Taking a holiday in Thailand can be a great way to relax, but living in Thailand can be the experience of a lifetime. One of the difficulties involved with staying long term in Thailand is obtaining a long term visa. One of the basic problems derives from the fact that many travelers come to Thailand with a vague notion that they may wish to stay for a long period of time. The problem arises because these people do not plan ahead and get a long term visa from their home country before they leave for Thailand. With proper assistance, it can be a great deal less difficult to obtain a long term visa from the UK provided one has the proper documentation.
In Southeast Asia, even outside of Thailand, the visa obtainment process can be difficult and in some cases nearly impossible. Long term visas are even more difficult to obtain when compared to using the proper channels in the UK or Europe. In Southeast Asia, most Thai Embassies and Consulates will only issue 90 day visas to applicants. The reason for the short validity periods seems to be linked to a more stringent position recently taken by the Royal Thai Immigration Police. This is why prior planning of one’s immigration options can be very advantageous for the would-be long term resident in Thailand.
A Thai multiple entry visa is a long term visa that confers the right to remain in the country for intervals of 90 days at a time for the duration of the visa’s validity. This is slightly different from the Thai visa extension which allows the holder to remain in Thailand without the need to leave every 90 days. One of the drawbacks of the visa extension is the fact that one must obtain a reentry permit in order to depart and reenter Thailand while still keeping the visa valid. A nice bonus with regard to a Thai Multiple Entry Visa is the fact that one can get an extra 90 days in Thailand if the visa holder comes into the country right before the visa expires. Therefore, one could theoretically remain in Thailand for fifteen months by correctly utilizing the Thai Multiple Entry Visa.
For those interested in obtaining a long term visa to Thailand contact Integrity Legal today. Integrity Legal is a Legal Service in Thailand specializing in expatriate immigration issues, to contact the firm by email: Info@Integrity-Legal.com, or by telephone at +44 203-002-3837
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