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  1. So . . . Instead of getting a non imm o-a multi entry visa, which must be obtained in one’s home country at a Thai Embassy or Consulate, you got an extension of stay based on retirement? Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  2. Social Security Announces 2.0 Percent Benefit Increase for 2018

    I think that you are referring to transitioning from Tricare Prime to Tricare for Life when you reach age 65. In order to transition to Tricare for Life one must enroll in Medicare Part B. At that point Medicare becomes the prime coverage and Tricare for Life is one’s secondary coverage. However, that does not apply when one is outside the US. Outside the US you continue to use Tricare Standard. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  3. Thanks for asking. I am aware that if used correctly one can get two years out of a non imm o-a multi entry visa. We spend about six months each year during the winter months in our Thai home and the other six months in our home in the US and do not wish to set our travel schedule based on a visa. I also like the idea that when using a non imm o-a multi entry visa I do not have to deal with the local immigration office except for the initial reporting and the 90 day report. I have never found getting a new non imm o-a multi entry visa to be particularly nor overwhelmingly difficult. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  4. Give the consulate a call and ask them. The gentleman there who handles this stuff is pleasant and will give you a straight answer. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  5. Each year I obtain a non imm o-a multi entry visa via the Los Angeles Thai Consulate and, each year drop off the form to my doctor, he signs the form and mails it back to me. Those are pretty exotic, life threatening diseases and one would have a bit of a hard time navigating life with any of them. Sent from my iPad using Thaivisa Connect
  6. Buying gold in Thailand - worth it?

    A few years ago we had some miscellaneous small pieces of Thai gold and sold it in the US. Reputable gold dealers have the tools to quickly analyze the quality and quantity of the gold and will pay you based on the current world price, absence a small service fee of course. Sent from my iPad using Thaivisa Connect
  7. I have no experience with obtaining a non imm multi entry o-a visa in Australia, but do get a new one each year in the USA. In order to get around your issue of having, what we call notarized, the notary signing each page, I create a cover letter that states that all the information is correct and true and have that single page notarized. The Thai Consulate in this neck of the woods has seemed happy with that solution.
  8. If you are referring to renewing your Thai drivers license - I have not had a problem with that and renewed a couple of years ago for both the automobile and motorcycle. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  9. The non imm o-a multi entry visa that you obtain in your home country does not require one to leave the country every 90 days. I just received my sixth o-a visa - my passport arrived in the mail today from the Thai Consulate in Los Angeles for our annual six month stay over the winter in Thailand. I report, with the house owner, within 24 hours of arriving and, depending on the exact timing of my stay, perform one or two 90 day reports. I find the visa easy to obtain and I have no need to keep large amounts of money in Thailand, or go the alternate route and visit the American Embassy. I like this visa in that I have little interaction with immigration, and can concentrate on my priority in life - ensuring my wife and I enjoy our six months in Thailand. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  10. I would be interested in knowing how she can get a 10-15 year Thai passport. I may be mistaken but have only ever seen five year Thai passports. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  11. You can deduct your mortgage interest provided your total tax deduction amount exceeds the standard deduction. I was a tax preparer for a few years and many have worked down that mortgage so that the resulting interest to too low to meet the minimums. As for us, we maintain a paid off home and have stayed debt free for the past twenty years or so, and as a result claim the standard deduction each year. You can keep those high interest payments and the resulting tax deduction that so many seem over enamored about. Debt = slavery, IMO of course. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  12. The goal is not to hit your max heart rate every time you run. You should shoot for a percentage of that rate, for example, keeping your heart rate at 70% of your max is sufficient for most runs. Perhaps once a week, if you are physically able, mix in some faster, shorter intervals to bring your heart rate up to 80% or so. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  13. a/c versus fans

    We use the a/c for a few hours each evening to cool things down. We really like ceiling fans but have been unable to find good quality fans in Thailand that move air sufficiently.
  14. While there seems to be more and more robust, scientific discussion on the effectiveness of this method of calculating one's max heart rate, here is the simple formula. Subtract your age from 220 to get your maximum heart rate. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  15. Thai or US passport

    My wife obtained a Thai passport after entering Thailand on a US passport and departing in the same manner. When we returned six months later and she entered on her fresh, unused Thai passport the official attempted to give her a bit of a hard time because of a perceived birthdate issue. She stood her ground and was allowed to pass. Never have had a problem since. Sent from my iPad using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
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