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Regardless of what anyone might tell you on here, you would be safer going for the 3 months or more.  You won't get far arguing technicalities with a government official. 

To error on the side of caution hardly seems like a confusing concept.  One extra month of deposit should not cause any major hardship but a disagreement about whether one qualifies for the two month

Hello, I've just renewed my visa extension, retirement option at Chiang Rai Immigration using the income option. I had to supply 13 months of statements from my savings account, the one I use weekly a

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On 5/3/2019 at 11:42 PM, villagefarang said:

Regardless of what anyone might tell you on here, you would be safer going for the 3 months or more.  You won't get far arguing technicalities with a government official. 

You are spot on. And anyone whose been in Thailand longer than a day knows inconsistency is quite consistent here. Each office throughout the Kingdom may have different interpretations of the same law...and each officer in the same office may have different interpretations. Do 3 months to be on the safe side or don't say you weren't warned. :thumbsup:

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Phayao Immigration have an obsession that bank statement/ passbook must be updated on the day of application. The day before, when I visited my bank to get all the papers in order, is not acceptable.  K Bank system will not update the passbook if there has not been a deposit/withdrawal since the last update.  Immigration will no accept this, believing that sinc eI got the letter confirming bank statement, I have withdrawn all my money and spent it.

2 hour rushing between I/O and K/bank before this was resolved by depositing 100B into my account.

Maybe only Phayao, but an indication of how unreasonable I/O can be, or want to be.

it seems o me that the only way to get the visa you want, (I want a retirement visa) is to find out what that particular I/O want and the do that.  Claiming that 'the rules' or 'the I/O website' states something different is a waste of time.  Each I/O is a law unto itself, and there is no appeal.  if you do not like that, then go and live someplace else.  TIT !

 

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the only way to get the visa you want, (I want a retirement visa) is to find out what that particular I/O want and the do that. 

But that has been standard operating procedure for many, many years already. The foibles and peccadilloes of Thai Immigration officers are legend.

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21 hours ago, Robin said:

Phayao Immigration have an obsession that bank statement/ passbook must be updated on the day of application. The day before, when I visited my bank to get all the papers in order, is not acceptable.  K Bank system will not update the passbook if there has not been a deposit/withdrawal since the last update.  Immigration will no accept this, believing that sinc eI got the letter confirming bank statement, I have withdrawn all my money and spent it.

2 hour rushing between I/O and K/bank before this was resolved by depositing 100B into my account.

Maybe only Phayao, but an indication of how unreasonable I/O can be, or want to be.

it seems o me that the only way to get the visa you want, (I want a retirement visa) is to find out what that particular I/O want and the do that.  Claiming that 'the rules' or 'the I/O website' states something different is a waste of time.  Each I/O is a law unto itself, and there is no appeal.  if you do not like that, then go and live someplace else.  TIT !

 

I did know about this. I had asked when I did my last 90 day report. I did my Retirement Extension in April using income method. 

What I found strange is they wanted a photocopy of my wife's ID and her blue house book. My wife was with me. I was also told that next year my photo on the TM7 has to be without glasses.

They also wanted a copy of my most recent TM30. At Phayao you are required to do a TM30 if you stay overnight away from your normal residence.

 

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Jeez, they sound like a fun bunch in Phayao.

 

I go for my retirement in Chiang Rai on Wednesday, but I am taking my wife as back up in case the retirement route fails.

Why should it fail, well because when I tried to ask them on my last 90 report, whether a combination of income and bank funds would work, they guy said at first 'do I have monthly statements for the income' and it struck me that my foreign deposits to SCB have not been monthly but do amount to way more than the required 800K ( income + funds ).

And then later he called me over to ask if I had 2 bank a/c's in Thailand, to which I replied 'no'. 

That was worrying.

This will be my fifth retirement extension in a row, but it for sure don't get easier with the passage of time.

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I'll be interested to see if they try to talk you into "marry" visa which seems to be their preferred option now.

An officer who is always friendly said it was better than retirement.

 

Taking the wife is always a good move.

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