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granuaile

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  1. A good dog is one of the most important things in life. If you have that, you don't need much else. Best friend, comrade, protector, family.
  2. Indonesia has a lower income requirement and more importantly a permanent residency option for retirees. I also believe they have a national health insurance system that retirees can participate in. South America has a lot of good options. In Ecuador you can buy a house, have a business, and lots of perks. The Philippines also offers lots of options. For me I have in-laws there that I get along well with, plus I can enter for a year with my ex (we're still married though) on balikbayan option. There was talk of making it easier for Americans to retire in Ireland but that fell through, though I hope it will be revived. There are always options.
  3. First, want to say a great post. I think we all have our reasons for staying or leaving. When I came here I didn't think I'd ever leave, still not sure leaving will be permanent. Now, more than nine years later, I had already decided to, probably, leave and that was before the U.S. embassy discontinued the income affidavit - the changes due to that just sort of cemented it. I love this country, I love it's people (not just in BKK, but also up in CM and down South). I fell in love with Thailand the first time I was here, and on the balcony where I was staying on the river heard the adhan while gazing over across a Buddhist temple, something just said this is the most wonderful place on earth. I don't mind the smog and never been stopped by police at all, but I live in a Thai neighborhood and never had a desire to live in the areas that draw a lot of foreigners. That said, other issues were drawing me home. Most of my family passed away in the years I've been here, my father passed away a year after I came here and was buried within the time frame it takes to even get back there. I also have a son back home as well and want to be closer to him as well. I had already decided to go home for a few reasons. One was because I'll be turning 65 and while in good health will lose my current insurance, which is through my retirement plan and has excellent coverage abroad. I went back and last month signed up for Medicare B and my retirement's health insurance for those of us on Medicare. It too will cover me abroad, but much more limited (no limit on emergency care but one on routine care) and it requires me to reside in the states as a condition, so I've officially changed my residence back to the U.S. already and just back here to take care of things (mainly giving my possessions away, but also saying goodbye to friends). I have a house there, a dog, and family, things I don't have here. They also have to take me, which is a step above the uncertainty here. Also, back home state law requires state-supported universities, colleges, and vocational schools to waive tuition and fees at age 65 (I'd rather not turn 65, but if I have to...). Another reason is that I want to spend several months over the next year or so traveling in Europe, especially in Ireland. These changes just sealed things. If they would accept my official documents from back home I might have yet changed my mind. However, in addition to all the uncertainties about transferring money here and it showing up here as an international transfer. I love my bank back home, it's locally owned and I get hugs whenever I'm back there or leaving to return here, and for me a few trips to the ATM work fine. But not with the end of the income affidavit. Also I help out back home with the bills and property taxes and insurance. Not something I have to do, but something I choose to do, and something I just won't stop - and importing the 65,000 each month wouldn't let me do that. I may return one day, or I may opt for Indonesia (due to it's permanent residency option) or the Philippines, where I have in-laws and can enter with my spouse for a year at a time as balikbayan. Or Central/South America. However, I think I'll just stick to lengthy (and short) trips to various places around the world, unless Ireland ever becomes an option. If I do come back it would probably only be if my spouse and son joined me. I wish you well Captain Jack. Thanks for a thoughtful post, and ignore the naysayers. I think a lot of us are making this same choice for a whole lot of disparate reasons. Life is too short to live it with all the uncertainties.
  4. That was a big concern of mine, and I had printed off whatever I could find about the validity. I will definitely be following what happens in the future with the transferring 65,000 baht each month. If I come back sometime in the future, that would be the method I'd be using, right now seems a lot will just be wait and see on that. Also yesterday, I only had to go to one desk - in past after first officer I was usually sent to a second desk, but yesterday just talked to the one officer, she mentioned the letter, told me to wait in the waiting area, and maybe 30 minutes later I had my passport back.
  5. Went to Immigration in Bangkok yesterday, and everything went smoothly. I had backup documents for income but wasn't asked to show any, though the officer told me I can't use the letter next year (assume she meant because I'm a U.S. citizen). I asked about next year, and she said I would have to have savings, so I asked about income transferred into a Thai bank account and she said "yes" but not sure if she understood me. Went quicker this year, I'm less stressed now since I can take my time taking care of things here so I can leave with no problems in a few months.
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