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The Royal Thai Embassy in Manila, Philippines

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing the Royal Thai Embassy in Manila, Philippines. The address for the Thai Embassy in the Philippines is 107 Rada, Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines. 

I am making this video specifically and others like it, to provide some general insight to so called Visa runners; that is people who are needing to leave Thailand to go ahead and obtain a Thai Visa in order to quickly return and uptake lawful immigration status here in the Kingdom and I am making this video to provide some general insight to those folks. 

One thing to take away from this video if you take nothing else away is, different Embassies do things differently. If you are watching this video and you have done a Visa Run to another Embassy that is not the Philippines and you think things are going to work substantially similar to the way it worked at that other Embassy, it is probably good idea to think again because different posts do things differently. The very nature of the plenary authority vested in the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Officers who staff Consular sections at Thai Embassies and Consulates outside of Thailand, the very nature that power is very fluid and provides a great deal of latitude for these Officers to make findings of fact and conclusions of Immigration law. Meanwhile there is a great deal of administrative discretion which is best in the overall post as well as the individual Officers to determine how best to officially process visa applications through their post. Oftentimes you will see seemingly arbitrary requirements for certain types of evidence, supporting documentation, a certain way in which they want an application to be compiled, this is done so that they can efficiently process cases through. They can send it through their sort of assembly line if you will or their conveyor belt so that everybody that needs to adjudicate it can see it and they can see it in an efficient manner and make a determination as quickly as they can so they can continue processing cases. 

In short, things vary from post to post. What worked in Singapore may not necessarily work in the Philippines and it should not be presumed to operate that way. So those who are dealing with a Thai Visa application from the Thai Embassy in the Philippines may be well advised to contact a legal professional in order to gain some insight and guidance in how the overall process is going to work in practice.