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5 hours ago, cheddarburger said:

I have seen on two agent sites that it is ok to put funds in a foreign branch as foreign currency and keep it there, not convert to baht here.  So I can put 800,000 equivalent of bath in US dollars in Bangkok Bank New York branch.  (I would put 900,000 to be safe.)  Anyone know if this is right?  What are problems of doing this?  It would save a bad currency exchange rate and feel safer if it is in US.

Immigration will accept a foreign currency deposit account at a Thai bank. But some odd offices might not accept them since they are not familiar with them.

When applying for the visa or the one year extension the bank will need to write a letter stating you balance in baht based upon the exchange rate for the day it is written.

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The article states: > Many of the foreigners having good reasons to stay will have multiple-entry non-immigrant visas but, as matters stand, cannot do a border run or leave the country and ret

The second half of the paragraph (your quote) only makes sense in the context of the missing bit (the bit of the article above the image). Annoyingly they decided to split it like this, but paragra

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On 7/26/2020 at 5:53 PM, phungo said:

These new visas will all the dated from September 27, presumably for three months in most cases. Best of luck."

 

Is this way off? what 3 months visa are they talking about?

Again, "visa" and "extension of stay" terminology get intertwined. What logic would dictate (yes, even Immigration sometimes has logic) is that, what's being offered is an artificial border hop, whereupon you'll magically get a permission of stay stamp for 90 days, beginning Sept 27 -- as if you re-entered Thailand on Sept 27 with a valid Non Imm O ME visa. Whether or not you actually still have to have a valid Non Imm O ME visa to do this artificial border hop -- is a good question. I would say "no," that this 90 day permission of stay is for all those whose 90 day permissions of stay, based on Non Imm visas, ran out during the amnesty periods.

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2 hours ago, Peter Denis said:

The fact that he mixes Visa and Extensions of Stay, is already tell-tale that he is not well-informed.

Unfortunately, even Immigration and the Embassies use these terms interchangeably --to the confusion of all. No, it just seems logical that for all the folks here with lapsed permissions of stay due to ME visas, that are normally serviced by out and in border trips (same day, one month, whatever) -- that an artificial border run would be a fairly simple solution. We'll see.

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Quick question, regarding land borders. Are you totally closed or is there still some foot traffic?

 

Could a Cambodian or Lao national freely return home from Thailand to Cambodia/Laos through a land border?

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3 minutes ago, ExpatOilWorker said:

Quick question, regarding land borders. Are you totally closed or is there still some foot traffic?

Could a Cambodian or Lao national freely return home from Thailand to Cambodia/Laos through a land border?

They have to arrange their entries in advance and they are considered a repatriation.

The have opened a few borders for local traders to enter and leave on the same day.

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16 hours ago, Peter Denis said:

There is no artificial border hop being offered.  That's pure speculation from the writer of the article.  The fact that he mixes Visa and Extensions of Stay, is already tell-tale that he is not well-informed.

I think you will find the author of the article,is for more informed an Visa issues,than most posters on this forum.

Barry Kenyon, a Liverpudlian by birth, has lived in Thailand for 20 years. For much of the time he was the British embassy's Pattaya officer.

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58 minutes ago, NamH2O said:

I think you will find the author of the article,is for more informed an Visa issues,than most posters on this forum.

Barry Kenyon, a Liverpudlian by birth, has lived in Thailand for 20 years. For much of the time he was the British embassy's Pattaya officer.

Well obviously not in this case.

It is not a Visa amnesty, Visas cannot be extended.

The amnesty has extended foreigners 'temporary permission of stay'.

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1 hour ago, NamH2O said:

I think you will find the author of the article,is for more informed an Visa issues,than most posters on this forum.

Barry Kenyon, a Liverpudlian by birth, has lived in Thailand for 20 years. For much of the time he was the British embassy's Pattaya officer.

He mentioned the artificial border-hop as a possible option to solve the problem of ME Non Imm O Visa holders whose 90-day permission to stay obviously already expired.

So I reacted to a poster that took that suggestion as 'in the pipeline'.  I don't see that happening (but that's speculation from my side)

I rather think Immigration sees it as an opportunity to force these ME Non Imm O Visa holders to apply for a 1-year extension of stay based on their Non Imm O Visa.

Once again speculation from my side as thai Immigration works in mysterious ways (and communicates about it in even more fluid multi-interpretable ways).

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Has the official minutes of the July 21 Cabinet meeting been published in the Royal Gazette regarding the new amnesty extension?

If not, then all printed info from newspapers (Bangkok Post, The Nation, Pattaya paper) is unofficial.

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To cheddarburger: I am in a similar situation to yours and asked immigration directly today if an early long-stay application is possible. They were very clear: No. You have to be 50+ a day in order to apply. You also need a valid visa or a slip of paper from immigration in order to open a bank account. That means if you're on amnesty, you need to be 50 plus 2 months in order to park the required 800k, unless the option with an international branch of Bangkok Bank works.

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3 minutes ago, RaduAlex said:

To cheddarburger: I am in a similar situation to yours and asked immigration directly today if an early long-stay application is possible. They were very clear: No. You have to be 50+ a day in order to apply. You also need a valid visa or a slip of paper from immigration in order to open a bank account. That means if you're on amnesty, you need to be 50 plus 2 months in order to park the required 800k, unless the option with an international branch of Bangkok Bank works.

I gave your report a 'Like' instead of a 'Thanks' because you did not mention which IO will not accept an application for a Non Imm O Visa/extension for reason of retirement when just a few days short on 50 years.  So the info is not useful as the 50+ is 'standard practice'.

According to UJ some IOs will accept them if it's just a matter of days and if these would fall into your 'under consideration period' when applying for the 90-day Non Imm O Visa for reason of retirement.

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On 7/26/2020 at 8:18 PM, liddelljohn said:

I have just seen a report from Thai Immigration in The Nation that all foreigners on temp stay or extended Visas must leave Thailand by Sept 31st and that Thai immigration plan to  revoke all  Business , employment, study   and retirement visas soon after ?    Only those on Spuse or medical  are exempt ???Is this true ??

 

I have a wife  and a retirement visa but Im stuck in UK  and no way to return anyway  , UK embassy not issueing COE   and no flights anyway

The date is September 26,nothing else.

"in The Nation that all foreigners on temp stay or extended Visas must leave Thailand by Sept 31st and that Thai immigration plan to  revoke all  Business , employment, study   and retirement visas soon after?"

When did The Nation write this? 

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1 hour ago, RaduAlex said:

To cheddarburger: I am in a similar situation to yours and asked immigration directly today if an early long-stay application is possible. They were very clear: No. You have to be 50+ a day in order to apply. You also need a valid visa or a slip of paper from immigration in order to open a bank account. That means if you're on amnesty, you need to be 50 plus 2 months in order to park the required 800k, unless the option with an international branch of Bangkok Bank works.

"You also need a valid visa or a slip of paper from immigration in order to open a bank account."

This is not entirely correct. Several bank branches are ok with a tourist visa, some prefers the customer to be retired being on an extension. Everything depends on which bank or branch you go to. There's no "slip" from immigration. I guess you're thinking about a "Resident Certificate".  With a RC + passport you can open an account very easily at Bangkok Bank. That is one of their official requirements. 

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