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O-A VISA EXTEND FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Post by Mudguard » October 18, 2018, 1:29 am

Can I go over LAO border at Nong Kai and back again in same day as I used to 6 years ago?

I have an Australian O-A visa I want to extend for another year and plan to go on the 1st November...

My O-A expires on 6th Nov....Any help most appreciated...Cheers.

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Post by sometimewoodworker » October 18, 2018, 9:10 am

Mudguard wrote:
October 18, 2018, 1:29 am
Can I go over LAO border at Nong Kai and back again in same day as I used to 6 years ago?

I have an Australian O-A visa I want to extend for another year and plan to go on the 1st November...

My O-A expires on 6th Nov....Any help most appreciated...Cheers.
Visas can never be extended, only permissions to stay, and in your case you don't need an extension anyway.

However yes if you hop across the boarder, Nong Khai works for a day trip, before the O-A Visa expires (to be sure the 5th is the last really safe day) you will get a new 1 year permission to stay, during the new permission to stay period you will need a re-entry permit if you leave and want to keep the time on that permission to stay. Do check that you get the correct date on your new stamp before leaving Nong Khai as a correction may require you going back.
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Re: O-A VISA EXTEND FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Post by Mudguard » October 18, 2018, 9:56 am

Sometimewoodworker...Thanking u very much...Cheers..Mudguard.

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Post by semperfiguy » October 18, 2018, 11:21 am

Mudguard, I'm pretty sure this hop across the border and reentry for a one year extension of permission to stay will only be granted at the end of the first year after entering on a new Non-Immigrant O-A Visa. Beyond the first year it won't work that way. You'll have to extend at the immigration office and show the usual proof of income and other documentations that is required.
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Re: O-A VISA EXTEND FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Post by sometimewoodworker » October 18, 2018, 11:44 am

semperfiguy wrote:
October 18, 2018, 11:21 am
Mudguard, I'm pretty sure this hop across the border and reentry for a one year extension of permission to stay will only be granted at the end of the first year after entering on a new Non-Immigrant O-A Visa. Beyond the first year it won't work that way. You'll have to extend at the immigration office and show the usual proof of income and other documentations that is required.
It actually works at any time before the visa expires during the Visa's 1 year valid period because it's a ME visa. Every time you enter you get a new1 year permission to stay. Naturally once the visa has expired you can no longer use it to enter.

Also you can never get an extension of permission to stay when you enter Thailand. Extensions are only give by main immigration offices inside Thailand, there are none at any border.

The point that is confusing to many people is the very important difference between a visa (it just lets you into the country [usually]) and the permission to stay that (naturally) let's you stay in Thailand.

Also the fact that the visa period and the permission to stay period are almost never the same.
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Re: O-A VISA EXTEND FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Post by Mudguard » October 18, 2018, 1:32 pm

Thanks members...It will be my first year with this visa..should not be any trouble...Cheers..

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Post by tamada » October 18, 2018, 7:56 pm

Yep. Since the OP's currently here under the 1 year OA VISA and NOT an extension thereof, he can hop over and get a 1-year extension. Come Nov 2019, he can file for the maximum permitted 90-day extension at his local IO and be good until early Feb 2020-ish.

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Post by sometimewoodworker » October 18, 2018, 9:18 pm

tamada wrote:
October 18, 2018, 7:56 pm
Yep. Since the OP's currently here under the 1 year OA VISA and NOT an extension thereof, he can hop over and get a 1-year extension. Come Nov 2019, he can file for the maximum permitted 90-day extension at his local IO and be good until early Feb 2020-ish.
He will not get a 1 year extension by leaving and returning before his OA expires he will get a new 1 year permission to stay, (you can never get an extension of permission to stay when you enter Thailand)

He certainly can get a 30 day extension to the 1 year permission to stay at immigration (not 90 days, there are no 90 day extensions ) or 60 days if married to a Thai. However for exactly the same fee he can get a 1 year extension (though that will require money in the bank or proof of income or a combination of both)
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Re: O-A VISA EXTEND FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Post by tamada » October 19, 2018, 2:18 pm

sometimewoodworker wrote:
October 18, 2018, 9:18 pm
He will not get a 1 year extension by leaving and returning before his OA expires he will get a new 1 year permission to stay, (you can never get an extension of permission to stay when you enter Thailand)

He certainly can get a 30 day extension to the 1 year permission to stay at immigration (not 90 days, there are no 90 day extensions ) or 60 days if married to a Thai. However for exactly the same fee he can get a 1 year extension (though that will require money in the bank or proof of income or a combination of both)
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Re: O-A VISA EXTEND FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Post by Mudguard » October 31, 2018, 4:19 pm

I went to Lao over bridge today n all was completed within 1.5 hours .back out in Thailand...Cheers..

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Re: O-A VISA EXTEND FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Post by FrazeeDK » December 19, 2018, 6:07 pm

went in today Wednesday 19 December to do our annual Retirement Extension (nr. 6). Arrived at the Imm. office at 0855 (it opens at 0830) and were queue number 2.. After five minutes waiting the lady called us to the desk, took our paperwork/passports and proceeded to process the extensions in a fast efficient manner.. This is the 30 something lady who seems to be in charge of the visa counter now vice the older guy who I guess retired. She was processing our extensions/multi re-entry permits as well as reviewing all other applications and initialing them.. She had her squad of college interns working at top speed.. All finished in less than 30 minutes and out the door.. No tips asked for....

BTW, after 0900 there was a flood of about a dozen folks doing things with the visa desk.. From the influx after 0900 I got the impression most folks assumed Immo opens at 0900 rather than 0830.
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Re: O-A VISA EXTEND FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Post by kopkei » December 21, 2018, 5:35 pm

after 0900 there was a flood of about a dozen folks doing things with the visa desk....
if you do extension based on 800.000 on the bank they always have told me the bank letter should be same date as application , i was with my extension there at 9 am ,because it took 30min to get the bank letter.... ,it was very busy but was in and out in 1 hour.... ;)

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Re: O-A VISA EXTEND FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Post by tamada » December 21, 2018, 6:03 pm

Still reckon I'll do the 3.30 PM slot.

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Post by vincemunday » December 21, 2018, 6:13 pm

Did mine at about 2.30pm last time, in and out like an SAS attack.
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Re: O-A VISA EXTEND FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Post by bluejets » December 23, 2018, 6:18 am

Mudguard wrote:
October 31, 2018, 4:19 pm
I went to Lao over bridge today n all was completed within 1.5 hours .back out in Thailand...Cheers..
How about a blow by blow description of just what you actually did?
Might help others.

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