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1 minute ago, crazygreg44 said:

if this hasn't been mentioned yet, here it is . . it is no big deal:  

 

He can get a 1-year permit of Stay by applying for a multi entry Non-Imm-O visa based on the marriage to a Thai,  on the consulates in Savannakhet, Laos, or in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam,

 

WITHOUT any proof of finances.

 

All he has to do on this visa, is a border run every 90 days

 

end of story

Using a M/E visa gives 90 day stays NOT a "one year permit to stay" -- 

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Just now, crazygreg44 said:

ah and not to forget . . anyone who is married to a Thai, can apply for a 60-day permit of stay based on "visiting the wife" on ANY immigration inside Thailand !

 

Exactly. Had to use this 60 permit a couple of times past when Immigration changed rules and I had no time to put more money in my bank before deadline..

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3 minutes ago, Mr Smithy said:

Using a M/E visa gives 90 day stays NOT a "one year permit to stay" -- 

wrong

 

it gives you ONE YEAR "validity" (which is about the same)  on a multi entry Non-Imm-O based on marriage with a Thai. He will have to do a border run every 90 days, though

 

NO finances needed for application for this visa in Savannakhet and HCMC

 

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3 minutes ago, crazygreg44 said:

ah and not to forget . . anyone who is married to a Thai, can apply for a 60-day permit of stay based on "visiting the wife" on ANY immigration inside Thailand !

Only if a 60 day extension has not previously been given on the same entry

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Just now, crazygreg44 said:

wrong

 

it gives you ONE YEAR on a multi entry Non-Imm-O based on marriage with a Thai. He will have to do a border run every 90 days, though

 

The visa might be valid for a year - BUT it does NOT provide a one year permission to stay NOR does it guarantee entry.

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2 minutes ago, Mr Smithy said:

The visa might be valid for a year - BUT it does NOT provide a one year permission to stay NOR does it guarantee entry.

I stand corrected . . it is a visa with a 1-year "validity" and gives him a 90 day stay permit on each entry, for the duration of the validity

 

I have yet to read or hear about somebody being refused entry at a land border with this visa

 

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10 minutes ago, Mr Smithy said:

Only if a 60 day extension has not previously been given on the same entry

so once per entry ?  He could do a border run, enter with a 30 day visa exempt and apply for the 60 days based on this new entry? 

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3 minutes ago, crazygreg44 said:

how long is "previously" reaching back in time? 

It could be years - and re-entry permits do not count as new entries.

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19 hours ago, impulse said:

Sounds so simple, but I wonder what happens when he does show up. 

They will tell him he needs an embassy letter

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7 minutes ago, Mr Smithy said:

It could be years - and re-entry permits do not count as new entries.

sorry, I had edited my post while you were replying to it.

 

He could do a border run ANY TIME and enter with a 30-day visa exempt. Gives him a new entry upon which he can apply for the 60 days visa based on visiting the wife.

 

Only two entries per calendar year, though, by land borders

 

Phuket immigration is famous for making up their own rules and interpretations. I suggest he uses a hotel stay in another region to give him the right to use a more foreigner-friendly Immigration

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i know of people who have the 1-year Non-Imm-O Multi Entry based on marriage to a Thai, who at the very end of the 1-year validity of this visa get granted an application for 60 more days, which means you can get a maximum of 14 months out of the visa and the 60-day permit of stay. Upon the exhaustion just go visit Savannakhet or HCMC and apply for a new 1-year Multi Entry Non-Imm-O based on marriage without having to show any finances. This option is widely open to the guy ! 

 

Shall I repeat: No finances needed !

 

Border runs required every 90 days to keep the visa alive and receive 90-day stay permits upon each entry.

 

Requirements regarding the marriage certificates, passports and house books can be had on the websites of both consulates.

 

Savannakhet and HCMC are still walk-in consulates, no online appointments needed. In HCMC he needs US Dollars cash to pay. The visa fee is likely the equivalent of 5000 THB

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16 minutes ago, Mr Smithy said:

I posted this link earlier -

http://piv-phuket.com/long-stay-extensions/marriage-m/

It clearly states that Phuket immigration does not accept monthly income from abroad for extensions based on marriage unless supported by an embassy letter.

The morons who run that website are wrong, bunch of amateurs.

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1 hour ago, ukrules said:

The morons who run that website are wrong, bunch of amateurs.

You know everything, why are you using their website?

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My grateful thanks to those truly decent human beings who gave their silent support, and even more to those who openly offered  their sound advice and support…especially, Tony, CrazyGreg and Foghorn.

 

It was clearly a ‘shameful act’ that the two Immigration Officers insist I leave Thailand immediately, rather than offering the 2 month extension that I was already ‘qualified for’.

 

Equally shameful, are those of you who did not see this, and instead opted to defend them outright.

 

Tomorrow, I’m driving my wife the three hours back to Chonburi Cancer Hospital…a sadly depressing place that I wouldn’t wish on anyone…except perhaps…
 

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