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Visit from the police in Nakhon Phanom

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I am just starting my fifth year on a retirement visa, and yesterday the police came to the house to check that I actually lived there. They said that they had been sent by Immigration and they weren't sure what they should do, so my wife filled in the form for them. I am in Bangkok at the moment, but my quick-witted wife told them that I was out riding my bike. She said that they were very pleasant and they weren't interested in when I would be back. I didn't think that the police bothered much about foreigners in places like NKP where there aren't many of us, and I will have to follow similar stories on TV in future.

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Seems to be the norm. Immigration spent 2 days here is sleepy Issan hollow recently checking on a number of ferangs supposedly living here. 

If you play it by the book there is no need to lie about anything. 

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Many similar reports in the Thai visas sub-forum.

There is no obvious pattern why some foreigners are visited and some not (yet).

Being on marriage extension seems to be more likely for a visit/check but not limited to.

Just too much abuse with fictitious marriages in Thailand.

 

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7 hours ago, samsensam said:

 

why did your wife lie to the police?

 

 

Just a natural reaction to an answer is my experience about Thais, and they do not understand a lie can give more problems than actually tell the truth. A lie leads to next lie and so on

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1 hour ago, KhunBENQ said:

Many similar reports in the Thai visas sub-forum.

There is no obvious pattern why some foreigners are visited and some not (yet).

Being on marriage extension seems to be more likely for a visit/check but not limited to.

Just too much abuse with fictitious marriages in Thailand.

 

And obviously too much abuse with declared finances on the retirement visa side. 

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1 hour ago, Hummin said:

Just a natural reaction to an answer is my experience about Thais, and they do not understand a lie can give more problems than actually tell the truth. A lie leads to next lie and so on

I agree. I don't know why my wife didn't tell them the truth,  which is that I am an old man who is spending more and more of his time in hospitals in Bangkok. However, many people are afraid of officialdom and they react irrationally.

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1 hour ago, IssanMichael said:

I had a visit yesterday as well. I live 30k from Nakhon Phanom. The police came just the one, wanted a photo of me and the wife outside the house showing the house number, stopped and had a chat for a while. A very pleasant visit broke the day up a bit a nice sort of guy no problems or dramas.

 

I am on a retirement visa and a week before did my 1 year application. A great immigration office is NP. I made a 90 report  this year and the road outside their office had been closed off, i have a lung problem and cannot walk far, and had to leave the pickup some way away. My wife told the officer during the application. When i got the report done the Lady office came round the desk held my arm and took me to a police pickup and said we have to help where we can, and took us both back to our motor. Now how good is that?

I can well believe this because I have only positive experiences of the Nakhon Phanom office. I think that they are very kind and decent people.

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2 hours ago, Sydebolle said:

 The Malays give you a five year visa, you can buy one house legally in a non-Malay name, the first car is tax-free, the second car costs half the tax. Go figure! 

You're neglecting to say that the financial requirements are in fact higher than Thailand, plus the tax free car scheme was abolished 1st January 2018.   The biggest downside of course is that Malaysia isn't Thailand, being probably (with a couple of exceptions such as KL) the most boring country in SE Asia.

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24 minutes ago, pagallim said:

You're neglecting to say that the financial requirements are in fact higher than Thailand, plus the tax free car scheme was abolished 1st January 2018.   The biggest downside of course is that Malaysia isn't Thailand, being probably (with a couple of exceptions such as KL) the most boring country in SE Asia.

Yes indeedy, if it ever came to a choice between boring myself to death in Kota Nowhere and drinking myself to terminal stupor in Nakhon Nowhere, wheel me to the latter and leave me to enjoy.

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4 hours ago, Kadilo said:

Seems to be the norm. Immigration spent 2 days here is sleepy Issan hollow recently checking on a number of ferangs supposedly living here. 

If you play it by the book there is no need to lie about anything. 

Politicians lie to us all the time, so if it is to our advantage, why shouldn't we lie?

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47 minutes ago, pagallim said:

You're neglecting to say that the financial requirements are in fact higher than Thailand, plus the tax free car scheme was abolished 1st January 2018.   The biggest downside of course is that Malaysia isn't Thailand, being probably (with a couple of exceptions such as KL) the most boring country in SE Asia.

Pagallim on the subject of Malaysia how do you rate Langkawi, or if you are not familiar with it yourself what is the general feeling. Interesting/boring/affordable/pricey/bars etc.

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