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As the OP's friend has entered using a non-b visa and unless he intends on getting a an extension of stay, then he really doesn't have to anything at all, he has his 90 day entry already and no one will question this at all, a non-b is not only issued for working, it can be issued for other business reasons.

However, if he intends on applying for an extension of stay based on a dependent, immigration will most likely need the visa category changed to non-o and this would be better done sooner rather than later.

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3 hours ago, Sami81 said:

Yes. It was marked Non-immigrant. And in the purpose, wrote "Non-O, Dependent"...

 

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That was probably the reason for the confusion. Not very familiar with the word "dependent" and not wanting the person to waste a day by asking it the following day what it meant with it, the consular official probably decided that it is an employee (dependent on an employer for its livelihood) and gave it a non-B visa.

 

Looking at the website of the consulate in Vientiane, for example, the word "dependent" appears nowhere on the page about the non-immigrant visa, but "employment", "pursue a family or spouse" (whereby pursue is obviously used to mean visit), etc are given as valid reasons for a non-immigrant visa.

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26 minutes ago, Maestro said:

That was probably the reason for the confusion. Not very familiar with the word "dependent" and not wanting the person to waste a day by asking it the following day what it meant with it, the consular official probably decided that it is an employee (dependent on an employer for its livelihood) and gave it a non-B visa.

Each visa type has its own set of requirements. It is unlikely that the OP provided evidence from a prospective employer that a work permit had been applied for on his behalf. I would imagine documents showing family relationships were provided instead. I think it much more likely that the overworked Vientiane consular official just made a dumb mistake.

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9 hours ago, steve187 said:

others not as pedantic as you maybe

Makes a change!

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15 hours ago, Danielsiam said:

Great, because, if ever I get the wrong visa like this, I don't know if I will go back to the desk and ask for correction, maybe they will told to go come back the next day to pick up the right visa, which it can be a big pain who don't like stay 1 more night in Laos especially

I always enjoy a few days or weeks in Laos, without going there for a visa. I started doing that in the early 70's. It is a nice break from here.

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9 hours ago, glegolo said:

May I ask.... Is this just another example of wrong WORDING again? Cause I have NEVER seen a VISA called dependent before. I guess there are no VISA called dependent at all....

 

I guess that what the thread-starter talks about in some way, is that his friends needs a Non Immigrant O VISA that his friends later, inside Thailand, can convert into an EXTENSION OF STAY BASED ON DEPENDENT.... which is NOT a VISA....

 

Cant understand why none of the earlier posters answering, have pointed this out.

 

glegolo

Yes, wrong (terminology) wording again.

 

There is no visa or extension of stay issued on the basis of being a dependent.

 

Presumably the OP’s friend was applying for a non ‘O’ based on their relationship (husband, wife, child, etc) to another foreigner that was simultaneously applying for a visa or had an existing 1 year permit to stay.

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2 hours ago, Colabamumbai said:

I always enjoy a few days or weeks in Laos, without going there for a visa. I started doing that in the early 70's. It is a nice break from here.

Off topic, I know, but I am genuinely curious.

I started going to Laos a bit in 1988. Before that, it was really difficult to get visas. How did you manage it?Did you have a local guarantor?

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On 2/14/2018 at 9:50 AM, Sami81 said:

Thank you for this.

We will try the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Consular section.

I appreciate the help. Thank you.

Last August I was issued a Non B instead of Non O by the embassy in London. I didn't notice until I returned to Thailand, not that I could have done anything about it in the UK. When I applied for an extension based on retirement, immigration refused to accept the visa and said I must get it changed at the MFA. When I went to the MFA they said I must leave my passport so they could investigate and they would let me know when it was available for collection. I explained that would be a problem as immigration had only given me 36 hours to get back or I would need a new bank statement. He asked us to wait and he went off to try and find out. When the office closed at 15.30 I thought I had had it but shortly after he came out and said he had found someone to sign it off, so I went and filled in the forms and they stamped my passport with the change.

If you go the MFA, the info desk on the second floor may well try and tell you that you have come to the wrong place and to go to immigration down the road, just tell them you need to go to the visa office on the 3rd floor and they will let you up the stairs.

 

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On 2/14/2018 at 2:16 PM, BritTim said:

Each visa type has its own set of requirements. It is unlikely that the OP provided evidence from a prospective employer that a work permit had been applied for on his behalf. I would imagine documents showing family relationships were provided instead. I think it much more likely that the overworked Vientiane consular official just made a dumb mistake.

Quite.  

Three different people at the MFA came and asked me the same question, "What documents did I send with my visa application?"

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