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BANGKOK 21 June 2019 05:02
keelbolt

Retirement Visa Centre question.

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Has anyone had experience of using the Thai Visa Centre (https://thaivisacentre.com) to obtain a retirement visa.  They have an ad on Facebook, and a charming lady called Grace is making a very attractive offer!  It just seems a little too good to be true.  Will gladly share more information by PM or email.

 

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1 hour ago, Phuket Man said:

The process is so easy you do not have to pay someone for help.

I would say plus the only 'retirement visa' is the OA and you can only get that in your own home country.

Visa and extension images attached.

Note extension doesn't mention 'visa' anywhere.

 

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Yes, thanks.  It was particularly the non-requirement of this agency for any funds that puzzled me / made me slightly wary.  Hence the request to chat with anyone who has actually used this agency.  I gather there are others offering similar things.

 

 

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They loan you the money for the 12 month extension application at a price.

Illegal and it would be you that cops it if the brown stuff hits the fan.

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4 hours ago, Phuket Man said:

They loan you the money for the 12 month extension application at a price.

Illegal and it would be you that cops it if the brown stuff hits the fan.

There is no law against someone borrowing 800K.

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1 minute ago, elviajero said:

There is no law against someone borrowing 800K.

There is if the money is not seasoned for the required amount of time and then withdrawn the next day.

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2 minutes ago, Phuket Man said:

There is if the money is not seasoned for the required amount of time and then withdrawn the next day.

There is no law insisting the money is “seasoned”.

 

The money can be withdrawn in full anytime after the permit has been issued, and small amounts can (usually) be withdrawn during any ‘consideration’ period.

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1 minute ago, elviajero said:

There is no law insisting the money is “seasoned”.

I think a police order is real close to being called a law.

It is certainly something that is required by the police order.

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1 minute ago, ubonjoe said:

I think a police order is real close to being called a law.

It is certainly something that is required by the police order.

Close, but not a law. The police order is a set of guidelines issued to immigration for them to consider whether or not to issue an extension. Immigration can ask for more than specified in the order, or less (with justification) if signed off by a senior officer.

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1 minute ago, elviajero said:

Close, but not a law. The police order is a set of guidelines issued to immigration for them to consider whether or not to issue an extension. Immigration can ask for more than specified in the order, or less (with justification) if signed off by a senior officer.

 

 

 

A good test would be to walk in yourself with 'unseasoned' money and see how you get on.

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12 minutes ago, elviajero said:

Close, but not a law. The police order is a set of guidelines issued to immigration for them to consider whether or not to issue an extension. Immigration can ask for more than specified in the order, or less (with justification) if signed off by a senior officer.

I see no mention of guidelines in the current police order. From page one of the order.

 

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It is deemed expedient to amend the criteria and conditions for consideration of an alien's application for a temporary stay in the Kingdom of Thailand by virtue of Section 11(4) of the Royal Thai Police Act B.E. 2547 (A.D. 2004). Therefore, the Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police Bureau issues the following order prescribing the criteria and conditions for consideration of an alien's application for a temporary stay in the Kingdom of Thailand under Paragraph 3, Section 35 of the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (A.D. 1979):

And this incase the criteria is not met.

 

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5. In the case where an alien applicant does not meet the full qualifications stipulated by the criteria herein or in other cases not specified in this Order but a competent officer equivalent to or higher than inspector is of the opinion that the alien has legitimate reason for staying in the Kingdom of Thailand, the application shall be forwarded to the Commander of the Royal Thai Police or an authorized competent officer for further consideration of the alien's application.

 

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21 minutes ago, Jip99 said:

A good test would be to walk in yourself with 'unseasoned' money and see how you get on.

How would that ‘test’ whether or not it’s law or not!

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