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    Question UK National moving to Thailand to live with future thai wife

    I would appreciate some advise on how best to obtain a thai visa which would enable me to work. I am getting married next year to my Thai girlfriend and having worked all my working life I do not want to retire yet. I am 52 years old and I would like to work at least another 10 years. Any guidance on this would be gratefully received as I have read previous posts and I am somewhat confused. Thanks Robin

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    Welcome to the forum. Work in Thailand is feasible but far from easy. I am not the right person to answer your question.

    What work do you think you can do ? The rewards may be rather modest.

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    If you have a Degree many schools, especially those situated in rural places, would take you on as an English teacher. You would obviously need a visa but many schools would help with that. They used to be issued yearly though I'm out of date and things have probably changed.

    Without a Degree, or specialist knowledge/qualifications, the harder it will be to legally work in Thailand,
    (I would always advise being honest and legal working in Thailand as you could be barred).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Linne View Post
    Welcome to the forum. Work in Thailand is feasible but far from easy. I am not the right person to answer your question.

    What work do you think you can do ? The rewards may be rather modest.
    I Work in IT but do not have a degree.

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    As a IT Professional could I set up a business that employs me as its sole employee and offer my services to companies based in Thailand or is not feasible?

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    That would be wholly illegal and a one-way ticket to prison and deportment.

    Thailand's laws on foreign employment are very stringent and strictly adhered to.

    To put it in as few words as possible, if a Thai can do it, you can't.

    You can legally set up an IT company, only 49% owned by you, but you would be required to employ a minimum number of Thai people (can't recall the number) in order to get a work permit. Even having done that, and battled through a ton of bureaucracy to achieve it, the hands-on work you could carry out would be very limited.
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    Thanks for your reply - From the responses I have had so far it seems that working is not an option for me.

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    Thai wife here then ?

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    There are options.

    1. You can teach online through companies looking to school kids in countries like China.
    2. There are a few Philipino universities in BKK who will get you a degree with very little studying in about 18 months. These degrees are accepted in many schools right now though knowing Thailand that can change.
    3. Many Brits work in some kind of sales companies in BKK. I know nothing of these but they do exist.

    People are right in saying that you need a degree to teach. There are literally 100's of teachers working from fake degree certs. Not something I would do nor advise but some of these people are professionals in other areas and have lots of experience and skills to offer. I've worked with teachers there and here with all the PGCE, QTS qualifications schools desire yet they have been hopeless both inside and outside of school.

    If you have IT skills and can teach there WILL be a school out there who is glad to have you so don't give up.

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    work like 70 per cent of the population do

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    Explain?

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    As you point out studying is an option for me which I will investigate further - Thanks

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    You can legally set up an IT company, only 49% owned by you, but you would be required to employ a minimum number of Thai people (can't recall the number) in order to get a work permit
    It is currently 4 Thais for one non Thai. (some very limited exceptions)
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    Yep agree. If this is your, or anybody's, first go at living and working out there don't even contemplate setting up your own business. It takes years to understand 10% of how Thai bureaucracy works (or fails). It could send the calmest of people insane.

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    Hi welcome to the forum.
    A work permit and a visa are 2 different items, and both are required to work and live in Thailand, issued by 2 different agencies.

    lets cover visa's first, a visa's in most cases visa's are issued outside of Thailand by Thai embassies and consulates, they allow entry to thailand for a set amount of time , tourist visa 60 days and non immigrant visa's 'O' and 'B' (business visa's ) 90 days and in the case of a non immigrant 'O' 'A' visa one year (365 days). on entry you are given a permission to stay until stamp by immigration, and this then replaces the Visa, (if it is a single entry visa, the visa is now used and can be forgotten, or if its a multi entry visa further entries can be made up until the expiry date on the actual visa, normally one year ) this date on the permission to stay stamp must not be overstayed.

    An extension of the permission to stay stay stamp can be made at local immigration offices, (can be referred to as extension of the visa) fee payable 1,900 Baht. i will only cover the process of extension if married to a Thai national. this extension can be for 60 days if on any permission to stay stamp - visa exempt entry, tourist visa and non immigrant visa, if on a non immigrant permission to stay stamp then you can also extend for 1 year ( financial requirement come into play) one reason for this extension being extended is 'married to a Thai national') this extension can be renewal each year subject to certain condition one of which is financial.

    work permits can be issued to a 'married to Thai national' foreigner if that foreigner is on a permission to stay stamp based on a multi entry non immigrant 'O' visa, or a non immigrant 'B' visa or on a 'married to Thai national' yearly extension of stay.

    sorry to drag on

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    Many thanks for the reply I think I will get the immigration visa sorted first before looking at the possibility of work. Teaching english does appeal to me as I should be able to work part-time.

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