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To convert or not to convert?

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1 To convert or not to convert? on Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:52 pm

gungchang

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My prior school sent a group of teachers to Lao a couple of times to get non-im B visas.

Then, they insisted on people arriving on tourist visas and converting them.

Getting a tourist visa has an advantage. If a mistake is made converting it to a B visa, it's a wasted trip to the local immigration office.  If there's a problem with the paperwork applying for a non-im B visa at a consulate, you've wasted a trip to another country.

But it can be easier to enter on a non-im visa. A tourist visa holder is more likely to be required to show more cash than I'm comfortable carrying or be denied entry at a land crossing.

Aye, there's the rub!

2 Re: To convert or not to convert? on Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:04 am

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3 Re: To convert or not to convert? on Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:14 am

Sirchai

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Guest wrote:
gungchang wrote:A "B" visa from a consulate involves a mountain of paperwork.

And it is a bigger mountain if converting at Immigration inside Thailand.


It's not. I've got all the documents sitting on my desk at school.

Did you ever convert a visa at a local Immigration, or have you read that somewhere on the internet?

The document you don't need when visiting a consulate is the provisional TL from Khurusapha.

4 Re: To convert or not to convert? on Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:17 am

Sirchai

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gungchang wrote:
Guest wrote:Strange - it is normally the other way around, and employers want you to go out and get a Non-B. The paperwork to convert in country is far more than if applying at a consulate or embassy.
If you're a newcomer and reading Guest for the first time, please be aware that Guest is a troll.

His posts are misinformation and should not be taken seriously. The exchange you're reading now is an example of troll crap.


+ 1. Please don't believe the (mis)information Guest has given you here. He/she makes it look like it would be way more difficult to convert a visa in Thailand, but it's definitely much better because you don't have to leave the country and waste money.

5 Re: To convert or not to convert? on Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:54 pm

gungchang

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At this point, further analysis of a troll in action may do little more than feed it.

Any troll post should receive commentary pointing out malicious bullshit, or be deleted.

We've done that.

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