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I noted the following from the cited news article.


 

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The pair have been able to extend their visas, they claim thanks to a letter from the British Embassy that asks for british citizens to be allowed to stay an extra 30 days.

 

However this came with a £500 price tag - ...

 

 

If indeed they did sell their Devon home, with a median house price in Devon of £267,956, I reckon they can afford 30-day extensions for at least a year, no?

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2 hours ago, TopDeadSenter said:

 They just sold their car and house in Devon so will be sitting with millions of baht in the bank. 

Unless the house and car were funded by the bank for most of the money. 

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3 minutes ago, TopDeadSenter said:

Thanks. Well I am happy to be proven wrong. So he has a work permit on his Visa exemption. I never knew this was possible, now I know. Good day to you sir.

No one said he had a work permit.  He's almost certainly not working now anyway.  

He'd need a non-Immi visa B to get a work permit and by the sounds of it, he doesn't have one. 

He probably came not even realising he'd need a work permit, much less the correct visa to get one.

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4 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

I noted the following from the cited news article.


 

 

If indeed they did sell their Devon home, with a median house price in Devon of £267,956, I reckon they can afford 30-day extensions for at least a year, no?

That's assuming there were no mortgages or other loans to pay off first ...

I'm sure they would have much less capital than you assumed.

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1 minute ago, Mister Fixit said:

No one said he had a work permit.  He's almost certainly not working now anyway.  

He'd need a non-Immi visa B to get a work permit and by the sounds of it, he doesn't have one. 

He probably came not even realising he'd need a work permit, much less the correct visa to get one.

Which was my point all along. I said his only problem was that he was working illegally which upset a fellow forumite. You might want to re-read the thread. We are in agreement here!

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6 minutes ago, Misterwhisper said:

“And then we think ‘what happens after all of this, what happens in 30 days or if we’re stuck here for two or three months.’

“We’ll have no money left by that point.”

 

Selling their house and car in England only got them enough to tide them over for a few months?

Been living the high life on the island, haven't we?

I doubt they'd be living the high life, not with two very young children with them.

 

I suspect they thought he'd be working (illegally) and having some sort of income and she would perhaps doing her online teaching (again illegally).  No-one is daft enough to just live off their capital, are they?  Oh, wait ...

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13 minutes ago, Bert got kinky said:

You live on 1875 paying two rents in Bangkok, university fees for son? How do you do that? 

 

I would suggest very comfortably.

£1,875 at today's exchange rate is just over 75,000 Baht.

Most Expat families could easily survive on that, especially when they are at a stage where they only have rent and food to worry about.

 

I have a wife and three children with me in Thailand with the oldest in her third year of university and we could easily survive on 75,000 Baht per month.

This is Thailand, not Vegas or Dubai.

Most Thai families would be happy trying to survive on 20,000 Baht per month.

 

With two rents to pay? 75000 Baht? I'm in Chiang Mai, I easily pay 140,000 Baht. A house here costs 35,000 if it is of any any quality with a good pool. Even with a a cheaper house that'd be 60000 Baht alone, add university fees, food, I spend 30,000 Baht on food alone every month. Do you live in a rural villlage or something?

 

I'm not talking about Thai families, I'm talking about European families living a lifestyle they are used to.

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4 minutes ago, TopDeadSenter said:

Which was my point all along. I said his only problem was that he was working illegally which upset a fellow forumite. You might want to re-read the thread. We are in agreement here!

You said 'So he has a work permit on his Visa exemption. I never knew this was possible, now I know.'

 

Unless you were being sarcastic, you are wrong.

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15 minutes ago, banglay said:

Do you actually believe all the figures coming out from Thailand ???  they do not add up .. Chinese Year (25th January 20)  over 500.000 Chinese Tourists came to Thailand in that week with unrestricted access and  with a large proportion of that figure coming from the Wuhan province ...

Italy's original infection is believed to come via  Chinese tourist visit the country .. and their number were miniscule compared to how many came to Thailand over the same time period ...

Or maybe  thai's are immune .....

No, but I don't believe the figures coming out the UK either. Even Sir Patrick Vallance doesn't. He said the real number of cases is ten or twenty times higher. And Neil Ferguson said peak infection time is about second week of April. 

 

Could get ugly in the UK.

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2 hours ago, HashBrownHarry said:

Have some compassion.

 

There's enough sob stories about Thai people losing their jobs and all the rest of it......

 

Imagine if i said the below about them....... think before you comment!

 

857,299 have corona.

42,114 dead because of corona.

100 million business close because corona.

2 billion loose the job. 

 

Why this story news now? 

Are they famous?

Have compassion with them ?? You got to be joking (actually I do not think they are asking for anything, yet anyway 😉 ) .... As one other posted commented .. They have sold up and moved out ... How much cash do they have in the bank ?  How long can they live on that ?  How does that compare with many others ...  Clearly very responsible parents .. I wounder i they have full medical insurance for themselves and the kids ....  Then go on and splash it all over the news ...  ..

Where is that BMW again?

 

Sure live a carefree life and take responsibility for your own actions ...  I got no problem with that 🙂 ...

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Off topic posts and the off topic replies about POTY have been removed. 

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39 minutes ago, Mister Fixit said:

It reads to me that they have extended their Visa Exemption once, then have extended again with a letter, meaning that this seems to be their third extension

 

They only arrived beginning of March, so maybe read again !! 😜

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35 minutes ago, rvaviator said:

Have compassion with them ?? You got to be joking (actually I do not think they are asking for anything, yet anyway 😉 ) .... As one other posted commented .. They have sold up and moved out ... How much cash do they have in the bank ?  How long can they live on that ?  How does that compare with many others ...  Clearly very responsible parents .. I wounder i they have full medical insurance for themselves and the kids ....  Then go on and splash it all over the news ...  ..

Where is that BMW again?

 

Sure live a carefree life and take responsibility for your own actions ...  I got no problem with that 🙂 ...

Wind your neck in, imagine how boring the world would be if everyone lived in the rat race, he who dares wins etc.

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Hard not to wonder how some members of H. sapiens manage to live long enough to reproduce.

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