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Random question? Could you change your extension of stay based on marriage to a retirement visa without leaving the country during this lock down? I understand you need 800,000 thai baht in bank account but does it need in for two months as well? Any other new requirements that would be needed to complete this step if it could be done?

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36 minutes ago, steve187 said:

for 3 months after extension is issued and you have to maintain a 400,000thb balance in your account the whole year round

Good advice. 

Along with back up to 800 2months prior to next extension.

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How many days require to apply for retirement visa of the current visa?  I just have my 60 days visa which will start on 27 Sept. so it will expire on 25 Nov 2020 so when I can apply for retirement visa?

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2 hours ago, steve187 said:

you will need money in your account for 2 months on day of applying, and the new extension will start on the day you apply, not when the marriage extension expires...

 

At what immigration office was this?

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56 minutes ago, Maestro said:

 

At what immigration office was this?

Standard at all Immigration offices if changing the reason of permission of stay from marriage to retirement or vice versa.

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13 hours ago, playboy said:

How many days require to apply for retirement visa of the current visa?  I just have my 60 days visa which will start on 27 Sept. so it will expire on 25 Nov 2020 so when I can apply for retirement visa?

30 days before your extension expires is normal. But you need the money in the account 2 months prior to the application. 

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Easy, I done it. As above, copies of all pages of your passport, map of where you are staying. Copy and original of contract or condo ownership. 90 day report up to date, recent picture of you. Fee, Letter from Juristic is helpful if in condo. Allow 14 days before your marriage visa is up to apply. Money has to be in Bank 2 months b4 date of application. As said you will lose any days between expiry of marriage and start date of retirement. Bobs your uncle. You will find the whole process much more simplified than marriage visa. They put you through hell if you marry or have a child with a Thai. If you got money look at the Elite Visa as that saves a whole lot of trouble. Good luck.

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15 hours ago, raptorea said:

Could you change your extension of stay based on marriage to a retirement visa without leaving the country during this lock down?

When I first came here, I applied for the marriage extension but they talked me into the retirement extension, so the following year I changed it back to the Marriage extension, which is what I wanted in the first place.

 

When you look at things now during this pandemic, they are not allowing retirees back in yet, they are however allowing those on marriage extensions back in, if I have read the articles correctly, suffice to say I have always maintained that if you are married, you should get the marriage extension as it has more weight, some may disagree, each to their own.

 

Your question was answered at #2 by Joe, but I thought I would throw in my two bobs worth, suffice to say if your not getting a divorce, you may want to reconsider staying on the marriage extension.

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10 minutes ago, Sumarianson said:

They put you through hell if you marry or have a child with a Thai.

Rubbish.

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1 minute ago, vivananahuahin said:

Don't forget also the mandatory health insurance for OA 

That requirement would only apply in the OP's case if he started off with a non-OA visa. It strikes me as more likely, though, that he started off with a non-O visa - in which case he could safely switch from marriage to retirement for future annual extensions without having to subscribe to one of these "wondrous" TGIA-sanctioned health insurance policies.

 

However, if he did, in fact, start off with a non-OA visa he would IMHO be far better off sticking to marriage extensions (rather than make any switch to retirement) for this very reason.

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2 hours ago, 4MyEgo said:

When you look at things now during this pandemic, they are not allowing retirees back in yet, they are however allowing those on marriage extensions back in, if I have read the articles correctly, suffice to say I have always maintained that if you are married, you should get the marriage extension as it has more weight, some may disagree, each to their own.

 

Totally agree, I think foreign spouses will always be treated more favourably than normal retirees. That is why I will get the marriage extension even though it is a bit more hassle. I haven't ruled out an Elite Visa, but my wife probably will as she will see that as lost money.

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2 hours ago, 4MyEgo said:

When you look at things now during this pandemic, they are not allowing retirees back in yet, they are however allowing those on marriage extensions back in,

If married to a Thai it can be any visa or extension of stay other than a tourist visa.

A person with a Elite visa married to a Thai has already been able to return for example.

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