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The Multiple Entry Tourist Visa Topic (METV)

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3 minutes ago, jackdd said:

We had reports by people who were allowed to fly to somewhere else, so it depends.

Yes, it depends. I had a return leg. So easy for Immigration to force me down that route. The posters who went elsewhere generally had no return leg. As I said, discussed on multiple threads.

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On 7/10/2019 at 6:41 AM, jacko45k said:

Was it perhaps a Scoot flight you came in on?

No, was Turkish Airlines.

 

On 7/10/2019 at 8:53 PM, Caldera said:

Probably your flight number if it's written above the entry stamp, maybe you can check again (their handwriting can be hard to decipher).

Ah yes, with a bit of immigration, it could be that! Thx, was worried about that.

 

On 7/10/2019 at 9:36 AM, BritTim said:

On the current METV, the safest solution is to do in/out by land (avoiding Poipet). Entering at Suvarnabhumi or Don Muang, you might be lucky but it is risky.

Thanks! 

 

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Thank you all for the replies! Really helpful to know what happens when you are turned down. Will try to come back on some other smaller airports or Chiang Mai, still plenty of towns I haven't been to anyway 🙂

 

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They always write next to the visa class on the stamp...in the METV case it`s TR. On the top of the stamp is the flight number. As you flew with Turkish Airlines (TK), it could be TK0068, as that is their BKK-Flight. TK0066 is DPS (Bali). So you should check where exactly they wrote it.@Wizzy

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On 7/11/2019 at 6:34 PM, SpanishExpat said:

Living in Thailand now for 2.5yrs with METV (9 Months Thailand/3 Months Europe).

And that's precisely the problem from a Thai perspective isn't it?

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16 minutes ago, ThaiBunny said:

And that's precisely the problem from a Thai perspective isn't it?

Sure it is and I`ve been too naive in this regard. But I sticked to the rules, didn`t work illegally and really travelled extensively. There should be a clear rule then (like for example not more then two consecutive METV visa or whatever). Moreover, the embassys in the home countries should be more strict, but seem they don`t care, as you give them your money.

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@SpanishExpat  Your experience and number of months spent in Thailand per year mirror mine. I too was accused of working here. Unfortunately I was sent back to the UK on an METV.

 

An alternative to flying business class (!!!!) is to get a new passport or so I was told by an IO. 

 

However I understand you are sick of playing roulette. So you have decided to get married and do your visas that way.

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52 minutes ago, SpanishExpat said:

Especially when the Embassy in my home country told me, the METV is the best solution, after I told them my issue in detail

Very irritating is the reality that the embassy/consulate is a terrible source of information on what immigration are likely to do in any particular situation. Indeed, the embassy often does not even understand the official immigration rules, let alone the unofficial ones being applied at some of the major airports and Poipet. People tend to assume that the embassy should be the experts, but relying on what they tell you is extremely dangerous.

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1 hour ago, BritTim said:

Very irritating is the reality that the embassy/consulate is a terrible source of information on what immigration are likely to do in any particular situation. Indeed, the embassy often does not even understand the official immigration rules, let alone the unofficial ones being applied at some of the major airports and Poipet. People tend to assume that the embassy should be the experts, but relying on what they tell you is extremely dangerous.

I totally agree, embassy's and consulates abroad really have no idea, they will issue as many visas as they can as it's just all monotary for them, I was before on many back to back metv and the Sydney consulate didn't care, only on my last few back to back metv I started experiencing issues with IOs at BKK airport immigration, so my last visa is a boi non b to s

 

Just a recommendation if people don't want the hassle of metv back to back, you can easily get a boi work permit via iglu, cost is about 10k thb per year, and you don't even need to be working,

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19 minutes ago, kmw said:

Just a recommendation if people don't want the hassle of metv back to back, you can easily get a boi work permit via iglu, cost is about 10k thb per year, and you don't even need to be working,

I know one person, who got his work permit via iglu, but in his case he really had a business in Thailand. ( and he told me it was around 50k/year and they helped him with tax-related issue. However, I never asked for more details). Isn`t the other case the same like the fake ED-Visas with some black-sheep language schools, where you never attend classes? After all what`s going on, who knows when that trick is cracked down .I don`t want to give the immigration even the slightest possibility to accuse me of operating in the grey-zone afterwards.

 

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12 minutes ago, SpanishExpat said:

I know one person, who got his work permit via iglu, but in his case he really had a business in Thailand. ( and he told me it was around 50k/year and they helped him with tax-related issue. However, I never asked for more details). Isn`t the other case the same like the fake ED-Visas with some black-sheep language schools, where you never attend classes? After all what`s going on, who knows when that trick is cracked down .I don`t want to give the immigration even the slightest possibility to accuse me of operating in the grey-zone afterwards.

Your correct, about iglu, I don't personally use them, but have 3 friends who do, mainly just for long term visas, they don't even work, but use the work permit to stay here long term, iglu are a boi company who can issue as many work permits as they want, don't even need to be working or running a business for the hokders,, I think they initially started to help the digital nomads but it seems thier customer base is anyone who wants a 1 year visa to Thailand that can be extended every year, just will be a matter on time for the crack down, however it's probably going to take several years, as it has taken forever for immigration to crack down on ED and metv, roughly 4-5 years 

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19 minutes ago, jackdd said:

Monthly minimum income with IGLU is 2500 USD, and they take away 30% for taxes etc. So if somebody uses Iglu just to get the visa it costs him effectively 750 USD per month, which is currently 23k THB. So the cost is about 280k THB per year, this makes the Thai Elite visa look cheap. Where did you get your 10k THB per year from?

Can actually use them for the work permit, need to pay out of pocket, and they reimburse next pay cycle, as the other poster said he had a friend who got the work permit with only a 50kthb per year turnover, the 10k is the multi entry cost for work permit, it's not actually 10k but 9800 or something from what I remember,

 

I personally think the whole boi is all smoke and mirrors, I work for a boi company, we are actually a multi national corporation, all boi does is allow major corporations set up here on thai soil(usually under a different name or subsidiary) within a 6 month period, pay no tax, and are able to issue unlimited work permits for foreigners without the need to employ any thai nationals, 

 

International corporations should set up here properly instead of taking advantage of the boi loopholes, I feel the board of investment knows exactly what's going on, so the whole boi process is to make it easier for foreign companies to set up shop here with very little hassles, and companies like iglu are taking advantage of this by issuing yearly extendable work permits to anyone 

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27 minutes ago, kmw said:

Can actually use them for the work permit, need to pay out of pocket, and they reimburse next pay cycle, as the other poster said he had a friend who got the work permit with only a 50kthb per year turnover, the 10k is the multi entry cost for work permit, it's not actually 10k but 9800 or something from what I remember,

Of course you will get a work permit from them, without it you can't start working. But i would guess if you don't make enough money through them within a few months, they will cancel the work permit. Why should they pay social security tax for somebody who doesn't make money for them. Even if they should not cancel the work permit, for sure they would kick you out after the first year is over.

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