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    panic ED visa for Thailand step by step guide

    Hi all,
    It's me with a new topic.
    Well, I am going to talk about ED visa as well, as I think it's the best choice for people who want to stay in Thailand for long period.

    Meanwhile, I am going to talk about Thai language and culture courses for people who like to learn it and doesn't need any visa

    Ed visa is education visa you can get it through universities or language schools in Thailand. This way they support you gaining ED visa as well. But for people who are not interested in universities and look for cheaper prices, the best is language courses in schools. It has no restriction, age up to 12, no nationality bans and no visa runs. you just apply for a language course and they prepare everything for you to get the visa.

    Note: You need to go out of Thailand to get the visa that takes 1-2 days

    Q & A

    What is an ED Visa? Why You should get it?

    Well, there are so many people like to live in Thailand but they are wonder how can they do it. I think the best way to stay in Thailand for a long period without any concern about visa runs, hidden fees and so on is to gaining ED Visa that not only provide you a long term stay without any need to leave the country but meanwhile you would learn a new language as well.

    How to get that?
    It's easy, as you can get it so fast! You just need to apply in a language school in Thailand and then they will do all the paper works for you and then send you a letter to get a visa with from your country.

    Does it have any restriction?
    No, if you are 12 and up you can get it without any limitations.

    What do you need?
    8 Passport size photos
    Passport
    The language course fee

    How you can pay it?
    You can send the documents to the school and transfer money through bank, credit card, PayPal and so on.

    How many years can you renew it?
    for each language almost 3 years. ED visa is extendable to 10 years

    Can you work with this visa?
    Unfortunately, no. But you can change the visa easily if you find one.

    How long does it take that the school send you the letters?
    4-6 weeks

    Thai courses :
    How you will learn Thai?
    I know when you look at Thai alphabets, or take a Thai newspaper you wonder how you are going to understand this complicated letters that comes one with another in a row. I know, I had the same feeling first time i saw the, but don't worry. You will learn it in a very natural way. You like to know more? then ask and I guide you for free. Is there any other fantastic chance for you?

    At your service,
    Neda

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    Re: ED visa for Thailand step by step guide

    Hi Neda!
    Thank you very much for all that details, helps a lot!
    Do you have any name concerning good school in bagkok to learn thai language?
    Thx

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    Re: ED visa for Thailand step by step guide

    Neda, the moderators are very suspicious of your post as it seems that you set it up to promote your own language school. We don't mind you doing this but you do need to be upfront about this at the start. If you wish to purchase advertising space on these forums, please contact our advertising department at www.paknamweb.com

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    Re: ED visa for Thailand step by step guide

    So many people move here with tourist visa and after a while they stuck in visa runs. They don't want to marry, can't do business and can't be retired. So the best choice for them is to gaining ED Visa which is the cheapest, easiest and meanwhile you learn a new language. So, let's share your ideas about it. I may guide you how to get it and what's the best choice for you.

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    Re: ED visa for Thailand step by step guide

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Barrow View Post
    Neda, the moderators are very suspicious of your post as it seems that you set it up to promote your own language school. We don't mind you doing this but you do need to be upfront about this at the start. If you wish to purchase advertising space on these forums, please contact our advertising department at www.paknamweb.com
    Sure Richard, Thanks. I just tried to make a review of schools, so I just give information not reviews.

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    Re: ED visa for Thailand step by step guide

    Just to give me some ideas quickly, which other schools are you going to review or give information on? Please just name them now.

    Quite frankly, this statement of yours confuses me :
    Sure Richard, Thanks. I just tried to make a review of schools, so I just give information not reviews.

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    Re: ED visa for Thailand step by step guide

    The post by "Neda" is a carbon copy of posts on other forums concerning Thailand, all under the same or similar user name.

    So here's a carbon copy of what I replied on one of them;


    Sorry in advance this is long, perhaps if you stick with it you will find it of value..

    The ED visa has become a "catch all" for people who can't/don't qualify for other types of visas in Thailand. Honestly if someone's under 50 y/o, not married to a Thai, not working legally here on a B visa and work permit, there are few options for them to stay here long term other than the ED visa or back to back tourist visas (which is getting tougher to do).

    There are a couple of things "nedaaa" didn't point out. You can't just go to ANY Language school (of which there are no shortage here in the glorious "Land 'O Thais"). You've gotta make sure the one you select is registered with the Ministry of Education because it's that registration which allows them to get you the correct paperwork to leave the country and apply for an ED visa at a Thai consulate or Embassy.

    The MOE has a minimum 4 hours a week that you must study Thai. Some schools have the minimum hours set much higher and it is up to the individual school if they want their own criteria for attendance so they issue ED visa support documentation higher than the MOE. Honestly, a foreigner could learn Thai possibly the rest of their life at a measely 4 hours a week and NEVER get past "2-word-tourist-thai" or "phrozen-phrazes".

    Most schools can get that paperwork from the Ministry of Education in a matter of days NOT weeks, especially now seeing as the process is online and schools can see the progress of the application by logging in to the MOE website. I know several schools where students paid their tuition on Monday and their paperwork was ready that Friday. Some schools will try to charge you an "express service fee" which is just another way to get more of your hard earned baht.

    Right now I think in Bangkok tuition for a year long Thai program which meets the MOE minimum ranges from a low of 18,500 to a high of 34,000 baht. These are schools which target the foreigner who wants to learn Thai, and they are registered with the MOE, so getting your support documentation for the ED visa isn't gonna be a problem. There are also a LOT of schools out there who aren’t registered with the MOE so don’t provide “visa assistance” yet have incredible Thai language programs. They concentrate on teachin’ Thai NOT on figuring out how foreigners can stay here. Their clientele is usually business people already here on B visas etc, so a different demographic entirely.

    Another thing is; once we're grown up, the way we acquire knowledge is "hard wired" to a degree. We don't learn like children by soaking up information like a sponge no matter how it's presented. You hafta be sure that the school you choose teaches Thai in a way that "clicks with how you learn". Some schools do nothing more than teach "rote Thai phrases", which only makes "parrots". Those are people who can parrot sentences in Thai, yet the minute the conversation goes "off script" they're lost.

    There are enough Thai language schools in Bangkok registered with the Ministry of Education so that a student can find a good match between how they learn things and how the school teaches Thai to foreigners. I'd NEVER suggest that a student transfer money to the first Thai language school they find thru "Google". Come here, visit a few schools, most all of them let you sit a "sample class". That way you can "try before you buy". It's not gonna help you to find out the school you paid your tuition too teaches Thai in a way that doesn't mesh with how you learn things.

    Also when you do visit a perspective school, look at ALL their text books, at the vocab being presented in the chapters, talk to currently enrolled students (on a break OUTSIDE the school) to see if they feel they're getting "bang-4-the-baht" in terms of learning Thai. Schools wanna sell you their program, they're much less concerned about how you learn, but that should be your primary concern when thinkin' of attending a school.

    An intelligent person may wonder how I know this stuff? Well I've been to about 20 Thai language schools here in Bangkok and written reviews about 10-12 so far. Wanna read the reviews Google; "Tod Daniels Thai Language" and you should find me. <- yes this was a totally shameless plug

    My motivation to learn Thai was different from most people. I realized because your average run-of-the-mill Thais possessed marginal english, I had to be able to communicate with these people to get things done here. It came to me that close to 65 million people in this country can speak/understand read/write Central Thai (the government approved version of Thai the country over). I also realized they ALL couldn't be smarter than I was (some for sure but not every last one of 'em). I am basically a "self taught" learner of the language (although I did attend an all too well known school for a year, after I'd taught myself to read Thai already). Now I can speak/understand, read/write & type Thai, and I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed. If I can do it just about anyone can

    It takes time, it takes motivation, and it takes having the language presented in a way that makes sense to you. Thais learned this language by rote, by having it literally beaten into their heads as kids, and as adult non-native learners who possess a "mother language" already, we don't learn well that way. We wanna ask questions, make leaps in logic based on our mother tongue compared to Thai, etc.

    Anyway, good luck. . Again, sorry this was long. ..

    I can only say; what ever you do, DON'T enroll in the first Thai language school you walk past or see at the top of a Google search, because once you pay, you're never gonna get your tuition back. .. EVER. . .

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