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I'm using the 65,000 baht method for my extension to stay. Khon Kaen immigration said I need two documents from the bank, one confirming international transfers the other current account status. The immigration officer said I need to show 12 months of international transfers, no leniency this year. That was as of two months ago so by now that may have changed or another IO may have a different view.

 

For me this means the confirmation documents from two Bangkok Bank accounts in two different provinces to show 12 months x 65,000 baht international transfers. Even though my Khon Kaen account has monthly transfers going back to January I need the confirmations for the last three months of 2018 from the distant branch (still in Esahn) to satisfy the IO. My bank books together clearly show at least 65,000/month for 12 months with the FTT code.

 

It's my understanding the document confirming international transfers is requested by me at the local branch and the request is sent off to bank HQ in Bangkok then I need to return in about seven days to receive the document. This would be a bit of a pain since it would require two three hour round trips driving to the other province. And I will be on a tight schedule to get it all done in time.

 

On to my questions:

Is it possible to Visit Bangkok Bank Silom with my bank books and get it all done there in one visit?

or the preferred method:

Is it possible to request documents for a Bangkok Bank in another province from my local Bangkok Bank?
 
I'm currently out of the country so I can't visit the bank and check myself.

 

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15 minutes ago, KeeTua said:

no leniency this year

nice, what was the exact date they introduced this  new requirement? was it exactly 12  months  ago? i dont think so

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1 hour ago, gunderhill said:

nice, what was the exact date they introduced this  new requirement? was it exactly 12  months  ago? i dont think so

1 of jan 2019

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1 hour ago, KeeTua said:

Is it possible to Visit Bangkok Bank Silom with my bank books and get it all done there in one visit?

Based on the dozen or so posts on this matter I'd say no. The minimum wait-time I've seem posted was one day (next working day). with other mentiones of two, three and five days. I was able to get a six-month letter at my branch with next day service. They also said they can issue six, twelve and twenty-four month letters, but who knows, they may have been referring to "statements" rather than QFT letter(s)?

 

1 hour ago, KeeTua said:

Is it possible to request documents for a Bangkok Bank in another province from my local Bangkok Bank?
 

Possibly, although Bangkok Bank is a bit less helpful, CS-wise, with out of branch services - example: SCB will issue a new passbook at any branch, while BBL requires one to visit their opening branch.

 

You could try making the request at your serving branch, and/or the HQ, via the phone. And ask for delivery by post.

 

 

While there have been one or two reports of a lack of leniency this year, maybe running under 2% based on posts, I think - unless you have knoweledge of multiple first-hand rejections for qulaifying foreign transfers fewer than twelve (12) - that you may have had a communications mis-fire. And since you appear to have twelve qualifying transfers, I'm not certain why you even bring this up?

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, gunderhill said:

nice, what was the exact date they introduced this  new requirement? was it exactly 12  months  ago? i dont think so

 

I want to say something like 18 December 2018, in Thai. With other postings in English dated Dec. 21 and Dec 26, 2018.

 

Translations followed dated "January 2019".

 

The leniency "directive" has dates of Dec 26, 2018 and Jan. 4, 2019.

 

Confusion arises both from the vagueness of the term "leniency", that the directive was issued by a previously disgraced Imm head, and conflation with the demand that "next year" (that is to say, the next extension after a lenient one), you must show twelve months.

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33 minutes ago, mtls2005 said:

While there have been one or two reports of a lack of leniency this year, maybe running under 2% based on posts, I think - unless you have knoweledge of multiple first-hand rejections for qulaifying foreign transfers fewer than twelve (12) - that you may have had a communications mis-fire. And since you appear to have twelve qualifying transfers, I'm not certain why you even bring this up?

Thanks for the feedback.

Definitely no communications mis-fire. The IO made a point of writing down and then counting off each of the months going back to September 2018.

 

I do have 12 qualifying months, the reason I bring it up is this is a first-hand report and a heads-up to others using KK immigration to be prepared. But as I pointed out in the original post it was two months ago and subject to change.

 

Are there any first-hand reports out of Khon Kaen immigration that they are showing leniency or lack of this year?

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16 minutes ago, WalkingOrders said:

I will give my own experience

 

Did you have to obtain a same-day account ownership/balance letter, presumably from the branch at Div. 1/CW (basement)?

 

Your BBL doc list included....????

 

six months of statements? more? certified/stamped?

 

Qualifying Foreign Transfer letter detailing up to twelve (12) most recent transfers (date, FC amount, FX rate, THB, then totaled)?

 

Associated Credit Advice/Receipts for each QFT?

 

Copies of bankbook? or original?

 

Same day account ownership letter with balance, offical/stamped?

 

 

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Can anyone be arsed meeting these complex requirements? Just put 800k in the bank, sorted.

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1 hour ago, ubonjoe said:

Not sure what Khon Kaen immigration may be requiring now. 

I asked my local Bangkok Bank branch about a letter showing the transfers and they had no clue what it was. I showed them this one as an example. Example-BankLetter-Monthly-Deposits.pdf

My local branch here in Ubon were able to request a one year bank statement from Bangkok for my account in Pattaya (took a week to get). Then in one visit I requested a standard bank letter confirming my account and a one month statement showing my most recent transfer while I waited for it. Immigration here accepted my bank statements showing all my transfers were "Foreign T/T transfers and the standard bank letter when I applied for my extension last week. They took copies of my bank book as well.

Not sure what my local offices policy is for not having a full year of transfers are since I had over a year of them to show.

As far as Khon Kaen wanting a full year I suggest you check with them again. They might of gotten the message from immigration division 4 recently that less than a year is allowed after one our members contacted immigration in Bangkok about another office not accepting less than a year.

I don't think you will be able to get the letter in Bangkok in person while you wait for it. 

Thanks, that's good news that it may be possible for me to get documents from a Bangkok account outside of my province at a local branch if needed.

 

I'll check with Khon Kaen immigration to see if they got word to show some leniency this year and are willing to do so.

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2 minutes ago, KeeTua said:

I'll check with Khon Kaen immigration to see if they got word to show some leniency this year and are willing to do so.

 

As it doesn't impact you I'm not sure how valid the data point would be?

 

But if it makes you feel like you're helping, go for it.

 

Better data points would individuals who have been rejected or approved with fewer than twelve QFT's. Right?

 

 

 

 

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16 minutes ago, Henryford said:

Can anyone be arsed meeting these complex requirements? Just put 800k in the bank, sorted.

Good point. That's the plan for next year. At 65,000/month I have a monthly surplus and it won't be long until it gets close enough 800K. I'll bump it up to 800K 3 months (to be on the safe side) before the next extension.

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1 minute ago, mtls2005 said:

 

As it doesn't impact you I'm not sure how valid the data point would be?

 

But if it makes you feel like you're helping, go for it.

 

Better data points would individuals who have been rejected or approved with fewer than twelve QFT's. Right?

 

 

 

 

Data point would be that if they are showing leniency this year I won't need to bother getting the documents from my Bangkok Bank account in another province to show a full 12 months.

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