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  1. ....except a retirement extension off of a Non Imm O visa is not the same as a retirement extension off of a Non Imm O-A visa -- in terms of health insurance requirement. With that logic, hard to predict where this latest iteration is headed...
  2. As I recall, doesn't your marriage extension emanate from your last Non Immigrant visa into Thailand, which was an O-A visa? Maybe the Thais do only think "retirement" in the context of O-A visas...
  3. Yep, especially in this situation, where I'm sure you've got the Thai insurance companies now mandated for O-A extensions making loud noises about lost revenue.
  4. Maybe this was discussed earlier and I missed it.... -- In Pib's post, I assume the subject is O-A visas? -- "Visa for requesting to stay" means "extension of stay?" Still sounds promising, i.e., I can use my US insurance in lieu of the mandated Thai insurance. What I don't see is, folks getting an O-A extension based on marriage are still exempt from any insurance requirement. Possibly this exclusion is going away....
  5. They still have the marriage affidavit, probably because there are too many "must fills" to trust to a free form. But, for other subjects, like certificate of residency, free forming works just fine, at least it did for me, where I just entitled the top of the narrative area with "Certificate of Residency." Probably unnecessary, and the drivers license folks barely glanced at it. Of course, the "consulate doesn't guarantee the contents of my sworn statement" was the stumbling block for income statements (the Thais wanted a guarantee but the consulate was not in the position t
  6. The last affidavit I did was a blank form wherein I said something like, "xxx Moo 9, blah blah blah is my home residence." The consulate didn't verify my address, but just witnessed my signature (I used this to renew my drivers license, and it was fully acceptable). But, yeah, they might balk at my attestation to being Jesus Christ. However, I doubt I would have any trouble for an affidavit for Tricare.
  7. That makes complete sense, as the biggest complaint with this OA insurance bag of worms was the difficulty of some older retirees obtaining the mandated Thai insurance needed for extensions. Not to mention its non necessity, when these retirees hold much better foreign insurance. Getting US Embassy/Consulate "certification" won't be hard: The affidavit you apply for can say anything, as it is only witnessing your signature that what you're attesting to is true. You can say you're Jesus Christ, or that your income is over 65k per month. Of course with the latter, the Thais said this is unp
  8. Stopped for "six months or more" comes from the link on what happens to SSI cheats (not legitimate SS retirees living in the world, other than Cuba or North Korea). But we seem to be in a circle jerk, referencing links, like SSI, that don't apply to this conversation.
  9. It was probably an SSI cheat. There are plenty of them, and a real problem for the SSA. Do a Google and see how false reporting of SSI cheats is investigated.
  10. Come on, guys -- let's get on the same page.... Go to the link posted by cmarshal, above. Note the title: SSI is totally different from the SS retirement benefits we earned from our forty quarters of covered wages. And, yes, SSI is not payable when you leave the country for over 30 days. Thus, mandatory reporting of being out of the country is required, and cheating can result in penalties. But we're not talking SSI here. We're talking retirement payments, which ARE allowed if you move to a country not on the restricted list. And you won't find anything in government i
  11. Have a feeling they meant you can't "change to" a US address while still living in Thailand, which makes complete sense. But to say you can't "use" a completely valid US address, which remains a valid mailing address while living in Thailand, and which you never changed upon moving to Thailand -- would be an interesting discussion between lawyers. Of course, that's the whole point of this topic -- -- and which I still maintain would not get you in trouble, since you're legally entitled to your SS retirement payment, same as if you were in the States, as long as that payment is retirement,
  12. If your online SS My account is overseas based, then, as Pib pointed out, you don't even have the option to change any address online. So, if you move back to the States, you'll have to deal in person with the SSA to establish that you're now back in the States -- and have a valid US address -- proof of which can be with a US drivers license: But what constitutes a valid US address? I would think you could use a re-mail address to set up a US based online My account (you certainly can later change a physical address to a re-mail address, as I did). What about all those retired f
  13. Sounds like it. Thus, if you want to avoid "are you alive" queries, and ability to change direct deposit, best get your online account and SS startup while in the States, even if that's only with one foot there and one foot here...
  14. ....but only if you're living outside the US in one of the prohibited countries (e.g., Cuba), or you're receiving SSI benefits (not allowed out of the country for more than 30 days), or you're not a US citizen, thus having further restrictions on where in the world you can receive your SS benefits. Otherwise, as a US citizen, entitled to SS retirement benefits, you're completely kosher to receive your benefits without telling Uncle Sam you're on extended vacation abroad, like, forever. A few years back, there was a form you were supposed to mail the SSA if you were out of the count
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