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Getting a Visa to Stay in Thailand Long Term
Thailand is truly the land of smile. The people are friendly and the weather is beautiful. Combine these two traits with the fact that the cost of living in Thailand is dramatically lower than in the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or the United States and you have the recipe for paradise. The problem with remaining in any foreign country long term is the fact that eventually a visa must be obtained in order to stay.
What Visas Are Available to Remain in Thailand Long Term?
There are many types of Travel and Immigration Visas which most people use in order to remain in Thailand for a long stay which include:
- 1. The Thai Non-Immigrant Business “B” Visa
- 2. The Thai Non-Immigrant Education “ED” Visa
- 3. The Thai Non-Immigrant Other “O” Visa
- 4. The Thai Non-Immigrant Retirement “O-A” Visa
- 5. The Thai Non-Immigrant Tourist Visa
Myths and Misconceptions about Thai Immigration and Thai Visas
Most foreigners that come to Thailand arrive and are stamped with what they believe is a “30 day visa.” In reality, this is a 30 day exemption stamp that allows the traveler to remain in Thailand for 30 days without a visa. Under current Thai Immigration Law, anyone entitled to a visa exemption stamp may only remain in the Kingdom for 90 out of every 180 days. In the past, this rule did not exist and allowed for unlimited exemption stamps and led to many foreigners remaining in Thailand using the “infinite border run” method. Unfortunately for some, this legal loophole has been closed and anyone in the Kingdom of Thailand for more than 90 out of every 180 days will be barred from re-entering without a proper visa. This statement often leads to the question: “why not just remain in Thailand and not leave that way you cannot be barred from re-entering?” Anyone who overstays their Thai visa or visa exemption shall accrue a fine for each day they overstay, with a cap of 20,000 Thai Baht. Many people opt to simply stay for as long as they like and pay a fine at the time they leave the country. Although in theory this makes a bit of sense, in practice this method is fraught with peril. The most glaring reason why this is not a good idea is the fact that if a person is apprehended in the Kingdom of Thailand overstaying their visa then they will be placed in the Royal Thai Immigration Detention Center until such time as they can be processed and deported. The Immigration Detention Center in Thailand is not a place that anyone wants to be put. Often, it will take a good deal of time before the offender can be processed and deported. For this reason alone, it is best retain a valid Thai Visa while in Thailand.
Let Integrity Legal Help YOU Obtain the Proper Long Stay Visa for Thailand!
Integrity Legal can assist in obtaining any of the above visas quickly and efficiently and can help you remain in Thailand for a long period of time. Contact Integrity Legal at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation and recommendation about how best to apply for a visa to Thailand.
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