From 1 January 2019, the British Embassy Bangkok will no longer be providing British Nationals with letters confirming their income.
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Tougher and tougher regulations this time the BE making life difficult. Combined with tougher visa agent rulings (fair enough) more and more will be jacking it in
Cambodia already seeing big influx over last 3 years with my eyes set on Vietnam
To verify, means going to the income provider for proof of that income. There are all sorts of time and cost implications as well as and possibly most important, Data Protection issues. For example, my income providers might be slow in dealing with the request, they might want a fee for providing such data and they simply might refuse the request. Realistically, it's not possible for the Embassy to deal with all such scenario's.
I suspect that Thai authorities, who don't really have DP to worry about, have simply misunderstood the laws in most Western Countries. It's also worth noting it's the Embassies themselves that are suggesting that to comply with the regs that we deposit 40/65k into our Thai accounts monthly, whereas currently there is no requirement to do so.
So we need to wait to hear from the Thais themselves what we need to do to comply with the regs, maybe it is as the Embassies have stated, send over money each month, but that already means many of us will be in default of the 'regs' over the last 12 months, as whilst I personally send money over monthly, I don't always need to send the legal minimum account. Others I know send over quarterly, some twice yearly and so on and there are others who simply don't really qualify in meeting the requirements, but nevertheless, manage perfectly well on what they do have, which if retired, is way above what most Thais earn in any case.
The Thais simply, as is often the case, haven't thought this one through.
the BE may say to put 40/65 thousand baht per month into a Thai bank account, but immigration still require a letter from the embassy, until this changes then its a no go for the monthly income route for extensions. lump sum only
Tobias - โทเบียส
There is a European member of a local Forum here who insists he has never used an Embassy letter in his life! He just pays 65k into his Thai account monthly and has always had that accepted. For myself, it was Gospel that you had to go via the Embassy. Certainly a better option if you don't want to bring over the minimum amount each month, or do so twice a year, or whatever. As nowhere does it state 40/65k has to be paid into your Thai account each month.
Sometimes, you just feel the Thai's make things up on the hoof.
Let me advise you of my mate's situation:
If you live in Thailand and have an Non O visa with a 12 month extension because you live with your Thai wife, you have to have an income of 40,000 baht per month with proof. If you have a work permit, that income can come from within Thailand - otherwise, I believe it has to come from abroad. The other option is to have 400,000 in the bank.
My mate runs a business in Pak Chong with his Thai wife - a small resort/bar/restaurant. It's a legitimate business with all the correct licences, has accounts and pays tax. He has a work permit - everything is legit but when he came to renew his visa this April, the captain of the relevant department (a female) at Nakhon Ratchasima Immigration told him she didn't believe his business was genuine, she believed it was contrived in order to obtain a visa and either his income must come from abroad or he had to have 400,000 in the bank. No matter how much he or his wife pleaded, she would not move.
They are a young couple with a daughter 8 years old, he's been living in Thailand for over 10 years and the business is well established. However, 400,000 was more than he could find and it was not required, the officer was not applying the law correctly. He called the head immigration office in Bangkok to ask for advice and they agreed that the captain was wrong - would they call her and make her lose face? No way!! Luckily friends helped him out with the 400,000 this time but next April he's going to have the same problem.
It doesn't matter what the law says in Thailand - you're in the hands of the officer in charge at the time and what they say goes. Here, we would complain to the relevant authority, in Thailand that can cause you more problems than you started with.
Sounds to me that she was fishing for brown envelope.
If you're offended by any assistance I give, it says far more about you than it does me.
Flip, a well known ex-member of this forum has stated elsewhere that one of the reasons he was relieved to have left Thailand, was because of the expectation of an annual sweetener required to secure his work permit. I'm not sure if that was at Korat (unlikely, as neighbouring province), but in that neck of the woods, work permits must be relatively few and far between and if not attached to a bigger business, the applicants seem to be regarded as fair game, as they are, in reality, very exposed.
How is he managing now he doesn't have a work permit?
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The new Immigration Chief, Kuhn Big Joke says he's going to clean immigration up, I doubt it but we can be hopeful.
Well we've decided enough is enough with Korat immigration. Sebsatian, the lawyer from Korat is taking on my mate's case next April and has guaranteed him a visa. He's quite famous locally for taking Korat Immigration to court and winning.
I've not had a problem so far but I expect one next year and if that happens, I'll take them on too. I've heard all the stories about being blacklisted etc, I really don't care. I'll make sure I'm squeaky clean and if I get a problem with my visa, I'll escalate it. I don't blame them for starting to weed out those who shouldn't be there but its time all the crap like my mate's had to go through is stopped.
I went a few times to immigration to check what exactly they wanted to see, before I made the application, they wanted some photos two I can remember was both me and Mrs outside our Condo door clearly showing the number then one of me on my own on the other-side of the door IE inside, strange but that what they asked, on the wall inside next to the door is a photo of the lady who must be obeyed, but in full white uniform IE gold shoulder boards and rows of ribbons etc, I stood with the picture over my shoulder and printed it off on A4 IE could see clear as day the photo behind, when we went to apply for the extension I put that photo on top of the others, when asked to produce my evidence that's what the Immigration Officer saw first, she did nt bother looking at anything else just stared at the picture then said to Mrs I need to use the photocopier with that she got up and went then just stood by it (I slyly looked over my shoulder) she came back sat down and proceeded to ask Mrs what did she do when we met and before we got married, obviously she already had an idea because of the picture , but did nt know at what location etc , then everything was looked at, I was never asked anything only to sign the various documents.
On the point of proof of monies going monthly or lump sum in a Thai Bank a mixture would be acceptable IE 200,000 baht lump sum plus 20,000 a month going in, that was for Non "O" 12 month extension based on marriage to a Thai National , this is what I was told and was given a leaflet (typically I cannot find it now) but for the Retirement Visa it was 800,000 baht lump sum or 65,000 baht per month one or the other cannot be a mixture. This was for BMA, whether this will be the same next year is anyone's guess.