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BANGKOK 19 January 2019 12:15

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There were a couple of companies 2 or 3 years ago offering retirement visa assistance for those short of funds.

 

Does anyone know if they still operate?

 

Thanks in advance

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Do you mean agents?

Yes they are still around. Plenty adverts to be seen, if in the Pattaya area a walk down soi Buakhao will show some, or Google.

 

From an agents website just now..

No Funds  No Problem – We can Help you meet the requirements – we offer a postal service, simply post your documents to us & we will do the rest guaranteed!

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There is one advertising on the top of this very page, although of course you may not be seeing the same ads as me.

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5 hours ago, jacko45k said:

Do you mean agents?

Yes they are still around. Plenty adverts to be seen, if in the Pattaya area a walk down soi Buakhao will show some, or Google.

 

From an agents website just now..

No Funds  No Problem – We can Help you meet the requirements – we offer a postal service, simply post your documents to us & we will do the rest guaranteed!

That sounds like the Patts guy I have used before.

A url to my inbox would be appreciated, if you have time

 

Thanks

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2 hours ago, DennisF said:

That sounds like the Patts guy I have used before.

A url to my inbox would be appreciated, if you have time

 

Thanks

Walk along soi bakau. Geezus there are several. 13k up

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I was looking into back up plans for not getting that last chance income affidavit from the U.S. Embassy - And had no doubt in my mind I was screwed when it was time to get a one year extension.

 

So, this is what I can make if it.. They advertise a retirement visa, but it's basically a one year extension of stay?  

 

In fact, a visa agent actually said "It's almost like an OA visa" but it's a retirement extension.

 

He also said, he was using his money to cover the $$ requirement to get the extension.  I also read in this forum that it's not illegal or not in writing saying a business cannot cover the financial requirement to get this extension.

 

What I think "could" happen, is getting an extension from a visa service that is not located where you live.  At that time, a few weeks ago, all I could think of, was paying around 25K baht, get the extension, then when it was time to do the 90 day report, the IO in my area will tell me some crap this is no good, why, why, why.  She gave me a very hard time about getting a one year extension last year.

 

As luck or bad luck goes.... I'm going back to the States for family reasons, so I'm just applying for a new OA visa in the U.S.

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A friend of mine just received his passport with a new 1 year extension (retirement) , and the fee was 15000 baht. Agent did everything, he just had to show up with the passport and one picture. 

 

This was in Pattaya, maybe more difficult in other areas. 

 

 

 

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11 hours ago, D3030 said:

What I think "could" happen, is getting an extension from a visa service that is not located where you live.  At that time, a few weeks ago, all I could think of, was paying around 25K baht, get the extension, then when it was time to do the 90 day report, the IO in my area will tell me some crap this is no good, why, why, why. 

Some agents offer "mail in" service (see above) - and I don't know how this could possibly work with 90-day reports when the applicant does not live in the service-area of the office where the agent has their connections.  A 3rd party can legally submit 90-day reports for you, but it is certainly not legal to report an incorrect-address on them. 

Is it "legal" for an IO to accept a 90-day report for a visitor reporting an address (correct address) which is not in the jurisdiction of their office?  I know they won't do it normally, but do they have the "discretion" in the law to process an "out of area" 90-day report?

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30 minutes ago, balo said:

A friend of mine just received his passport with a new 1 year extension (retirement) , and the fee was 15000 baht.

I got my new passport and extension for much less than 15k baht a few years ago and that included round trip airfare to Bangkok twice and proof of income during the 2nd trip to embassy.

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17 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

 proof of income during the 2nd trip to embassy.

My friend does not have the required income (65k or 800k) so in his case the agent "borrowed" him 800k. 

 

Of course it's a grey area , but after all the recent changes I just wanted to confirm the agents still offer this "package". At least in Chonburi. 

 

 

 

 

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6 minutes ago, Justin Side said:

So your friend has an illegal permision to stay in his passport?

Not according to Thai immigration.  They support agent-applications - sometimes (some services in some offices) to the point of making an honest in-person application very difficult or even impossible.

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5 minutes ago, Justin Side said:

So your friend has an illegal permision to stay in his passport?

he's got the same stamp everyone else gets,  in the computer

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25 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

I got my new passport and extension for much less than 15k baht a few years ago and that included round trip airfare to Bangkok twice and proof of income during the 2nd trip to embassy.

balo didn't mention a new passport.   15k for extension

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last time i looked they seem to quote approx 25k for first year and 13k for subsequent years, any idea why the first year is more expensive?

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