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10 year visas now available, can somebody tell immigration

Post by buksida » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:11 pm

The much awaited 10-year visa for foreign retirees is now available, the top commander of the immigration police said Wednesday. , though staff seem to be unaware of the announcement.

Lt. Gen. Natthathorn Prohsunthorn said the new visa will come in two installments of five years each. It can be issued for foreigners from 14 countries who meet set conditions, such as having three million baht in bank account.

“It is now effective,” Natthathorn said by phone. “Foreigners can apply for it at their provincial immigration offices. For Bangkok and neighboring provinces, it’s at Chaeng Wattana.”

Although the new retirement visa has been available since Friday, Natthathorn said he has not seen any applications come across his desk so far.

“I think the media should report this news. This is a much better story than the other incident,” the immigration police commander said, referring to complaints of long queues at Bangkok’s international airports.

A staff member at the Immigration Division I headquarters in Bangkok was unaware of the change and did not believe the 10-year visas were available. She referred a reporter to the immigration website.

No information about the new visa could readily be found on the site Wednesday.

Natthathorn said a memo was already sent out to staff at the Chaeng Wattana location, but some officials might not have read it. He advised potential applicants to push ahead with the application anyway.

“Maybe the reporter talked to someone who doesn’t know?” the police lieutenant general said. “Just go ahead and submit the application.”

The government announced the new visa plan in November, citing a policy to promote Thailand as a destination for medical services and retirement. Previously, retirees could only apply for visas that required annual renewal.

Nattathorn said applicants must come from one of 14 designated countries, must not have any pending criminal convictions or charges, and have at least 3 million baht in their bank account.

Source: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/busi ... migration/
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Post by StevePIraq » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:25 pm

Ha ha you gotta love Ting Tong Land.
"He advised potential applicants to push ahead with the application anyway." And how does one do that when the local immigration officials do not even know about it?

And if you read the article and associated other articles there are many more requirements than just having 3m in the bank.
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Post by hhinner » Wed Aug 16, 2017 3:25 pm

"Just go ahead and submit the application." I look forward to the first report from one of the forum members. Please form an orderly queue. :)

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Post by europtimiste » Wed Aug 16, 2017 4:40 pm

Another Thai bullshit.

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Post by handdrummer » Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:29 pm

and some thai friends get offended when I say Thailand is a 3rd. world country.

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Post by 404cameljockey » Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:50 pm

handdrummer wrote:
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:29 pm
and some thai friends get offended when I say Thailand is a 3rd. world country.
Because it's an unnecessarily pejorative statement, especially to use to a local who isn't a truly close friend (I don't know if that's so in your case, the friendship/acquaintanceship thing with Thais has been discussed here before, I know).

An example: is UAE a third world country? Not many would say that nowadays, but there if you call a bank, telephone company, or especially a government office about how to complete one of their procedures, you can often call three different times and be told to do three different things, which often are not even compatible. And when you finally go and find difficulty but press on, you can often just get the job done whichever way.

So maybe this thread isn't the best example of your point, which may or may not be true.

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Post by Homer » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:47 pm

404cameljockey wrote:
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:50 pm
Because it's an unnecessarily pejorative statement,
"3rd world" is commonly used to describe what is also known as a ''developing nation'. Only those who use the current version of Newspeak consider it a pejorative.

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Post by caller » Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:55 pm

I think Thailand is progressing nicely and will soon be promoted to a 4th World Country! :D
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Post by buksida » Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:19 pm

:offtopic: :roll:

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Re: 10 year visas now available, can somebody tell immigration

Post by bluelagoon » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:17 pm

I would not trust a Thai bank with 3 million left in an account...if the amount was 1 million perhaps....
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Post by europtimiste » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:46 pm

bluelagoon wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:17 pm
I would not trust a Thai bank with 3 million left in an account...if the amount was 1 million perhaps....
And what about people who lost their savings with US and Iceland banks ????

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Re: 10 year visas now available, can somebody tell immigration

Post by StevePIraq » Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:54 pm

bluelagoon wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:17 pm
I would not trust a Thai bank with 3 million left in an account...if the amount was 1 million perhaps....
Remember the 3m has to be left in a bank account untouched for 1 year. Plus this may not even be happening as there is still nothing on the Immigration Bureau web site, such that it is.
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Re: 10 year visas now available, can somebody tell immigration

Post by Spitfire » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:34 pm

The high street banks are generally safe here...even if they offer nothing really to make you consider investing or whatever. However, if it all went south then the only high street banks that would be bailed out would probably be the SCB and the Krung Thai banks. The SCB is the first bank ever here with the King's seal etc. and would not be allowed to fail. The Krung Thai is so popular that it would be political suicide to let it fail...the others might be thrown to the wolves.

Just a speculative comment, nothing concrete.
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Re: 10 year visas now available, can somebody tell immigration

Post by Spitfire » Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:34 pm

However, all this is unlikely to apply to foreigners.
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Re: 10 year visas now available, can somebody tell immigration

Post by StevePIraq » Thu Aug 31, 2017 4:13 pm

Spitfire wrote:
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:34 pm
The high street banks are generally safe here...even if they offer nothing really to make you consider investing or whatever. However, if it all went south then the only high street banks that would be bailed out would probably be the SCB and the Krung Thai banks. The SCB is the first bank ever here with the King's seal etc. and would not be allowed to fail. The Krung Thai is so popular that it would be political suicide to let it fail...the others might be thrown to the wolves.

Just a speculative comment, nothing concrete.
Bangkok Bank, biggest in Thailand, could they let it fail.
Krung Thai 56% owned by Thai government, it can never fail
TMB 26% owned by Thai Ministry of Finance, 2% owned by Thai military, it can never fail

Personally I do not think any of the Thai banks can be allowed to fail, unless they are owned by overseas companies.

The biggest concern is what draconian laws may be introduced in the future which may stop you getting your cash out.

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