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  1. I was under the understanding the British HAD that system, but for reasons unknown to us - Thai immigration indicated that they wanted the Embassy to verify the income. My guess is that the British were first - which would likely happen if the Thai Immigration was noticing a higher incidence of document fraud from the British expats.
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    Retirement Visa Part II

    Samut Prakan, I was told that I could do it as early as 45 days before but not later than 30 days before.
  3. If they don't have sufficient funds to fly home -- then I would guess that if they were depending on this letter... they were lying about the income from pensions. In other words, they were not eligible in the first place.
  4. You are subject to criminal prosecution for many things... but... like many... the odds of being criminally pursued... is zero... with no likelihood of prosecution ... a large number of people that would otherwise not be able to stay legally would not give a second thought to lying. (just think of how many people pirate stuff)
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    SURVEY: Big Joke--Is he on the right track?

    There are three primary primary motives that I can see. One is normal publicity to show the people that you are doing the job and are seen to be doing the job in a diligent manner. It serves the purpose of reassuring the population at large that immigration is finally taking its job seriously. The second is for self-promotion to the people who will judge you and determine if you are to be promoted when the opportunity avails itself. Neither is sinister. Two is to get the word out to all those that thought that the corrupt ways of the past are no longer acceptable (no tips sign). Three is to get the word out to all those that took advantage of the lax enforcement, corrupt, or non-enforcement of immigration laws. Get legal, stay legal, or get out. People that have used agents to get around the fact that they are not eligible, etc. or have not abided by the law and intent of the regulations and visas... should take it as duly warned. Their job is to make immigration work for Thai citizens (as determined by the government), not to make it work for anyone that wants to reside here for any reason. Simply put, someone is taking their job seriously and many are feeling insecure...
  6. It is not philosophy games. Usually before there is regulations or laws you have an intent on what the law / regulation will do. If it turns out that it is not doing what it is suppose to be doing - you go back and you change the RULES. The immigration finds out that the verification letter is not doing what it is suppose to be doing - and people are lying and not having verifiable income... they change the rules... in the end the non-immigrant (retirement) visa is nothing more than "long stay" tourist visa... not permanent residency... they can and will change the rules to suit what they want out of it. For some people, this may mean leaving and going back home or somewhere else.
  7. The intent of the retirement visa is that you are going to be spending a significant amount of money in Thailand. If you are going to spend little more than your average Thai... it does not serve Thailand's interest to have someone come here. The expectation is always that a westerner is going to spend at least that amount of money here a year (otherwise why have the requirement at all - just show that you are not working).
  8. I agree, If you are not willing to bring it to the authorities -- then in my book you are an accessory through concealment of the knowledge of criminal acts being perpetrated. (depends on the jurisdiction on whether it is illegal or just morally reprehensible).
  9. Well, there is another alternative (being that I been involved in developing banking systems) is to have an indicator on the account that the account is for the purposes of foreign income for specific purposes, and then write an extract to extract files for submission to the government (a weeks worth of work on the bank side - if they are competent). They could then have a summary of FTT transactions received by month and by year. There are no tax implications for the account type so not much work.
  10. And being an upstanding citizen - you have reported this individual to both Thai authorities and to authorities of his country of citizenship...
  11. The requirement is for people to have a pension income of 65,000 a month or have a lump sum available of 800,000. If you have income of 65,000 a month and your expenditures are only 30,000 a month... then in a few years - you would have enough in the bank to go the lump sum approach and not worry about showing monthly income. The purpose would be served either way. If you only have 30,000 in income a month and somehow have been pretending it is more - you just were not properly meeting requirements in the first place (you as in general terms not individual terms).
  12. The reasonably solution is to have the 90 day reports require a copy of your bank book showing continuing deposits from a foreign source.
  13. I would expect what those individuals are doing is illegal under US law and if it is ever looked into... could be in deep trouble (likely will never be, but could). The thing is that whether they asked for the documents or not, there would be no mechanism to make sure the documents themselves are not forged -- and are legit. In no way is that actually verifying.
  14. The problem though that even with the State Pensions... or civil servants... is the Embassy itself (or foreign service) would have no access to the systems to verify it. They can look at the paper and say it sort of looks official, but that is not what is being asked of them.
  15. Yes, they did the only honest thing they could do under current law.