Whether you are relocating to Thailand for business, to simply enjoy the lifestyle, or you have married a Thai national, it is likely that you have a timetable and would want to stick to it. Often, the earlier you can get through the immigration process, the better. However, you need to keep in mind that this is still a government process and there are limitations on whether you can speed things up to ensure you make your move on time.
Understand the requirements
The best way to speed up your immigration process would be to look into the requirements for the visa that you want. Depending on the type of visa and where you are migrating from, you may need to fulfil a long list of requirements. For instance, if travelling for tourism from amongst the countries that qualify for tourist visa exemption and intending to stay for less than 30 days, the process is simple enough as you go through customs at the airport or land border checkpoint.
However, if you are looking to secure a retirement visa, you will need to provide several documents for processing, including proof of meeting the financial requirements, and a proof of residence. Business and investment visas also come with many stringent requirements. Anything outside of a short-stay tourist visa will require that you prepare some paperwork, some of which will have to come from your home country, while others may need to be generated in Thailand.
By learning the requirements for your visa ahead of time, you can ensure that you put together the necessary paperwork in good time and can submit them early on for faster processing. The last thing you would want is to miss out on some documents and have your application rejected, then have to start over. Not only will that delay the processing of your visa, but it will also mean having to pay the processing fee again.
There is however a certain risk to putting together your application too early. During the pandemic, we saw that migration rules can easily change depending on circumstances. This means that what would have allowed for a smother immigration process months ago could mean having your application rejected now. It is difficult to account for such changes though the government does try to accommodate foreign travellers as much as possible. So, keep in mind that even as you plan ahead to ensure your paperwork is in order, you also need to be flexible and ready to make adjustments if the situation demands it.
Engaging Thai Visa Experts
While going it on your own can work well in quickly securing your visa, many foreigners can find the immigration process to be confusing. There are several different types of visas, with each one having its own set of requirements. There can be some overlap that would make it difficult for someone to properly identify the best choice of visa for their needs. Consulting with a professional can help clear up any confusion and ensure that the foreigner understands what they need to do to secure the visa they need.
Working with Thai Visa Expert will also allow for the paperwork you put together to be reviewed by someone who understands what immigration departments are looking for. This is especially important for visas that may require documentation that comes from your home country. The last thing you want is to travel to Thailand before you have everything you need in order.
At Thai Visa Expert we can also identify issues that could raise red flags and advise you on how to rectify your application and better ensure that it will be approved on the first try. Many applications are rejected based on minor mistakes but it can be difficult to get an embassy official that will go over your paperwork before you submit it to ensure all is in order. As said, if your application is rejected, forcing you to make another attempt, you will need to pay the visa processing fee again.
Using a Visa agent can also be helpful if you currently reside in a location where there is no nearby Thai embassy to consult with. Since you can find a Thai Visa Expert online, it does make it easier to make consultations this way to ensure your paperwork is properly prepared.
Many online resources provide helpful information on how to prepare your paperwork when applying for a visa. However, articles and how-to guides cannot directly tell you if something is missing or if you filled a field incorrectly. More so if they have been published in a language you are not familiar with. Many visa agents speak several languages so you do not have to worry about a language barrier when trying to communicate. Having an actual person on hand, albeit online, that understands how the immigration process works will ensure you avoid making costly mistakes.
A local Visa Expert will also be in a position to follow up on your application after you have submitted it to the immigration department. Those that are experienced and well-connected may be able to make enquiries if there is a delay and figure out how to fix whatever issue so that your visa is processed on time. Having someone that the immigration department will willingly liaise with may help in preventing your application from being rejected over minor issues.
The immigration process is a government process, meaning that there are few ways by which you can speed things up no matter your sense of urgency. The best solution lies in trying to ensure you choose the right visa and meet all the qualifications and requirements set out. Also, keep track of changing immigration policies to ensure your application does not encounter any hitches.
Working with Thai Visa Expert will also help provide a professional that can ensure your paperwork is in order before submitting it for processing. This option will increase the likelihood that your application will be approved in good time and, in case there is any minor error, that it may be resolved without the need for you to start the whole process over.
With over 15 years of experience in Visa Services in Thailand, Sofiya’s knowledge and personalized approach have made her a trusted advisor for individuals and businesses navigating Thailand’s visa system. Sofiya’s blog posts offer valuable insights and up-to-date information, solidifying her reputation as an expert in Thai immigration services.