Am I eligible for Re-entry permit if my stay in Thailand is based on Extension of Stay, and my visa has been expired a long ago?
As far as I understand, re-entry permit can be issued only during the validity of visa itself, not based on Extension of Stay.
My understanding is that visa is a permission to enter the country. Usually, it is valid for 90 days only, single entry (ED type).
Permit to stay is the legal validation of living in the country.
An ED-type visa holder needs to apply for Extension of Stay each 90 days during the entire course of study (up to 3 or 5 years, depending on the license granted to a particular school).
Hence, just after the 1st extension, your legal stay exceeds the term of visa validity (90 days).
On the other hand, re-entry is logically tied with visa itself (by increasing the number of entries to the country), not based on the extension of stay.
Considering the above, is it possible to issue the Re-entry permit after the visa has been expired?
Edit: a little math to clarify. All dates are rough since all durations are 90 days (≠ 3 months).
Jan/01I obtain the ED visa;
- Visa is valid to enter the country up to
Apr/01, single entry;
Feb/10I enter the country;
- At the airport, I get stamp saying that my stay is valid up to
May/10 (= Feb/10 + 90 days);
- Assume that on
March/15I want to temporarily leave. I apply in the Immigration office to get Re-entry permit which is valid to enter back the country up to
Apr/01(the date of visa validity), no problem;
May/10I apply to the Immigration office to extend my stay up to
Aug/10 (= May/10 + 90 days);
- Assume that on
July/15I want to temporarily exit the country and return back on
At this moment, visa is expired (back on
April/01). I doubt that re-entry has no sense when visa is expired.