expect questions in Thai when you attend immigration or the consulate.

If you're studying Muay Thai or Thai cooking, I have no idea how they will confirm that you are actually attending lessons.

I'm learning Chinese, and am happy for my language knowledge to be tested.

But IMHO, I think that the issue of ED visas for Muay Thai, cookery lessons etc may be curtailed.

Well, that is my question really, how will they ascertain that the person is attending? I think it's a grey area - that may well be looked at in much more detail, especially with private establishments. Bit different is someone is enrolled at a University

Somebody should write a letter to the Immigration people.

My friend MRTOAD, he must be a bit busy ATM, but he'd be a perfect person for the job.

who is mrtoad?

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