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House visit for Non-O (marriage), Chaeng Wattana

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Next week, I'll be submitting my application for Non-O based on marriage, at the Chaeng Wattana office. I am currently on V-E with a 30-day extension. 

Our "official" residence is my father-in-law's house at Onnut.  This is where we stayed when we first arrived, and keep most of our stuff there.  However, the reality is we have a series of 1-month Airbnb rentals around BKK as we are investigating where we want to live long-term, with a focus on access to schools for our daughter.  Naturally, the airbnb hosts don't file TM-30 but my in-laws do. 

What is the best way to approach this with regards to the house visit?  We don't want to lie about our housing arrangements, but we find that Immigration employees don't enthusiastically embrace unaccustomed or novel information.  I'm sure it's not forbidden to travel on holiday during one's Non-O application, but for us, the "holiday" is most of the time (I am retired, with independent income). 

I presume CW does house visits because most offices do.  We will have all our pictures: In front of the house, in the bedroom, kitchen, all the crazy stuff they insist on. The neighbors nearby don't see us much, so I'm not sure what to expect if they are interviewed. (people pretty much stay bottled up in their homes, which have high block walls in front).  Also, what is CW's normal standard of home visit... Do they actually do it?  Is it scheduled in advance (we have to make sure we are there when they come), etc. etc.

Please limit your answers only to CW... each office has its own unique practice, and I'm not interested in what they do in Pattaya or Korat.  TYIA. 


 

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Why is the title house visit? I've had to bring my neighbours to the office to get interviewed there.

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16 minutes ago, Youlike said:

Why is the title house visit? I've had to bring my neighbours to the office to get interviewed there.

My understanding of the process is that police or immigration officials actually visit the home.  Perhaps this is more up north, etc.  Not sure what they do for the CW office. 

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46 minutes ago, Youlike said:

Why is the title house visit? I've had to bring my neighbours to the office to get interviewed there.

That depends upon the office you apply at. Some want witnesses instead of doing a house visit. He is asking about Bangkok that does house visits instead asking for them.

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Your unlikely to get a home visit from CW.  I had a non-imm O marriage visa which I renewed for years at CW and never had a home visit.  Then I decided to switch to a retirement visa and that change prompted a home visit.  Unless you provoke their curiosity for some reason, it's unlikely to happen.

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Anyone know if CW will want to talk to neighbors?  If so, we'll need to get them lined up. Even though this is an older, established neighborhood, neighbors don't really mingle. They stay behind their block walls, and just come out when they get hungry.  My FIL doesn't know any of them well. 

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1 hour ago, justin case said:

if they visit, they will ask your neighbors if you live there ...

Thank you

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I've never had a house visit in six years from CW.

 

The issue you will have though is making the visa without some lease. So have your FiL draw up a backdated lease on the property. Take the photos at the property and map to the property. Your wife files TM30 for you or your FiL.

 

I'd just wait till you're more settled. Be certain the sluglord will do the TM30 or allow you.

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If I could also ask about the map they want to see, what exactly are they looking for?  This house is tucked away in a little mooban (not gated), far off the beaten track.  Should we show the main roads out to Onnut Road, or all the way to Onnut BTS as a point of reference?  Do they want to see any major landmarks like police station or govt buildings?  Or just the immediate few blocks around the house? 

We can, of course, print up google maps but I hear they want or insist upon hand-drawn.  And sometimes, even hand-drawn in their presence.  So any guidance on what, exactly, they are looking for is greatly appreciated. 

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3 minutes ago, Number 6 said:

I've never had a house visit in six years from CW.

 

The issue you will have though is making the visa without some lease. So have your FiL draw up a backdated lease on the property. Take the photos at the property and map to the property. Your wife files TM30 for you or your FiL.

 

I'd just wait till you're more settled. Be certain the sluglord will do the TM30 or allow you.

Thank you. That's a terrific idea, and we will do it.  Does anyone have a simple lease form they can share? Or can these be purchased somewhere or download?  I'm sure I could find a sample in English, but it would help to have a common Thai sample.  

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4 minutes ago, USNret said:

Thank you. That's a terrific idea, and we will do it.  Does anyone have a simple lease form they can share? Or can these be purchased somewhere or download?  I'm sure I could find a sample in English, but it would help to have a common Thai sample.  

I think either will do. Our apartment lease is totally valid but very informal. CW likes leases. We always get a bit of an eye roll but they get on with it. So do yourself a favor and get something that looks official.

 

You'll also need wife's housebook. If the housebook is the residence your "renting" this could be an issue. Just sayin.

 

I'd go get a 90 day visa in Savanakhet, finish your search and settle in.

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12 minutes ago, USNret said:

print up google maps but I hear they want or insist upon hand-drawn.  A

I hand draw on one side and use the apartment map on the other.

 

Bring two. One for immigration and one for the RTP.

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So if I understand you right, a quick trip to Savanakhet, I can get a 90-day non-O. I just looked at their website and it looks a lot simpler than getting non-O at CW.  And during that 90 days, can I apply for the 1-year marriage extension at CW just as if I had gotten the non-O in Thailand? I don't want to get tangled up in the insurance problems that entangle those on O-A visas. 

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