Come to The Knowledge and sign up for our 8 month ED visa or the advanced 6 month extension ED visa
Talk to our visa consultants. Our friendly staff will help you go through the ED-visa documents.
We prepare the letter that you will need to apply for the ED-visa. This takes 2-3 weeks.
We support your application with your local Thai Embassy or consulate to get your ED-visa approved.
You check in at the immigration office according to the schedule (once every 1-3 months)
With a Thai Education Visa (Thai ED-Visa)
Thai Education Visa’s are the perfect way to stay longer in Thailand. Enrolling on our Thai language program allows you to apply with our full support to obtain your ED visa up to 14 months.
At The Knowledge we are focused on supporting you learn Thai first
While also providing you with expert visa application assistance to smooth your stay in Thailand. Our lessons are fun, highly interactive, and deliver results, moreover, your visa application will be straight forward and stress free.
Thai Education Visa Application Process
Step 1: Getting documents ready
In order to apply for an ED visa to be able to study Thai language courses with the Knowledge, the student needs to have at least 12 months remaining validity and sufficient blank pages in their passport. The student’s tourist visa must have validity for at least 3 weeks from the date the application documents are submitted. The student MUST enroll in the Thai Language course 270-hour package (for an 8-month ED visa) or the 400-hour package (for a 14-month ED visa). This package includes the student’s textbook (Speaking and Listening Book 1, Reading and Writing Book1), level test, and the fee for processing the letter from the Ministry Of Education (5,000 baht). Please note that The Knowledge will process your application once the payment has been received and all necessary documentation has been submitted.
Step 2: Processing a letter from The Ministry of Education
• To get the necessary papers from the Ministry Of Education in order to apply for the first 90-days ED visa takes at least 3 weeks from the time The Knowledge has received documentation from the student. • Once The Knowledge has received documentation from The Ministry of Education, a staff member will inform the student that they can come to pick up all necessary documents to apply for a Non-Immigrant Education Visa at the Thai Embassy or Thai Consulate. (Students of some nationalities will need to return to their home country if they are not currently living there. See the list at the end of this document.)
Step 3: Apply for an ED visa in overseas Thai Embassies or consulates
• Please check the working hours and relevant holidays of the Embassy at which you plan to apply for the ED visa. This must be the same one that you have informed The Knowledge of in Step 2. It takes at least 2 working days to get a Non-immigrant ED 90 day visa. • It is the student’s responsibility to pay for the visa application (approximately 60 US dollars for Single Entry or 150 US dollars for Multiple entry) directly to the Thai Embassy or consulate.
Step 4: The next step after the student returns to Thailand
• When the student returns to Thailand with a 90 days ED visa, the student MUST bring their passport to The Knowledge within 7 days after their arrival, as The Knowledge needs to submit the application for the student’s second letter by making copies of their passport and visa which must be signed by the student. This step takes at least 4 weeks to process. The student should keep in touch with The Knowledge regularly getting updates on the process. If the student does not submit their passport within 7 days of their arrival, The Knowledge will not be able to process the needed paperwork on time, which will affect the student’s next visa extension at the Department of Immigration. • During this 90-day stay, if the student wishes to leave Thailand they MUST apply for a RE-ENTRY PERMIT which can be done 7 days in advance at the immigration office in Chaengwattana or at the airport on your departure date. If the student leaves the country without applying for a Re-Entry permit their visa will be cancelled and they will have to re-process again, incurring 5000 baht extra cost to receive paperwork from the MOE. However, we cannot guarantee that the visa application will be approved again. In this case, no refund will be issued. • In case the student leaves Thailand without getting a re-entry permit The Knowledge will need to reprocess the visa application. This will incur a 5000 baht processing fee and a 1500 baht application fee. After getting the new visa, the student will need to study for 270 hours total. The Knowledge will carry over the remaining study hours from the student’s first visa, but the student will need to purchase additional study hours to reach the total of 270.
Step 5: Testing at the Ministry of Education and Visa Extension/ Address Report at the Immigration Department
• Once the second letter from The MOE has been received (see step 4.1), it means that the student is allowed to stay in Thailand with the ED visa for another 5 months. The student still MUST submit a Visa Extension which paid direct to the Immigration Office and Address Report to the Immigration Office at the end of the 3rd month (60-day extension), at the end of the 5th month (60-day extension), and the end of the 7th month (30-day extension). The fee for each visa extension is 1,900 baht. • Students must pass a test from the Ministry of Education at the end of the 7th month in order to get a letter approving their completion of the course. Students who would like to continue studying Advanced Thai will need this letter to apply for their second Education visa (which will allow them to study for a further 6 months). They must also completed quizzes from The Knowledge as proof that they have been studying. It is the student’s responsibility to complete all necessary quizzes before the test date.