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tideout



Joined: 05 Feb 2011
Posts: 182

PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:51 pm    Post subject: Paperwork preparations.... Reply with quote

I'm about to leave my home hemisphere and wanted to do a last check on any paperwork requirements before I leave "home".

It appears people go to Thailand with a variety of backgrounds and different levels of being prepared. I'm not going there with the idea of "backpacking" in and then leaving after 3 months so I want to be prepared for the longer haul in terms of documents.

Currently I have the following:

US passport
Birth certificate - w/ apostille
TESOL cert. - w/apostille
B.A. degree - w/ apostille
FBI background check (about a year old) - w/ apostille
College transcript w/ the last two years of my degree (doesn't include my first two years that I transferred in with).

Anything else missing for the long haul or better opportunities?

Thoughts are appreciated.

tideout.
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plumpy nut



Joined: 12 Mar 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Paperwork preparations.... Reply with quote

tideout wrote:
Birth certificate - w/ apostille


Unneccesary considering you have to have a passport to get into another country

tideout wrote:
FBI background check (about a year old) - w/ apostille


Jobs that require a background check might require a check that has been done within 6 months. I would get a State Police background check.
You have it within two weeks. The only country that I know of that requires FBI CBC's is Korea. If you want to be sure get both a State Police check and FBI check.

tideout wrote:
College transcript w/ the last two years of my degree (doesn't include my first two years that I transferred in with).


They usually don't include transfer classes, All employers usually want to see is grade point average and that you have the degree.
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tideout



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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:00 pm    Post subject: Re: Paperwork preparations.... Reply with quote

plumpy nut wrote:
tideout wrote:
Birth certificate - w/ apostille


Unneccesary considering you have to have a passport to get into another country

tideout wrote:
FBI background check (about a year old) - w/ apostille


Jobs that require a background check might require a check that has been done within 6 months. I would get a State Police background check.
You have it within two weeks. The only country that I know of that requires FBI CBC's is Korea. If you want to be sure get both a State Police check and FBI check.

tideout wrote:
College transcript w/ the last two years of my degree (doesn't include my first two years that I transferred in with).


They usually don't include transfer classes, All employers usually want to see is grade point average and that you have the degree.


Thanks for your response. I've got another FBI check due to arrive in about 2 weeks or so. I'll get it apostilled via family in the US.

Although I'm not in Korea now, that's what I do - make a cup of coffee in the morning and start thinking about the next FBI check! Rolling Eyes

Thanks for your thoughts on the transcript as likely being enough. Looks like I'm pretty ready to go.....

Regards,
tideout
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tttompatz



Joined: 06 Mar 2010
Posts: 1951
Location: Talibon, Bohol, Philippines

PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thailand is NOT a signatory to the apostille treaty so you don't need the added time and expense to get an apostille on your documents.

As an American you need:
passport
degree
transcripts
CBC for work at the better schools and occasionally for immigration. State level is fine.

Some employers want (or care) to see a TEFL cert. The vast majority don't care provided you meet the requirements for a visa and work permit.
(doubly so for work in government/public/temple schools.)

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tideout



Joined: 05 Feb 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the responses! Looks like I'll be booking a flight soon.

Regards,
tideout
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