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penny-lane



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 8:49 am    Post subject: Work Visas in Thailand Reply with quote

I'm planning on doing a TESOL course in Chiang Mai. Going on a multi entry tourist visa and then getting a part time job at a language school. How hard is it to get a non-immigrant B visa with the help of an employer especially when I won't be working full time and will be in Thailand for a maximum of 4 months. I am deliberating between 2 courses one that offers help with visas but is more expensive and one that doesn't not. Seeing you don't need a business/non-immigrant B visa to study but do for work, what's the best way to go about this!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!
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EFL Educator



Joined: 17 Jul 2013
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello there,

My advice is go with the one that helps you get a work visa and work permit if you want to teach part tine, Nowadays you need a work permit to teach at all here in the LOS. Without one you ( and your school) risk a heavy penalty if caught including deportation. Good luck!
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MaiPenRai



Joined: 17 Jan 2006
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have to be working a certain number of hours to be eligible for a work permit (if I recall correctly). Not sure, I think its like 12 hours a week or something. Schools can fudge these numbers, but they are unlikely to waste their time and money on someone only planning on staying a few months.

Its technically illegal to work without a work permit, but many many teachers and schools (mostly language schools) do it in Thailand. You should be fine.
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello there,

Work permits are the rule now for anyone seeking to teach English at all here in Thailand. Word has it that anyone caught by immigration teaching English (native speaker or non-native speaker) illegally here without a work permit is to be fined and deported to their country if caught as well as blacklisted. This includes a stint staying at the immigration holding and repatriation detention centres. Believe me these detention centres are not pleasant places to stay. If you want to work here in the LOS get a work permit and remember your work permit is only valid for the company or school that sponsors you. Good luck! Smile [/code]
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Aristede



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 21, 2014 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

EFL Educator wrote:


Word has it that anyone caught by immigration teaching English (native speaker or non-native speaker) illegally here without a work permit is to be fined and deported to their country if caught as well as blacklisted.


"Word has it" from what source? Are you acquainted with anyone this has happened to?
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suphanburi



Joined: 20 Mar 2014
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

EFL Educator wrote:
Hello there,

Work permits are the rule now for anyone seeking to teach English at all here in Thailand. Word has it that anyone caught by immigration teaching English (native speaker or non-native speaker) illegally here without a work permit is to be fined and deported to their country if caught as well as blacklisted. This includes a stint staying at the immigration holding and repatriation detention centres. Believe me these detention centres are not pleasant places to stay. If you want to work here in the LOS get a work permit and remember your work permit is only valid for the company or school that sponsors you. Good luck! Smile [/code]


You have that about 1/2 right.

Yes, a non-b visa and work permit are required by law if you want to legally work in Thailand. They, for a long time now, have required for anyone who wants to work "legally".

Yes, if someone makes an issue of you working without a proper visa and work permit you may be detained at an immigration center and required to leave the country (usually an exit order not deportation).

Unless you have done something like commit visa fraud you won't be "blacklisted" (correctly termed "labeled Persona non Grata") or bared from re-entry by Thai immigration. Many people just exit and return after a short stay out of the country and start again.

Truth is, there are literally thousands of people in the LOS teaching on tourist visas or simple border entry stamps. Unless someone actually complains to the authorities about you specifically there is likely NOTHING that will happen. If your boss is well connected there a strong possibility that nothing will happen anyway, even if you are reported.

If you are just looking for some one-off work teaching at a language center somewhere, no worry. In most places there is part-time work to be found (full time if you are decent in the classroom and can actually retain students).

For a few months, it will work. As a long term proposition... not so much. (those regular border crossings every few weeks will eat up your passport in a hurry).

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