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The Thailand Visa Application Process

Why is an article like this needed to explain how to get a Non-Immigrant Category O Visa for Thailand? Surely the requirements are available on the Thai Embassy and Consulate websites. Well, yes there is a lot of information on the requirements for obtaining a Non-Immigrant Category O Visa for Thailand on the Thai Embassy and Consulate websites and also on various third party websites such as Thai legal websites and Thai forums. But those websites have a lot of information and about all types of visas.

This article is specifically about getting a Non-Immigrant Category O Visa for Thailand and so the information is much clearer than the other websites. Additionally, the language used on the Official’ Thai websites is in semi-legal language, and being translated from the Thai language it is not always clear what the meaning is. On the other hand, this article is written in clear easy-to-understand English. Also, the requirements for a Non-Immigrant Category O Visa for Thailand appear to be different according to which website you read and in my experience also according to where you go to get your visa!

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All this will be explained in the article along with answers to questions like these:

  • Who Needs A Non-Immigrant Category O Visa For Thailand?
  • What Is A Non-Immigrant Visa For Thailand?
  • What is A Category “O” Non-Immigrant Thai Visa?
  • How Long Does A Category “O” Non-Immigrant Thai Visa Last?
  • What Is A Multiple Entry Category “O” Non-Immigrant Visa For Thailand?
  • What Do You Need To Get A Non-Immigrant Visa For Thailand?
  • What Other Types Of Visas For Thailand Are There?
  • Where Is The Best Place To Get A Non-Immigrant Visa For Thailand?

Who Needs A Non-Immigrant Category O Visa For Thailand?

There are ten classifications on Non-Immigration Visas for Thailand each for a specific purpose and only one called the Category “O” Visa, “O” stands for “Other”. The Non-Immigrant Category O Visa for Thailand, by definition, is for people and reasons not falling into the other classifications. Typically it is for people who want to stay in Thailand for a longer period than they could with a standard tourist visa which may be valid for just a few weeks. Often people seeking a Non-Immigrant Category O Visa for Thailand want to visit their Thai spouse, children, parents, or for retirement. They are people who are not planning any type of work or business in Thailand. Also, with a Non-Immigrant Category O Visa, you can apply to open a Thai Bank Account and to apply for a work permit in Thailand.

How Long Does A Category “O” Non-Immigrant Thai Visa Last?

A normal Category “O” Non-Immigrant Thai is valid for 90 days (three months) unless otherwise instructed by the Office of Immigration Bureau.

Extending The Period Of Validity

Qualified people can obtain an additional one-year stay permit counting from the date of entry in Thailand at the discretion of the Immigration officer. The application has to be made either at the Thai consular mission aboard or at the Office of Immigration Bureau in Bangkok.

What Is A Multiple Entry Category “O” Non-Immigrant Visa For Thailand?

A multiple entry Category “O” Non-Immigrant Visa for Thailand is exactly what it says. It is the same as a normal Category “O” Non-Immigrant Visa except that multiple entries are permitted. The maximum time you can stay in Thailand with a Thai multiple entry Category “O” Non-Immigrant Visa is 90 days. Then you must leave Thailand and go to another country but you can re-enter Thailand the next day. (Or even perhaps the same day, but I have not tried that)

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The multiple-entry Category “O” Non-Immigrant Visa is valid for one year. So you can effectively stay for one year in Thailand with this kind of visa provided that you leave the country every three months. Leaving and re-entering Thailand to authorize the next three month period on your multiple entry visa is not as onerous or expensive as it sounds. You can simply cross the border into Laos or Cambodia to the East to Malaysia to the South.

What Do You Need To Get A Non-Immigrant Visa For Thailand?

The requirements to get a Category “O” Non-Immigrant Visa is not always clear and it does depend upon where you are getting your visa from.

Royal Thai Embassy Website in London Requirements For A Category “O” Non-Immigrant Visa For Thailand

Below are the requirements as set out on the Royal Thai Embassy Website in London, U.K.

First, these are the stated requirements for all categories of Non-Immigrant Visa for Thailand:

  1. Visa application form filled out
  2. Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months and its copy
  3. Two 4 x 6 cm full-faced, bareheaded photos taken within the past six months
  4. Evidence of adequate finance (20,000 Baht per person and 40,000 Baht per family)
  5. Letter of acceptance from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (Alien Occupational Control Division, Department of Employment.

In addition to the above, the following are required for the Category “O” Non-Immigrant Visa:

  1. Birth Certificate
  2. Certificate of Marriage or its equivalents
  3. An official recommendation letter from an organization perform the voluntary job in Thailand

Note also that Additional documents (not specified) may be required.

Royal Thai Consulate, Birmingham (U.K.) Requirements For A Category “O” Non-Immigrant Visa For Thailand

According to the Royal Thai Consulate, Birmingham, U.K. Website some of the requirements listed above are not required if you apply for your Category “O” Non-Immigrant Visa at the Consulate, but other requirements are listed.

The following, for example, are not listed as being required:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Letter of acceptance from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare (Alien Occupational Control Division, Department of Employment.

My husband got his Multiple Entry Category “O” Non-Immigrant Visa For Thailand from Royal Thai Consulate, Birmingham with just our Thai Marriage certificate plus of course his passport, Fee, and the completed Form.

Other Types Of Non-Immigrant Visas For Thailand There Are

In summary, because the descriptions on the official Thai websites are much longer, these are the different types of Non-Immigrant Visas For Thailand there are:

  1. (F) to perform official duties
  2. (B) to do business or to work
  3. (IM) to ‘invest with the concurrence of Thai Ministries and Government Departments ‘
  4. (IB) other investment
  5. (ED) to study, attend seminars, etc
  6. (M) to work as a film producer, journalist or reporter
  7. (R ) to perform missionary work or other religious activities
  8. (RS) to conduct scientific research or training or teaching
  9. (EX) to undertake skilled work or to work as an expert or specialist
  10. (O) other activities

Where To Get A Non-Immigrant Visa For Thailand

You can obtain your Non-Immigrant Visas For Thailand from either a Royal Thai Consulate Embassy or a Royal Thai Consulate. I have found that (in the U.K.) it is easier and faster to get your Non-Immigrant Visas for Thailand from the Royal Thai Consulate in Birmingham rather that the Royal Thai Consulate Embassy in London

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