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Correct Procedure to Obtain an Extension of Stay/Retirement Visa.

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With all the publicity surrounding the clamp down on Agents etc, what is the correct/legal way to obtain an Extension of Stay/Retirement Visa providing you are 555 plus ?

 

if one gets a 60 Day Visa from Hull extends it by another 30 at Immigration can it then be ‘converted to an Extension of Stay/Retirement Visa providing they still have 15 Days left on the 30 day Extension ?

Does the 800000 baht have to be in a Thai Bank for 2 or 3 months if it is the first application ?

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You cannot directly apply for an extension of stay with a tourist visa entry.

The first step is to apply a change of visa status to get a 90 day non immigrant visa (category O) entry. That requires 15 days remaining on your 60 day entry or the 30 day extension of it. The 800k baht only has to be in the bank on the date you apply (60 days not required) and you also need proof it was transferred into the country from abroad. See: https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_80

Then during the last 30 days of the 90 day entry from the visa you would apply for the extension of stay based upon retirement. The 800k baht would need to be in the bank for 60 days on the date you apply.

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10 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

You cannot directly apply for an extension of stay with a tourist visa entry.

The first step is to apply a change of visa status to get a 90 day non immigrant visa (category O) entry. That requires 15 days remaining on your 60 day entry or the 30 day extension of it. The 800k baht only has to be in the bank on the date you apply (60 days not required) and you also need proof it was transferred into the country from abroad. See: https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_80

Then during the last 30 days of the 90 day entry from the visa you would apply for the extension of stay based upon retirement. The 800k baht would need to be in the bank for 60 days on the date you apply.

Thanks Joe, the link is in Thai, how do you apply for a Change in Visa status 

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11 minutes ago, jamie2009 said:

Thanks Joe, the link is in Thai, how do you apply for a Change in Visa status 

Click Eng here image.png.6a842fbc6296ac03b60cd2b55233d4b0.png at the top right side of the page. It may take a little bit for it to show after opening the page.

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If it ever shows - and then when you click on change visa for retirement you (or at least i) get a page for that information but containing  

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED IN SUPPORT OF THE APPLICATION FOR VISA OR VISA STATUS ALTERATION (NON-O): FOR SPOUSE, CHILDREN, PARENTS OF FOREIGN TEACHER IN THAILAND

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12 minutes ago, lopburi3 said:

If it ever shows - and then when you click on change visa for retirement you (or at least i) get a page for that information but containing  

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED IN SUPPORT OF THE APPLICATION FOR VISA OR VISA STATUS ALTERATION (NON-O): FOR SPOUSE, CHILDREN, PARENTS OF FOREIGN TEACHER IN THAILAND

The change visa page in English is one big batch of translation errors. ( https://www.immigration.go.th/content/change_visa ).

The real one is number 9 on that page that shows this.

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When you use Google translate on the page in Thai it shows this.

image.png.1a1404cc5c8568570c239e201399a799.png

 

After over a year of dealing with it I know most of the correct ones from memory.

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14 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

The change visa page in English is one big batch of translation errors. ( https://www.immigration.go.th/content/change_visa ).

The real one is number 9 on that page that shows this.

image.png.01721f27777fab67bafe2ee074548a21.png

When you use Google translate on the page in Thai it shows this.

image.png.1a1404cc5c8568570c239e201399a799.png

 

After over a year of dealing with it I know most of the correct ones from memory.

Thanks again for all your  assistance Joe

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The office where you apply for the initial Non-O 90-day stamp is important for you to consider, and must be the one serving the area where you will be staying when you apply.  In what area will you be staying?

 

Some do things by the book (such as Chang Wattana in Bangkok).  But some others - such as Jomtien/Pattaya - will insist on seasoned-money in a Thai bank (2 months) and be generally troublesome via making up non-existent rules.  One office was recently reported adamantly denying the Non-O stamp is possible at all, and that one must get a Non-O Visa from a Thai-Consulate abroad (which is possible as a workaround).

 

But, at the problem-offices, if you pay an agent 10x+ of the actual cost of the process, somehow all the problems will magically go away.  Given this, you can guess why they make the problems for in-person applicants. 

 

The official fees you pay in-person are 2000 Baht for the Non-O 90-day Stamp + 1900 for the 1-year extension.

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On 10/10/2018 at 11:41 AM, ubonjoe said:

You cannot directly apply for an extension of stay with a tourist visa entry.

The first step is to apply a change of visa status to get a 90 day non immigrant visa (category O) entry. That requires 15 days remaining on your 60 day entry or the 30 day extension of it. The 800k baht only has to be in the bank on the date you apply (60 days not required) and you also need proof it was transferred into the country from abroad. See: https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_80

Then during the last 30 days of the 90 day entry from the visa you would apply for the extension of stay based upon retirement. The 800k baht would need to be in the bank for 60 days on the date you apply.

Can I change this Visa to an Extension of Stay,

Non-Immigrant Category "O" Visa on the basis of being a UK State Pensioner

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12 minutes ago, jamie2009 said:

Can I change this Visa to an Extension of Stay,

Non-Immigrant Category "O" Visa on the basis of being a UK State Pensioner

You could do for retirement, being over age 50 and meeting the 800k in bank account 2 months or proof of 65k per month income or combo.  You can not extend just on basis of being on a pension from some country - but any pension income could be used to meet income requirements.

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22 minutes ago, jamie2009 said:

Can I change this Visa to an Extension of Stay,

Non-Immigrant Category "O" Visa on the basis of being a UK State Pensioner

You can apply for a extension of stay based upon retirement with a 90 day entry from that category of visa. No change is needed.

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On 10/10/2018 at 11:35 PM, JackThompson said:

The office where you apply for the initial Non-O 90-day stamp is important for you to consider, and must be the one serving the area where you will be staying when you apply.  In what area will you be staying?

 

Some do things by the book (such as Chang Wattana in Bangkok).  But some others - such as Jomtien/Pattaya - will insist on seasoned-money in a Thai bank (2 months) and be generally troublesome via making up non-existent rules.  One office was recently reported adamantly denying the Non-O stamp is possible at all, and that one must get a Non-O Visa from a Thai-Consulate abroad (which is possible as a workaround).

 

But, at the problem-offices, if you pay an agent 10x+ of the actual cost of the process, somehow all the problems will magically go away.  Given this, you can guess why they make the problems for in-person applicants. 

 

The official fees you pay in-person are 2000 Baht for the Non-O 90-day Stamp + 1900 for the 1-year extension.

The matter of the office at which you apply is of considerable interest to me. If I lived in Chiang Rai initially, and I was granted permission to live in retirement in Thailand, what would happen in subsequent years if I chose to move to Hua Hin? Could I apply for an extension in Hua Hin or would I have to travel to Chiang Rai each year?

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3 minutes ago, Ombra said:

Could I apply for an extension in Hua Hin or would I have to travel to Chiang Rai each year?

Yes you could.

You would have to formally change you address at the immigration office in Hua Hin to apply for the extension there.

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Thank you, Joe. I am very glad to know that.

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