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I have just left the consulate with the first stage of the process over, seemingly success. We got there at 8 the queue was already onto the pavement, by the time the gate opened it was now stretching up along side the parked tuk tuks, I started talking with an American gentle guy who was after a tourist visa and we chatted as the queue very slowly made it up the entrance slope into the building. After one hour they had only processed 20 ish people and we had only just made it into the court yard, they were asking for bank statements for all nationalities requesting a tourist visa, as my American friend got to the window same thing, I need bank statement she said, he left the queue as he didn’t have one.

At this point my heart sank as I to didn’t have one, I handed my papers over and waited for the worst, after a few minutes she said Ha Pan, I gave her the money she gave me my number and at this point the gates had now been shut and the line had been formed inside the building area, two guys were opening the gates to let people out.

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The Savannakhet Consulate is known for requiring bank-statements for those applying for Tourist Visas in recent years.  They may also require proof of a flight out (historically allowing 90-days out) and proof of where the applicant will stay (hotel-booking or rental-contract).

 

For Non-O Visas based on Marriage to a Thai, these are not required.  They likely recognize the fact that, if you are married to a Thai, this indicates you must have the requisite income and place to live.

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For Non-O Visas based on Marriage to a Thai, these are not required.  They likely recognize the fact that, if you are married to a Thai, this indicates you must have the requisite income and place to live.


How about Non O based on retirement?

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1 hour ago, scubascuba3 said:

How about Non O based on retirement?

 

Only a single entry Non O for retirement is available, and requires the showing of financial proof (800,000 baht equivalent in a bank anywhere).

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Does this Non O retirement visa give you an initial full 12 months permission to stay?, or do you have to extend it at your local immigration within 3 months with the full proof of income or deposited funds circus?

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No it entitles you to go in and out of the Kingdom as many times as you like within a time period of one year with a maximum stay not exceeding 90 day at one time.

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13 minutes ago, sapson said:

Does this Non O retirement visa give you an initial full 12 months permission to stay?, or do you have to extend it at your local immigration within 3 months with the full proof of income or deposited funds circus?

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Only an O/A visa provides for a 12 months permission to stay.

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OK so the visa is valid 12 months, with each entry 90 days,which could be used for nearly 15 months...... and no need to maintain funds for further proof,or immigration trips other than 90 days reporting.

The initial 800k I presume just has to show on a bank statement for the day before submitting the paperwork at Savannakhet and doesnt need to have been in the account for set time period prior?

 

It is what it is ..........however why having proved your funds and got your visa based on retirement, are you forced to leave every 90 days as a stipulation...........what benefit is that to Thailand? maybe a logical reason behind it i am missing.

 

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44 minutes ago, Percy P said:

No it entitles you to go in and out of the Kingdom as many times as you like within a time period of one year with a maximum stay not exceeding 90 day at one time.

Not the retirement one. That only gives you 1 entry for 90 days. The one based on marriage allows you to leave as many times as you wish until the "enter before date".

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4 minutes ago, sapson said:

OK so the visa is valid 12 months, with each entry 90 days,which could be used for nearly 15 months...... and no need to maintain funds for further proof,or immigration trips other than 90 days reporting.

The initial 800k I presume just has to show on a bank statement for the day before submitting the paperwork at Savannakhet and doesnt need to have been in the account for set time period prior?

 

It is what it is ..........however why having proved your funds and got your visa based on retirement, are you forced to leave every 90 days as a stipulation...........what benefit is that to Thailand? maybe a logical reason behind it i am missing.

 

The visa based on retirement gives you one entry valid for 90 days. There is no 12 month visa available in Savannakhet based on retirement.

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what benefit is that to Thailand? maybe a logical reason behind it i am missing.
 


Very good. Logic is thin on the ground, I'm always searching for it but rarely find it
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1 hour ago, sapson said:

Does this Non O retirement visa give you an initial full 12 months permission to stay?, or do you have to extend it at your local immigration within 3 months with the full proof of income or deposited funds circus?

 

 

In the link is a short report stating that a 90-day Non-O immigrant visa and 12 month extension based on retirement for a total of 15 months was issued in Savannakhet in January 2019.  The poster had proof of retirement in the form of a UK State Pension, bank book, bank letter, and used the combo method with properly seasoned funds. (90 day reports are to be made in Thailand like any other retirement extension - no border runs.)

 

https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081801-multi-entries-non-o-retirement-non-immigrant-for-being-retired-but-multi-entry-where-to-get-it-around-thailand/?tab=comments#comment-13799322

 

 

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27 minutes ago, puchooay said:

The visa based on retirement gives you one entry valid for 90 days. There is no 12 month visa available in Savannakhet based on retirement.

ok a tad confused ... so you receive an initial 90 day permission to stay, then within that time you apply at your local immigration with the required financial proof and get a 12 month extension?

 

You are not in fact doing border runs every 90 days for a new stamp?

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24 minutes ago, SEtonal said:

 

In the link is a short report stating that a 90-day Non-O immigrant visa and 12 month extension based on retirement for a total of 15 months was issued in Savannakhet in January 2019.  The poster had proof of retirement in the form of a UK State Pension, bank book, bank letter, and used the combo method with properly seasoned funds. (90 day reports are to be made in Thailand like any other retirement extension - no border runs.)

 

https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1081801-multi-entries-non-o-retirement-non-immigrant-for-being-retired-but-multi-entry-where-to-get-it-around-thailand/?tab=comments#comment-13799322

 

 

No. Savannakhet do not issue extensions. The extention will have been issued at an immigration office in Thailand. If you are issued a multi O visa you cannot do 90 day reports as you must leave before the report is due. Look at the following post in that thread. That is referring to a single entry.

 

If he did get a multi O based on retirement, and that would be the first one I have heard of, in Savannakhet then he will need to leave Thailand every 90 days.

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