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    Yep. Roiet office will accept until they are told not to. Something that could happen tomorrow.

    I am not a Brit so for the time being not my concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    They will continue to accept income letters.
    They have in the past accepted an unverified income letter from the UK Embassy. Similar to the US. The UK Embassy has stated in future they will not be issuing an unverified income letter.

    Will a letter from my Thai wife be accepted?

    IIRC the Thai Embassy in London required 3 months bank statements, when verified and stamped in red by a "notary public", to be supplied as financial proof for obtaining a visa.

    Presumably their is a Thai equivalent ?
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tomcat View Post
    this just in
    Typical TVF bullshit. The Brit embassy is out of line telling TVF same will apply at US embassy. If TVF wants to know US embassy policy going forward, ask them. Not the British embassy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Will a letter from my Thai wife be accepted?
    Not unless she has the 'proper" assortment of stamps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Not unless she has the 'proper" assortment of stamps.
    So you're saying a scrawled note with "My hubband good man, he have good heart" won't cut it?

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    ...visa renewal time this morning: neither the immi lady nor her superior knew anything about changes to proof-of-income statements. In fact, it hardly seemed they knew they were at work...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Not unless she has the 'proper" assortment of stamps.
    No stamps, of any colour and I have inspected every nook and cranny.

    I've just been awarded another year's sentence. I tried bribing the officers but they insisted the paperwork was just what they required.

    Time to buy something valuable.

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    I'm sure the answer is here somewhere but - when my Retirement Visa goes tits up next year - what Visa hoops do I have to jump though to stay her long time. ? Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWAN View Post
    what Visa hoops do I have to jump though to stay her long time
    ...just renew your retirement visa (on a yearly basis)...

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    Quote Originally Posted by KWAN View Post
    when my Retirement Visa goes tits up next year -
    Is that because you are one of many who need a 'embassy letter'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Is that because you are one of many who need a 'embassy letter'?
    It is indeed.

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    Hows about getting an under the table extension whereby you pay an agent to do it for you? Cost in Buriram 20,000 Baht, or 14,000 Baht in Jomtien, so I'm told. A marriage of convenience may help in that you only need to find 400,000 Baht a year.

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    Anyone know of alleged agents here in Jomtien. ??
    If I have to go back to Visa runs (no problem) Where do I start ? Leave country by air (Laos or Cam') and apply for tourist visa on arrival at Swampy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KWAN View Post
    what Visa hoops do I have to jump though to stay her long time.
    Invest 5,000,000 THB, Thai citizenship or increasingly more doubtful , hide in the jungle or paddy wilderness.

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    this could be for them on the monthly income 65,000bht. to be shown as per.statement from your thai bank,showing it every month,so the letter proving you have this amount will have to come from a THAI BANK at a considerable cost.i cant see any other way for those who go this rout.
    yet it must still be cheaper than engageing a bent lawyer and a bent i.o. to stamp your extension of stay.

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    They have until October next year to sort out my next extension of stay on my retirement visa.

    I am confident that is sufficient time to sort it out to my satisfaction.

    For anyone else in a pickle over this bureaucratic malfunction, make sure you have a plan B.

    Ive tried Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia recently. Vietnam anyone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    They have until October next year to sort out my next extension of stay on my retirement visa.

    I am confident that is sufficient time to sort it out to my satisfaction.

    For anyone else in a pickle over this bureaucratic malfunction, make sure you have a plan B.

    Ive tried Cambodia, Philippines and Indonesia recently. Vietnam anyone?
    plan [b] there will be plenty of nigerians willing to lend 400k/800k as long as you pay them a FEE UP FRONT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    there will be plenty of nigerians willing to lend 400k/800k as long as you pay them a FEE UP FRONT.
    Have you a contact number? They're my plan B.

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    We need to hear from Toddanielz.

    I am somewhat non-plussed by the alleged fact the Embassy cannot verify income claims, the apparent reason given by them for ceasing the service. To my knowledge the british embassy officials in their consular section only issued the letter confirming income when the applicant produced original correspondence from the DWP and their occupational pension provider together with copies of bank statements showing the monthly payments into their respective accounts.
    One wonders if there has been some communication foulup between the Be and the Thai.
    The thing is like most here I have evidence of income meeting the criteria and transfer funds as and when necessary but the reality is that I simply do not need to transfer 800,000 baht a year to support myself and the wingman. We own our home and like many others we pay for big ticket items using our home credit cards paid out of home bank accounts. Ah well, everything else in the world is fucking up so why not here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    The thing is like most here I have evidence of income meeting the criteria and transfer funds as and when necessary but the reality is that I simply do not need to transfer 800,000 baht a year to support myself and the wingman.
    You don't need to transfer any money to Thailand, simply get your retirement processed in the Thai Embassy in the UK, good for near on 2 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    We need to hear from Toddanielz.
    Tod is keeping a low profile it seems. There's been about 4-5 threads on the other forum since the news broke and he does't appeared to have posted on any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Tod is keeping a low profile it seems. There's been about 4-5 threads on the other forum since the news broke and he does't appeared to have posted on any.
    Todd's good for real time info re Thai Immigration practices, however this is something specific to the British Embassy, and their arbitrarily ceasing to provide letters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    We need to hear from Toddanielz.

    I am somewhat non-plussed by the alleged fact the Embassy cannot verify income claims, the apparent reason given by them for ceasing the service. To my knowledge the british embassy officials in their consular section only issued the letter confirming income when the applicant produced original correspondence from the DWP and their occupational pension provider together with copies of bank statements showing the monthly payments into their respective accounts.
    One wonders if there has been some communication foulup between the Be and the Thai.
    The thing is like most here I have evidence of income meeting the criteria and transfer funds as and when necessary but the reality is that I simply do not need to transfer 800,000 baht a year to support myself and the wingman. We own our home and like many others we pay for big ticket items using our home credit cards paid out of home bank accounts. Ah well, everything else in the world is fucking up so why not here.
    Iím pretty sure the British Embassy used a disclaimer when providing the letters to applicants in support of their extension application.
    From what I have seen, the Thai immigration will only accept the supporting letter if the Embassy can verify it.
    The Embassy is unwilling or unable to staff such verification, and have therefore withdrawn the service.

    Over to the new chief of immigration, Big joke. He can back down and accept the present form of letter, (unlikely) or sit it out and see what happens next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by headhunter View Post
    the letter proving you have this amount will have to come from a THAI BANK at a considerable cost.
    ...Bangkok Bank provides a free yearly statement upon request that shows transfers into a local account for the previous 12 months...did I mention it's free and takes about 90 seconds to produce...they throw in a free envelope as well...

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