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    Default What visa do i (31yr old) need to move to Thailand with my Thai wife and daughters

    Hi everyone,

    I've spent ages looking into this but i'm just getting more confused as to what visa i need and where to apply for it.

    My situation currently is that myself (31 years old, British Passport holder), my wife (Thai national, should be getting her British citizenship approved shortly, naturalisation application submitted in Feb 2020) and 2 daugthers (British and Thai passport holders) are hoping to relocate permanently to Thailand in June 2021.

    Obviously no issues for my wife and daughters but for myself i don't know which type of visa i need. I'm thinking a non immigrant O visa as i am under 50. But am i correct in thinking these are issued as single entry only?

    I highly doubt i am going to find a job in Thailand for my profession paying the salary i require (currently i'm a SNCO Engineer in the Armed Forces). Which means i am looking to either go into offshore work or work somewhere in the world for periods of time and return to Thailand between work. which means i need a multiple entry visa. i have read about visas based on marriage, or getting 1 year extensions based on marriage. i need multiple entry so i can go away for work and return freely in and out of the kingdom.

    any help much will be much appreciated with this.

    i haven't posted in years. however many of the regular posters on here were immensely helpful back in 2013 when i submitted both a tourist visit visa and settlement visa for my wife by myself both accepted first time with no issues!

    thanks...

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    When you get the 1 year marriage extension then you ask for a re-entry permit at the same time - or else at the airport when you leave. That is my understanding, others with more knowledge than me can confirm. You would also need a work permit in Thailand if you want to work and that is only granted for certain types of work.

    I think you will have to be in Thailand near the anniversary of the extension every year to extend it again. That may be a problem if you can't control the timing of your offshore work.

    If you are flush with cash, the Thailand Elite Visa could be an option for you. It is a fee so the money is gone, but it may give you the flexibility you need.

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    Welcome back Wayne, always good to see an old-timer reappear

    I hope life is treating you and yours well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne88 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I've spent ages looking into this but i'm just getting more confused as to what visa i need and where to apply for it.

    My situation currently is that myself (31 years old, British Passport holder), my wife (Thai national, should be getting her British citizenship approved shortly, naturalisation application submitted in Feb 2020) and 2 daugthers (British and Thai passport holders) are hoping to relocate permanently to Thailand in June 2021.

    Obviously no issues for my wife and daughters but for myself i don't know which type of visa i need. I'm thinking a non immigrant O visa as i am under 50. But am i correct in thinking these are issued as single entry only?

    I highly doubt i am going to find a job in Thailand for my profession paying the salary i require (currently i'm a SNCO Engineer in the Armed Forces). Which means i am looking to either go into offshore work or work somewhere in the world for periods of time and return to Thailand between work. which means i need a multiple entry visa. i have read about visas based on marriage, or getting 1 year extensions based on marriage. i need multiple entry so i can go away for work and return freely in and out of the kingdom.

    any help much will be much appreciated with this.

    i haven't posted in years. however many of the regular posters on here were immensely helpful back in 2013 when i submitted both a tourist visit visa and settlement visa for my wife by myself both accepted first time with no issues!

    thanks...
    I had a few Non - IMM O Visas (Multi - entry 12 months validity) issued in Singapore, Must leave TH each 90 days, I believe if you get in Savannakhet (Laos) you dont need financials, however in SG they required the equivalent of 400,000 THB but would except from a UK bank, they now operate this Visa online in SG, if approved then need go in person to show the documents and have the Visa placed in the passport, this is what happened on my last one before I started getting the 12 month Non IMM O extensions (plus re-entry permit).
    You will need to do an offshore survival course, these can be done in TH or anywhere, if in SE Asia they use the Tropical offshore survival, but UK is BOSIET with HUET (Europe / North Sea etc) there is an add on if need Norwegian waters, that is escaping using a chute. Make sure everything is OPITO approved. You will also need a MIST certificate (UK) and or I-MIST (International) the re-validations can be done online and a OGUK medical certificate (every 2 years and depending on age, each year for Norway) you can get this a Bumrungrad International Hospital (BKK) a short walk from Nana BTS, the cost is around half that of the UK but is much more stringent IE analyse blood and urine, with the results back before the Cert is issued.
    A lot of SE Asian countries have their own slightly different requirement IE Malaysia use a lot of boat transfers, so would need a boat transfer add on, I did this last time in Malaysia but only because my group needed it (I did nt get the ticket) but when I had to don the UK survival suit and do the Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System (CA-EBS) which they did nt need they all sat watching me, whilst eating a buffet dinner (lunch). You will need a Bideltoid Measurement Proforma (shoulders) and a Vantage Card (will get 1st time going offshore in UK).
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    thanks for the reply. the 1 year extension based on marriage is an extension of what initial visa though?

    I found this on the Royal Thai Embassy London site.
    'Non-Immigrant Type O (Visiting or staying with applicant's family resided in Thailand (more than 60 days) - single entry only)

    • Proof of relationship to a family in Thailand, e.g. a copy of marriage certificate / birth certificate / certificate of adoption
    • Personal details of a family in Thailand, e.g. ID card, Passport and the visa page or stay permit in Thailand
    • Proof of accommodation in Thailand e.g. hotel bookings, invitation letters from family/friends in Thailand
    • Financial evidence e.g. bank statements, proof of earnings, proof of sponsorship from a third party
    • Confirmation of legal residence in the UK or Ireland'

    Would this be the visa to get and then when in Thailand apply for a 1 year extension based on marriage with a multi entry permit?

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    Welcome back Wayne, always good to see an old-timer reappear

    I hope life is treating you and yours well.
    Life has been good over the past 6 years. The wife made the move permanently to the UK in Jan 2014 and she settled in fine (even with me being deployed several times for 6 months + and leaving her on her own). i take my hat off to her she was 21 when she arrived and coped amazingly we've had 2 daughters since then which she has had no help with during the many times i've been away on Ops. However she is excited at the prospect of moving back home next year. She misses the food of all things !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne88 View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I've spent ages looking into this but i'm just getting more confused as to what visa i need and where to apply for it.

    My situation currently is that myself (31 years old, British Passport holder), my wife (Thai national, should be getting her British citizenship approved shortly, naturalisation application submitted in Feb 2020) and 2 daugthers (British and Thai passport holders) are hoping to relocate permanently to Thailand in June 2021.

    Obviously no issues for my wife and daughters but for myself i don't know which type of visa i need. I'm thinking a non immigrant O visa as i am under 50. But am i correct in thinking these are issued as single entry only?

    I highly doubt i am going to find a job in Thailand for my profession paying the salary i require (currently i'm a SNCO Engineer in the Armed Forces). Which means i am looking to either go into offshore work or work somewhere in the world for periods of time and return to Thailand between work. which means i need a multiple entry visa. i have read about visas based on marriage, or getting 1 year extensions based on marriage. i need multiple entry so i can go away for work and return freely in and out of the kingdom.

    any help much will be much appreciated with this.

    i haven't posted in years. however many of the regular posters on here were immensely helpful back in 2013 when i submitted both a tourist visit visa and settlement visa for my wife by myself both accepted first time with no issues!

    thanks...
    Hi Wayne

    I am Ex Army myself, Infantry, 22 years. Have you thought of getting into Armed Security (PMC) kind of work? The money is not as gucci as it used to be but its not bad for doing what you want to be doing. It's what I am doing now. Off shore work will be a bigger earner, but just a thought for you.
    I had Non O Multi entry Visas from Savannakhet (Laos), you don't (didn't) need to show any funds. You can also get them from HCMC in Vietnam the only differance between the two places is (at the moment) you need a letter from your wife requesting you them to let you have a visa to come and see her if you get it from Vietnam.
    I come in on a 30 exemption stamp and then sort the visa out from there. Mine has run out at the moment but I should be getting it sorted out once I can get back home. Stuck in Iraq at the moment.

    Cheers

    Wayne

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