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  1. Love the hat! Is that what makes him suspicious-looking?
  2. Except where you're required to drive slowly in the right lane, that is, when approaching a U-turn lane. I have to use them every time I drive in Chiang Mai. They often backup into the through (fast) lane, and I always wonder if this is the time I get rear-ended. Then there are the privileged drivers who are too good to line up for the U-turn lane, who go to the front and block the fast lane, further increasing the risk of rear-end collisions. What a system!
  3. Wonderful. Throw out the TM 30, too, at least for us with yellow books.
  4. https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_22 If it doesn't appear in English, change the language at top right.
  5. No. It's in the OP, except the copy of the yellow book, which I mentioned later, and is unnecessary. Re-read carefully.
  6. As usual, ubonjoe is correct. I did not save a copy of the letter. I walked straight from the mall back to the IO's counter. To me, it was nonsensical administrivia. Why verify my balance when monthly deposits are what matters? The only answer is that that's what the rules demand. AFAIK, they would have accepted the letter if my balance was ten baht. The banks don't know about verifying monthly income, just standing balance.
  7. Printed statements from the bank, each covering six months, one last July, one this month for a 100-baht fee each time.
  8. No indication that he looked, but I had highlighted the amounts and that FTT code on each transfer. He didn't have to look very hard. I tried to make it easy for him.
  9. I don't know. He didn't say. We didn't discuss it. Maybe it was overkill. I had the statements available in a file, so brought them along. I didn't see any harm in showing them the sources, trying to cover all the bases. The rules at https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_22 mention evidence of a pension. Are the bank statements "evidence of a pension"? Maybe one IO would think so and another would not. My approach is to git'r'done, so I took what I consider to be real evidence. I failed to mention in my post that I also provided a copy of my yellow book (aka tabien baan). It's not listed as a requirement, but I threw it in the mix to document my "bona fides." The IO did not comment on it, and I probably won't bother including it next year.
  10. I don't know. I'm no expert, only reporting on my experience. However, given that all three methods are given equal weight here https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_22 , I assume it would make no difference. The overall point of my post is that Immigration seems to be taking a reasonable approach, living up to their public announcements.
  11. Actually transfers every month from two sources, which, combined, exceeded 65,000. Same difference.
  12. I promised I would report after extending my retirement visa (yes, we all know it's not really called that). I successfully extended my visa today at Chiang Mai. I arrived about 9am. I was in for a re-entry permit a couple of weeks ago and was told by that friendly male supervisor that it was no longer necessary to queue before dawn. I got a queue number and waited maybe an hour. My visa expires every Jan 30. I didn't bother with the letter from the US Consulate, because there were numerous announcements saying those letters are obsolete. I had a year's worth of Bangkok Bank statements (two six-month statements) showing foreign transfers into my account every month. When I went for the most recent statement, I asked for a letter confirming regular monthly deposits from my pension funds. The bank said they are only able to give me confirmation of the current balance. I don't keep 800,000 baht in my account, never have, so declined that letter, thinking it was pointless as I planned to use the monthly income method. That was a minor mistake; more below. I had my TM7 filled out (photo attached), all necessary copies of passport pages, the bank statements with each monthly deposit highlighted in yellow, quarterly statements from one pension source, and an annual letter from the second source stating the monthly amount of my pension. When my number was called, the IO went through my paperwork. The only thing missing, he said, was the confirmation letter from the bank. I told him my bank didn't know anything about confirming monthly income, only current balance. He said that's what he needs, the rules require it. It's just bureaucratic pointlessness when using the monthly income method, but I wasn't gonna argue. I strolled over to Bangkok Bank at the Airport Mall and was back in half an hour with the letter. By then, it was about 11:30. I went straight back to the IO I had talked to before and gave him the letter. He added it to my papers. I got my photo taken and sat down to wait while the ladies pored over my papers some more. I got my passport back about 12:30. So not much drama, all very cordial. No letter from our consulate was necessary or even mentioned. Statements from your bank are enough to verify income, as promised.