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  1. 7 minutes ago, zaZa9 said:

    I was told outright by a Retired Immigration Officer on Monday that the law is written clearly enough and it says that Insurance is NOT required for existing Retirement Extensions based on an original O-A Visa  and any office saying its required is , "Not doing correct thing ."

    This is what all on pre October 31 2018 O-A's would like to know unequivocally......well I would at least; before May would be good!

    Thanks for posting @britishjohn; but anecdotal doesn't cut it. Just sayin'


  2. 2 minutes ago, Max69xl said:

    There's only one retirement Visa, the O-A. But from the first extension it's exactly same as a 1 year extension based on retirement (from an Non-immigrant O Visa.)

    Except for the new health insurance,of course.

    For me it's a good laugh when I pay 1900 baht/year and people,maybe like you, pay ~14000 baht/year or more to an agent. 

    Maybe, maybe not and nobody's business but mine......😎

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  3. Nothing quite like division over what is and what is not a retirement visa. Embassies promote O-A's as Retirement Visa. O holders think they are only correct one because they get from consulates or immigration specifically for retirement extension. 

    Still lots of good laughs for me and for agents who do both.......

  4. 26 minutes ago, MartinL said:

    I'm a million miles away from being an expert on Triumphs but is this really a '50 year old Bonnie'? That'd make it a 1970(ish) model. It's got the Hinckley Triumph tank logo rather than the 'old' style which had the leg of the R going to the back-end of the H. Cylinder head finning is wrong for a '70s bike. Twin downtube frame. Fork protectors rather than gaiters. Just doesn't look like anything other than a reasonably modern Hinckley Triumph.

    At first I thought it may have been an '83-4 Harris 8 Valve; closer inspection I concur..... it's a Hinkley; note fully screwed primary, left side clutch actuator, exhaust flanges & carbs.


    As for the 1000cc flat four BMW......without photo no comment. Flat four or longitudinal four; known as a "brick" for obvious reasons or VW engined.

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  5. Updates
    New Overseas Welfare Recipients Integrity Program from 20 December 2019
    From 20 December 2019, Australian pension recipients residing permanently overseas and aged 80 years and over are required to complete a proof of life certificate every two years to continue receiving their pension.

    This new requirement applies to Australian pensioners receiving Age Pension, Disability Support Pension, Widow B Pension, Wife Pension or Carer Payment.
    The Department of Human Services (DHS) will notify Australian pensioners living overseas by letter if they are required to complete a proof of life certificate.
    The proof of life certificate must be verified by an authorised certifier. An authorised certifier can be:
    a registered/licensed lawyer, solicitor, or barrister
    a judge or magistrate
    a registrar of a law court
    a police officer
    an Australian Consular Officer or Australian Diplomatic Officer
    an Authorised Consular Employee
    a Justice of the Peace
    a notary public
    a registered/licensed medical doctor.
    Those who do not provide a certified proof of life certificate to DHS within 13 weeks of the request will have their pension suspended. If they have not provided their certified certificate after a further 13 weeks (26 weeks in total), their payment will be cancelled.
    Pensioners who have their pension suspended or cancelled can have it restored if they provide a certified proof of life certificate to DHS. They will be paid any arrears they are entitled to.

    Changes to waiting periods for migrants from 1 January 2019
    Migrants granted a permanent visa, or temporary partner visa, on or after 1 January 2019 must wait between one and four years before they can access certain welfare payments and concession cards. This period is called the Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period (NARWP).
    Information on these changes is provided in the Waiting period for welfare payments for new migrants and Exemptions from the Newly Arrived Resident’s Waiting Period fact sheets. These fact sheets are also available in the following languages:
    Simplified Chinese
    Traditional Chinese
    The current Assurance of Support period that applies to some family visas has also increased to four years, in line with the NARWP for working age payments.
    Further information on waiting periods and other residency requirements is provided on the Residence Criteria page.

    Enhanced Residency Requirements for Pensioners (2017-18 Budget)
    Pending the passage of legislation, to qualify for Age Pension or Disability Support Pension a person will be required to have 10 years continuous Australian residence, with either:
    five years of this residence being during their working life (16 years of age to Age Pension age); or
    not have been in receipt of an activity tested income support payment for a cumulative period of greater than five years.
    In circumstances where the person does not meet the requirements set out above, they will be required to have 15 years continuous Australian residence before being eligible to receive the Age Pension or Disability Support Pension.

    This measure has not commenced.

    Stopping the Pension Supplement (2016-17 Budget)
    Subject to the passage of legislation, the Pension Supplement Basic Amount will stop after six weeks overseas, or immediately if the recipient has permanently departed Australia.
    Currently, the Pension Supplement is reduced to the Basic Amount after six weeks temporary absence from Australia, or immediately for permanent departures.
    This measure will affect income support recipients who travel outside Australia temporarily for more than six weeks or immediately if the recipient has permanently departed Australia.
    This measure will reinforce and strengthen the residence based nature of Australia’s social security system.

    This measure has not commenced.

    Last updated: 4 December 2019 - 2:16pm


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  6. Let's say you're on the ground at 11.50. I reckon you'd be lucky to be in the main concourse by 12.30. Find which gate.....if your lucky it'll be left or right, security etc. You may just make it to the gate with 20 mins to spare. If you have to go to the other end, you'll be lucky; considering you don't have a clue about procedures or the layout. Chok Dee.

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  7. 2 hours ago, tgw said:

    Aaaaah, I was waiting on that kind of politically correct passive-aggressive smartass reply. And without fail, it came!
    Well, I can't do it because I didn't get any email from "Grace" so I don't qualify for lodging a complaint.

    That's just a politically correct excuse for not taking action on something You personally see as being wrong. 

    If it doesn't affect you personally, let someone else do it? Says a lot really!


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  8. 1 hour ago, rkidlad said:

    Dear Lord above us. This group of people are supposed to be representing the Thai public? I’ll never understand the concept of face here. This is beyond juvenile.


    Maybe the land thief should keep a low profile. She’s clearly an abhorrent creature whose most charming feature of late has been the ability to keep quiet and run from questions. Horrible woman. 

    And this is different to politics in western countries, how? My own certainly has nothing to endear it to it's people.


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