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Today I talked with an acquaintance from the UK who told me that he planned to renew his one-year multiple-entry non-O visa that he had gotten at the Thai Embassy in the UK last January early next year.  He said that he had been required to put 800,000 in a Thai bank to get it.  I told him that as far as I knew, non-O visas were only obtainable in-country.  I told him that I supposed that when he applied for a new visa, he would be required to get an OA visa and would be required to buy health insurance.  He pulled up a website in the UK that apparently said that non-O visas were obtainable there but that they were now single entry only.  He was dismayed by the new Thai rules and said that he may just not come back to Thailand.

What he said was confusing to me and I don't understand why he would have to put money in a Thai bank to obtain a visa in the UK.  He said that he had gotten one-year multiple-entry visas in the UK for the past several years.   Knowing how old guys get confused about visas, I suspect that he got things mixed up.  Can anyone sort out what his visa status might be.

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There is no requirement for money in a Thai bank in the application for an O-A visa. The single-entry non-Imm O visa can be obtained from the UK Thai Embassy.

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What is his reason for qualifying for the non-o category visa? (visiting Thai family, retirement, etc).

 

Also, do not confuse non-O Visa with an Extension of Stay.

 

I think only the Thai embassy in London can issue ME visas now, but that could change.  @ubonjoe any ideas?

 

He could always get a ME non-O regionally if needed (Savannakhet, Penang, HCMC). 

 

 

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Thanks.  Understood about the O-A and the single-entry visa from the UK.  Did there used to be a multi-entry non-O obtainable from the Thai Embassy? I'm not sure what my friend has.  

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Right.  I'm also confused by his saying that he has money in a Thai bank.  His non-O visa expires in January before the date of his pre-purchased, non-refundable flight back to Bangkok.  He wants to get a ME visa for the purpose of retirement from the embassy in London before his return flight later in January.  He assumes that the visa will be good for one year and that he can make multiple trips to Thailand during that time. Is such a visa available?  If it is, I presume that his proof of income can come from a bank in the UK.  Is that correct?

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5 hours ago, DogNo1 said:

Right.  I'm also confused by his saying that he has money in a Thai bank.  His non-O visa expires in January before the date of his pre-purchased, non-refundable flight back to Bangkok.  He wants to get a ME visa for the purpose of retirement from the embassy in London before his return flight later in January.  He assumes that the visa will be good for one year and that he can make multiple trips to Thailand during that time. Is such a visa available?  If it is, I presume that his proof of income can come from a bank in the UK.  Is that correct?

multi entry non imm 'O' visas are not available in the UK now, single entry are available,  a multi entry non imm 'O''A visa is available from RTE, but as posted above requires police check and medical forms, and financials. another option would be a multi entry tourist visa, depends on how long he wants to stay in Thailand, 

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His choices appear to be a Single Entry Non Imm O Visa that can be extended at Immigration in Thailand.

OR.

A Non Imm O-A Visa that requires an expensive poor quality medical insurance.

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7 hours ago, SheungWan said:

There is no requirement for money in a Thai bank in the application for an O-A visa. The single-entry non-Imm O visa can be obtained from the UK Thai Embassy.

But would money in a Thai bank be accepted as financial proof? 

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27 minutes ago, jacko45k said:

But would money in a Thai bank be accepted as financial proof? 

For the O-A=Yes (correct at Sept 2019, enqiry made to check feasibility of Thai deposit & UK income combo possibility)

But; Bankbook not enough, must have letter from the Thai bank that holds the deposit.( unsure of over what timecale such a letter would remain valid though).

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18 minutes ago, UKresonant said:

For the O-A=Yes (correct at Sept 2019, enqiry made to check feasibility of Thai deposit & UK income combo possibility)

But; Bankbook not enough, must have letter from the Thai bank that holds the deposit.( unsure of over what timecale such a letter would remain valid though).

not sure if you would need a bank letter, will be very hard to get if out of the country

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3 minutes ago, steve187 said:

not sure if you would need a bank letter, will be very hard to get if out of the country

The requirements for the O-A at the Embassy are not the same as those for a domestic extension. Simply stating  e.g. bank statements,  (original). No actual mention of the age of the statement. 

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16 minutes ago, steve187 said:

not sure if you would need a bank letter, will be very hard to get if out of the country

Not sure either, but if you had the person I spoke to processing your application, and it was a Thai account she sounded quite clear that it would be! 🙂

Income in one account, and deposit in another, deposit account should not show many in-out transactions apparently, which ruled out using my FCD. 

Alas, discontinued interest after the 31stOct (O-A) ...event

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i applied for a single entry married 'O' visa via hull and used a copy of my Thai bank book for financials, no letter

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