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BANGKOK 15 October 2018 15:14
snoop1130

Phuket teacher turned away in Penang applying for visa

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I am surprised it was not needed before. Other nearby embassies and consulates have been asking for a Thai police clearance certificate for awhile now if teaching K to 12.

The embassy in Kuala Lumpur has this on there check list for a non-b for teaching "6. Certified criminal record in the applicant’s country of origin".  Source: http://www.thaiembassy.org/kualalumpur/contents/files/services-20170329-105646-383024.pdf

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As I read the original article it looks like he had a certified criminal record check from his country of origin but was refused because he didn't also have a Thai criminal record check. I was under the impression that it was necessary to show a criminal record check from either the original country of origin or Thailand. While I think that it should be both for people who have been teaching in Thailand for the previous year, I was only asked for the US background check when I changed my visa last year in Laos and when I extended it this year.

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4 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

police check from Thailand and your home country

the And seems troubling.  If they really meant both.  Could mean lots more pre planning from the home country before one heads to Thailand.  I had gotten one from my local cops before I left.  But if one were heading to Thailand on other visas, and then later going the teaching route, getting visa ad work permit, not having a report from the home country could be a problem

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they seem to make new requirements without notice to get a visa.this leaves everyone guessing  what can you do except check before  leave

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Just now, timewilltell said:

This is a typical problem with Thailand. Laws are written without care and which are easily interpreted a number of ways. Even then additional requirements are added or subtracted by the poorly trained and often egotistical official handling your application. It is a guessing game firstly as to what the law is and secondly pot luck as to how you r application will be interpreted.

 

This same ethos runs through the justice system which is really an expensive joke as laws are interpreted wildly differently and in my case the same point of law had opposite interpretations by an appeal court. There is no certainty at all. It is a mess and in my opinion intentionally so.

 

They are not laws, each consulate sets their own requirement. 

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19 minutes ago, Kieran00001 said:

 

There is actually this great service that can move a piece of paper from one country to another, its called post.

Through a third party

It seems quite rediculous that the police can't email them to you, after having to prove your identity with 3 or 4 official documents

Makes it hard when you travel to & from Thai for work as they send to your home address, but you get a job on the other side of country 

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5 hours ago, jerry921 said:

I guess they don't think too much.

yes why would you want a police check before leaving a person alone with young children for hours a day - what a crazy thought??  It is not always asked for but I am sure it is on the checklist. If you have never been to Thailand you need a police check from your home country. 

 

Just a point and may well not be the issue here - I have seen people totally in appropriately dressed for an embassy visit get turned away for a document I don't have. return flight, a police check from where ever. etc etc. Just some thing to think about when you are going and and why 1 person is reporting this and seemingly no one else is having an issue??

 

 

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