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Non-Immigrant O Visa: Most Important Tips For Dependent Visa

Non-Immigrant O Visa is issued to applicants who wish to enter Thailand for the below purposes.

What should I do if I plan to move to Thailand for working and want to bring your family along?

You’ll need to get a Non-Immigrant O (Dependent) Visa in Thailand for your spouse and children so they can stay in the country alongside you.

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What is a Non-Immigrant O Visa?

This type of visa is obtained by family members of a foreigner working in Thailand. Family can accompany either with Tourist Visa or 30 days exempt stamp and get Non-Immigrant O Visa at Bangkok Immigration. Children exceeding 20 years of age are not eligible to get a dependent visa.

Non-Immigrant type O Visa includes:

    1. Non-Immigrant Visa type O (Retirement) with O-A  (Long-stay 1 year)  and O-X (Long-stay – 5 years).
    2.  Non-Immigrant Visa type O (Dependent Visa) for a family member of foreigners.

What does Dependent Visa mean?

The Dependent Visa, also known as the Non-Immigrant O Visa, is specifically designed for family members of foreigners working in Thailand. For anyone searching for a family visa in Thailand, this is the ideal solution if they wish to remain in the Kingdom for more than 30 days.

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Who is eligible for a Family Visa for Thailand?

The Non-Immigrant O Visa is available to family members of a person working in Thailand or a spouse of a Thai National. In most cases, for a working expatriate, this would include their wife (if not a Thai national) and children, including step-children. Children over the age of 20 and parents cannot apply for a family visa for Thailand unless there is a medical reason for doing so and are legally deemed dependent.

Is it simple to get Thailand Non-Immigrant O Visa?

Assuming that you’re getting a Non-Immigrant B ( Non-B) Visa for yourself to work in Thailand, the process of getting Dependent Visas is rather simple.

The visa that your dependents will be applying for is the Non-Immigrant O Visa for accompanying spouses or family members. You can sponsor your dependents (spouse, children, and parents) to get this type of visa if you belong to one of three groups:

    1. You hold a Non-Immigrant B Visa and Work Permit.
    2. You hold a Retirement Visa and your dependents are under the age of 50
    3. You hold a Non-Immigrant O Visa and Work Permit to work in a foundation or charity

What documents are required for a Non-Immigrant O visa?

You will need the following papers to apply for a family visa in Thailand, regardless of where you apply:

    1. Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months.
    2. Photograph of the applicant, taken within the past six months.
    3. Financial evidence (e.g. bank statements, proof of earnings, proof of sponsorship from a third party).
    4. Proof of relationship to a family in Thailand.
      • Spouse of a Thai national.
        1. Marriage certificate.
        2. A copy of an ID card of a Thai spouse.
      • Children of a Thai national / Legally adopted child of a Thai national.
        1. Birth Certificate / Certificate of adoption.
        2. A copy of an ID card of a Thai parent.
      • Parent of a Thai national.
        1. Birth Certificate / Certificate of adoption.
        2. A copy of an ID card of a Thai children.
        3. Details of accommodation in Thailand.
        4. Travel Booking confirmation.
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Voluntary work with NGO/Charity/Association (Without salary):

    1. Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months.    
    2. Photograph of the applicant, taken within the past six months.
    3. Letter confirming voluntary work signed by an authorized person together with a copy of ID card or passport of the sign.
    4. Registration of NGO/Charity/Association

Visiting or staying with the applicant's family resided in Thailand (more than 60 days):

    1. Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months.
    2. Photograph of the applicant, taken within the past six months.
    3. Financial evidence, e.g. bank statements, proof of earnings, proof of sponsorship from a third party).
    4. Personal details of a family in Thailand, e.g. ID card, Passport, and the visa page or stay permit in Thailand.
    5. Proof of relationship to a family in Thailand, e.g. A copy of marriage certificate/birth certificate/certificate of adoption.
    6. Proof of accommodation in Thailand, e.g. Accommodation bookings, invitation letters from family/friends in Thailand.
    7. Travel booking confirmation.

Thai National Who has abandoned its Thai citizenship

    1. Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months.
    2. Photograph of the applicant, taken within the past six months.
    3. Proof of having Thai citizenship.
    4. Travel booking confirmation.

To be a contestant or a witness for the judicial process

    1. Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months.
    2. Photograph of the applicant, taken within the past six months.
    3. Documents showing participation in the judicial process.
    4. Financial evidence, e.g. bank statements, proof of earnings, proof of sponsorship from a third party).
    5. Travel booking confirmation.

Medical treatment (longer than 60 days)

    1. Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months.
    2. Photograph of the applicant, taken within the past six months.
    3. Letter of appointment from hospital/medical center.
    4. Copy of hospital/medical center registration certificate.
    5. Financial evidence, e.g. bank statements, proof of earnings, proof of sponsorship from a third party).

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    1. Passport or travel document with validity not less than 6 months.
    2. Photograph of the applicant, taken within the past six months.
    3. Note verbal requesting for the visa or letter confirming the employment details
    4. Registration of NGO/Charity/Association.

For subsequent extensions of the visa, the applicant must be physically in Thailand at the time of the application. The process for renewal should not commence more than 30 days before the existing expires.

How long is the Non-Immigrant O (Dependent) Visa valid for?

If the visa is applied for outside of Thailand, for example, in your home country or one of Thailand’s neighbors, the visa will be valid for up to 90 days (three months). The visa can be extended for an additional seven days at the discretion of the Thai Immigration Department.

If the visa is applied for in Thailand, such as converting a tourist visa or existing Non-Immigrant visa, it will be valid for up to one year. The visas are single-entry in both cases. However, for the one-year visa, it is possible to get a re-entry permit allowing you to leave and re-enter Thailand on the same visa.

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What is the process of applying for a Non-Immigrant O (Dependent) visa valid?

The application process can be quite complex; although the forms are relatively easy to complete, ensuring that you have all the correct documentation can be more challenging. Almost all company documents are solely in the Thai language, so knowing which are required can be quite challenging if you can’t read Thai.

Typically, applications for the first 90-day visa (outside Thailand) can be submitted online or in person with payments made in your local currency. In most cases, cash, cheque, and credit or debit cards are accepted, but this can vary according to individual embassy policy. The process usually takes between 5 and 10 days.

Applications in your home country are more straightforward, but if you require a one-year visa, you will need to visit the Thai Immigration office at Chaeng Wattana in Bangkok. You will need to take a complete set of paperwork will be required, and you will need to answer any questions posed by the immigration official. Most speak a reasonable standard of English, but it is common for additional documentation to be required.

Additional info

Visa applicants are suggested to apply at least 15 working days before the intended traveling date to Thailand.

Once inside Thailand, to keep track of how long they’ve been in the nation, your dependant must also file a 90-day report with the local Immigration Office.

The Non-Immigrant O Visa for dependents does not allow them to legally work in Thailand. If your spouse wishes to work he or she should get the appropriate Non-Immigrant B Visa and Work Permit through their own employers.

 

Getting a Non-Immigrant O /Dependent Visa for your spouse or child to stay with you in Thailand is a piece of cake for Thai Visas Express employees. Our team takes care of all the details and will guide you through the full procedure from start to finish. You shouldn’t stress about this aspect of going to Thailand.

Remind for visa holders

  • 90-day Reporting 

Non-Immigrant 0 visa holders are required to notify the Immigration Office regarding their current residential address every 90 days. This can be done either by mail or by personal visit to the immigration office. You may also enlist an agent’s services to do this on your behalf through a Power of Attorney.

If the retiree is not in the country when the report is due, the counting for the 90-days will start again after re-entry to Thailand.

  • Re-entry Permit 

If you plan to travel in and out of Thailand during your visa validity year, you will need a multiple re-entry permit to do so and avoid your visa from getting canceled. Otherwise, you need not apply if you plan to stay in Thailand the whole time.

In case you find the need to leave the country for whatever reason, you can apply for a re-entry permit at the nearest Immigration Office or the international airport before leaving the country.

Thailand Non-Immigrant O (Dependent Visa) FAQs:

What is an O visa in Thailand?

Thailand Non-Immigrant type O for:

    • Anyone  who wishes to stay with family in Thailand (Thai Family, dependent visa, spouse visa)
    • Anyone who wishes for volunteering works with the state enterprises or social welfare organizations in Thailand (Thai Volunteer Visa).
    • Anyone who wishes to retire in Thailand (Thai Retirement visa).

What is the difference between an O and OA visa in Thailand?

Non-Immigrant type O includes Non-Immigrant type O (for Thai family Visa, Volunteer Visa) and Non-Immigrant type O (Retirement Visa) with O-A (long stay 1 year) and O-X (long stay 5 years).

Can you get a non O visa in Thailand?

Yes, you can, you must spend 60 days in Thailand before filing for a Non O Visa Thailand.

These documents are required to apply for this visa: marriage, birth, or adoption certificates are proof of connection or proof of NGOs.

Can you work on a non O visa?

No, you can not. The Non-Immigrant O Visa does not allow you to work in Thailand, however, it does allow you to apply for a work permit. Working in Thailand without work permission is unlawful and may result in penalties, jail, and loss of visa.

How do I renew my non O visa in Thailand?

You must apply for a Thailand Visa Extension at the Thai Immigration Department office that oversees the region where you will reside. Application for Extension of Temporary Stay in the Kingdom – Form TM7

Can I extend a non immigrant O visa in Thailand?

Yes, you can. It is possible to extend your stay in Thailand for up to one year. Extensions may be granted for retirement, marriage with a Thai citizen, work, education, and other reasons.

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