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Got a one year retirement visa at Thai Consulate in Savannakhet, Laos last August, but have been unable to get local immigration to approve new visa (marriage) due to being unable to get US embassy in Bangkok to provide seal and signature on Verification of Pay letters.  Have all other documents that are required. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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You got a 1 year visa in Laos ? Maybe your visa was valid for 1 year but your permission to stay surely not unless you extended in Thailand.

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OP, Think you obtained a non o (retirement).

Valid for 90 days. You then would of entered Thailand and obtained annual extension at immigration. 

Or seem to recall a ME retirement is available there?

One of few places that issue them

 

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I assume you got a multiple entry non-o visa that was valid for one year in Savannakhet.

You visas expiration means nothing now since you are in the country at this time. It is only the last day you can sue it to enter the country.

When did you last 90 day entry expire?

Do you have proof of transfers into the country from abroad that are 40k baht or more.

Immigration will not accept anything to prove your income  other that than those transfers. The letters you could be used for proof of the source of your income (no need for verification of them by the embassy).

 

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4 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

OP, Think you obtained a non o (retirement).

Valid for 90 days. You then would of entered Thailand and obtained annual extension at immigration. 

I'm not understanding your post.

Sorry just realized. Think you can get multi entry (RE) in Savannakhet

Yes, a Non Imm O, but valid for one year, with multiple entries. Is that why immigration told me I had to do the 90 day reporting by crossing into Laos? Thanks for your help.

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5 minutes ago, RHolliday said:

Yes, a Non Imm O, but valid for one year, with multiple entries. Is that why immigration told me I had to do the 90 day reporting by crossing into Laos? Thanks for your help.

When did you last enter Thailand. 

With your visa you need to exit every 30 days or less. In your passport you will see stamp with admitted untill date. It will be 90 days from entry date

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6 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

I assume you got a multiple entry non-o visa that was valid for one year in Savannakhet.

You visas expiration means nothing now since you are in the country at this time. It is only the last day you can sue it to enter the country.

When did you last 90 day entry expire?

Do you have proof of transfers into the country from abroad that are 40k baht or more.

Immigration will not accept anything to prove your income  other that than those transfers. The letters you could be used for proof of the source of your income (no need for verification of them by the embassy).

 

Last 90 day expired 10 May 2020. Went to immigration, but they said no worry until 31 July 2020.  Proof of transfers of monthly income totaling 80,000+ baht to my savings account from Bangkok Bank 12 month printout, but immigration today still insisted that the verification of pay letters be stamped with seal and signature by US Embassy in Bangkok, or the agencies in the US that issued the letters  Thank you for your assistance UJ. Appreciate your help. 

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5 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

When did you last enter Thailand. 

With your visa you need to exit every 30 days or less. In your passport you will see stamp with admitted untill date. It will be 90 days from entry date

Exited Thailand on 20 November 2019 and Feb 11,2020. Went to local immigration on May 10, 2020 and immigration said not worry until 31 July 2020. Today they said not to worry until 26 September 2020.

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3 minutes ago, RHolliday said:

Last 90 day expired 10 May 2020. Went to immigration, but they said no worry until 31 July 2020.  Proof of transfers of monthly income totaling 80,000+ baht to my savings account from Bangkok Bank 12 month printout, but immigration today still insisted that the verification of pay letters be stamped with seal and signature by US Embassy in Bangkok, or the agencies in the US that issued the letters  Thank you for your assistance UJ. Appreciate your help. 

I showed my SSA statement and the letter the COLA letter they sent me at immigration here last year to show immigration and attached copies of them to my extension application. I think they are asking more than is required according the rules.

The US embassy will not certify any document.

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9 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

I showed my SSA statement and the letter the COLA letter they sent me at immigration here last year to show immigration and attached copies of them to my extension application. I think they are asking more than is required according the rules.

The US embassy will not certify any document.

Options?  Use a different immigration office or bite the bullet and get an agent?  When you say SSA statement...did you mean your 1099 or a verification of pay letter? Thanks again.

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10 minutes ago, RHolliday said:

Options?  Use a different immigration office or bite the bullet and get an agent?  When you say SSA statement...did you mean your 1099 or a verification of pay letter? Thanks again.

I used the SSA 1099 for 2018 and the COLA letter for 2019 when I applied.

This year it will be the 1099 for 2019 the COLA letter for this year I received last December.

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i am in a similar predicament.

my retirement extension expired a few days ago,

i gave passport to agent to renew it,

but got informed the passport was about to expire.

i have applied for a new passport and its going to come

in another 2 weeks.

 

is there any complications to pick up where i left off

when i finally get my passport back ?

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1 hour ago, scammed said:

i am in a similar predicament.

my retirement extension expired a few days ago,

i gave passport to agent to renew it,

but got informed the passport was about to expire.

i have applied for a new passport and its going to come

in another 2 weeks.

 

is there any complications to pick up where i left off

when i finally get my passport back ?

There seems to be 2 opposite opinions re your situation. Some very experienced guys say that your on amnesty and hence can obtain your annual extension anytime. I'm in the other camp that thinks you need to do it as per usual. Meaning prior to your permission of stay in your passport.

Personally I would attend your imm now and ask about your situation. Also explaining the situation with your expiring pp. It has been difficult to renew passports in recent times.

Good luck

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1 hour ago, scammed said:

i am in a similar predicament.

my retirement extension expired a few days ago,

i gave passport to agent to renew it,

but got informed the passport was about to expire.

i have applied for a new passport and its going to come

in another 2 weeks.

 

is there any complications to pick up where i left off

when i finally get my passport back ?

 

 

You will have to start from scratch as I understand it.

 

 

Two schoolboy errors........  1. The expiring passport. Immigration will ONLY grant an extension to the expiry date of a passport. 2. Allowing the extension date to pass - it is not covered by the amnesty. Academic in your case because of the passport expiry date.

 

You are potentially up sh!t creek; I hope you get the new passport back before 26th September as you will be on overstay. Hopefully, you will get it back before then and your agent can get a Non O visa arranged as a necessary prelude to the extension. It is going to cost you more.

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16 minutes ago, DrJack54 said:

There seems to be 2 opposite opinions re your situation. Some very experienced guys say that your on amnesty and hence can obtain your annual extension anytime. I'm in the other camp that thinks you need to do it as per usual. Meaning prior to your permission of stay in your passport.

Personally I would attend your imm now and ask about your situation. Also explaining the situation with your expiring pp. It has been difficult to renew passports in recent times.

Good luck

the agent took the passport to immigration in due time, it was immigration that noted that it was going to expire within a year.

worst thing is i new it was going to expire within a year, i just thought i need to get a new passport by then and transfer the visa, but alas i fessed up.

to complicate things i also couldnt just make half a year visa in the mean time because my driving license has also expired and need a one year visa to get a 5 year extension,

it sucks to not be home

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