VISA REQUIREMENTS

WE’LL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS

WELCOME

Our goal at Grace International School is to create a simple process so that your child’s transition is as easy as possible. Please see the information below to learn more about our visa requirements for both students and guardians.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers. We understand you may have questions beyond this. If you don't find your answer below please email us and we'll respond ASAP!

Yes, students can apply for an Educational Visa.

All applicants must verify their non-immigrant visa status.

  1. A student must have completed the Admissions process AND received his or her Official Acceptance Letter.
  2. Entrance fees, capitalization fees, and full-year tuition must be paid before a visa package can be processed.
  3. Submit the Visa Request Form to our Visa Department at visas@gisthailand.org.
  4. Receive the documentation necessary to apply for a non-immigrant visa.

Parents can apply for a Guardian Visa (1:1 parent: student).

  1. A student must have completed the Admissions process AND received his or her Official Acceptance Letter.
  2. Entrance fees, capitalization fees, and full-year tuition must be paid before a visa package can be processed.
  3. Submit the Visa Request Form to our Visa Department at visas@gisthailand.org.
  4. Receive the documentation necessary to apply for a non-immigrant visa.

Students obtaining a non-immigrant “ED” Education Visa prior to entering Thailand:

  • This can be done at any Royal Thai Embassy or Thai Consulate General in your home country or even a 3rd country.
  • Upon arriving in Thailand, the student will be entitled to stay in Thailand for a maximum period of 90 days on that original visa.
  • During that period, you complete the process of converting that 90-day visa to a 1-year visa through the school.
    • After 45 days of the arrival date, the student can convert the non-immigrant “ED” Visa to a 1-year student visa under GIS at Chiang Mai Immigration. The student will then be granted a new visa which will be valid until June 16 of the following calendar year. About 45 days before the 1-year visa expiration date (usually in May of each year), the student must renew their annual visa for a subsequent school year or cancel the visa if not returning the following year for schooling at GIS.
  • All visa fees are the responsibility of the family. GIS does not reimburse families for visa fees.

The visa will be given along with the passport expiry date.

Recommended instructions for Visa transfer:

  1. Request for a new passport from your consulate.
  2. Go to immigration and transfer the visa stamp from the old passport to the new passport.
  3. Bring the new passport and school fee receipt to contact Khun Ping or Khun Aun at GIS.
  4. The school will prepare a visa packet when you extend your visa.
  5. Submit your request to the immigration office with a 1,900 Baht fee when you extend your visa.
  6. Update the student’s visa number to the school registrar at registrar@gisthailand.org.

No, students are considered children for immigration. Therefore, an adult (a parent, guardian, or relative) must go with the student every time. A person can request a visa extension on his/her own at 20 years old.

No. Guardian visas are considered dependent visas through a student visa, so they cannot have a dependent visa.

New GIS parents can send a request to visas@gisthailand.org once a student is officially accepted and school fees (capitalization fee and whole year tuition fee) are paid.

A student or guardian holding a visa must cancel their visa before leaving the country.

No. GIS only provides student visas for full-time students.

Central Festival provides Teacher Visas, Student and guardian visas, 90-day reports, and Re-Entry Permits (only in the morning). This location is more convenient for waiting due to access to restaurants for lunch and dinner, a game center, and coffee shops. However, the immigration office near the airport provides all services and a re-entry permit service all day.

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STUDENT AND GUARDIAN VISAS

If you are a new GIS family, please select from the options below the situation that best represents your needs. Use our informative guide to obtain your visa successfully.

We are currently living abroad

Transferring school in Chiang Mai

Switching from Tourist Visa to Student Visa

VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-THAI STUDENTS

Students are not allowed to enroll at Grace International School unless they possess a non-immigrant visa.

All non-Thai students are REQUIRED to submit their NON-IMMIGRANT VISA stamp page and new passport page to the registrar at registrar@gisthailand.org. Please contact the Thai Admin Office by phone at 052-088-777 ext. 140, 122 or by email at visas@gisthailand.org for additional & updated visa information.

Additional Requirements

RE-ENTRY PERMITS

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For more information, please contact the Thai Admin Office at 052-088-777 ext. 140, or email visas@gisthailand.org for additional visa information.

VISA APPOINTMENT

Do you have questions for our Thai Admin department about your visa? We kindly ask that you book an appointment using the button below, and we would be happy to serve you.