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    Quote Originally Posted by toddaniels View Post
    Barry Kenyon, the person who wrote that op-ed piece is more than a little misinformed on how easy it is to get a police background check in the US. You can get them from your local police station without a lot of fan fare..
    But no longer (at least at the Washington DC Embassy),....

    7. Letter of verification stating that the applicant has no criminal record (verification have to valid for not more than three months and must be issued from a state or Federal Bureau of Investigation only. Online criminal record without authorizerís signature is unacceptable)

    In the past I was able go to a local police department and request a criminal record (history). I havenít been able to do that when applying for my O-A Visa for the past several years. Three weeks turnaround time.
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    Ouch, I wasn't aware of that S Landreth. . .

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    last time I had one done 7 years ago in Australia I had to send the application off to the fed police in canberra with a money order - 2 or 3 weeks

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    i think the biggest -'s is tying up 3 million baht for a year>
    when u can get the 1 year and only tie up 800,000 for 3 months
    and health insurance ... which u dont need for the 1 year

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    In the UK one can mail the required info or apply online for the "Police Certificate" Cost varies, a 2 working day, plus a receipt day and a posting day turnaround is 80GBP, the same but 10 working day is 45GBP. Sent to ACRO.

    One does receive a very nice certificate though which impresses the paper dominated Thai system.

    https://www.acro.police.uk/Police_Ce...es_Online.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by PAG
    The US is one of the countries whose embassy will issue an income verification letter solely on self declaration, unlike those like the UK whom require actual proof of income.
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    They seem to be trying to emulate the Malaysian process but without offering anything tangible in return such as land ownership, employment or even importing one's own car.

    Stupid, really, but typically Thai.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by blodger
    The visa is designed for retirees so people will be dying
    while on this visa, so their bank accounts will have in excess
    of 1.5m baht. The will executor/heirs will have to come here hire
    a lawyer and go to court with the will, the death certificate and no
    doubt proof that the visa was issued and so on. All of that will
    cost a lot of money in itself, airfares, lawyer, accommodation
    and food and for how long.

    This.

    Does anyone know if there is a way to avoid a trip to court for the spouse of the deceased?
    As of yesterday was told no, if there are accounts/investments/property etc in the name of the deceased or jointly, even though the will is in surviving spouse's favour and they are next in line anyway. Makes sense, in quaint Thai fashion, when you imagine walking into a bank/broker/land registry and trying to get access to the mother lode on the strength of a death certificate and/or will.

    My understanding for a straightforward wife gets the lot will is that the hearing is a simple process (in principle), court verifies the will, associated documents/paperwork and identities before stamping it through. How it works in practice may be different.
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    Sounds great too me. Now I will wait and listen to see if it becomes a fast

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    I noticed that the thai embassy in Washington DC finally put up information about the 10 year wonder visa.

    Non-Immigrant Type O-X Visa Washington DC

    And here's the insurance companies you have to use for the health coverage

    Insurance Companies For O-X Visa

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    That info blows my fantasy of a 10 year visa.

    I was hoping that, like the O-A visa I obtained years ago in Atlanta, there would be no need to show the money in a Thai bank, just an American one. Can't bare to think of having that much money tied up in a Thai bank.

    Also, brings home the fact that over 10 years I would be spending nearly $20,000 on insurance.

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