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Non-Immigrant Visa Category “O”

Non-Immigrant Visa Category “O” is a versatile visa that serves various purposes. In this article, we will focus on the specific details regarding family visiting. If you are interested in other purposes for this visa, please refer to the appropriate sources.

Eligible Candidates

To be eligible for the Non-Immigrant “O” visa for family visiting, the applicant must currently reside in Australia and have a Thai national partner, parent, or child, or have a partner, parent, or child who is studying or working in Thailand.

Visa Conditions

There are two types of Non-Immigrant “O” visas: Single Entry and Multiple Entry.

  1. Non-Immigrant “O” Single Entry Visa: This visa is valid for 3 months from the date of issuance. Travelers must enter Thailand within this 3-month period and can stay for up to 90 days from the date of entry. If they wish to leave and re-enter Thailand during the 90-day stay, they must apply for a re-entry permit before departure. Failure to do so will result in the current stay permit being void.
  2. Non-Immigrant “O” Multiple Entry Visa: This visa is valid for 1 year from the date of issuance. Travelers must enter Thailand within the validity period and can stay for up to 90 days per entry.
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Please note that the extension of stay is at the discretion of the Immigration Officer and can be made at the Office of Immigration Bureau. For more information, visit iBlog.

Visa Application Procedures

To apply for a Non-Immigrant “O” visa for family visiting, applicants are required to submit the following documents to the Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra:

  • Completed Visa Application Form.
  • One (1) photograph affixed to the visa application form (3.5 x 4.5 cm, white background, taken within the last 6 months).
  • Passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the planned entry date to Thailand, with at least two empty pages. A copy of the passport’s bio information page is also required.
  • Australian Electronic Visa (VEVO) for proof of residence in Australia (for non-Australian passport holders).
  • Invitation letter from the applicant’s Thai national partner, parent, or child, along with a copy of their ID, home registration/residence, and work permit (if applicable) or transcript/letter of acceptance from schools/universities/institutes in Thailand (if the applicant’s Thai national partner, parent, or child is studying in Thailand).
  • Proof of relationship, such as marriage certificates and birth certificates.
  • Proof of sufficient finance, depending on the type of visa applied for.
  • Copy of an airline ticket indicating the date of arrival and departure from Thailand or itinerary.
  • Visa processing fee payable by cash, money order, or cheque.

For detailed information about the visa application process, requirements, and fees, it is recommended to visit iBlog.

Visa Processing Times

The processing time for the Non-Immigrant “O” visa is generally up to 10 business days. However, certain applications that require special attention may take longer to process.

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Disclaimers

  1. The Royal Thai Embassy reserves the right to request additional documents if deemed necessary and reject any application without prejudice.
  2. Failure to follow the above instructions may result in visa rejection or delay. The Royal Thai Embassy reserves the right to return all submitted documents to the nominated address or refuse to accept the application.
  3. If applicants provide false documents or information, their applications will be rejected, and appropriate action may be taken against them, including future prohibition from entering Thailand.
  4. Visa processing fees are non-refundable regardless of the outcome.
  5. Visa processing fees are subject to change without prior notice.
  6. Documents in foreign languages must be translated into English, and the translation must be certified by the relevant embassies in Canberra.

FAQs

(Frequently Asked Questions)

  • What are the requirements for a Non-Immigrant “O” visa for family visiting?
  • How long is the validity of the Non-Immigrant “O” visa?
  • Can I leave and re-enter Thailand with a Non-Immigrant “O” visa?
  • How long is the stay period allowed for each entry with a Non-Immigrant “O” visa?
  • What is the visa processing time?
  • Are there any additional documents required for the visa application?

Conclusion

The Non-Immigrant Visa Category “O” provides an opportunity for family members to visit Thailand. With the right documents and adherence to the application process, applicants can enjoy their time with their loved ones in the beautiful country of Thailand.

For more information on the Non-Immigrant Visa Category “O” and other visa categories, please visit iBlog.

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