Visa and Immigration

Degree Program Students (Full time Students):

Procedures to obtain the Non-Immigrant ED Visa before entering Thailand

After receiving the official Letter of Admission (LOA) from KU, you should apply at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in your country (or place of residence) for a Non-Immigrant ED Visa in order to enter Thailand.

Information about the visa process and the location of the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in each country is available here: http://www.thaiembassy.org/main/


Validity of a Visa

  • Single entry: 90 days
  • Multiple entries: one year

Period of Stay – Depends on the Visa

Depending on the decision of the issuing Embassy/Consulate, incoming students may initially receive a Non-Immigrant ED Visa for a period not exceeding 90 days from the date of the first entry; some students may be issued an ED Visa for one year.

  • The semester term at KU is usually 4 or 5 months, so if you are issued a 90-day ED Visa initially, you will need to request a Visa Extension from the Immigration Bureau located in Bangkok. The KU International Studies Center (ISC) can help you with that process.
  • Most ED Visas are issues as a Single-Entry Visa. This means you may only enter Thailand one time under that visa. Thus, if you wish to depart and re-enter Thailand, you must first apply for a Re-entry Permit (Single-Entry or a Multiple-Entry) at the Immigration Bureau (or at the Immigration Office in Bangkok's International Airport) before they depart. If you leave Thailand without applying for a re-entry permit, your original permission to stay for 90 days will be terminated automatically, and you will need to obtain a new valid ED Visa in order to re-enter and to complete your studies at KU.
 

Re-entry Permit Fee

  • Single re-entry permit: 1,000 THB fee
  • Multiple re-entry permit: 3,800 THB fee

 

Note:

The permit fee is subject to change by Immigration Bureau policies.


Non-degree Program Students (Exchange Students):

Procedures to obtain the Non-Immigrant ED Visa before entering Thailand

After receiving the official Letter of Admission (LOA) from KU, you should apply at the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in your country (or place of residence) for a Non-Immigrant ED Visa (ED Visa) in order to enter Thailand.

You are not permitted to pursue studies at Kasetsart University if you only possess a Tourist Visa, or any other type of visa.

Information about the visa process and the location of the Royal Thai Embassy or Consulate in each country is available here


Validity of a Visa

  • Single entry: 90 days
  • Multiple entries: one year

Period of Stay – Depends on the Visa

Depending on the decision of the issuing Embassy/Consulate, incoming students may initially receive a Non-Immigrant ED Visa for a period not exceeding 90 days from the date of the first entry; some students may be issued an ED Visa that covers the entire duration of their studies.

  • The semester term at KU is usually 4 or 5 months, so if you are issued a 90-day ED Visa initially, you will need to request a Visa Extension from the Immigration Bureau located in Bangkok. The KU International Studies Center (ISC) can help you with that process.
  • Most ED Visas are issues as a Single-Entry Visa. This means you may only enter Thailand one time under that visa. Thus, if you wish to depart and re-enter Thailand, you must first apply for a Re-entry Permit (Single-Entry or a Multiple-Entry) at the Immigration Bureau (or at the Immigration Office in Bangkok's International Airport) before they depart. If you leave Thailand without applying for a re-entry permit, your original permission to stay for 90 days will be terminated automatically, and you will need to obtain a new valid ED Visa in order to re-enter and to complete your studies at KU.
Note:

Fees are subject to change by Immigration Bureau policies.

 

Re-entry Permit Fee

  • Single re-entry permit: 1,000 THB fee
  • Multiple re-entry permit: 3,800 THB fee

 


Obtaining official documents for your Visa Extension

Extension of Stay

When the incoming student's visa is nearly expired (4 weeks in advance), the student must apply for an extension.

  • The International Study Center (ISC) will help facilitate/provide documents for extension of your educational stay.
  • Please contact ISC office at least one month before the expiry date; ISC will then arrange for you to get the official document needed, approved by the university executive.

You can find more information about Thailand Visa and assistance at:https://sites.google.com/ku.th/isc/health-insurance-visa

Note:

Students holding the Non-Resident ED Visa are not allowed to work in Thailand.

 

How to obtain the official documents for Visa Extension from ISC

  1. Submit the following documents at ISC
    Photocopy of your valid passport
    • First page with your photo and ID information
    • Visa Entry page, and every page relevant to Thailand – showing all entries and departures
    Photocopy of Departure Card (TM.6) (front and back)
    Photocopy of KU Student ID Card
    Photocopy of Letter of Acceptance (originally issued at the time you were admitted; same letter you used to first get your Thai Visa)
  2. Fill out the Visa Extension Form (TM.7) and attach your passport size photo
  3. Wait for the official letter from ISC (2-3 weeks). ISC will inform you by email when the document is ready
  4. Pick up the official KU Student Visa Extension document at ISC
  5. Submit the required documents at the Immigration Bureau and pay the Visa Extension fee 1,900 THB
Note:
  • Please note that you must have the official KU Student Extension letter and other documents required for Visa Extension before you arrive at the Immigration Bureau. If you do not have the official documents for Visa Extension your submission for extension will be denied.
  • You must plan ahead. Contact ISC one month before the visa expiration date to obtain the official document for Visa Extension.

Submitting the official documents at the Immigration Bureau

When you have all the documents needed (including the official KU Extension Letter, approved by the university executive) you should submit your extension request in person at the Immigration Bureau.

 
Note:

If you fail to submit your documents before the visa expiry date, you will be fined 500 THB/day because of your overstay.


Location of the Immigration Bureau

Chalermprakiat Government Complex
Building B, Floor 2
Chaengwattana Road (Soi 7), Laksi, Bangkok 10210


Hours

Monday- Friday: 8:30-12:00 and 13:00-16:30
Closed on Holidays


How to get there?

There are various ways to go to the Immigration office in Chaengwattana.

  • Taxi: Tell the Taxi to go to “Immigration Chaengwattana"
  • BTS to Mo Chit Station and from there take a taxi to “Immigration Chaengwattana"
  • MRT to Chatuchak Station and from there take a taxi to “Immigration Chaengwattana"

Filing the 90 Days Report

How to File the 90 Days Report

This is a separate, mandatory process required of all persons who are not Thai nationals. The primary purpose is to register, and confirm, your current address in Thailand.
It is your responsibility to do the 90-Day Report by yourself. The report can be made 15 days in advance, or within 7 days after the 90-day deadline.

 

You may file the 90-Day Report in three ways:

  1. In-person
  2. By registered mail
  3. Online (if you have previously completed the 90-Day Report in-person of by registered mail, but online is not available for your first 90-Day Report).

Information about the reporting process are available at: https://www.thaiembassy.com/thailand/90-day-reporting-immigration.php


Documents Needed

  1. Fill out the 90-Day Notification Report Form (TM.47 Form)
  2. Submit TM.47 with the following:
    • Passport (copy all pages showing your most recent arrival stamp and visa); be sure to take your passport with you if you go in-person to the Immigration Bureau)
    • Departure Card (TM.6) (copy front and back)
    • Notification Paper / Appointment Slip (this shows that you have successfully completed the 90-Day Report, thus you will not have this if this is your first notification)

Note:

There is no fee for the 90-Days Report if you report on time. The late penalty fine is 2,000-5,000 THB, depending on how late you make the report, if you are arrested.


Obtaining the Re-Entry Permit

How to Obtain the Re-Entry Permit

Students who leave Thailand must obtain a Re-entry Permit/Visa before departing. If you merely depart and return without a valid Re-entry Visa, you will invalidate you ED Visa (and then you will need to re-apply for an ED Visa, as you must have an ED Visa to remain a student at Kasetsart University).
You may get either a One-time Re-Entry Permit or a Multiple-Entry Permit. If you plan to travel outside Thailand only one time, a Single Re-Entry Permit is sufficient. If you plan to travel out of Thailand more than once, you should get a Multiple Re-Entry Visa.

 

Re-entry Permit Fee

  • Single re-entry permit: 1,000 THB fee
  • Multiple re-entry permit: 3,800 THB fee

 

 

How to obtain the Re-Entry Permit

  1. Fill out the Re-Entry Permit Form (TM.8 Form) and attach your passport size photo.
  2. Submit TM.8 Form at the Immigration Bureau with the following:
    • Photocopy of your valid passport
      • First page with your photo and ID information
      • Visa Entry page, and every page relevant to Thailand – showing all entries and departures
    • Photocopy of Departure Card (TM.6) (front and back)
    • Passport (take your passport with you to the Immigration Bureau)