I have been doing a bunch of research on the Visa situation and seem to be getting contradicting messages.
I am a US citizen, so technically I don't need a visa to enter Thailand for 30 days. But to apply for a Non-Imm B WITHIN Thailand I need to have a job secured, and the paperwork in to BKK before those 30 days are up. UNLESS I get a multiple entry tourist Visa, which will allow me to exit Thailand by land and apply for a Non-Imm upon re-entry.
Is it realistic to expect to have the paperwork together for a non-imm B within the 30 days I am given on a tourist visa?
correction: now I am reading on ajarn that you need to submit your non-imm B application 15 days before your tourist visa expires? That leaves me 15 days to interview, secure a job, get the paperwork together, and return to BKK. How does anybody do this!?
If you do not have pre-arranged employment then you will need to get an actual tourist visa (double entry if you are entering late in the year since job hunting is more difficult from Dec-Feb) if you are going to try to get it done without the need of a border run.
If you enter on a 30-day stamp then you can rest assured that you will be making a visa run to Laos (or another neighboring country) at least once to get a visa (tourist or non-b).
Also, if I am getting a multiple entry visa, won't that mean I'll have to do a border run anyways?
The single-entry Visa will allow me 60 days plus a 30 day extension, surely this will be enough time to secure a work permit/B visa, however all the websites I've looked at want a hefty amount for even a single-entry Visa and I don;t live near a consulate. Is it possible to apply directly to the consulate by mail?
Last edited by mazaa; 15th August 2012 at 10:16.
Royal Thai Consulate - General Los Angeles
If you are arriving in Nov/Dec you can pretty much count on needing more than 90 days to get everything worked out and transfer to a non-b.
Yes, a double entry visa will require a border run but you effectively get 6 months to get settled with one run to the border and back and not having to deal with a thai consulate/embassy/getting a new visa.
Not bad for job hunting but it isn't like it will be next April.
The advantage of the multi-entry visa is that it takes the pressure off of taking whatever you can find out of desperation and gives you the luxury of finding something that works for you.
You are in the States, we are over here... do what you think is best....
Just remember.. this ain't Kansas there Toto.