My first 1-year extension ends in December, and I'm thinking of changing it from retirement to marriage. Can anyone summarize the advantages / disadvantages of a "multi-entry Non-O marriage visa" compared to a marriage extension? And how is the process of getting "multi-entry Non-O marriage visa"?
I married a Thai woman two years ago (legal Thai marriage), and last year after retiring and moving here, my first effort at getting a marriage extension was a torturous Kafkaesque nightmare for me at the time (was still adapting with a bit of physical and cultural shock, and we had unlucky draw of a young lady IO who seemed clinically obsessive-compulsive; for example, she spent more than 15 minutes arranging things on her desk and cleaning the floor under her desk before meeting applicants). That experience, plus the looming insurance requirement changes for O-A and possibly also visa extensions, have me fishing for a retirement Plan B to start edging toward the front burner. For example, the World Health Organization rates Columbia's health care system 22nd most efficient in the world, compared to Thailand 47th rank (United States 37th). ["Measuring overall health system performance for 191 countries."]. Additionally, Columbia makes it easy to qualify for a 3-year retirement (provide evidence of only $750 per month social security, or similar other private pension, etc.). And the "...premium for public health insurance is only $75 per month, and co-pay for lab tests, prescription medications, and other services is only $4" [https://internationalliving.com/the-best-places-to-retire/].
I like it here much more than living in the United States, and don't know if my wife could tolerate being away from her Thai relatives and her comfortable house, but I am more seriously looking at alternatives now.