This is a rant from Kirsty to the internet – never think that getting a work visa in thailand will be easy….
This is the long and complicated story of how I tried to getting a non b visa in Bangkok (work visa). It sounds pretty simple, all I needed to do was to get to the immigration office within 15 days of landing in Thailand and as long as I had all the right documents I would get my non b.
But obviously things in real life are never that simple! I held up my end of the bargain and went to the immigration office within 15 days, unfortunately work fucked up and didn’t send the papers…. STRIKE 1!
I was told it would all be fine, and that we would just apply for an extension near the end of my existing visa and then hey presto I would be fine.
So off we go back to the immigration office for the second time. OH NO, you can’t extend for more than 7 days on that visa madam, I’m afriad you won’t be able to get your non b today. STRIKE 2.
Now I had two options, I could go to Laos and apply for a tourist visa or I could fly in and out of the country and get another stamp. Both are pretty expensive, but I chose the latter. Right now I am regretting that decision but as the saying goes “hindsight is a wonderful thing”
I head back to the immigration office the day after I fly back into the country for the third time, I was thinking – this must be it, I have allll the documents and I have enough days on my visa…. NO! I’m sorry madam there has been a rule change, we need to see your original degree certificate for us to give you your new visa… STRIKE 3!
Now by this point I am pretty pissed off, I have already spent over 8000 baht trying to get this all important non b visa! So I ring my Mum begging her to send over my degree certificate asap, it’s a three day national holiday here in Bangkok so it won’t be arriving for a week.
I sit tight, a week comes and goes, 8 days 9 days 10 days still no degree certificate! I must be having the worst luck in the world!
On the second to last day I can get the visa I try my luck at another immigration office, I already kinda know they won’t be able to do it, but figure what’s the harm. Within minutes they tell me I am in the wrong place and I need to go to the main immigration office in town… STRIKE 4!
There is one other final “maybe” option. I can got to my own embassy and get my degree certificate copy notorised by them. So on the last possible day I headed to the British embassy, a couple hours later 4000 baht lighter I come out with a lovely shiny seal of approval.
Now time to race back to the Thai immigration.., wait for three hours to be seen and finally get my non b????
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