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  1. Took my elderly mother to do her fifth extension of stay based on retirement today. We handed over one copy of all the standard documents which included her income declaration for the Australian Embassy (No MFA certification required) We then went into room four to confirm our residency address where we supplied a copy of the owners ID card and Blue Book and they attached an updated slip into her passport. Back to the main room, passport stamped, paid the fee, picture taken and out the door in 25 minutes. Once again the staff at Pathumthani Immigration provided a fantastic, friendly and professional service.
  2. Am I missing something, I don't recall reading anywhere where there was a suggestion by the bikers told this guy he should close his bar. Perhaps by their actions it could be inferred that he should not be in the bar business or are they just setting an old score as it appears he was the sole target. I am not convinced this is a issue over closing down a competitor, especially if he sold the bar to a locally connected Thai. In addition, how many local expats would start drinking and feel comfortable at the biker bar if he closed down? It would be nice if we could hear from him or perhaps others that might have been in the bar who actually heard what happened.
  3. Hope they are telling the truth or the tram may end up like this!
  4. Hat Yai City Safety Advice

    Thanks to all who replied, that helps a lot, I look forward to visiting a new city!
  5. Thought I would see if any locals can give me some advice. I am an expat living in Bangkok and need to come to Hat Yai next month for ten days for the National Games and a little concerned about safety issues. Most of the Western Embassies say "Do Not Travel" into Songkhla and other Provinces in the Red Zone. I know Hat Yai falls within this area and was wondering is it safe in the city. I know, no matter where you are, you can never really be sure but I don't want to put myself at any undue risk if the situation is not great down there. Any advice and tips from local expats would be gladly appreciated.
  6. That's good news, need to take my Mother in next month, so I will just bring her bank statement. It seems like they are using a common sense approach to reviewing documents. With all the different forms of income used by expats to support these applications like pensions, superannuation, trust funds and salaries it could have become difficult to try and explain it and for them to understand. Out of interest, did they certify your statement that was attached as well? I would have thought that if they didn't, it would be become an uncertified document if you were submitting (if needed) it to Immigration.
  7. Thailand kicks off process to disrobe wanted monk

    I wondered what Bernie was doing now he is not the Chief Executive of the F1 Group
  8. BlackJack is correct, this information below is from The Attorney Generals Department in relation to the witnessing of declarations. A witness to a statutory declaration should; check the identity of the person making the statutory declaration check to the extent possible, that the person is competent to make the statutory declaration remind the person that he or she will be claiming that the statements in the declaration (and any attachments) are true and that there are penalties for making false statements check that the form does not contain any blanks. Proof of identity: With the prevalence of identity fraud, it would be a good practice to request identification before witnessing documents, though this is not a legal requirement. This would not be required when certifying true copies. Risk: It is not your role to test or be satisfied that the content of an affidavit or statutory declaration is true and correct. Nor is it necessary for the person making the affidavit or statutory declaration to prove the truthfulness of the statements made. Your role is to administer the oath/affirmation according to law with the assistance of these guidelines. If a false statement is made in an affidavit or statutory declaration, the responsibility lies with the deponent (or declarant), not with the authorised witness. Also, I am not sure how a Consular Assistant can determine what is income.Apart from the straight forward people receiving superannuation and pension payments there are numerous people that are self employed using these declarations for extensions of stay based on Marriage which receive income directly into their bank accounts. Will they have a clear understanding of any documents provided.
  9. Did my extension of stay based Retirement today at the Pathum Thani. With all the bad reports we often here about various offices just wanted to give them a big thumbs up. I was in and out in 30 minutes. With polite and professional service, this office really runs smoothly. Previously had picked up all the required paperwork from this office when I did my 90 day report so was well prepared. First stop is room one where they review you paperwork then off to room two to lodge a TM 30 which is required for each renewal, very quick with a new receipt into the passport. Back to room one, given a number and waited about five minutes to be called. Submitted just one set of all the usual documents. They also required a copy of the House Masters ID card and blue book to go with the application. I had printed extra copies prior to submitting the TM 30 just in case. Quick stamp in the passport over to the next counter for payment, picture taken and passport returned. Arrived 9.05am left at 9.35am DONE! As a footnote, it seems they no longer require your income declaration to be legalised by MFA anymore.
  10. I totally agree with you, have done three extensions at Pathum Thani and had the same experience as you everytime. As long as your documents are complete, in and out in an hour with a smile!
  11. Govt approves 10 year visas for foreigners over 50 

    There another take on this story on another online news source that we can't link too. Has a little for information and somewhat clearer.
  12. Bowling in Maha Sarakham

    Just wondering if they still have a bowling centre in Maha Sarakham. I heard there was one in the shopping center. Thanks for the help.
  13. When I did my extension of Stay (Retirement) last month at the Pathumthani Office, they also required my income letter from the Embassy to translated and legalised form MFA. I was advised this was a new requirement and will also be required next year. As Ubonjoe mentioned, I believe it is to verify the Consular Officer. No big deal really, just another document to add to the list when applying for my yearly Extension of Stay.
  14. eBay, FedEx and customs charges

    I do quite a lot of importing to Thailand and use EMS where possible. I am of the understanding the general rule is goods with a declared value of under $100USD will not be charged Duty or VAT and will be delivered directly to the address. Goods where duty and VAT is payable need to be collected from the post office. But with many things Thai it often changes. In relation to FedEx they complete the import clearance documents on behalf on the Receiver. The invoice is simply the charges due and payable on your behalf. They do not add extra charges for themselves. FedEx will not make a delivery or clear goods without your consent if the value is over 20,000thb anything under that they will and is outlined in their terms on condition. Many people think the surcharge is an extra kickback for them when in fact it is a pre determine charge outlined on their website that varies from Country to Country and generally does not apply in Thailand. When FedEx make the Duty and VAT calculations it is work off the CIF (Cost of Goods, Insurance, Freight) but they use the full standard freight rate for the calculation and not the discount rate that companies often get and pass on to their customers. In many cases this can be 20% higher. In relation to refusing to sign, I am sure FedEx will flag your name if you use them again and your supplier may be required to pay the return freight depending on their relationship with FedEx. I have often seen a supplier have a note in their term and conditions of sale that goods not accepted will have their credit card debited for the return freight but this may not apply in your case. Just my thoughts!
  15. My income letter was in English (Australian Embassy) they said it was a new requirement to be translated that started this week. All my documents were ok but they could not process the extension until they had the translation.
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