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55 minutes ago, EricTh said:

Where did I say you can do extension in Bangkok and stay in Chiang Mai for example?

It’s done every day, but usually via an agent!

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1 hour ago, EricTh said:

Where did I say you can do extension in Bangkok and stay in Chiang Mai for example?

Where did anyone suggest you said that?

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43 minutes ago, NancyL said:

This situation is insane.  Hubby entered Thailand with an O-A and I came in with an O as his dependent.  Soon, I got my own retirement extension, using the original O visa.  At the time, I was upset that I wasn't given an O-A initially since we submitted a police and medical report for me and a bank account, admittedly a joint account, but well in excess of 1,600,000 baht (in the U.S.), so I thought I should have received my own O-A.  But we made the mistake of including our marriage certificate, so the Thai General Consulate in Chicago figured I was a spouse, not a retiree.

 

Fast-forward more than a decade and now I'm the one with the golden visa, not him!  I wonder for how long before they start to require one of their sub-standard insurance policies for O visa holders, too.  We do have very good international insurance, but it doesn't meet their requirements for outpatients.  Our credit cards and local bank accounts can take care of a bill of a mere 40,000 baht.

 

Hubby obtained his current extension last month, just before the insurance rule went into effect.  His plan is if the current state of affairs continues to apply again next October and if they turn him down for not having an appropriate insurance policy, then he'll have a little vacation somewhere overseas for a few weeks without a re-entry permit, obtain an O visa at the Thai Embassy/Consulate at his vacation destination and return to Chiang Mai to extend for a year using the 800,000 baht that has been sitting in his bank account for that purpose.

 

Or maybe just return visa exempt and let Chiang Mai Immigration do the extra paperwork involved in a visa conversion.

 

 

Keep us posted

As you know they can change the rules anytime

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On 11/11/2019 at 12:41 PM, NancyL said:

This situation is insane.  Hubby entered Thailand with an O-A and I came in with an O as his dependent.  Soon, I got my own retirement extension, using the original O visa.  At the time, I was upset that I wasn't given an O-A initially since we submitted a police and medical report for me and a bank account, admittedly a joint account, but well in excess of 1,600,000 baht (in the U.S.), so I thought I should have received my own O-A.  But we made the mistake of including our marriage certificate, so the Thai General Consulate in Chicago figured I was a spouse, not a retiree.

 

Fast-forward more than a decade and now I'm the one with the golden visa, not him!  I wonder for how long before they start to require one of their sub-standard insurance policies for O visa holders, too.  We do have very good international insurance, but it doesn't meet their requirements for outpatients.  Our credit cards and local bank accounts can take care of a bill of a mere 40,000 baht.

 

Hubby obtained his current extension last month, just before the insurance rule went into effect.  His plan is if the current state of affairs continues to apply again next October and if they turn him down for not having an appropriate insurance policy, then he'll have a little vacation somewhere overseas for a few weeks without a re-entry permit, obtain an O visa at the Thai Embassy/Consulate at his vacation destination and return to Chiang Mai to extend for a year using the 800,000 baht that has been sitting in his bank account for that purpose.

 

Or maybe just return visa exempt and let Chiang Mai Immigration do the extra paperwork involved in a visa conversion.

 

 

Of all the posters on this site, you and your husband are the last people who should have any difficulties with their visas.  I doubt if any retirees in Thailand, are more familiar with retirement visas or dealing with immigration than you.  This is a good example of how ridicules Thai Immigration has become, and why so many westerners are leaving this country for less restrictive destinations.

 

Over the years, I have read so many simple minded comments about how great CM Immigration is, how easy the 90 day reporting is, and on and on.  Without exception, every time it was my turn to apply for my one year visa extension or report for the nonsensical 90 day reporting, and now TM 30, it is nothing but a big headache.  It always involves reams of unnecessary paper work and wasted time standing or waiting to repeat the same nonsensical requirements year after year.  The only difference is,  more restrictive rules and regulations, and subtle vilifying of foreigners in the Thai press.

 

      

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i do have to add  the 40k or 60k per month  required here \wouldn't cover the medical insurance required in most country's per month \so keep smiling to the happy campers here

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No substantive information or reports of experience in Chiang for five days!  Extraordinary!!

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On 11/12/2019 at 3:31 PM, CMNightRider said:

Of all the posters on this site, you and your husband are the last people who should have any difficulties with their visas.  I doubt if any retirees in Thailand, are more familiar with retirement visas or dealing with immigration than you.  This is a good example of how ridicules Thai Immigration has become, and why so many westerners are leaving this country for less restrictive destinations.

 

Over the years, I have read so many simple minded comments about how great CM Immigration is, how easy the 90 day reporting is, and on and on.  Without exception, every time it was my turn to apply for my one year visa extension or report for the nonsensical 90 day reporting, and now TM 30, it is nothing but a big headache.  It always involves reams of unnecessary paper work and wasted time standing or waiting to repeat the same nonsensical requirements year after year.  The only difference is,  more restrictive rules and regulations, and subtle vilifying of foreigners in the Thai press.

 

      

People usually get what they expect

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two reported nonsense posts removed.

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TM 30

Weekends a great time for TM30. Absolutely no one their except two female staff & me. On the weekend at the front desk 1st floor, main entrance. Not up the side to floor 3. Took less than 2 minutes. That said I live nearby CM immigration so it is quick trip over, not a journey. This for an out of country trip so really had to check in as it would be noticed – versus -  if an in country trip, maybe maybe not, Up2U.

 

 

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2 hours ago, LomSak27 said:

TM 30

Weekends a great time for TM30. Absolutely no one their except two female staff & me. On the weekend at the front desk 1st floor, main entrance. Not up the side to floor 3. Took less than 2 minutes. That said I live nearby CM immigration so it is quick trip over, not a journey. This for an out of country trip so really had to check in as it would be noticed – versus -  if an in country trip, maybe maybe not, Up2U.

 

 

What's the window allowed after arriving back in Thailand? I think I recall one week, which would allow one to wait until the weekend -- when, in addition, plenty of parking available. But, haven't even investigated the TM30 app -- maybe that, like 90-day report app, trumps any physical visit to Immigration....

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