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No more Thai visa runs: Immigration will not let visa runners return after Aug 12

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In other words

We only want illegal Khmer, Lao and Burmese workers, who work for peanuts in appalling conditions.

Not those pesky farang illegals who want more than locals.

The crackdown applies to all Aliens.

The Khmer, Lao and Burmese all need to get legal too. About a week ago 200,000 Cambodian nationals left Thailand to go home and get documented.

The Cambodian government even went so far as to slash the cost of passports in order to help them out.

At the immigration center in my jurisdiction 98% of the applicants are Khmer, Lao and Burmese. My estimate is 2% are farang.

yes just being a bit cheeky.

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It will be enforced for a few months, then like all the other vocal cannon fodder we've become accustomed to....it will slowly return to par for the course.

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Wonder what will happen to all those foreigners that are married, have children, but don't have enough money to get a Non-Imm visa based on marriage.

Will Immigration start splitting up families?

No I don't think so.

A one year NON-IMM Multiple entry visa costs only 5000 baht and is valid for a year. A man who is married and or with children should be able to scratch that together. When in a real financial jam the married foreigner can always get a 60 day extension for the low price of 1900 baht.

What's clear is married people are no longer going to be able to live here using back to back visa except/tourist visa extensions.

No, they need to show 400,000 Bt per annum, or monthly equivalent.

You are referring to a visa extension. If you are on a non o multiple entry visa, you will have no problems re-entering, as they are cracking down on visa exempts and tourist visas. you should take your marriage certificate and 20k baht, just in case they ask, but you probably won't need it.

Correct.

Even if a married guy who has been living here on B2B tourist visas/exemptions can't get the cash together for the visa he can buy a 60 day extension of stay at immigration for 1900 baht based on his marriage, and then use the time to get his financial house in order.

Once the married guy gets his visa and or extension of stay in good order he can work in Thailand. Employment is not prohibited in his category of visa. His employer still needs to apply for a work permit on his behalf, however he is given preferential treatment by way of lighter requirements for his WP. Less capital and fewer Thai employees are required to hire the married guy than for others.

Married people should not be affected by the changes outlined in the OP.

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Wonder what will happen to all those foreigners that are married, have children, but don't have enough money to get a Non-Imm visa based on marriage.

Will Immigration start splitting up families?

No I don't think so.

A one year NON-IMM Multiple entry visa costs only 5000 baht and is valid for a year. A man who is married and or with children should be able to scratch that together. When in a real financial jam the married foreigner can always get a 60 day extension for the low price of 1900 baht.

What's clear is married people are no longer going to be able to live here using back to back visa except/tourist visa extensions.

No, they need to show 400,000 Bt per annum, or monthly equivalent.

That's not a visa, that's an extension of stay. If you have an extension of stay, what happens at borders need not affect you as you don't have to leave the country.

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Getting married and having a beautiful son is the best thing i ever did here, no more border runs and sweating on being let back in.

Back on topic i can see laos and Cambodia to start to become crowded as a lot of falang will find after being refused entry back here very hard to return to there own countries.

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Wonder what will happen to all those foreigners that are married, have children, but don't have enough money to get a Non-Imm visa based on marriage.

Will Immigration start splitting up families?

You only need 40K/month for a visa based on marriage or a kid. Even an English teacher makes that.

If somebody is working they should have a work permit so won't need an extension based on marriage to stay.

If they don't have a work permit they're working illegally so won't be able to declare their 40K/month income to get that marriage extension.

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I assume the Out/In that takes place on a double or triple entry tourist visa will not fit the criteria for refusal

You're assuming incorrectly.

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Getting married and having a beautiful son is the best thing i ever did here, no more border runs and sweating on being let back in.

Back on topic i can see laos and Cambodia to start to become crowded as a lot of falang will find after being refused entry back here very hard to return to there own countries.

I'd suggest that Laos isn't all that easy to stay in long-term (communist countries rarely are) and that Cambodia may well change the visa rules next year when the ASEAN community regulations come into effect. It is rumored that Cambodia will insist that you have at least one 1-year visa in your passport that has expired prior to the date of change in order for you to be able to continue renewing your visa here... so that may rule out those fleeing LoS this late in the day. Note, this is pure speculation at the moment but it's coming from connected folks who have a seat at the decision making table - so it's not impossible either.

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What about non immig visa runs?

And I realize it's a silly and off topic question but who is going to teach English ?

Schools are not going to pay more and schools are not going to make WP.

How is Thailand going to be ready for ASEAN?

Immigration should really think this through and introduce new visa categories

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I assume the Out/In that takes place on a double or triple entry tourist visa will not fit the criteria for refusal

You're assuming incorrectly.

how do you know? has someone been turned away on the second or third entry of an existing visa?

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