Education Visa News

 

Koh Samui Language School takes full responsibility for properly informing you which documents you should provide to get your course approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE), and for applying for and obtaining these documents. It is our duty to ensure that your course is confirmed by MOE and we closely monitor and, whenever possible, speed up the process of receiving the approval letter from them.

We also provide the set of documents usually required for your visa application and assist you in obtaining a police check record if you didn’t get it in your country.

However, Thai embassies all over the world have their own visa application requirements which keep changing all the time.

We cannot ensure that every embassy  in every country will process your application.

All embassies have the right to deny your application without explaining the reason.

We have always managed to get approval from another embassy even if you are turned down at one.

The school is responsible for the letter from the Ministry of Education and the school registration documents, which mean that you have been approved to obtain an ED visa.

Which Embassy to Choose

We continuously collect information from our students about their latest experiences with Thai embassies in different cities and we share this information with you, so that you can make your own decision about which one to choose, considering your circumstances.

Usually no problem

Our students have had only positive experience with the following embassies. No rejections have been reported so far. If you opt for going to Kota Bharu, you can take an organized trip with Herbert, who will take care of your visa application.

Kota Bharu, Malaysia

Vientiane, Laos

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Hanoi, Vietnam

Issues may arise

Some students have got their visas in Penang and Kuala Lumpur Thai embassies with no problem, but others have experienced some complications or couldn’t get a visa at all.

Penang, Malaysia (Thai ED visa)

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Not recommended

We do not recommend trying to get a visa in the embassies below unless you are not a citizen of these countries willing to have an ED visa before leaving home.

Singapore

Hong Kong

China

If you have any issues while applying your papers or should your documents be rejected, please, immediately contact us via

Mobile, Whatsapp or Line at 086 947 2883

Messenger: @pat.saohin.5      @kstvs

Email: admin@kstvs.com, info@kstvs.com

We will offer alternative solutions and do all we can to resolve your situation in the best possible way.

 

 

 

 

Learn Chinese and get an ED Visa

Chinese is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, one of the six official languages of the United Nations and is gaining increasing popularity both in the east and in the west.

Koh Samui Language School is happy to offer you Chinese classes with a highly qualified native teacher.

Learning Chinese in our school is another great opportunity to get an ED visa for up to one year.

Chinese ED Visa Course & Private Classes

Would you prefer to have all the teacher’s attention focused on you, or to study in a friendly environment of a small group? We are happy to provide you with both individual and group classes.

Chinese visa group course – 29,900THB (200 hours, one year)

or 39,900THB (400 hours, one year)

Private Chinese classes – 600THB per hour.

Any questions about the course, please feel free to drop by at our office Mon – Sat 8:30 – 18:00. Or give us a call 077 248 228 and 086-947-2883 Khun Pat

We regretfully learned that a few our students had got their visa extended only for one month instead of three despite having all the necessary documents from the school. We have found out that students in Koh Samui are currently getting a one month extension stamp regardless the school they are studying in.

While it is not the school’s fault and influencing the immigration office is not entirely within our command, we, at Koh Samui Language School, consider it our duty to keep you informed and help you sort it out.

Immigration checking schools in Koh Samui

All the schools in Koh Samui are being checked by the Immigration officers for conducting classes according to the schedule and having all the students in class. This procedure should last about a month after which, if you have been attending your classes as required, you can go to the Immigration office to get the remaining two months of your extension without having to pay extra.

We remind you that consistent attendance is obligatory for all ED visa holders.

We are apologizing for any stress this situation might have caused and hope that it will be resolved soon.

 

Stay in Contact with Koh Samui Language School for your classes

Dear students,

We kindly ask you to provide us with your valid contact details (phone number and email address) so that we can contact you quickly whenever there is any important information for you.

As you know, the immigration regulations in Koh Samui change every now and then, and being able to get in touch with you quickly can be essential for your next ED visa extension. Whether there are changes in the time table or any new requirements concerning your paperwork, we should keep you updated in order to avoid any complications with the authorities.

We would also like to remind you to contact us every time you can’t come to class.

Consistent attendance is a requirement for all ED visa holders.

Koh Samui Immigration: attendance for ED visa holders

As you might already know, according to the current immigration rules in Koh Samui, all ED visa holders should attend at least 70 per cent of the course they are enrolled in. Students with poor attendance can get their visa annulled by the Immigration Office.  In order to avoid possible problems with your ED visa, please, make sure you come to class.

What if you can’t make it?

Your ED visa validity and smooth visa procedure is our concern as well as yours. So, in order for us to be able to help you with any arising issues, we kindly ask you to notify the school managers about your absence, in case you can’t be present in class for any reason.

Any concern regarding to your ED Visa, please feel free to drop by at our office Mon – Sat 8:30 – 18:00. Or give us a call 077 248 228 and 086-947-2883 Khun Pat

 

To all students of Koh Samui Language School

As some of you might have already noticed, the visa extension procedure has become a lot more complicated recently. Over the last few months quite a few changes have been made by both the Immigration Department and the Ministry of Education.

On several occasions, we have only become aware of these changes during the submission of your documents. In all cases, we have done our best to find a solution. Unfortunately this situation appears to be an ongoing one.

What is new?

Now it takes the Ministry of Education at least four weeks to send us the letter which you need in your set of documents both to get and extend your ED visa. We have to get this letter from MOE  when you first apply for your visa and before every second extension.

Another change applies to students learning Thai. Starting from this year, everybody who wishes to learn Thai for one year have to pass a test in Surat Thani after 8 months.

We would also like to remind you that regular attendance is obligatory for all students.

What can you do?

To help us avoid any issues with your paperwork, please, follow these tips:

  • Make sure you have provided us with all the necessary documents from your side (updated passport, bank statement, police check etc.) at least one month before your planned arrival date or your visa expiration date

  • Provide us with the correct phone number and email address, so that we can notify you about any issues in time

  • Check our website or facebook page for any updates

  • Check in about one week before the documents are due

Administrative staff at Koh Samui Language School are doing everything they can to avoid any hold-back in your paperwork.

While we are not responsible for these changes in procedure, we do want to apologise to you for the extra pressure you may feel. Please be assured that we are committed to offering you a professional service and that we are developing a system that will demonstrate this assurance.

We will keep you updated on any changes of Education Visa processing and do our best to avoid possible inconvenience.

Thank you for your kind understanding and cooperation.

At Koh Samui Language School it is our priority to ensure every process of your ED Visa runs smoothly. We constantly follow the news in the immigration policy of Thailand. As you know, immigration rules change all the time, and we have a small update for you and kindly ask for your cooperation.

There are 3 important items required for your visa extension.

1. Police Check

You can easily get it at Bo Phut police station.

To get a police check record you need to:

  • Contact our school at 077 248 228 or 086-947-2883 or come to our office and ask Khun Pat to make an appointment for you with the police station.
  • Take your passport and 600THB and go to Bo Phut police station during its opening hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm.
  • The procedure of getting a police record usually takes about 5 minutes.
  • Bo Phut police station is open Mon-Sat 9:00am-5:00pm.

2. Bank Statement

Please, make sure that your bank statement was issued not earlier than 3 months ago. Due to new immigration regulations, you have to provide an updated bank statement for each visa extension. The minimum amount on your bank account must be equivalent to 50,000THB.

3. Updated Passport

Before each visa extension we need to send an updated copy of your passport to the Ministry of Education. Please, after each new stamp, promptly bring your passport to our office, so that we can make an updated copy.

We hope that this information will help us avoid any possible delay in processing your ED visa paperwork. Thank you for your cooperation!

Any concern regarding to your ED Visa, please feel free to drop by at our office Mon – Sat 8:30 – 18:00. Or give us a call 077 248 228 and 086-947-2883 Khun Pat

 

Thai Consulate closed from 2 April 2018

We, at Koh Samui Language School, would like to inform you that Thai Consulate in Penang will be closed from Monday, 2 April 2018 until further notice due to office relocation to a new building (no. 1 Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman).

If you can’t postpone your visa run, we recommend you to opt for Thai Consulate in Kuala Lumpur, Kota Baru, Vientiane, Hanoi or Phnom Penh.

 

Being small and peaceful, Vientiane might seem not the most exciting place to travel to on purpose. Nevertheless it has got a certain charm. Anyway, if you happen to travel around Laos, you are likely to find yourself in its capital sooner or later. So, we would like to let you know that, according to information from our students, getting a visa in Thai Consulate in Vientiane runs without a hitch. It is not so crowded as in Penang and documents are usually submitted without a problem.

Thailand Consular Section in Vientiane 

316 Rue Bourichane, Vientiane, Laos
(+856) 21 453916 (only from 13:30 to 16:30)

Office hours: Monday – Friday
Submission time 8:30-11:30
Collection time 13:30-15:30

You can collect your passport the next working day after you submit your documents.

 

Getting a new ED visa can be a good reason to travel to Cambodia because, according to information from our students, Thai Consulate in Phnom Penh works like a clock and doesn’t cause a problem to visa applicants.

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the capital of Cambodia and is located at the junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. It has a rich history and you can explore the heritage of both the Khmer Empire and French colonialists. Take a walk along its riverfront, lined with parks, restaurants and bars, visit the ornate Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda and don’t miss the National Museum, displaying artefacts from around the country. Phnom Penh is a good destination for those who, living on a quiet island like Koh Samui, are missing the buzz of a busy city.

Thai Embassy in Phnom Penh 

Royal Thai Embassy No.196 Preah Norodom Boulevard,
Sangkat Tonle Bassac, Khan Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh
Tel. (855) 23 726 306 – 8 (Auto Line)
Fax. (855) 23 726 303
E-mail : thaipnp@mfa.go.th
Website : http://www.thaiembassy.org/phnompenh

Office Hours : Monday – Friday
Visa and Consular section : 08.30–11.00 (Submission Time)
15.00-16.30 (Collection Time)