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4 minutes ago, jackdd said:

Of course you will get a work permit from them, without it you can't start working. But i would guess if you don't make enough money through them within a few months, they will cancel the work permit. Why should they pay social security tax for somebody who doesn't make money for them. Even if they should not cancel the work permit, for sure they would kick you out after the first year is over.

That's exactly what I guessed as well, social security is only based on the incomings via payroll, however iglu from what I understand is for freelancers and project based online workers, so while some of thier "employees" may not do any turnover in the first few months they may meet the requirements at a later stage, one of my friends have yet to be reimbursed for the out of pocket expense for the visa (still no work) and his renewal of the work permit is comming up in the next few weeks, apparently all is fine with iglu as he is "apparently" working on a project that pays on completion, however I think that's a load of bs and he is stringing them out for another year,

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And that's precisely the problem from a Thai perspective isn't it?
Why's it a problem when people are spending money? i doubt even thais know, they've forgotten why they are getting tougher on tourists
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I'm just wondering if there's yet another requirement, or I'm just starting suffering chronic anxiety, because of all those good news coming from the Land of Smiles.

The website of the Belgian consulate states:

"If you are unemployed: a proof of income (document from unemployment benefit, pension or copy of your latest bank statement, etc.)"

Now I'm wondering about those document BS. In the past I just entered retired into the form until some frustrated bureaucrat decided that you can't be retired without a pension or document saying so. Then I switched to unemployed, and that was good enough as I do have more than enough funds than required . BTW, I do not receive any unemployed benefits.

I do rent out my property partly, which brings not a huge amount of money (700 (keep that part low because of taxes>), but when I take all together which appears monthly on my accounts it becomes around 1500, so is it wiser to become now a "property manager" in occupation when renting out your own house? 

 

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30 minutes ago, jethro69 said:

I do rent out my property partly

There you go, occupation: Landlord. I've stated nothing else ever since visiting Thailand for the very first time.

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29 minutes ago, Caldera said:

There you go, occupation: Landlord. I've stated nothing else ever since visiting Thailand for the very first time.

Thanks mate, so nothing to manage either, hence no work permit -

LoL, it's getting so pathetic that it starts to get amusing again.

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On 7/14/2019 at 3:45 PM, kmw said:

I totally agree, embassy's and consulates abroad really have no idea, they will issue as many visas as they can as it's just all monotary for them, I was before on many back to back metv and the Sydney consulate didn't care, only on my last few back to back metv I started experiencing issues with IOs at BKK airport immigration, so my last visa is a boi non b to s

 

Just a recommendation if people don't want the hassle of metv back to back, you can easily get a boi work permit via iglu, cost is about 10k thb per year, and you don't even need to be working,

More like $2500 * 30% * 12 = 9000 USD = 270K Baht / yr. 

The Iglu advantage is that you can get into the Thai national health, and qualify for applying for PR or Citizenship after 3 yrs.  But, if going that route, one might as well just get an actual job in Thailand, and Get Paid, instead of paying Iglu.

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29 minutes ago, JackThompson said:

More like $2500 * 30% * 12 = 9000 USD = 270K Baht / yr. 

The Iglu advantage is that you can get into the Thai national health, and qualify for applying for PR or Citizenship after 3 yrs.  But, if going that route, one might as well just get an actual job in Thailand, and Get Paid, instead of paying Iglu.

Don't actually need to pay iglu, I have 2 friends who use iglu just for the work permit, it's no financial risk to iglu as the multi entry permit is paid out of pocket by the holder, iglu need to issue the boi work permit prior to the holder working, and because it's project based it's 3 years based on review, I don't personally use iglu but it is currently the cheapest and unorthodox way to stay in Thailand long term, one of my friend just last week got his work permit extended for another year, yet he had yet to push any income through iglu, yes they will take 30% of income, but they will reimburse the 10k 9800 or whatever it is in the first pay cycle

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24 minutes ago, kmw said:

Don't actually need to pay iglu, I have 2 friends who use iglu just for the work permit, it's no financial risk to iglu as the multi entry permit is paid out of pocket by the holder, iglu need to issue the boi work permit prior to the holder working, and because it's project based it's 3 years based on review, I don't personally use iglu but it is currently the cheapest and unorthodox way to stay in Thailand long term, one of my friend just last week got his work permit extended for another year, yet he had yet to push any income through iglu, yes they will take 30% of income, but they will reimburse the 10k 9800 or whatever it is in the first pay cycle

Well, if there is a way to use IGLU w/o actually paying them much/any (except the 10k for WP), that does sound like a good deal.   I didn't know that was an option, and not sure how they make money / stay-afloat that way.

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46 minutes ago, JackThompson said:

Well, if there is a way to use IGLU w/o actually paying them much/any (except the 10k for WP), that does sound like a good deal.   I didn't know that was an option, and not sure how they make money / stay-afloat that way.

Agreed, however I think most of the digital nomads use iglu for the correct purposes, in relation to how iglu makes money the WP is risk free in the hopes the holder drives revenue through them in the future, probably why they take the massive 30% of income, being much higher then the usual minimum 5% tax on everyone else 

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Posted (edited)

Hi,

 

I am a US citizen, and currently in Korea visiting family.

I called the Thai Royal Embassy in Korea to inquire about Multiple Entry Visa.  

When I asked about the 1 month extension after the 60 day initial stay, they said they no longer give extensions.

Is this true? 

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2 minutes ago, aaron80k said:

When I asked about 1 month extension after the 60 day initial stay, they said they no longer give extensions.

Is this true? 

No

But of course a ambassy does no do extensions so they are not the best source of info about anything to do with immigration.

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17 hours ago, ubonjoe said:

No

But of course a ambassy does no do extensions so they are not the best source of info about anything to do with immigration.

Thank you very much.  I have a follow up question:

 

When applying for METV, requirement states that I show proof of flight out of Thailand.  Can I assume that after 60 days, I can get a 30 day extension, and thus purchase an outward airline ticket that is 90 days from entry? 

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Thank you very much.  I have a follow up question:
 
When applying for METV, requirement states that I show proof of flight out of Thailand.  Can I assume that after 60 days, I can get a 30 day extension, and thus purchase an outward airline ticket that is 90 days from entry? 
I've had flights out nearly 9 months later and that was fine. Probably best to call your consulate
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