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I have just been informed that my brother has got his Category -O visa in Penang so he is very happy. The process in Penang was very easy and well organised, nothing like Pattaya. So to all the people

Not unless he was able to prove an address in Bangkok or somewhere that does not have a immigration office that can do the change, It also would mean 2 trips to Bangkok 15 day apart to get the vi

The link for the change visa does not work in my browser.   You are missing the point he is telling everyone on this forum his experience at pattaya immigration and the requirements in that office wit

"Pattaya immigration officer will not change a tourist visa to a Category-O when you meet all requirements and more?   My brother has been turned down in a very rude way by the officer in Pattaya Immigration . " 

 

Maybe I missed some part but you can not change a tourist visa to a O visa in any Immigration . A visa will be issued by an Thai Embassy or Consulate . Your brother hasn't ask for an extension of his old visa right ? That means the IO been right to refuse the visa , it's not an excuse for being rude.

 

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14 minutes ago, tgeezer said:

My last word, "hooray" , is that I shall be getting a non-imm visa from London issued on the basis of section 35 para 3, status (15), of the Immigration Act unless I find an easier way in the meantime.


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Section 35 is for getting extensions not visas.

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2 minutes ago, bushmill said:

"Pattaya immigration officer will not change a tourist visa to a Category-O when you meet all requirements and more?   My brother has been turned down in a very rude way by the officer in Pattaya Immigration . "  Maybe I missed some part but you can not change a tourist visa to a O visa in any Immigration . A visa will be issued by an Thai Embassy or Consulate . Your brother hasn't ask for an extension of his old visa right ? That means the IO been right to refuse the visa , it's not an excuse for being rude.

 

You are wrong.Some Immigration offices can issue a non immigrant visa based upon qualifying for some type of extension. It has been possible for many years.

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8 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

You are wrong.Some Immigration offices can issue a non immigrant visa based upon qualifying for some type of extension. It has been possible for many years.

Thanks for the information I didn't know just checked it at the mfa-page and copied :         3.3 Foreign citizens who hold a Transit Visa (“TS”) or Tourist Visa
(“TR”) and wish to engage in business activities in Thailand may apply for a change of type of visa (e.g., from Tourist Visa to Non-Immigrant Visa) at the Office of the Immigration Bureau Office located at Government Center B, Chaengwattana Soi 7, Laksi, Bangkok 10210, Tel 0-2141-9889, www.immigration.go.th.  The granting of change of type of visa and extension of stay is at the discretion of the immigration officer.

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17 hours ago, scotsman said:

Thank you all for your reply's I do know about going to Laos to get it that would be the last resort. Would a visa office not be able to prize this out of this lady's office for a fee? How far up the chain of command can you go to make a complaint or is that unwise? It is very frustrating to be stopped from doing your retirement by one lady officer that is to big for her Job that does not do her Job.

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Scotsman 

You could also employ a Visa agency to get this for you, some cost involved but once it is achieved you should be good to go.

 

I get a sense of some lady making things a little difficult of late in Jomtiem... a place that worked so efficiently!

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a tourist visa is not a non o immigration visa.

what they probably want is a non o visa to extend by reason of marriage to a thai

that is the official way, they are just following the rules.

to beauracrats  everything goes by the rules, both here in Thailand and also in the u.s. or the u.k.

that's there mindset.

take your wife on a short trip to vientianne or savannakhet  and get that 90 day non o visa.

then they will give you the marriage extension for having a thai spouse which is what it really is.

remember that british series, yes minister, some minds won't think outside of the approved box.

 

 

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It is interesting to me that members will continue to muddle about with the visa requirements and terminology are even after UJ has cleared it up in his usual fashion. Did you see post 21? Way back along time ago I successfully converted my status in country from tourist to non-o based on retirement. Was it a visa? Was it an extension of stay? I don't know but here I am 10 years later with renewals every year.

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This is a change of visa from tourist to Category-O for my brother who is retiring to Thailand and meets all the requirements being held up by a immigration officer at pattaya immigration.  I am just trying to find out how to get it and were as a lot of people come her over 50 -60 to retire and must also get a category-O visa before they apply for extension.   He is going to go back to this woman with everything and more in the requirements, with pension letter from the UK embassy + bank statements + bank books + letter from bank all updated on the day of application in the hope this lady can not find anything else to turn him down. If this happens and also her boss does the same he will try a visa Agent. If that does not work then its off to Laos.  I thank you all for your reply's I will update this thread later to let you know what happens.

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Scotsman

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As posted above tell your brother to stop being so obdurate and start with a Non-Immi O Visa as the original gazetted Police Order requires.

He wont win this particular battle!

Not all Immi offices or Immi officers want to do the conversion from other than a Non-Immi O visa.

 

Also advise him to not to "shout the odds"!

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Yes a couple of days trip to Laos (Vientiane) to get a Non-O   is not so bad    try some Beer Lao dark,stroll around the city,along the river bank they also have "proper" bread  and the natives very friendly.

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