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53 minutes ago, Dante99 said:

It does not seem that buying insurance is necessary.  Clearly the issue applies to only a small speicific group and there seem to be very easy alternatives to getting out of that group and into one without insurance requirements.

It's beginning to look that way. My sincere apologies to all who I've offended and for being so hysterical about the issue. 

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Clearly, my experiences are much different than those on the site and none of us are benefitting from my efforts. Oddly enough, a person cannot delete his/her account, so I'm kind of stuck here. If I'm wrong about that, too, please have a moderator delete the account; meanwhile, I'll end with the apology to all who may have been offended and try to keep out of it. Thanks.

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On 10/28/2019 at 1:42 PM, NancyL said:

You may want to wait until after November 1.  This week will be busy as people try to do their retirement extensions ahead of the October 31 deadline for health insurance.  

Went along last Thursday 31st Oct at 10.45 am and was first in the queue for an extension of stay based on marriage . Seen at 10.55am and application dealt with in c.35 mins. One minor glitch was I had a bank letter and banks statement from the day before but the passbook was not updated so had to re visit the bank. All in all a swift and courteous service without an agent. Well done to CNX Immigration.

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After receiving my extension the IO at CM made it clear that they will check the 3 months / 800K and 400K minimum next year, so make sure it does not dip below ! 

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8 hours ago, CMBob said:

That's what the new police order says but there have been visa agents running around saying that people with older O-A visas (ones which were issued years ago and have been annually extended based on retirement or marriage) would also have to comply with the long-stay health insurance requirements when they extended after October 31, 2019.  Yours is the first and only report (so far) that what the visa agents are proclaiming isn't true (however, likely we'll need many reports in the next month or two to hopefully confirm that no health insurance requirements are required for the prior O-A visa holders). 

 

Visa agents themselves are confused as to the new laws which is not surprising judging from the inexact definition of the requirement from immigration.

 

Judging from the posts in this forum, quite a lot of retirees have switched to visitor visa or went to other countries (Philippines, Vietnam) since July 2019 when the embassy letters were no longer accepted.

 

So you might have to wait quite a while for the other reports to come in but I don't think it will be different from mine.

 

By noon time that day, there were only around 10 people who applied for retirement visa judging from the queue number. This is a far cry from a few years ago in Promenada when more than 20 places were filled up quickly before 8 am in the morning.

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" but there have been visa agents running around saying that people with older O-A visas (ones which were issued years ago and have been annually extended based on retirement or marriage) would also have to comply with the long-stay health insurance requirements when they extended after October 31, 2019. "

 

Cannot think why visa agents would say that, umm any ideas !!

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9 hours ago, CMBob said:

but there have been visa agents running around saying that people with older O-A visas (ones which were issued years ago and have been annually extended based on retirement or marriage) would also have to comply with the long-stay health insurance requirements when they extended after October 31, 2019. 

The history of reports of what visa agents have said has shown that information is often unreliable.

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On 11/2/2019 at 9:19 AM, cusanus said:

The spouse option is more hassle so don't do it if you don't have to. Well, that's what the IOs tell me. 

What the IOs tell you of course, as it is more work for them, and less open to corruption due to the two levels approval. My recommendation to all those who are in solid, "real", marriage would be to consider this option.

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A number of posts have been removed following an error being made in visa type.

The original post claiming information and procedure regarding insurance on an O-A visa was made in error has been removed along with any post referring to it or quoting it so as not to mislead.

The poster concerned had in fact an O visa. NOT an O-A.

 

 

 

Also, a number of other bickering posts have been removed.

 

7) You will respect fellow members and post in a civil manner. No personal attacks, hateful or insulting towards other members, (flaming) Stalking of members on either the forum or via PM will not be allowed.
 

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Back at Chiang Mai Immigration to pick up re entry Visa. Wednesday arrived in line, 1401. Presented papers then shuffled off to desk 5 with ticket. Immediate service as no one was at desk. 

 

Out the door with a multiple Re Entry Visa at 1413.

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20 hours ago, Mapguy said:

I have never in over 10 years had any Immigration officer question a fixed deposit of 800,000 that I have with Bangkok Bank which is automatically rolled over annually.  Present the updated book with the correlative bank letter, which I usually do the day before obtaining an extension of stay.  Now, of course, there is more than 800k in the account with accumulated interest.  I could withdraw the interest, if I wished, of course. I think a closer look will be taken if there is some play with the monthly limits.

 

Re taxes, the 15% tax on interest can be retrieved by application at the Department of Revenue Office.  But there is now a rather convoluted process involving Kassikorn Bank in order to get the cash.

 

By the way, if you are worried about emergency use if you are incapacitated, the Bangkok Bank (and probably others) will add a spouse (perhaps just another person) to the account as having permission to withdraw funds, and bank accounts should, of course, be noted in any will.  It is necessary for that person to accompany the account owner to the bank so that a signature can be added to the account.  This person is NOT a joint owner of the account.

 

I have the same situation but withdraw the interest earned each yearly term never letting the balance go below 800,000 baht. The tax refund I process through the Hang Dong Amphur tax department.

 

Last year instead of the usual cheque being sent I was advised that a new system was in play and the refund would be sent through to the Krunghthai Bank,which I believe is Government owned.

 

It gets paid into what is known as an E-Money account for which there is a "Promptcard".        The branch at Tesco on Hang Dong Rd had no cards available, knew nothing about it, but after talking to the Manager they contacted Bangkok head office and got a supply of cards through the following week. I previously had never had an account with that bank.

 

When the money was credited to me 2 weeks later I was just given cash with the card after filling out a simple form.

 

So a little messy but should be plain sailing in the future. While I the refund is a pittance like most Australians with a declining value of our Aus $ to the baht every little bit helps

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Thank you, Charlie H.  Appreciate very much your monitoring information to delete really bad and incorrect posts, but that is very, very difficult to do.

 

I suggest, however, that the HUGE amount of outdated information and the multiple number of pages on this topic are very hard for people to dive into. Please exfoliate anything at least up to 2019. And I suggest strongly that the topic be relabeled to pertain JUST TO CHIANG MAI with reference upfront to other ThaiVisa topics that cover the country as a whole.  There are a couple of useful ones, as you know.

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I always mail inmy 90 day report just got it back on the bottom they wrote n Cr time include a TM47 what is that???

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11 hours ago, TheFishman1 said:

I always mail inmy 90 day report just got it back on the bottom they wrote n Cr time include a TM47 what is that???

The TM.47 is the form that one submits to file a 90 day report.  

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