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However, from 2020 applicants will need to make sure they are able to show a full 12 months worth of income coming to a Thai bank account.

I'd intended to transfer B65K monthly into the Thai Bank A/C I use for ImmiG purposes.
(I have another Thai A/C to receive monies from the UK so I can move it in from there).

Back in the 90s Bangkok Immi did ask for regular transfers to a Thai bank account from abroad, before they were happy only with a certificate from the embassy.

I cannot imagine them now being happy with a transfer from another Thai bank account! Did you mean "...move it in (directly) to that account for the Immi instead" or similar?

Elsewhere a scurrilous suggestion was made that moneys might be withdrawn again and reinput as deposits to meet the B65K monthly.

Could work, if the money was withdrawn, brought out of the country and then transferred back into Thailand again. But how to get the money out of the country? ;)
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Thanks Thaiga for that update.

I'd intended to transfer B65K monthly into the Thai Bank A/C I use for ImmiG purposes.
(I have another Thai A/C to receive monies from the UK so I can move it in from there).

Elsewhere a scurrilous suggestion was made that moneys might be withdrawn again and reinput as deposits to meet the B65K monthly.

TT I guess the B400K/B800K on deposit for 2/3 months will still be OK.

This was some comfort as Jan 2019 will be the first month I can deposit the B65K - ''An unconfirmed report stated that immigration are likely to offer some leeway to foreigners with regards to submitting 12 months worth of statements for the first applications under the new requirements. However, from 2020 applicants will need to make sure they are able to show a full 12 months worth of income coming to a Thai bank account.''

Thanks again Thaiga - I'll pass this on elsewhere and hope you don't mind.
Glad to see you posting and thanks again.
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I wonder if the 400/800k in bank still applies? The UK State pension is somewhat less than 60k/month and in any case it is rapidly disappearing down the Eurinal.
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Thai immigration reveals new requirements for retirement, marriage extensions (visas)

 Thai immigration have confirmed the new requirements for foreigners when applying for an extension of stay based on retirement, marriage or being a parent to a Thai child.

The updated requirements, seen by Thaivisa, are detailed in a national police order dated 26 December 2018 and signed by immigration chief Lt Gen Surachet Hakparn.

An unofficial translation of the updated requirements are as follows:

2.18 In the case of family member (mother, father, male or female spouse, child, adopted child or child of spouse) with Thai nationality. Can be authorized for not more than 1 year.

Process

Evidence of annual income that equates to no less than B40,000 per month of alien father, mother or spouse such as.

1.       Tax receipts of the supporting relative. (Presumably Thai tax receipts for a foreigner working in Thailand supporting foreign spouse, parent or child, e.g. you have a Thai wife and support your mother or non-Thai child from a previous marriage living in Thailand).

2.       Evidence of a pension. Letter of certification from a Thai bank supported by bank statements showing a pension being transferred to the pensioner’s bank account every month for at least 12 months. Exceptions are allowed for those who have been retired for less than one year – example given.

3.       Evidence of income from a foreign embassy or consulate.

2.22

For retirement extensions of no more than 1 year evidence of average monthly income of B65,000 is required.

1.       Evidence of pension. Same as 2 above,

2.       Evidence of income from a foreign embassy or consulate.

The changes are that applicants must be able to show income going into a Thai bank account and that income proof from an embassy (providing your embassy still issues income letters) will still be accepted.

The document is the first official confirmation from Thai immigration regarding the aforementioned extensions of stay (more commonly referred to as retirement and marriage visas) after it was announced in October that several embassies including those of the UK, Australia and United States, would no longer be issuing income letters or affidavits to expats in Thailand.

The income letters had been used by expats to confirm their income when applying for a retirement or marriage extension.

The embassies announced they would stop issuing the letters in January 2019 because Thai immigration wanted them to start officially verifying the income of everyone applying for the letter.

An unconfirmed report submitted by Thaivisa member bkk6060 stated that immigration are likely to offer some leeway to foreigners with regards to submitting 12 months worth of statements for the first applications under the new requirements.

However, from 2020 applicants will need to make sure they are able to show a full 12 months worth of income coming to a Thai bank account.

This infographic from the British Embassy Bangkok details how to open a bank account in Thailand. The requirements for opening a Bangkok in Thailand are likely to be the same for most foreign nationals, although individual branches may require additional documentation.

A certified version in English of the new requirements will be posted on Thaivisa shortly.

Many thanks to Tod Daniels, Arkady, Ubon Joe and BadBanker @ thaivisa .com for the information.
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House Builder's Forum / Re: Fitted kitchens, bedrooms & furniture
« Last post by livram on January 05, 2019, 04:12:48 PM »
Just had L-shaped kitchen cabinets installed for hob, hood, and sink by the crew from Phimai.

10/10. Excellent job.
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General Discussions / Gordon Brown - At it again
« Last post by Taman Tun on January 05, 2019, 11:25:24 AM »
Gordon Brown is easily the most obnoxious politician ever seen in the UK. Full details can be found in Tom Bower’s excellent book “Gordon Brown Prime Minister” Gordon is an unreconstructed socialist who firmly believes that only the State knows what is best for the proletariat.  I was surprised to see him pop up in the Guardian the other day bleating about the fact that old age pensioners were no longer being given free TV licenses.  https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/02/theresa-may-tv-licence-elderly

This fits in with Gordon’s agenda completely.  Only the State is wise enough to decide what pensioners should watch (BBC).  Pensioners are entitled to choice, so long as they only choose what the State has decided that they should choose.
What Gordon did not mention was that, when he was Chancellor in the Labour Government, he completely destroyed the UK pensions industry with huge tax impositions.  This left millions without proper pensions provision.  Again, this fits in with Gordon’s philosophy.  If you let people have adequate pensions they are then free to decide how they spend their money.  We cannot permit that to happen, can we? Pensioners might decide to spend their money on a Fox News subscription instead of the BBC..

The worrying thing is that Gordon’s article has surfaced just at this time when UK politics is in such a state of flux.  I sincerely hope he is not planning a come-back to rescue the country.  He is definitely arrogant enough to think he can.
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Business & Economy / Re: Baht strengtening/weakening
« Last post by Johnnie F. on January 03, 2019, 09:01:07 PM »
Still wondering why expats and tourists prefer to stay at home?

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Official Stuff & Laws / Re: Move to make health insurance mandatory for long-stay visas
« Last post by thaiga on January 03, 2019, 06:35:47 PM »
Some information on the brochures of Pacific Cross

 To give you an impression on the coverages at Pacific Cross we would like to provide you with more information regarding the Maxima Plan of Pacific Cross (see below). Please note however that most of the information given below also applies to the other plans.

 The Standard Series has three plans: 1) the Standard plan and 2 the Standard Plus plan and 3) The Standard Extra Plus plan.

 Some advantages and important aspects of the Maxima plan:

    Coverage (Plan1: 270.000, Plan 2: 450.000 and Plan 3: 780.000 Baht per disability per year in case of illness/accident);
    Lifetime renewable;
    Total freedom of hospital choice only for the Standard Extra Plus Plan;
    Possibility to exclude ‘’outpatient care’’ against a 20% premium discount;
    Cancer treatment (radio and chemo therapy) is covered.
    Deductible/excess possible (see p.6);
    Medical Examination is required for all applicants of 65 years and older (costs about 8000 Thai Baht). Pacific Cross will reimburse 7500 Baht when they accept you.

Premium at age 71                         Standard                   Standard Plus                      Standard Extra Plus

In -and outpatient                        44955                     61961                               77473 Baht yearly
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General Discussions / Re: Happy New Year . . .
« Last post by thaiga on January 03, 2019, 06:31:10 PM »
Thaiga I was sorry to read that you have been unwell and hope that you are back on track now  :)

A Happy and Healthy New Year to you and all. Roger
thanks roger back on track - but i was not as sick as some people ;)
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