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thaitom



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:31 am    Post subject: Question about Z visa Reply with quote

Do I really have to go back to the USA to issue a work visa? I'm currently living in Thailand with a non-o visa.
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johntpartee



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm assuming you're asking if you need to go to the US to get a Z visa (I don't know what a non-o is). No, you do not. The invitation letter will specify which Chinese Embassy you will need to go to. I don't know if you can get one in Thailand, you may have to go somewhere else.
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doogsville



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I cant think of any reason why you wouldn't be able to get a z visa in Thailand. Why don't you check with the Chinese embassy or a consulate there and ask them? Assuming they speak some English of course, or perhaps have a Thai friend help you out.
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lemak



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

doogsville wrote:
I cant think of any reason why you wouldn't be able to get a z visa in Thailand. Why don't you check with the Chinese embassy or a consulate there and ask them? Assuming they speak some English of course, or perhaps have a Thai friend help you out.


Loads of English speakers in that Chinese embassy monstrosity in Bangkok. I was able to get a "z" visa on a Thai 30 day entry stamp (granted a year ago), so no reason to believe you wouldn't be able to do it with a more official visa than I had.
The invitation letter will just specify "Thailand", not Bangkok, meaning it's also possible to get it done in the vastly friendlier consulate in Chiang Mai as opposed to the more officious embassy in Bangkers. As I said I didn't have any problems in the capital city, but just make sure you have all your ducks in order before applying.
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thaitom



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies. So it isn't a problem. It's good to know I can just go to the consulate in chiangmai when the time comes, it's alot closer. It was just that this particular recruiter was telling me that the school I was scheduled for an interview requires that I return to the US for the visa.
Any of you heard of Lucky International?? (strange name).
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creeper1



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:32 pm    Post subject: latest Reply with quote

The very latest I have heard is that it is very difficult to get a Z-visa from Thailand. I even heard it was hard to get an L-visa from there never mind a Z-visa.

Vietnam is an option. A friend was recently issued one from Hanoi. He was asked for a medical check however.

Hong Kong may also be an option. You need the right paperwork however. You need the invitational letter to specify Honoi/Hong Kong or wherever.
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lemak



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thaitom wrote:
Thanks for the replies. So it isn't a problem.


It wasn't a problem for me and a couple of the teachers I work with here who also got their Z visas in Bangkok.....*a year ago*. Unfortunately things seem to be changing with regard to visa rules every month, and I'd also heard like creeper that Bangkok was one of the embassies that started making things difficult in the past 6 months or so - that's based however on people applying for Zs with tourist visas for Thailand as opposed to actually having a visa to properly reside there as you have. Of course it'd be way too much to hope for that anyone in the place would ever answer the phone or email should you actually seek to contact them.
Worth asking on ajarn also. You can sometimes get some updated info there too. Possibly someone has done, or been refused more recently.
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