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About johnwf1963

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  1. That's great , thanks for that reply, was worried that we would have to do another trip to Bangkok. The main reason for having Ten year Visa is due to it being normally awkward ( to specifically spend time ie. using leave from work) applying for a Visa and having enough leave left to go to the UK, if the opportunity arises at short notice.
  2. Thai Passports, after 5 years, do Thai Passports get extended for a further 5 years "on renewal", or is it a totally new document now and you have to get a UK Visa transferred to the new document? (In Thailand) Any recent Experiences? Thanks
  3. If this system system is copied from the VFS system the UK uses in Bangkok, It is very inconvenient for anyone not staying in proximity to the relevant office. Thinking of VFS Bangkok Slightly of Topic, )
  4. Yes, I have to agree that the London Embassy's postal service is great. I just done a visa renewal by post, and I don't think it could of been any quicker! With them Monday morning, back with me Wednesday morning. A few questions I will need answers to like of... Will my father be able to renew his 1 year ME visa, using his State Pension letter, as currently. How big a time window do you get to arrange the visit to the Embassy (for availability & price of flights to London and back from Edinburgh). Probably an overnight stay in London, as you have to be there early. Then if you have to collect it again at a later date (oops you need it as photo ID for the return flight, where's my DL), and how long do you get to arrange the collection. Will the consulates, such as Glasgow be able to apply a Visa to a Passport, once approved? Likely I'll have to be back from Thailand when all these visits to London are needed. So I need the detail to book my BBK EDI flight in November. So if visits to London, that's probably at least 6 return flights to London per Year. Detail eagerly awaited!
  5. It's a pitty you don't have a second savings account you could show...
  6. TOL From a UK perspective. (From 1 January 2019, the British Embassy Bangkok will no longer be providing British Nationals with letters confirming their income. This letter has previously served as a supporting document for obtaining a Thai retirement or marriage visa. The British Embassy Bangkok is stopping the certification of income letters because it is unable to fulfil the Thai authorities’ requirements to verify the income of British Nationals.) An Embassy letter would still not do what TI expect of it, it would not prove Pension or Income. Could end up getting a letter from HK, then they turnaround and say, it does not have verification either. The only option I can think of, as way forward on this subject, would be to get a bank statement (on the FCO list) and probably pension entitlement letters (which an agent company said was do-able), notarized, then legalized by the FCO and the Thai Embassy in London. But at potentially £70 a document, something I would not toy with, unless a real need arises. The legalized docs would have to endure for far more than 1 year to be worthwhile. Present the legalized proof of the pension for the previous years bank statement and the ongoing pension entitlement! (which have been recognized by Thailand) "The Royal Thai Government is working to improve our immigration system and visa application procedure, by introducing E-visa application. Like UK visa application" Perhaps visa & extension periods longer than a year then? (or maybe not ). But with the inconvenience of the UK system for those not staying in Bangkok/London perhaps. Details awaited with interest, can I book a upgrade with my frequent flyer miles, or shall I need them all to book flights for a Visa application in next year?
  7. At a quick glance at the website it gives the one year impression, but it does say to check the immigration stamp, which will show the 90 days. The first ME non-O I had from March 2018, I was under the impression I could stay 1 year (but I was frequently returning to the UK anyway), it was not until September 2018, when I was talking to the Embassy staff, that they mentioned New Rule you have to leave the country every 90 days (clarified by UJoe as not a new rule...) http://www.thaiembassy.org/london/en/services/7742/84508-Non-Immigrant-visas.html ....Validity of visa and permitted length of stay.... .... Multiple Entries Visa will be valid for 1 year from the date of issue. You must enter Thailand within the validity of visa. However, the permitted length of stay is up to 1 year from the date of your arrival in Thailand. Please carefully note the immigration stamp in your passport to make sure that you do not overstay your visa. I'll just mention here, I've just recently renewed my non-O ME, via application by post to RTE London, They would of received it before 13:00hrs Monday and Royal Mail delivered it back to the house in Scotland, just after 12:00 on the Wednesday. Superb service!
  8. I think it's getting more than "typical" Average UK pension (total) income is Approx £20400 / 816000THB gross @40/£, assuming you have the personal tax allowance that leaves about 751000THB p.a. after tax. (unless your from the City of London or somewhere close) then you may still have some residual commitments in UK So probably 700kTHB to send to Thailand, would be average...
  9. I would make a start by logging on to getting your State Pension Forecast. You can also download your full national insurance record. You will have to create a GOV.UK Verify account, if you don't have one already. GOV.UK Verify https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/introducing-govuk-verify/introducing-govuk-verify https://www.gov.uk/check-state-pension A lot of the form may be verification of identity, the more evidence you can build up whilst connected in the U.K. the better, as Verify will validate you against you credit record and bank account information etc........
  10. Other option could have been to fly to Hong Kong and then fly HKG to CNX directly into CM.
  11. Perhaps get your bank statement notorised and legalized by your foreign office and the Thai embassy in Australia, together with income source entitlement, if from a pension (and if not fragmented)? Pity the 400k THB you have was not sitting in a Thai Bank though...?
  12. I've only experience with Krungsi FCD, and I like it so far, also if the Euro is on the rise one day, you can use the debit card to draw up to 20kTHB x 5 withdrawals per day. I suppose you could say GBP is cheap just now, have not tracked the dollar. I've no idea on what proportion, to put where, I would take a stab at spreading it over 3 banks, with perhaps two different currency FCDs, + the gold in a safe deposit box, and hope you get the upside of an average return. Since you are in Bangkok, I can say I've always found Bangkok Banks head office at 333 Silom very helpful, Just round the corner from Chong Nonsi BTS, so easy to get to.
  13. Some general suggestions for consideration... If its in euros, first consider is it a good time to bring to Thailand with the current exchange rate, and what proportion to convert to THB. use a FCD account depending on you view? Suggest a standalone Fixed Deposit Account with 400K THB (but which can be accessed with loss of interest), reading recent posts. Don't keep it in one place, or a single bank company! Safe deposit box in the bank with some Gold content keeping the purchase receipts in another safe place (including a photo copy if printed with the disappearing ink)? 30 years, wow! Permanent Resident? if so You can look at Mutual funds (incl property funds possibly). eg. https://www.bangkokbank.com/en/Personal/Tips-and-Insights Oh and update your Thai will appropriately, especially if you have beneficiaries outside Thailand.
  14. Exactly, we'll said, there is no way I would directly send my pension to a bank in Thailand! There of course be no problem verifying legitimate source to the Thai embassy in home country (if required). I don't have a Thai pension.
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