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12 minutes ago, In the jungle said:

 

I am interested in an answer to your questions too.  Chumphon is my local office.

 

I was thinking of trying MTT as the embassy letter appears to be accepted there but I am unsure whether MTT require evidence of a Bangkok address.

So are you finding the same as me at the Chumphon office? They have been anything but helpful in anyway, would not even give me a copy of a document with the requirements. In Thai or in English, either would have been fine.I have the same question about MTT I am 50-50 if I should go to Bangkok in the morning ornot.

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My gf say "you wolly to much. Evelything is going to wolk out". Just have to trust her, she is the Local after all

I am a little less confident compared to the last one but still thinking another extension will be done.  I think immigration know their are still a lot of people stuck here with no options to ex

The TAT is struggling to get new tourists, and the few who have been here - corvid free - since months, should get out. As so often here, the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

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1 minute ago, checkered flag said:

Go for an Elite Visa. It sounds right for you.

I'm still living in Japan, so unless we expect the pandemic to last 5 years, that seems like too much of a commitment.

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7 minutes ago, adrianb said:

I just went online my bank only gives a 6 month statement unless you go to the bank and request one. I know they will then have to contact the head office and wait for it to be sent. Many Thai banks are like this. 

So expecting to get a statement in time will also be a problem for many.

I use Krungsri and i know you can pay 100 baht in branch to have a 12 month statement printed and stamped for you. I had to do this for proof of address. I'm not sure about which office to go, When applying in Thailand, i think you must apply for the visa in the area your address is. I'm not 100 % sure about that bit though!

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17 minutes ago, uberfarang said:

Fair points. I'm not even asking for extended the amnesty either, but at least provide paid extension of tourist visa. I would even have been okay to pay for one year (but not five) of elite visa.

Some will argue that's basically what those "volunteer visa" are, sorry for being new to this game, I didn't know corruption was the way to do things here, my loss 😉

 

If I were in govt, I'd look to regularize people and make them pay taxes. That is me, personally. I would not let them take another 9 month tourist visa.

 

Then, if you legitimately want to stay here, you pay some tax burden, just as any residents would (subject to the tax free threshold).

 

Corruption - is what it is. Can't change it. Don't care about it either way. No particular comment or interest in it.

 

I certainly won't attack Thailand for it. Every country is corrupt in a way. What do you think is driving all these Covid shut downs? Politicians who want to get re-elected and are appealing to scared voters. Is that not a form of corruption?

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5 minutes ago, adrianb said:

So are you finding the same as me at the Chumphon office? They have been anything but helpful in anyway, would not even give me a copy of a document with the requirements. In Thai or in English, either would have been fine.I have the same question about MTT I am 50-50 if I should go to Bangkok in the morning ornot.

See response to one of your other posts >

https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1181982-amnesty-extension/?do=findComment&comment=15812456

 

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2 minutes ago, PatrickC said:

If I were in govt, I'd look to regularize people and make them pay taxes. That is me, personally. I would not let them take another 9 month tourist visa.

 

Then, if you legitimately want to stay here, you pay some tax burden, just as any residents would (subject to the tax free threshold).

 

Exactly this. I would too. But, when a country is desperate for foreign income which is best, the threat of tax, or the ability to spend freely and re-introduce money to society (the stick of the carrot).

 

I’ve been here 20+ years, sometimes working on operations in Thailand (and paying tax when getting paid in Thailand), but mostly when working an overseas rotation and getting paid over seas.

 

 

The primary reason I’ve remained in Thailand is because I don’t want to pay tax in the UK. 

If I had to pay tax here, I’d move back to the UK. You get more for your money in the UK - Schools, Free Health Care, better parks, safety, higher quality of raw ingredients for food. 

There are of course advantages - but the clear advantage for Thailand is not paying Tax.

 

I wonder how many others wouldn’t be here if they had to pay full tax. 

 

 

2 minutes ago, PatrickC said:

 

Corruption - is what it is. Can't change it. Don't care about it either way. No particular comment or interest in it.

 

I certainly won't attack Thailand for it. Every country is corrupt in a way. What do you think is driving all these Covid shut downs? Politicians who want to get re-elected and are appealing to scared voters. Is that not a form of corruption?

 

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24 minutes ago, PatrickC said:

I certainly won't attack Thailand for it. Every country is corrupt in a way. What do you think is driving all these Covid shut downs? Politicians who want to get re-elected and are appealing to scared voters. Is that not a form of corruption?

Wasn't attacking them either. I just didn't know it was widely accepted. A few weeks ago when I saw the agents' offers of "volunteer visa" without volunteering, it just seemed like a scam to me and thought the agent would keep the money or issue a fake stamp. How naive and misinformed I was.

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10 minutes ago, richard_smith237 said:

 

 

There are of course advantages - but the clear advantage for Thailand is not paying Tax.

 

I wonder how many others wouldn’t be here if they had to pay full tax. 

 

 

 

I'm the opposite; I'm also self employed and I would happily pay tax in exchange for a permanent visa. Tax is much lower in Thailand, the weather is much better, houses are cheaper to build and i'm much happier here. Unfortunately setting up a company is a bit complicated and it takes time to do. So not an option right now, but something to look at in the future.

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33 minutes ago, adrianb said:

So are you finding the same as me at the Chumphon office? They have been anything but helpful in anyway, would not even give me a copy of a document with the requirements. In Thai or in English, either would have been fine.I have the same question about MTT I am 50-50 if I should go to Bangkok in the morning ornot.

 

My experience with Chumphon is very limited.  I have been here for 19 years and this year is the only year I have ever applied for an extension of stay in country.  I have no other office in country to compare them with but I would describe them as unhelpful.

 

I spoke to them at the end of August and they said at that time that it didn't matter whether I got a letter from the embassy or medical evidence the answer would be no extension.

 

I now have the embassy letter and because of my interactions with Chumphon to date I am considering applying elsewhere if that is possible.  The key thing I do not know is whether MTT, for example, would require evidence of address.

 

 

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4 hours ago, In the jungle said:

 

My experience with Chumphon is very limited.  I have been here for 19 years and this year is the only year I have ever applied for an extension of stay in country.  I have no other office in country to compare them with but I would describe them as unhelpful.

 

I spoke to them at the end of August and they said at that time that it didn't matter whether I got a letter from the embassy or medical evidence the answer would be no extension.

 

I now have the embassy letter and because of my interactions with Chumphon to date I am considering applying elsewhere if that is possible.  The key thing I do not know is whether MTT, for example, would require evidence of address.

 

 

I have been here for 25 years, but in many provinces over the years. Chumphon IO appear to be the most unhelpful so far. From what I understand you have to apply at the office your addess in Thailand is registered at. If you are applying in Bangkok you should have a Bangkok addess. I am going to move back to my wifes province this weekend and register myself and try to get an extension there. I am tired of travelling 40km each time to the Chumporn office to get told no.  They are very unhelpful in Chumphon IO for some reason. They seemed more interested in trying to sell me some property than helping me with my visa extension. They have a very strange attitude. I hope you have better luck than I did. You may be better off trying to move to another province and trying there. I know it is short notice, but it is what I am going to have to try.

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