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2 hours ago, CMBob said:

The "bank letter" is simply a letter from the bank which, in Thai, verifies that you have the account and there is "x" amount in it.  So far, I've not heard anything about banks changing the format of their standard letter which they have on their computers (perhaps at some point they'll change the letter to discuss a bit more about the history of the account, e.g., that 800k baht has been in there for 60+ days or so).

"Bank statements" (at least how most people are using that term) simply means photocopies of one's passbook (which, of course, like all copies, you must place your signature).

Thank you.

 

As I don't bother to update my passbook when I make an ATM withdrawal/ Transferwise deposit it shows an amalgamated balance the next time I do do an update. I would have thought a 12 months statement from the bank showing every transaction would have bee more useful, but then that's just my logic.

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3 hours ago, CMBob said:

like all copies, you must place your signature).

Don't bother with that. The IO will put a large stamp on all the copies, where you'll have to make your signature.

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3 hours ago, davehowden said:

Thank you. As I don't bother to update my passbook when I make an ATM withdrawal/ Transferwise deposit it shows an amalgamated balance the next time I do do an update. I would have thought a 12 months statement from the bank showing every transaction would have bee more useful, but then that's just my logic.

This is amalgamated government, not logic. You really should update your passbook once a month or more, anyway.  

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3 hours ago, Vacuum said:

Don't bother with that. The IO will put a large stamp on all the copies, where you'll have to make your signature.

That's a new one on me. Every visit since 2005 they've required me to SIGN every copy, never had the benefit of a stamp like that, though they do make a lot of stamps and seem to get a kick out of it.

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3 hours ago, Vacuum said:

Don't bother with that. The IO will put a large stamp on all the copies, where you'll have to make your signature.

Not when we went last month,all copies signed in blue ink beforehand were accepted.

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7 hours ago, Caspersfriend said:

Hi, I suggest you go back to the Maejo branch and ask again, as I got my letter there just two weeks ago. Previously I got it at the Thapae main branch, where I had opened the account, but this year I thought I would try the local branch in Maejo. I asked the teller girl and she produced it without question in five minutes. There is often someone by the door to greet customers, they should be able to assist you. 

Thank You,  I shall try them again.

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6 hours ago, CMBob said:

The "bank letter" is simply a letter from the bank which, in Thai, verifies that you have the account and there is "x" amount in it.  So far, I've not heard anything about banks changing the format of their standard letter which they have on their computers (perhaps at some point they'll change the letter to discuss a bit more about the history of the account, e.g., that 800k baht has been in there for 60+ days or so).

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In my case a little different.  I am not trying to prove that I have 800K on deposit.  I need a letter showing that I had an incoming international transfer, once a month, every month, of at least 65K.  The bank employees were  not familiar with this.

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13 minutes ago, Shouldhaveknownbetter said:

In my case a little different.  I am not trying to prove that I have 800K on deposit.  I need a letter showing that I had an incoming international transfer, once a month, every month, of at least 65K.  The bank employees were  not familiar with this.

KSG most certainly are.

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Just got back from Imm. for my "Thai Wife" extension.
Left the bank at 10:00 with letter and statement and was in the (long) queue at 10:30.
15 minutes later I was told that for "Thai Wife" must come between 07:00 and 08:00 and wife must be present too.
The ghost of Promenada is here!
We are back to the deliberate herding, for no benefit to anyone, with most applicants spending many hours waiting.

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4 hours ago, NotEinstein said:

Just got back from Imm. for my "Thai Wife" extension.
Left the bank at 10:00 with letter and statement and was in the (long) queue at 10:30.
15 minutes later I was told that for "Thai Wife" must come between 07:00 and 08:00 and wife must be present too.
The ghost of Promenada is here!
We are back to the deliberate herding, for no benefit to anyone, with most applicants spending many hours waiting.

Were they also burning outside as well just to make the whole day?

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5 hours ago, NotEinstein said:

Just got back from Imm. for my "Thai Wife" extension.

.... I was told that for "Thai Wife" must come between 07:00 and 08:00 and wife must be present too.
 

Don't know about the between 7 and 8 but it seems quite frequent if not normal to require the wife to be there too.  Based on many reports.

 

The sham marriage for a visa got played too much and they are taking steps to reduce it.  Like the sham money deals.  If everybody was straight with immigration things would be much easier.

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10 minutes ago, Dante99 said:

Don't know about the between 7 and 8 but it seems quite frequent if not normal to require the wife to be there too.  Based on many reports.

 

The implication is that you cannot queue up on your own and go back with the wife later, as we used to do pre-Promenada.

 

They appear to want maximum inconvenience.

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I got my yearly retirement extension today.  No problems.  The bank statement was not necessary,  A printout of my banking activity for the the year was ok with immigration.  But next year when I go to Bangkok bank and get my printout, which comes from the main office, I will also request a bank letter. 

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Lot of people at the IO yesterday.

Arrived 620. Got a seat. Forty-five minutes later they formed up a line of those seated people to get tickets. They looked at all your documents, the one they specifically looked for was financial requirements. Then issued your ticket/que number. They started before eight, but retirement desk started calling 10 minutes later than the rest.
 

I was up at the desk at 830, it took ten minutes. They did look at my Bank book, which I of course had and checked it against bank letter and bank book account print out. However once submitted, I did not get my passport back tell after 10. In fact, it was getting herd like, cattle pen, by that time so I did not get my reentry visa. I live in the south end of town it’s easy enough to drop in for that later.

 

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Thanks – CMBOB – I got that bank letter the day before at KSK Bangkok Bank and was looking at it, scratching my head but, indeed it is nothing more than a total in your account as of that date. So bank statements are key if doing the 800K method. They were looking at most peoples bank book also. Bring it.
 

“The ghost of Promenada is here!”

Herd like atmosphere. I don’t know how it was at Promenada, or if it is returning to that condition.  I just moved back. I did run into an old guy from my ‘Nakhon Nowhere’. Good to see him, good to see he is alive and doing fine. We reminisced about a specific IO Officer, notorious for his moodiness, and petty behavior. This was out in the far frulueches where everything is supposedly good. (“they’re so friendly”). If you have a cattle pen, like CM, you have to move them along; ‘Rack them and Stack them’. There is a benefit to that. If your Docs are all there, have crossed your I’s and dotted your t’s (!), there is no time to go over with a fine tooth comb. That's a plus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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