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    Savannakhet Marriage Visa without funds, last week

    hello everyone, i just thought i would share this with you guys in case you know of anyone needing a visa without the funds in their bank account.
    I went to Savannakhet last week (14/08/14) and got a Non B marriage visa without the 400 000 baht in my bank. I sat down outside the consulate with a lady agent who went through my paperwork and told me a did not need the original documents, she glued my fotos to a form filled it all in and after paying her 60 baht i was through the gates to the consulate to hand my papers in.
    At a little after 3pm i went back and received my lovely new visa.
    So easy and painless and i had been sweating so much about this bloody visa for months beforehand !
    Hope this helps someone and please feel free to ask away for any further info regarding my trip from Chiang Mai to Savannakhet.
    Cheers guys
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    ^ so? You do not need money in your bank for the visa. It is the extension you need the money for.

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    SK, good to hear no change there, I'm off again next month.
    Still the old place, or has the new placed opened.

    Gerbil, it's a multi O spouse visa, no problem, no money in your home country, but in SEA, Sav is the last place that doesn't want to see a bank book. Jim

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    This sort of stuff I find quite confusing.

    Considering a Marriage Visa is quite a substantial and important Visa one would think the rules to get one would be the same at every place in Thailand.

    Strange innit.

    I mean he has not bribed them so no Tea money has changed hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
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    This sort of stuff I find quite confusing.

    Considering a Marriage Visa is quite a substantial and important Visa one would think the rules to get one would be the same at every place in Thailand.

    Strange innit.

    I mean he has not bribed them so no Tea money has changed hands.
    Just how rules are interpreted, by different places, visas are issued outside of Thailand.
    Not just Thailand, my kids can have UK passports, in Thailand, lots of crap to go through at the UK embassy, in OZ, can do it at a post office.
    Drivers licence, Victoria you may only hold one license and international is good for 3 months only. Good for 12 months in Australia, but not in Vic.
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    I don't think you got a Non-Immigrant Type-B visa..

    I think you got a Type-O (Other) for being married to a Thai.

    You didn't have to sit with the lady outside and waste 2 bucks, those forms are free, and if you're married to a thai national but don't want to or can't show funds Savannakhet has been the "soft touch" embassy for almost a year now..

    I'd imagine you got a year long multi-entry Non-Immigrant Type-O visa for about 5K baht. Right?

    Dunno why you were sweating it, every forum about thailand has had nothing but posts like this..

    It's an easy no-brainer to get that visa there.

    Still good on you...

    Now just remember to "run-4-the-border" every 90 days and you'll be good for almost 15 months..
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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister
    Sav is the last place that doesn't want to see a bank book
    Quote Originally Posted by toddaniels
    5K baht
    Are that embassy and the Hull one run by the same people?



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    Actually, if the truth be told;

    That 'year long multi-entry Non-Immigrant Type-O visa' based on marriage to a thai national is available at a few honorary consulates in the US. They will issue them with the same documentation Savannakhet wants.

    Still, good on the O/P for getting sorted. It does take a load off knowing you have at least 15 months in country..

    Wish the O/P'd weigh in and lemme know if Savannakhet gave them an "O" or a "B" visa though, because some people have been knocked back at Savannakhet applying for "B" visas there with all their paperwork correct.

    "Albert Shagnastier"; FWIW: Hull went from the softest touch consulate in Europe to one which is hard as nails to deal with. There are report after report where people who'd been getting visas from Hull for years couldn't get 'em any more. This was pawned off as the Thai Embassy changing the rules and the way Hull interprets them.
    Right now I think Cardiff isn't bad, but I'm not sure..

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    I got the 1 year non-O in Brisbane, not for marriage but for a kid (we're not married but together).

    I took in the original Thai birth certificate, my passport, photo-copy of Mrs passport and a statement of my Thai bank acc. They said they didn't need the bank statement, took the rest of the stuff and said come back in 2 hours, which I did, paid $215 and got the visa. Too easy.

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    I was at Savanna about 3 weeks ago. Over the years I've been to most Embassies and consulates nearby and Savanna was the quietest place so far. I was expecting massive hordes of runners and queueing for hours but there was only around 50 there when it opened at 9am.

    Picked up my passport/non-imm 'o' at 3.30pm same day and it was 'first come, first served'. Just show them your ticket and receive your passport. So it's not really necessary to get there when it first opens in the morning as you'll only have around 6 very long hours to kill, and there ain't much to do there except find somewhere to sit and watch other visa applicants walking around aimlessly looking for somewhere to visit or something to do.

    Documents handed over;
    application form with TWO photos.
    Copy of marriage cert, house registration book, wife's Thai ID (front only) and photo page of my passport.

    Was asked to see only original of marriage certificate and no photocopies were signed by my wife. (a bit pointless anyway if they don't know what her real signature looks like, but had signed copies with me just in case)

    After picking up the Passport I headed back to Mukdahan and boarded a BKK bound bus at 6.30pm.

    If I ever have to go there again then I'll get the day-time bus from BKK to Mukdahan, stay overnight and then cross over late morning into Savanna and arrive at the consulate around noon. Then kill any remaining time in an internet shop.
    Two consecutive overnight bus trips was too tiring for me, so hopefully next time I'll fly to somewhere else, even if it means showing funds and staying a night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    SK, good to hear no change there, I'm off again next month.
    Still the old place, or has the new placed opened.

    Gerbil, it's a multi O spouse visa, no problem, no money in your home country, but in SEA, Sav is the last place that doesn't want to see a bank book. Jim
    yep still the little side street, i did find a small bar near the river front with excellent free wi-fi and good cold beer Lao (15 000 kip) and nice food.
    owned by a lady from Malaysia called Lisa and the bar was called 'Lucky Day' i think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddaniels View Post
    I don't think you got a Non-Immigrant Type-B visa..

    I think you got a Type-O (Other) for being married to a Thai.

    You didn't have to sit with the lady outside and waste 2 bucks, those forms are free, and if you're married to a thai national but don't want to or can't show funds Savannakhet has been the "soft touch" embassy for almost a year now..

    I'd imagine you got a year long multi-entry Non-Immigrant Type-O visa for about 5K baht. Right?

    Dunno why you were sweating it, every forum about thailand has had nothing but posts like this..

    It's an easy no-brainer to get that visa there.

    Still good on you...

    Now just remember to "run-4-the-border" every 90 days and you'll be good for almost 15 months..
    hahaha i was sweating it because the Thai 'Junta' seem to making stuff up on a daily bases and i was not 100 % sure of getting out of Laos if they had changed it. I am of the opinion if something is going to go wrong then i will happen to me.
    And yeah its the Non O with no 'employment prohibited' written on it, which was a bonus.
    The reason i went to the lady outside was to make sure that my wife's name change (not to mine yet) and my paper stating i have lived in my house for the last 30 days was up, just checking to see if everything was spot on !
    Im cautious mate, but thanks for the input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddaniels View Post
    Actually, if the truth be told;

    That 'year long multi-entry Non-Immigrant Type-O visa' based on marriage to a thai national is available at a few honorary consulates in the US. They will issue them with the same documentation Savannakhet wants.

    Still, good on the O/P for getting sorted. It does take a load off knowing you have at least 15 months in country..

    Wish the O/P'd weigh in and lemme know if Savannakhet gave them an "O" or a "B" visa though, because some people have been knocked back at Savannakhet applying for "B" visas there with all their paperwork correct.

    "Albert Shagnastier"; FWIW: Hull went from the softest touch consulate in Europe to one which is hard as nails to deal with. There are report after report where people who'd been getting visas from Hull for years couldn't get 'em any more. This was pawned off as the Thai Embassy changing the rules and the way Hull interprets them.
    Right now I think Cardiff isn't bad, but I'm not sure..
    okay i apologize for not stating the type i got, i was under the impression you could only get the one i got NON O..... work prohibited was 'NOT' written on it either.
    cheers for the feedback

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza View Post
    I was at Savanna about 3 weeks ago. Over the years I've been to most Embassies and consulates nearby and Savanna was the quietest place so far. I was expecting massive hordes of runners and queueing for hours but there was only around 50 there when it opened at 9am.

    Picked up my passport/non-imm 'o' at 3.30pm same day and it was 'first come, first served'. Just show them your ticket and receive your passport. So it's not really necessary to get there when it first opens in the morning as you'll only have around 6 very long hours to kill, and there ain't much to do there except find somewhere to sit and watch other visa applicants walking around aimlessly looking for somewhere to visit or something to do.

    Documents handed over;
    application form with TWO photos.
    Copy of marriage cert, house registration book, wife's Thai ID (front only) and photo page of my passport.

    Was asked to see only original of marriage certificate and no photocopies were signed by my wife. (a bit pointless anyway if they don't know what her real signature looks like, but had signed copies with me just in case)

    After picking up the Passport I headed back to Mukdahan and boarded a BKK bound bus at 6.30pm.

    If I ever have to go there again then I'll get the day-time bus from BKK to Mukdahan, stay overnight and then cross over late morning into Savanna and arrive at the consulate around noon. Then kill any remaining time in an internet shop.
    Two consecutive overnight bus trips was too tiring for me, so hopefully next time I'll fly to somewhere else, even if it means showing funds and staying a night.
    Mukdahan was such a miserable little town, but i had just travelled 17 hours on a bus, then got my visa came back across the border and couldn't stand the thought of traveling another 5 hours to another town to sleep in a hotel, so i 'roughed it'
    Not sure what i will do next time, maybe drive down, 11 hours by car from Chiang Mai.

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    I did it once and brought a long a typed letter in English and Thai from my wife asking for a Non-O visa to visit her. It's not needed though. If married for a while the Kor Ror 2 might be useful to have, can get at your local amphur for 20b, it's a document stating that you are still married. Good to have if your marriage cert is over 5 years old.

    I think I'd bring:

    Kor Ror 2
    Kor Ror 3 (Marriage Cert.)
    Wife's ID
    Wife's Tabien Bahn.

    With copies of all, signed by both is us.

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    Little bit off topic, as said I have to renew my O next month, usually stay the night in Sav. but as it's a same day turn around, can get back to Thailand that day. May take the wife and kids on a bit of a road trip, we will be coming from the Ubon direction.
    Anything in Mukdahan or near by worth a stopover, look see for the kids, too far to drive there and back in one day, have to leave here at 4 am. Jim

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    James, when entering Mukdahan coming from Ubon, you should pass the Jewel(?) Tower on the way in. It's an observation tower that looks over the town, river and nearby Laos. It's not all that tall but makes a refreshing change to see scenery not from ground level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazza View Post
    James, when entering Mukdahan coming from Ubon, you should pass the Jewel(?) Tower on the way in. It's an observation tower that looks over the town, river and nearby Laos. It's not all that tall but makes a refreshing change to see scenery not from ground level.
    Thanks, will have a look. Jim

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    I always bring my mini binoculars with me when I travel. It's a good spot there. Underneath the tower is all the local karaoke brothels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBell View Post
    I always bring my mini binoculars with me when I travel. It's a good spot there. Underneath the tower is all the local karaoke brothels.
    Think I will have to miss out on the pleasure of visiting the karaoke bars, this time. Jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DBell View Post
    I always bring my mini binoculars with me when I travel. It's a good spot there. Underneath the tower is all the local karaoke brothels.
    Think I will have to miss out on the pleasure of visiting the karaoke bars, this time. Jim
    personally i would stay well away from 'Muky dahan' i would have liked to of seen the tower though, maybe next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    ^
    This sort of stuff I find quite confusing.

    Considering a Marriage Visa is quite a substantial and important Visa one would think the rules to get one would be the same at every place in Thailand.

    Strange innit.

    I mean he has not bribed them so no Tea money has changed hands.
    Thailand same rules, your joking! turned down last week in Vientiane for marriage visa previous obtained in Brisbane and used in Savan but turned down in Vientiane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBell View Post

    I always bring my mini binoculars with me when I travel. It's a good spot there. Underneath the tower is all the local karaoke brothels.
    Next time you are there have a look at the huge wasps nests attached to the base of that tower, there friggin massive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpan View Post
    .

    Turned down last week in Vientiane for marriage visa previous obtained in Brisbane and used in Savan but turned down in Vientiane.
    Mad innit Peter. Trip to Bangkok maybe. ?

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    Its probably a stupid question but I will ask it.
    If Sav is relatively relaxed would they accept a UK Marriage certificate. We were married in the Uk in 2009. I read posts stating that a marriage certificate was shown, is this a marriage certificate obtained in a Farang country or are the kor 2 and kor 3 only acceptable. I have just done my last border hop on my UK obtained non O so have 90 days to sort out the kor 2 and 3.
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