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Went into Immigration at Hua Hin today to renew my extension of stay based on retirement and my 90 day report.  I arrived just before 08.30 and was fourth in the queue to be seen. By 09.00 I was walking out with everything completed and a re-entry permit. All that was required was TM 7, TM 8, the usual photocopies of passport, bank book with verification letter and my yellow Tabian Baan. Oh, and the fee, of course. There was no request and no interest in the Foreign National Information form whatsoever and no requests for pictures of house or maps as some are asking for. It was an absolute pleasure to have gone there this morning and to have been served once again by very kind and polite staff. 

 

I also asked them about this supposed 10 year visa which is meant to be authorised from tomorrow. Firstly it has been delayed and more importantly it is an additional visa over and above what is now available and is not going to be replacing any extension of stays. I hope this information will put a few minds at rest.

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Here in Pattaya I go before the doors are open so I am one of the first inside. I always meet some intersting expats while I am waiting for the office to open. From the times the doors open at 0800, I am finished before 0900.

 

Thanks for the updated info on the 10 year Visa. I dont think much of the 10 year Visa, as it does not make much sense to me. I really do not see what the advantages are either to the government or the expat. Every 90 days I renew and my fourth visit is also Visa renewal. With the 10 year you still visit immigration every 90 days. So it does not save you from the 4th visit.

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18 minutes ago, everett kendall said:

Here in Pattaya I go before the doors are open so I am one of the first inside. I always meet some intersting expats while I am waiting for the office to open. From the times the doors open at 0800, I am finished before 0900.

 

Thanks for the updated info on the 10 year Visa. I dont think much of the 10 year Visa, as it does not make much sense to me. I really do not see what the advantages are either to the government or the expat. Every 90 days I renew and my fourth visit is also Visa renewal. With the 10 year you still visit immigration every 90 days. So it does not save you from the 4th visit.

I think it would save the annual extension visit, but is that worth tying up THB3,000,000?

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19 minutes ago, maoro2013 said:

I think it would save the annual extension visit, but is that worth tying up THB3,000,000?

 

In my opinion, not really, (assuming you do that instead of the monthly income option).

 

Think about it. You have to lock 3 million into an account and can't touch it for a year. Then, you can only withdraw up to half of it, which can only be spent on whatever the government decides you can use it for (healthcare or condo or whatever they decide you can do with your money). The other 1.5 mil has to stay in the account for the next 4 years. One can assume that if you touch that sum, you risk having your visa cancelled.

Then, according to the one article at least and subject to change of course, when you go to renew the visa at the 5 year mark, you have to have the full 3 million in the account again, locked in for another year.

 

That means (according to the small amount of info available currently) that you will be required to keep 1.5 million baht locked into an account, untouched, until you either leave Thailand (permanently) or change visas or die. 

 

But who knows ? The actual rules could be quite different. There are all manner of things they could change by the time they are actually ready to issue these new visas.

 

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Very pleased to see the positive comment re immigration at Hua Hin. This has always been my experience for the last 5years at this office(both current location and previous).

polite,helpful staff who do a boring job,sometimes dealing with some pretty awful people. I cannot speak too highly of them.

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16 hours ago, worrab said:

It was an absolute pleasure to have gone there this morning and to have been served once again by very kind and polite staff. 

 

Yes, Hua Hin Immigration is very good.

I always feel lucky to live in the province when I read about problems that other members have when they go to other Immigration offices

 

1 hour ago, everett kendall said:

 So it does not save you from the 4th visit.

 

Right but the 90 days report is nothing compared to a renewal of the extension.

In my case, the 90 days is reported in Dan Singkohn and the renewal in Hua Hin. Even if it's a pleasure to go to that office, the big difference is 100km...

 

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16 hours ago, worrab said:

I arrived just before 08.30 and was fourth in the queue to be seen. By 09.00 I was walking out with everything completed and a re-entry permit. All that was required was TM 7, TM 8, the usual photocopies of passport, bank book with verification letter

 

I assume that if you arrived before 08.30 you must have gone to the bank the previous day. Immigration told me a long time ago that the bank book & verification letter had to be dated the same day as the application for extension. Is that no longer the case?

 

Thanks

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2 hours ago, maoro2013 said:

I think it would save the annual extension visit, but is that worth tying up THB3,000,000?

You don't have to tie up 3MB if you have 100,000 Baht monthly income. But I agree it has few advantages.

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Whatever change there is in the immigration rules, there is never anything to the advantage of the average  expat.

This new visa is only going to benefit the richest of the expats, which again proves that only them are really welcomed

here in Thailand.

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2 hours ago, Kerryd said:

 

In my opinion, not really, (assuming you do that instead of the monthly income option).

 

Think about it. You have to lock 3 million into an account and can't touch it for a year. Then, you can only withdraw up to half of it, which can only be spent on whatever the government decides you can use it for (healthcare or condo or whatever they decide you can do with your money). The other 1.5 mil has to stay in the account for the next 4 years. One can assume that if you touch that sum, you risk having your visa cancelled.

Then, according to the one article at least and subject to change of course, when you go to renew the visa at the 5 year mark, you have to have the full 3 million in the account again, locked in for another year.

 

That means (according to the small amount of info available currently) that you will be required to keep 1.5 million baht locked into an account, untouched, until you either leave Thailand (permanently) or change visas or die. 

 

But who knows ? The actual rules could be quite different. There are all manner of things they could change by the time they are actually ready to issue these new visas.

 

Good post, but your last paragraph, but you can bet that if anything does change, it will not be to your advantage.

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40 minutes ago, newnative said:

You don't have to tie up 3MB if you have 100,000 Baht monthly income. But I agree it has few advantages.

and just how many of us has a 100.000 Baht income?

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18 hours ago, worrab said:

Went into Immigration at Hua Hin today to renew my extension of stay based on retirement and my 90 day report.  I arrived just before 08.30 and was fourth in the queue to be seen. By 09.00 I was walking out with everything completed and a re-entry permit. All that was required was TM 7, TM 8, the usual photocopies of passport, bank book with verification letter and my yellow Tabian Baan. Oh, and the fee, of course. There was no request and no interest in the Foreign National Information form whatsoever and no requests for pictures of house or maps as some are asking for.

 

Lucky you! We in the North (CM) can only be extremely jealous of (and slightly annoyed at) the very smooth and quick service(s) apparently offered by so many other Immi Offices around the country. Up here things often go at a snail's pace or even slower - and extending a yearly visa can, for many, mean night-long queuing outside the I.O. and/or a hotel reservation, with absolutely no guarantee that you'll actually get a numbered ticket to see an officer.

 

Even though the I.Officers up North are mostly very pleasant, there have never been enough of them to properly service the expanding non-Thai population.

 

Again- lucky you - and hope the good service remains that way for many years to come! :smile:

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18 minutes ago, possum1931 said:

Whatever change there is in the immigration rules, there is never anything to the advantage of the average  expat.

This new visa is only going to benefit the richest of the expats, which again proves that only them are really welcomed

here in Thailand.

 

" This new visa is only going to benefit the richest of the expats, which again proves that only them are really welcomed "

 

Naturally they would like to get more people with money to spend. Why else do you think they want expats here?

 

Given the O/P's good experience getting his extension at Hua Hin  (and my positive experiences dealing with Jomtien) I don't think the ten year visa proves anything. The bar isn't set all that high for retirees or those married to Thais. Exactly how welcome do you need to feel? 

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57 minutes ago, newnative said:

You don't have to tie up 3MB if you have 100,000 Baht monthly income. But I agree it has few advantages.

Don't forget that it was stated to be a multi entry extension saving a lot of baht if you travel a lot.

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19 minutes ago, possum1931 said:

and just how many of us has a 100.000 Baht income?

 

And how many of us need to have Baht 100,000 income to stay here? Why get your knickers in a knot about the cost of something you don't need to have?

How many of us can afford a new BMW? Why worry about it if your Honda Civic can travel to the same destination?

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