Hi all, has anyone on here used a visa agent in Thailand to extend a non immigrant O visa based on retirement? If you have, and they have been successful could you please pm me the details and your experience with them, I'm asking to be pm'd because you never know who is reading these forums.
Apologies Tobias, I'm happy to have any answers to my question posted up for all to see, I was trying to avoid a situation where perhaps Thai immigration would read this thread ( I don't suppose for one minute that they would, but you never know) and it could cause problems. Basically I have been in touch with an agency that will change a non immigrant O visa based on retirement ( you get 90 days issued from London embassy) to a 1 year extension once you are in Thailand all they need is your passport No need for financial statements or pension statements no need to have money in a Thai bank they charge 14,000 baht and if you want a multi entry non O it's another 4,000 baht.
i was just wondering if anyone on here has any experience of working with agencies and what their experiences were like, I haven't had any replies either on here or by pm, so I assume no one has any experience.
i used a contact in an immigration office in another area to where i live ( but did have an address in that area), to obtain a non immigrant 'O' visa as part of a conversion from a tourist visa, i had all the financial requirements in place, but my local office would not do it, told me to leave the country and obtain the 'O' visa,
I have now changed to a 'married ' extension at the office that would not allow the conversion, but again had to obtain a fresh 'O' visa on a tip back to UK, they would not on renewal change the extension from 'retirement' to 'married', some offices have their own rules
so to sum up it can be done, but there are risks involved, may be small but are there none the less
Steve187, thanks for your reply if they don't ask to see any financials on the 90 day reporting I guess it's worth the risk? As you say it is a risk, I did ask questions to the agency and they responded by saying that they have immigration officers in all the provinces that 'work with' the agency so there is no problem, they offer you to go to their office in Bangkok or they will come to your hotel in Bangkok to get your passport or they will send you to your local immigration office and to ask for the IO that 'works with them'...but as you quite rightly say it does come with risks.....I just want to get the first year on a visa done and dusted, after the first year I will get the visa by the proper process like having my finances in place in a Thai bank etc, I just worry about tying up that much money (especially with the current exchange rate) in a Thai bank, then if things don't work out and I leave Thailand I will lose more money by taking the Thai baht from my account and changing it into another currency.
many thanks for your reply
I did my retirement extension renewal in October. A note was stapled into my passport stating
"not less than 800,000 baht must remain in the bank for 3 months after the permission date after that I can withdraw my deposit but the remaining balance must be not less than 400,000 baht. Please update the bankbook and show us every 3 months".
When I went tò khon kaen immigration office to extend my 30 day visa back in November 2019, there were plenty of people coming in for their 90 day reporting, the woman dealing with them literally just looked at the passport and waved them off job done....but I'm guessing that I will do the 90 day reporting online I do not know what they ask for, as for the annual extension I'm guessing again that the visa agency will deal with that again so no financials to show.