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  1. 2 hours ago, Falconator said:


    Checking in every 90 days for half a day at most when the queue is long - that's a breeze compared to what Americans have to go though every new calendar year even when you multiply that by 4.


    In the US, every new calendar year, we are faced with the extreme stress of having to deal with a whole bunch of confusing forms and paperwork, and we have to choke up hundreds of dollars to get all that done just to figure out how much we owe to the government. The IRS basically thinks that it's your responsibility to figure out what you owe them, but if you don't, they'll garnish your wages and could even put you in jail. Thais face far less stress doing their taxes.


    In the US, we have to keep popping into the local DMV offices for all-day waits and deal with very rude staff.


    Thais are efficient, believe me. Have you ever seen how India and the Philippines function? Thailand is pretty darn efficient compared to them.


    As Americans living in Thailand, we still have to confront those confusing tax forms. I would be happy to trade that for Thai bureaucracy. But I don't get to. I have to add the Thai paperwork to the American.


    America is, in general, much more consistent with the rules, than here in Thailand. The recent thread on the combo method for a retirement extension being denied in CM, is evidence of that.

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  2. 53 minutes ago, LivinLOS said:


    But these successful people and talented remote employees would rather spend days travelling round asia begging the latest short stay visa, waste large parts of thier working week in ED classes or self defense, instead of paying a small fee to be legal.. 


    See how that doesnt add up ??? Successful people have a value on thier time, they dont tolerate the nonsense of constant border hops and lies to obtain visas. They pay for a service using something thier time generates for them in short order. 

    Your assumptions that digital nomads all hop around Asia begging for short stay visas, or having to do constant border hops, or ED visas are incorrect.

  3. 7 hours ago, LivinLOS said:

    You dont get to define what they want, if they wanted it, they would make a visa class for it. 

    The recently revamped the smart visa (and didnt include online freelancers) they recently added the elite 5 years, and didnt include online freelancers, they recently introduced a higher wealth 10 year retirement, and didnt include online freelancers.. 

    The fact they are making these changes, and not including online workers, shows clearly that they are not opening this up like nomads want them to. 

    By this logic, the fact that they require some travelers to carry ฿20,000 into the country shows clearly that they don't want people with credit cards to enter the country.


    My guess is that some of the higher ups don't really understand online workers, and others don't know what to do about it.


    Let'sface it. If you are a sales rep on vacation, and your colleague from back home emails and asks where you left the TPS report, if you answer, you're technically breaking the law, right?


    Or what if you're on the beach working on the TPS report? Responding to a customer inquiry?


    Does anyone really think the laws are in place to prevent people from doing these kinds of things? I don't.


    Add to this, there are many people openly operating YouTube channels, in Thailand. They're shooting video in Thailand, and talking about Thailand. Some of them have even interacted with the police about various matters. No one from immigration seems interested in this, as obvious as it is.


    And there was the incident in Chiang Mai where a co-working space was raided. The people in the space were sitting, working on computers. Everyone was detained and then let go, saying it was a big misunderstanding.


    At this point there seems to be no immigration interest in people who are doing online work. Does anyone have a single, verified account of someone being in trouble with immigration for being a digital nomad?

  4. 11 hours ago, sunnyboy2018 said:

    Nomad = freeloader / tax dodger. Unemployed or unemployable in their own country. Give us a break. Why would anybody who is a skilled on line worker choose Thailand? Except for the girlie scene. Work at home. Build a pension and come here on holiday. To me DMs are just above the rung of begpackers.

    I ran a (mostly) online business for many years in the US. Your post shows your lack of understanding.


    Why would I tether myself to a particular location in the US, where it's expensive to live, healthcare costs are outrageous, and it's cold and rainy a good part of the year?


    Why choose Thailand? The same reasons anybody else would choose Thailand. Warm weather, cheap living compared to the US, tasty food, friendly people, and a lot of things to do and see. And most importantly, less expenses mean I'm free to do with my time, as I please.


    How am I freeloading or tax dodging? I pay taxes according to the law.

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  5. On 4/18/2019 at 8:46 AM, Pattaya46 said:

    Ok. I stopped reading the OP right after the first sentence. Way to many BS topics recently on ThaiVisa :sad:

    BTW I personally know one guy who left Chiang Mai (or a bit North of it) after 6 years living there. The reason has nothing to do with Immigration but with Pollution.

    Same here. I left CM, but not because of any new rules, but because of the pollution. I'm in Phuket at the moment, and completed a retirement extension with no problems.

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  6. I am about to attempt to do the same (extension of permission to stay -- retirement -- money in the bank) in Krabi, but I'm staying in a hotel (monthy). My rental contract is only until the 6th of March, and my permission to stay expires April 4th (I mention this because I don't know if Krabi Town immigration will let you apply 45 days before, or only 30).


    Anyone have any idea what I'll need to take them as far a proof or where I live, or do I need to make other arrangements?


    Sorry to hijack the thread. If it needs a new thread, or to be deleted, let me know.



  7. I was going to say, I walked all over Krabi Town last week, fairly late at night. I had my laundry done by a service, and she put someone's Hugo Boss shorts in with my finished laundry. When I corrected the laundry lady, she scolded me.


    That was the most danger I felt while there.

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  8. Having attended this meeting as well, I have a few points to add.


    1) for those complaining that they haven't seen any changes, it's my understanding that they are scheduled to take place January 1st. So, you wouldn't see anything new until that date.


    2) these changes are potentially good news, as they mean we may not have to have money in Thai banks. I'll believe it when I see it, and I know US officials can not speak for Thai immigrantion, and we haven't heard it confirmed from another source. This year, I'll do the 800k, and we'll see how it shakes out.


    3) we will no longer have to pay the $50 fee for the affidavit. That's good.

  9. 23 hours ago, Brunolem said:

    Thank you for this extensive reply.


    Obviously, it is difficult, to avoid Bangkok airports when arriving from Europe or America

    From the West coast, Eva Air's flights into Chiang Mai are an alternative. Not sure any the East coast. Chiang Rai airport also has flights from common connection points to Thailand (no direct flights from the West coast.

  10. The US officials in the Chiang Mai public meeting the other day, mentioned that they were providing training to Thai immigration officials on how to interpret various forms of US income.


    So, they seem to believe that Thai immigration will be looking at documents themselves, to determine whether someone meets the monetary requirements.


    Tax returns and 1099 forms were mentioned.


    They also flat-out stated that Thai immigration at the highest level, told them I that the income affidavits would not be required from US citizens.

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  11. According to a well known visa service company here, the CM office was indeed requiring proof of income, beyond the US affidavit, as of early August. I don't know if they're doing it for everyone, or just some people. I don't know what form of proof they're requiring.


    The visa service company said the amount on the affidavit (which is still required), must match the amount shown on the documents used for proving income 


    I have no first-hand knowledge, as I took care of my visa several months ago.



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  12. Looking at the Portland honorary Thai consulate's web site, I see they can do Non immigrant O visas for Marriage, volunteer, or condo/home ownership. Can anyone confirm definitively they don't do Non-immigrant Os for other purposes (exploring retirement)?


    I may not have enough time to get an O-A from Los Angeles. I know I can get a tourist visa in Portland, and convert it to an O in Thailand, and then do an extension based on retirement, and I'd like to avoid the extra step of tourist to O, if possible.

    Thanks :-)


    PS: I called Portland, got a recording, no way to leave a message.

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