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JonoM

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  1. 9 hours ago, Peter Denis said:

    The same inconsistency one faces in Thailand when applying at different IOs, also applies for Thai Embassies/Consulates.  The Visa types you can apply for in your home-country might differ depending on the Embassy or Consulate, so you better check both what the Embassy offers and what the Consulate offers.

    Yep, at least they are inconsistent at all levels. I should have known not to expect anything different I guess! Anyway, this is just a worse case scenario for me, hopefully I will not have to visit the UK in the near future to ever find out their interpretion of the rules. 

  2. 3 hours ago, BritTim said:

    As long as you are still married, the basis for your extension does not affect your eligibility to return to Thailand. I am sure you are already aware that returning can be difficult and expensive even when you are, in principle, allowed to get a COE.

    OK. Thanks BritTim, for confirming that. Will not be travelling back to the UK anytime soon unless it's an emergency. 

  3. I'm about to switch the reason for my Extension of Stay from being based on Marriage to Retirement (there's another thread on this if you want to know why, sorry don't know how to link here!).

     

    On the London Thai Embassy Website  it says that you need to marrried to a Thai national, makes no mention of requiring a Non "O"/extension based on marriage, in order to apply for a Certificate of Entry. Just want to double check that this is indeed the case. Not planning to visit the UK, but just need to know that I wont be locking myself out of Thailand should I have to make a trip, by switching to a Retirement extension.

     

    Thanks

  4. 15 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

    It is for everybody. Just false info from some people.

    Yes, false information from the Immigration Office in my case. Everyone needs to visit their own IO to find out for sure what their situation is.

     

    32 minutes ago, sandyf said:

    Hope you got sorted.

    I also use Sri Ratcha and as you was on an ME Non O with permission to stay expired on 5th May. I went to immigration early August to try the 60 day extension, but they refused that saying that it was over 60 days since stamp expired. Also had the lecture on the amnesty not being for the likes of us.

    I went back a week later and did 12 month marriage extension based on income, no real problem other than they insisted on 12 months of transfers. Had the home visit a few days later and go back next week when under consideration runs out.

    Only difference I can see is that my visa is still valid but the environment may have become more hostile than it was. They certainly seemed to take a dim view of the ME visa holders using the amnesty.

    More or less sorted thanks. I'm using an agent in Pattaya, who assures me that there won't be a problem. I dont mind paying this time, as they are saving me from a lot of stress and hassle that I dont need.

     

    I'll be using the Jomtien Office, apparenty if you live in Chonburi province you can use any Immigration Office in Chonburi. I cannot face having to return to the Si Racha Office and having to sit there while they tell me I'm an overstaying and the amnesty does not apply to me, while jabbing away with their finger at my expired permit to stay stamp. I didn't bother trying for the 60 day extension, as on a previous occassion separate to this they refused this extension, for the reason that "I was living with my and not visiting her"!

     

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  5. Thanks for the support and empathy guys. I hope others in the same situation find their Immigration Offices more accommodating than mine.

     

    Nothing more to report, as wasn't able to make it to immigration on Friday. Will go Monday now, but given my previous experience I don't hold much hope that they will give me 60 days (to visit wife), but I can but try!

     

    I think it's more likely i will be using an agent to get me through this. So if any one can recommend one in Si Racha or Pattaya please pm me.

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  6. 2 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

    The good news is that you now have the money in bank. So your office is requiring a current permission of stay in your passport. 

    Attend you office outline your plan to obtain 60 day extension to visit wife and then apply for annual extension marriage.

    If they say no problems (they should) then you can apply for 60 day on the spot.

    OK. Thanks DrJack. I'll go back there tomorrow to give this a try, but I'm wondering if this is an option, why they didn't suggest this themselves? I will give it a go though.

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  7. 25 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

    They are certainly not correct when they say you are on overstay. The are just trying to make things difficult.

    There are other offices accepting applications from people in a similar situation as yours.

    Perhaps try to apply for a 60 day extension to visit your wife.

    Thanks Joe. Yes, I could try that, but not optimistic, giving what they have just told me.

  8. Just now, DrJack54 said:

    I'm confused. You had a valid permission of stay till May 20. Why didn't you obtain a 12 month extension prior to may 20.

    Because at that time i did not have 400k in a Thai bank account to apply for an extension. As soon as I was able, I transferred the money into my account which was on the 11 July. Under normal circumstaces I would have left country and come back.

  9. I don't want to start another TM30 thread, so hope its OK for me to tag my qus onto this thread (as it's more TM30 confusion!)

     

    I recently spent the night at a hotel, they took my passport details, so I presume they will report my stay. However, the hotel was in the same province as my home address and I was away from my home for less than 24 hours. Was I meant to report my stay away to immigration on the TM30? (too late now, but I'd like to know, so that I'm prepared for when I do my extension of stay!)

     

    Cheers.

  10. 37 minutes ago, sanemax said:

    Lots of Dengue fever going around at the moment

    😞 Hope its not that!

    34 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

    Not for 60 day or normal extension (even if not allowed).  Do not believe they will accept flu type symptoms letter as reason to extend but you can try if doctor will provide letter you are not fit to travel - you must have made reservations already so would be inclined to try to make the trip and obtain new visa myself - believe HCMC is still quite low key and easy process if you have the paperwork (and USD for fee).

    Yep, all booked and paid. Problem is I seem to be getting worse, so dont want to get stuck there!

    20 minutes ago, madmen said:

    Flying with a cold especially he should say his ears are blocked. That can easy lead to burst eardrums due to pressure changes ,any doctor will write a no fly letter.

    Thanks, good point.

    3 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

    You can an extension for medical treatment if you can get a letter from a doctor stating you are unable to travel.

    OK, might visit the docs tomorrow then.

    3 minutes ago, tabarin said:

    If you try to play a game that would be accepted in Western countries, I guess replies above could help. 
    What is too ill? Just feeling sick and having a fever does not qualify.

    Other than that, man up and get your extension done. Otherwise you will be the one losing anyway (overstay, fines, more papers needed).
    What you state about your local immigration sounds weird to me, you can also just go to another office near by.

    Game! Why would I want to play any games with Thai immigration. I know the consequences, that's why I'm asing for the options available. As far as I know, you can only use your local immigration office, otherwise I'd be more than happy to go elswhere!

  11. Hi

     

    My non-immigrant O obtained from KL a few months ago expires tomorrrow. I was due to fly out to Ho Chi Minh Ciy tomorrow to get another non-O (multi), but unfortunately I seem to have come down with the flu or simlar bug, so travelling is going to be difficult. Will my immigration office extend my visa due to illness? I'm guessing that they would need a letter from the Doctors if this is an option?

     

    I know that most immigration offices will give a 60 day extension for a non-O visa, but unfortunately this is not the case with my office (I have tried before).  They (Si Racha) have their very own interpretation of the regulations!

     

    Thank for your help.

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  12. On 3/21/2019 at 8:49 AM, ubonjoe said:

    Kuala Lumpur will issue a single entry non-o visa based upon marriage. But they will want to see financial proof.

    "6.3 Bank statement (last 6 months) in Thailand with recommended balance of 400,000 Thai baht (if any)"

    Source: http://www.thaiembassy.org/kualalumpur/contents/images/text_editor/files/12_1 Non Immigrant O Dependant(1).pdf

    The also require an appointment but it is much better than Vientiane's IMO. https://linistry.com/Customer/ServiceMenu?branchId=127&parentId=1383

     

    Sorry, one more question. I now have the 6mnth bank statement, but my appointment (in KL) is 6 days after the statement date. Will this be ok?

  13. 25 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

    Kuala Lumpur will issue a single entry non-o visa based upon marriage. But they will want to see financial proof.

    "6.3 Bank statement (last 6 months) in Thailand with recommended balance of 400,000 Thai baht (if any)"

    Source: http://www.thaiembassy.org/kualalumpur/contents/images/text_editor/files/12_1 Non Immigrant O Dependant(1).pdf

    The also require an appointment but it is much better than Vientiane's IMO. https://linistry.com/Customer/ServiceMenu?branchId=127&parentId=1383

     

    OK. That's good to hear. I've booked the appointment for next week, so now just need the get the bank statement.

     

    Thanks ubonjoe.

  14. 11 hours ago, JonoM said:

    Unfortunately, Vientiane is booked out for weeks ahead, so it's a no-go. 

     

    I've been thinking about trying Kuala Lumpur, but then I read a thread on this forum that mentioned that they do not issue non-O visas (for me based on marriage) if you are over 50! (I'm 51). Does anyone know if this is actually correct? Seems no logical reason for this to be the case, which makes me think that it might be true! 

    Just had another thought! If the above is true, then would it be possible for me to instead apply for a non-O based on being the parent of a Thai child?

  15. On 3/18/2019 at 2:15 PM, ubonjoe said:

    For a single entry non-o Vientiane would be an easier trip. You can fly to Udon Thani from Don Mueang and then get a van to the bridge in Nong Khai. You have to make appointment for the application. See: https://thaivisavientiane. 

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    Unfortunately, Vientiane is booked out for weeks ahead, so it's a no-go. 

     

    I've been thinking about trying Kuala Lumpur, but then I read a thread on this forum that mentioned that they do not issue non-O visas (for me based on marriage) if you are over 50! (I'm 51). Does anyone know if this is actually correct? Seems no logical reason for this to be the case, which makes me think that it might be true! 

  16. 25 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

    For a single entry non-o Vientiane would be an easier trip. You can fly to Udon Thani from Don Mueang and then get a van to the bridge in Nong Khai. You have to make appointment for the application. See: https://thaivisavientiane.com/#

     

    Which office? That is certainly not required for the non immigrant visa application.

    Thanks ubonjoe. I will look into Vientiane.

     

    It's the Si Racha Office. I specifically went into the office with my wife last month to check their requirements for the Non O visa and they insist on the 2 month requirement for the 400k (which is why they would not let me apply for the visa there and then). I tried to point out to them that I did not think this was the case, but they disagree. I've given up trying to argue the point with them!

  17. 13 minutes ago, elviajero said:

    Semantics, but their prerogative.

     

    That’s correct for applying for the 1 year extension. But before you do that you need a non immigrant visa, and if you apply for that in country the funds only need to be in your account on the day you apply.

     

    Whatever you choose you’re going to need a non immigrant visa/entry. It’s usually far less hassle to apply for that outside of Thailand and would solve your concerns of being denied VE entry.

     

    I don’t think you will be denied, but take a copy of your marriage certificate, wife’s ID and Tabian Baan in case they do question your reason to visit.

    Thanks for the advice elviajero. With regard to the funds, they insist that funds have to be in my account for 2 months!

  18. 39 minutes ago, Leaver said:

    A little off topic, but why are you flying to Phnom Penh, where you have to pay for a visa?  Why not fly to KL, where they also have a visa exemption stamp?  The flight with Air Asia, to and from their KL hub, is probably cheaper as well.

     

    Back on topic, from what I have been reading, you might be pushing your luck looking for another visa exemption.  

     

    I was thinking of Phnom Penh, as my wife flies there often for work, so I can easily join her on one of her trips.

     

    42 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

    You could of gotten a single or multiple entry non-o visa based upon marriage at the consulate in Savannakhet Laos with no financial proof.

    Rather than getting a visa exempt entry it would be best get single entry non-o visa in Vientiane or Savannakhet.

    Or you could get one in Penang Malaysia by showing the 400k baht you have in the bank (no need for the 2 months).

    Before you apply for the extension you will need a non-o visa entry. You could of applied for one at immigration with the 400k baht in the bank since there is no requirement to have it in the bank for 2 months for the visa application.

    Yes, I've been thinking about Savannakhet, Laos. It's just a bit of a trek to go there and back (20hr+ travel time & overnight stay). My local immigration office insists that the 400k baht must be seeded for 2 months!

     

    40 minutes ago, elviajero said:

    You might be able to extend that by another 60 days to visit your wife without any financials. 1,900 baht.

     

    At the end of the 60 days — as long as you have 15 (maybe 21) days left — you can apply for a non-immigrant visa if the 400K is in your account (no seasoning required). That will give you another 90 ish days; and you can apply for the 1 year extension within the last 30 days of that 90.

     

    Probably not. But if you’re going to leave the country again you’re best bet is to get a Single Entry Non ‘O’ Visa, which are available in the region without the need to provide financials. You’re going to need one prior to extending again.

     

    They would not let me extend for 60 days as they said that I was not visiting my wife, but that I was living with her (which is true). They insist that the 400k must have been in the bank account for 2 mnths!

     

    For the reasons I've given, I still think that flying to Phnom Penh and back will be the easiest option for me, but I really don't want to end up being refused entry. Will the fact that I am travelling with my wife give them less reason for me to be refused. I had thought that as I am arriving by air that I would be OK, but I am still unsure!

     

    Thanks for all your replies.

     

  19. Hi

     

    I’ve been living in Thailand for the last 8 years with my Thai wife. I’ve mostly been staying here on a Non ‘O’ visa based on marriage, but at the end of last year I was unable to extend it due to financial reasons. I am presently here on an extension of my 2nd Visa exempt entry for the current year, obtained at the Cambodian land border crossing.

     

    I understand that I cannot enter Thailand again at a land crossing using visa exempt, but I can enter up to 6 more times by air. So, at the end of March when my extension expires my plan is to fly to Phnom Penh and back to Bangkok on the same day to get a further 30 days visa exempt entry.

     

    At this time I will then have had the required 400,000 bht in my Thai bank account for 2 months and can apply for the Non-O in Thailand. (I cannot apply at the moment as the funds have not been in my account for 2 months.)

    All I really want to know is, will there be any problems with me entering Thailand for the third consecutive time with on a Visa exempt entry, but this time via air? From what I’ve read there shouldn’t be, but I just want to double check!

     

    Thanks

     

  20. Hi ubonjoe,

     

    Thanks for your full answer. I'll double check with the local immigration office as to whether they need my marriage certificate legalized, hopefully not, as I don't have the old affirmation anymore!

     

    Just want to double check. I had my previous extension of stay extended by 2 months (no financial proof required), which they said they only allowed because I had not had this type of extension before. Will this extension prevent me from having the 30 day extension of my 30 day visa exempt entry?

     

    Thanks again.

  21. Hi there

     

    I’ve been extending my stay in Thailand for the past five years based on being married to a Thai wife (originally visa was a non-immigrant O). This year due to various reasons I didn’t extend my stay, but instead left the country for a visit to the UK and then returned to Thailand under the visa exempt rules and given 30 days stay.

     

    My first question is can I now go (before my 30 days are up) to my local immigration office to apply for a new Non-immigrant O Visa based on marriage if I have proof of income (40,000 THB credited for 3 separate months into a UK bank account)?  And will they give me 1 year or 90 days?

     

    Secondly, I remember having to get a letter from the UK Embassy confirming that my UK marriage certificate was valid, even though I had also registered the marriage at the local Amphur Office. Is this still a requirement?

     

    That just above covers all I need to know for now. Thanks for your help.

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