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    Forum Regular สมาชิกประจำ Ivan's Avatar
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    Decided to Retire to Thailand or at least give it ago. I have sold the house STC so will have plenty of funds until I can take my pensions at 55. Currently 52.

    1) My plan is to apply for an "O" visa on the basis of marriage to a Thai citizen. I will do this through the Thai embassy in London by post. I am self employed so have income from various sources, cash, paypal, cheque etc. This is shown on my bank statements.

    2) We have already have a house in Thailand, which my wife will need to be added to the house book, not sure if they can add me on a type O visa ?

    3) Hunt around for a bank which will open a fixed deposit account asap so I can add the required 800k for a retirement visa. Allowing the money to be seasoned

    4) Apply for the UK police record/clearance and also have Thai doctor fill in the medical record.

    5) Apply for the Retirement visa 30 days before the O finishes

    If the timings do not work I presume I can extend the O visa based on marriage but I will not have any income but will be feeding my current account from my savings account.

    Does anyone foresee any problems here ?

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    2. You can never be added to the blue Tabian Ban that Thai are listed on. If you really wish you can get a yellow tabian ban for non Thais

    3. The 800K only needs to be in a Thai account for two months and a day, so maybe a bit premature to put it in now.

    I'm also 52 and have been extending my Non-O for eight years. Costs 1900 baht per year.

    Best of luck, this is a great place to be!

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    If the visa is based on being married to a thai citizen then you only need 400,000 in an account which can accessed readily.
    There is a lot more paperwork to do opposed to doing a retirement visa. The retirement visa is far easier and simple you just need 800,000 in the bank.

    Most definately get your self a yellow book, be prepared for a fight to get it, but don't cause one. Each amphur has its own way of doing the yellow book. Just make a trip to the local office and ask what they require and just do it. You could be in an area that does it easily without fuss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan View Post
    4) Apply for the UK police record/clearance and also have Thai doctor fill in the medical record.
    Thai Doctor? Rules might have changed, but when I got my AO in London, they wanted a report from my GP confirming I was a disease free zone.
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    a non 'O' multi/single entry is available from London Thai embassy no financials, police report or medical forms required. 90 day permission to stay stamp given on each entry into Thailand

    a non 'O''A' which gives a 1 year permission to stay stamp and is good for a 2 year stay in Thailand, subect to a fresh entry just prior to the expiry date of the actual visa, and requires 90 day address reports at local immigration, does require financials, police report and medical forms,again available from London Thai embassy

    regardless of entry type a form tm30 will/may be required in Thailand

    400,00 married/800,00 retirement, for 1 yeay extension of stay has to be in Thai bank in own name only

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    Things are moving on we arrived in Thailand on the 20th February. After recovering from jet lag and "done" the family rounds we have started working towards the visa. First off we checked with three different banks all stated they either want to see a job offer or a "guaranteed" copy of my passport. "guaranteed" meaning counter signed copy and stamped as true copy from the British Embassy. Booked an online appointment last week for today 5th March 8am to try and beat the traffic from Kou Bhun road. In and out of the embassy in 20 minutes with stamped authorised copy.
    We also checked with the local Amphor about adding me to a house book, they required a stamped copy of my passport with the UK embassy stamp being legalised by the ministry of foreign affairs. We did get collard by a translation tout who was right at the top of the stairs in the MFA building level 3 . We did not realise at first, as we thought he was employed by the MFA. It was when he left to get the translation done that a Thai lady pointed this out to us. But to be honest the cost was 400 baht or a tenner which saved us a lot of messing around getting the right forms, filling them in and getting the translation done. Back on Thursday to collect the paperwork.
    So todays costs
    1000 baht Taxi 6am -3pm - Travel and waiting and British Embassy, MFA and two viewings of condos near Bang Bua Thong.
    1075 baht British Embassy
    400 baht Translator Service at MFA
    400 baht Thai MFA Stamping cost
    Total 9 Hours
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan View Post
    First off we checked with three different banks all stated they either want to see a job offer or a "guaranteed" copy of my passport. "guaranteed" meaning counter signed copy and stamped as true copy from the British Embassy.
    Total 9 Hours
    That's a new one on me but they also require a certified copy of your passport for an Affirmation of Freedom to Marry these days too. Quite why is beyond me, given that all passports are in both the language of the country of origin and in English - another layer of bureaucracy!

    I wasn't aware that a foreigner could be added to a Thai Tabien Baan - I know we can have a yellow one for a property that we occupy but not this....... interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flip View Post
    I wasn't aware that a foreigner could be added to a Thai Tabien Baan - I know we can have a yellow one for a property that we occupy but not this....... interesting.
    You can't. Not in the blue book anyway. You get a yellow book all to yourself
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    Yep Sorry should of stated a yellow one for the Tabien Baan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flip View Post
    I wasn't aware that a foreigner could be added to a Thai Tabien Baan - I know we can have a yellow one for a property that we occupy but not this....... interesting.
    I don't think many of us knew too


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    [QUOTE=Ivan;276380]Decided to Retire to Thailand or at least give it ago. I have sold the house STC so will have plenty of funds until I can take my pensions at 55. Currently 52.

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    I would of rented my house out or buy a small flat, just incase I've got something to fall back on.
    Anyway, good luck in Thailand.



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    Collected the legalised copy of my passport from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning. Took longer parking and getting out the carpark than actually collecting it.
    Went to the Amphor to see if this was enough for the yellow book, as expected they need the main property holder to sign (step daughter) already explained this to the wife but she wanted to try anyway.
    Tried Bangkok Bank in bang Bua Thong unfortunately the lady who served us was at a lose, so called head office who never answered. Over one hour wasted so we left, stopped at the Krung Thai Bang and bingo they went through the paperwork legalised copy of passport, marriage certificate and wife's ID card. The only additional hurdle they said the wife had to open an account too. No problem except the time taken another two hours but we both left with shiny new ATM cards and passbooks. I also have access to their mobile AP. Also we were given the details required for international transfers IBAN, SWIFT code and Bank address in English. So top marks to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan View Post
    Went to the Amphor to see if this was enough for the yellow book, as expected they need the main property holder to sign (step daughter)
    It is not actually a requirement - you can get her to sign a power of attorney specific to that purpose - but would I argue with an Amphur manager on that?............no way .

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