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  1. Good catch - he does indeed seem to say that she is still on her dependent extension, though it's not clear whether she simply never left Thailand when he did, or re-entered and was stamped in on her extension (since of course Immigration wouldn't have known that her husband had switched passports and entered as a tourist). This is potentially a bigger issue than the "nationality on marriage certificate" thing, which might explain why he believes an agent is needed.
  2. This. She's advising you to register a new marriage with your wife without ever having terminated the current marriage, which is illegal, so I wouldn't trust anything she says. You marry a person, not a passport; people change passports, nationalities, and names all the time after getting married, and none of those things invalidates the spousal relationship - even in Thailand. In the unlikely event that there are any questions, you show both of your passports and say, "see, same name, same date and place of birth, photo of the same person" and there should be no problem.
  3. People quarantining at home who live with others are supposed to be in their own room with a separate bathroom - with meals left outside the door - unless the family members will all be staying home for the full two week duration as well. I think part of the reason why many places don't allow home quarantine is precisely because so many people think it means "I'll stay home, but I'll sleep with my spouse who continues to go to work, and play with my kids who continue to go to school." As for the device, I'm sure it's fastened to the wrist or ankle with a tamper-proof or tamper-evident fastener - journalists who were quarantined in Hong Kong said that's how it was done there, and that's the only way the system would make sense. And knowing Singapore, I'm sure they would have no problem fining and jailing anyone whose device showed signs of tampering.
  4. The great majority of countries don't follow the common law, so that's not surprising.
  5. They won't stay in ASQ. The scheme for bringing in migrant workers allows them to quarantine in facilities provided by their employer, with more than one person in each room. The costs are (supposed to be) paid by the employer.
  6. That isn't true. The problem is that people often treat "live-in girlfriend" and "common law wife" as synonymous terms, which they're not. An actual common law marriage is legally equivalent to a registered marriage, whereas "shacking up" is not. Even in countries that follow the common law (which Thailand does not), the exact requirements for a common law marriage vary, assuming it's allowed at all. (Only a handful of US states recognize it, for example.) Generally, the key factors are that the couple have cohabited for a certain period of time (often longer than 12 months), have consummated the relationship, and have held themselves out to the community as married. If they meet those requirements in a place that recognizes such relationships, they are just as "married" as a couple that got a license and registered at city hall, and would even technically require a divorce if they wanted to separate and marry other people. No such unregistered relationship exists in Thailand - if you live together or have a village wedding, either party can walk away at any time with no formalities. Obviously a registered marriage is much easier to prove than a common law one, and in practice it's relatively easy for a couple to avoid having their relationship called a "marriage" if that's what they want, but the US, at least, will accept a genuine common law marriage as valid for immigration purposes. The pertinent regulation is the following: 9 FAM 102.8-1(F) Common Law Marriage (CT:VISA-863; 06-17-2019) In the absence of a marriage certificate, an official verification, or a legal brief verifying full marital rights, a common law marriage or cohabitation is considered to be a “valid marriage” for purposes of visa adjudication only if it is legally recognized in the place in which the relationship was created and is fully equivalent in every respect to a traditional marriage. To be "fully equivalent", the relationship must bestow all of the same legal rights and duties possessed by partners in a lawfully contracted marriage, including that: (1) The relationship can only be terminated by divorce or death; (2) There is a potential right to alimony; (3) There is a right to intestate distribution of an estate; and (4) There is a right of custody, if there are children.
  7. Many years ago, a foreign psychologist working with Western clients in Bangkok told me that the most common issues he saw in his practice were wives sleeping with their drivers, and husbands sleeping with bar girls. What was interesting to him was that the men kept doing it not because of the sex, but because of the "rescue" aspect - they loved seeing themselves as heroes who were saving families from poverty. That savior complex seems to still be around after all this time.
  8. Not no difference at all, but a rounding error on a rounding error on a rounding error for the Thai economy as a whole.
  9. He's been doing those diagrams for years, all over Bangkok - I used to see them (albeit smaller versions) in the Chitlom/Phloenchit area five years ago, and they weren't a new phenomenon even then. They look more like the product of mental illness than artistic inspiration.
  10. They really don't like being forced into becoming a participant in a transaction which in reality is entirely between the applicant and Thai Immigration, and has nothing whatsoever to do with the US Government. That having been said, they also don't want their citizens to end up in limbo due to Immigration's insistence on receiving a meaningless letter, so they will negotiate behind the scenes and only agree to start issuing letters again if there seems to be absolutely no alternative.
  11. That isn't one of the reasons for the amnesties given in any of the government documents, and I've seen no indication that it was even a consideration for the ministers making the decision.
  12. Right, not that CAAT seems to be aware of that - here's a quote from July 23: "Overall, the impact of the Covid-19 has caused all airlines to lose about 70 per cent of passengers because of the reduced travel demand. Airlines must also comply with social distancing measures by leaving one seat empty between passengers, said CAAT director-general Chula Sukmanop."
  13. So he didn't buy it, he accepted a million dollar gift - I guess that makes it all better.
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