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Stricter requirements, new application forms for ED visa extensions

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What is hilarious? From everything I have heard and seen Walen is a good school. They and the school I eventually went with were my top two choices after doing a lot of shopping around for schools in Pattaya.

Maybe you just like to mock those who do things in a way you personally don't approve of, not uncommon on this board, I'm sad to say.

Regardless, I am freshly back from Jomtien Immigration with my new 90 day extension stamp and reporting my experience as promised.
Everything went very smoothly except for one odd request.
My school gave me the packet of papers today after class, which included the photos Inside and outside my apartment that I previously mentioned. Immigration was still open so I decided to bomb over to Jomtien and just get it done. The number queue signs were back in operation, which was nice, it was kind of hectic keeping track of when it was your turn when the signs were not working.
I got there just about 4pm and there was only one number in line ahead of me. Only a couple minutes later they called my number and I sat down at window 5 and handed them my passport and the document packet. Everything was going exactly as normal until the lady picked one page out of my passport and told me to go next door and make a copy of that page as well. I ran out, got a copy for 5 baht, brought it in, she added it to the stack, and re-stapled the whole thing back together. I paid my 1900 baht, got my receipt, she stamped my passport and I moved on to the second lady who double checked everything and then signed my stamp. All done. EZPZ.
I do not know why they wanted a stamp of that particular page. It did have two out/in stamps at the Cambodia border on that page, and one of the several full page Cambodia visas. Those out/ins were from I when I was on my first visa here, a 3 entry tourist visa. They were the border runs I did to activate the second and third entry. They did not ask for copies of any other of the several pages with out/in stamps activating other tourist visa entries, nor did they ask for copies of the pages with a couple of back to back overland out/ins granting 15 day visa waivers. Nor did they ask for a copy of the page with my one, and only one, overstay of 2 days.
I went back to school for them to make copies of the new stamp and told them about the extra page they asked for. They did not know why they wanted that particular page either.
Immigration did not test me on what I was learning in school or speak to me in Thai. They barely spoke to me at all, which is normal. From all I have read, if there is any official testing that is gonna happen it will be the Education Ministry who does the testing, but I have heard nothing about any actual plans to actually test anyone.
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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.

Ok, I know this solution will make them loose some $$ on the way, but can't they just wire the income by western union or similar to someone in their home country, then have that person send the cash back to a Thai account showing that he/she got funds from some relative abroad?

Ok, it would be to abuse the system, I'm aware of that. And yes, teachers should get a non imm Visa + working permit, but at the same time immigrations and ministries and schools should make it easier to get these qualifications IF they want these ESL/TEFL teachers, which obviously many do.

For me, I'm going the marriage route, had no plans to get married in 2 years, and we still will not hold the official ceremony at the province in 1-2 years. It kind of sucks to get married before the intended time, just like getting a child before you're ready. But if those are the rules then so be it. There are a lot of qualifications that will get easier once married with children, so since I really want to stay here I better just like the situation.

However, I've been thinking of the ED-visa for a year as well. I only speak Thai normally except when I write here or when I talk to my mom or some friends back home, so I'm not really scared of officials testing me. How much does the immigration want you to show?

And since most of my money are in a Norwegian bank account, they will only see Norwegian kronor, is there somewhere I can make a certified translation of printings from bank as well as what it's worth in baht?

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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.

However, I've been thinking of the ED-visa for a year as well. I only speak Thai normally except when I write here or when I talk to my mom or some friends back home, so I'm not really scared of officials testing me. How much does the immigration want you to show?

And since most of my money are in a Norwegian bank account, they will only see Norwegian kronor, is there somewhere I can make a certified translation of printings from bank as well as what it's worth in baht?

Outside of the old 'big fish eats little fish' story urban myth I have not heard of anyone who has been tested by immigration.

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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?

They do, You'll need 10 mil baht to put in a CD which draws interest that is taxed, then you can get an Investor B

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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.

However, I've been thinking of the ED-visa for a year as well. I only speak Thai normally except when I write here or when I talk to my mom or some friends back home, so I'm not really scared of officials testing me. How much does the immigration want you to show?

And since most of my money are in a Norwegian bank account, they will only see Norwegian kronor, is there somewhere I can make a certified translation of printings from bank as well as what it's worth in baht?

Outside of the old 'big fish eats little fish' story urban myth I have not heard of anyone who has been tested by immigration.

I been tested twice at the immigration, nothing official she asked me where i was from, how long i go to school, where my school is, what times I go to school, why i go to school i didnt get the fish question

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You really need a good reason to learn Thai (wife, job etc) which would imply you want to stay here for an extended period of time. No one is going to casually learn Thai, it's not a universal language. I see this as a bit of either, we don't want people studying Thai and living here, or investing in learning Thai to stay here long term (which it implies you want to do).

Indeed,

There's not many legitimate reasons for someone to come from abroad to learn Thai.

So really aside from wanting to live here long term very few people are going to "legitimately" need the education visa,

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Indeed,

There's not many legitimate reasons for someone to come from abroad to learn Thai.

So really aside from wanting to live here long term very few people are going to "legitimately" need the education visa,

Second sour post about ED visa from you today.

There is plenty of people that likes to study Thai and be legal in country at the same time.

Then if you don't like the idea without having even tried it, this thread doesn't really benefit from your opinion.

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it's free interpretation from your part, I don't think that's going to help anyone.

My friend was interviewed in Thai and had to prove his Japanese abilities (he was learning Japanese), but because they can't speak Japanese, they could not interviewed him in Japanese and lose face.

So they questioned him in Thai (his Thai is crap),got a "pass" so he can continue learning Japanese. That makes no sense to anyone, not to the school, not to the student and not to the MOE either, and that shows and the "Prove me you are actually attending classes" game is just OVER.

Everyone passes the test.

My interpretation of what you're saying is that there is no need to go to classes as long as you can prove you're able to support yourself without illegally working in Thailand.

If that's what you are saying then I wouldn't call it unhelpful, I'd call it downright dangerous & would urge anybody who's on an ED visa (especially one related to a Thai subject which I'm sure the vast majority are) to think again before heeding it.

But good luck anyway [emoji106]

Please give ONE name of a school that rats on its students and tell immigration when they don't attend so they lose their visa.

I know my school is not shy about telling Immigration that a student is not turning up for classes, if they are asked.

What school is this?

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You really need a good reason to learn Thai (wife, job etc) which would imply you want to stay here for an extended period of time. No one is going to casually learn Thai, it's not a universal language. I see this as a bit of either, we don't want people studying Thai and living here, or investing in learning Thai to stay here long term (which it implies you want to do).

Indeed,

There's not many legitimate reasons for someone to come from abroad to learn Thai.

So really aside from wanting to live here long term very few people are going to "legitimately" need the education visa,

So simply liking Thailand and planning to retire here is not a "legitimate" reason to learn to speak/read/write Thai? Is speaking Thai some closely guarded secret which must be protected from the unworthy?

I am constantly amazed by some of the bizarre opinions spouted on this board.

Best to say you have an adoration for the King

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So simply liking Thailand and planning to retire here is not a "legitimate" reason to learn to speak/read/write Thai? Is speaking Thai some closely guarded secret which must be protected from the unworthy?

I am constantly amazed by some of the bizarre opinions spouted on this board.

Planning to retire in Thailand and wanting to learn Thai is a perfectly fine.

But I think you're missing my point.

They are now saying they want to clamp down on people who are not using the edu visa for legitimate purposes. But the only purpose of anyone wanting to learn Thai is because they want to live in the country - it's useless outside of Thailand.

So their plan to refuse people who have previously spent a lot of time in the country because they are obviously not legitimately wanting to learn Thai is flawed.

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Planning to retire in Thailand and wanting to learn Thai is a perfectly fine.

But I think you're missing my point.

They are now saying they want to clamp down on people who are not using the edu visa for legitimate purposes. But the only purpose of anyone wanting to learn Thai is because they want to live in the country - it's useless outside of Thailand.

So their plan to refuse people who have previously spent a lot of time in the country because they are obviously not legitimately wanting to learn Thai is flawed.

The thing is they don't need a plan, they do what they like, it's their country, they only have to make up excuses as they go along, but excuses don't need to be valid.

If they feel the population will be happy and will stop protesting for a while - and forget about the real issues of this country like corruption- they will say all problems come from Farangs and they will kick us out,

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whistling.gif For a retirement extension/visa you need to show it's your income and comes from outside of thailand.

For a marriage extension/visa you will need to show it's your income and comes from outside Thailand.

For those of you getting a Ed visa/extension they may not yet need an income fron outside Thailand and it may not yet need to be your income.

But I personally expect that will be the next requirement.

They that have eyes let them see; and those that have ears, let them hear.

(It's a quote from the Bible).

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whistling.gif For a retirement extension/visa you need to show it's your income and comes from outside of thailand.

For a marriage extension/visa you will need to show it's your income and comes from outside Thailand.

For those of you getting a Ed visa/extension they may not yet need an income fron outside Thailand and it may not yet need to be your income.

But I personally expect that will be the next requirement.

They that have eyes let them see; and those that have ears, let them hear.

(It's a quote from the Bible).

Actually this thread started last year with the announcement of new forms to show where your income is coming from...

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Any idea why these forms asking about the applicant's religion and that of his/her mother and father? I haven't previously encounter any government interest in my deeply held belief in Pastafarianism.

I don't know where you are from but in many countries this is a standard question even though it has no connection with whatever the form is about. For example, in Australia they ask this on many forms - irrelevant as it is.

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