Jump to content

JOHN CHAN

Members
  • Content count

    25
  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

2 Neutral

About JOHN CHAN

  • Rank
    Member

Recent Profile Visitors

637 profile views
  1. Hi, In relation to the need of transferring money from overseas to Thailand for buying a condo, I am curious to find out whether this is possible: A Thai wife buys a condo in her name and then GIVES it to her husband as a present, and changes ownership to her husband. Thus, there is no need for the money transfer document. Is this a possible scenario? Thanks for any opinions in advance.
  2. When I said using a nominee to buy a condo, I was referring to my legal Thai wife! Obviously, it is never breaking any law if a husband buys a condo for his wife. However, one questions arises: if after the purchase, can the wife GIVE the condo to her husband as a present for whatever purpose in which case the husband does NOT have to pay her? If that is the case, how do we satisfy the Lands Office people and we do not have to remit money from overseas to pay the wife? Also, about going overseas, opening an account and remit money, I am aware that it is possible to remit over USD50,000 for buying a condo. But the question is: if a person brings Thai baht or any foreign currency out to that country to open an account, he can carry with him a maximum of USD20,000 equivalent, then to bring enough money to that foreign country, one has to travel to and from 5 or even 10 times! How does the law operate here? I am too old to travel. I'm thinking of asking my wife to bring money out to Singapore (for example) and open an account containing enough to buy the condo. I am just curious. Thanks for any advice.
  3. Thanks for everybody's ideas. I have a question: 49% of the units of the condominium-does this mean that if there are 100 units in the whole condo block, foreigners can own up to a maximum of 49 units. I am just curious as I intend to buy ONE unit for myself and I believe I own 100% of the condo. Also, I have enough Thai baht in my Thai bank account; I do not need to transfer money from outside. But I cannot prove the source of the money. Can I still register my name with the Lands Department? If that is a hurdle, I will consider registering the condo using a Thai nominee under a contract with me. Thanks.
  4. Hi, I hold UK passport and am on a retirement Non O visa with yearly extensions already done twice. I would like to buy a condominium and wonder if I could be the sole owner based on this visa status. Also, are there any restrictions to foreigners buying condominium which do not apply to Thai citizens? I will pay the condo in full amount and so there is no problem with mortgage. I believe that my name will be on the title deed of the condo. Your expert opinion and advice would be appreciated. Thank you
  5. Hi, I read in the forum of a fishing pond near future park full of Pla sa wai which is my faourite fish. Can anybody please tell me the address and with a map, if possible, as I will be driving? Thanks.
  6. JOHN CHAN

    Certificate of Residence

    I am a British retiree living in Bangkok and intend to buy a second hand car. My question is that besides what I have in my passport the necessary visa stamp, I would need a Certificate of Residence for registering me as the new owner at the Lands Department in Mor Chit (if I am not wrong). To get this document from immigration is hectic and have to go very early for a queue. When I obtain my Thai driving licence, I went to the British Embassy, paid 3000 Baht and get it. Can I do the same for buying the car? Many thanks.
  7. Hi, I am a retiree living in Thailand on a retirement visa with annual extensions. Please advise how many years minimally do I need to stay here before I qualify for a Thai PR application. I don't work here and so I never had work permit or any tax record. Thank you.
  8. Hi, I am asking this question for an American friend who likes to stay in Thailand on Retirement Visa. To our understanding, immigration laws allow a person to bring INTO Thailand not more than US20,000. Obviously, if you want to retire in Thailand and not working, you will need money more than this to support yourself for many years. Our questions are: 1. Does this immigration restriction applies to retirees coming to stay in Thailand? 2. If he has opened a saving account in a Thai bank already, can he T/T a large sum from US to this account in Thailand? 3. Can he brings in a bank draft of a large sum and fly to Thailand and deposit into this account? 4. Are the moves in No. 2 and 3 against this immigration monetary restriction? 5. What is the minimum amount of money above which you have to declare, whatever method you bring it into Thailand.In the case of T/T, how can he declare the money which is already wired into his account? Thanks.
  9. Hi, I was wondering whether it is OK to carry the Thai driving licence in the wallet instead of the original passport when you go out. Or we need to carry both all the time when we are outside. Also, can a photocopy of the passport suffice? Thanks
  10. Hi, I am on a retirement visa staying here and have never worked in Thailand before. Therefore I never had a work permit. My question is between yearly renewal of my retirement visa which is no big deal and a PR permit, which one is preferred? What are the pros and cons? I have a dual citizenship and I learnt from past articles in this forum that if one applies for PR, he has to sacrifice the other not-involved citizenship. Please advise. Thank you
  11. I am from UK on retirement visa here. I was wondering that if I need hospital care, I would need a pay quite a big sum if I go to a private hospital. What about government hospitals? Is there a fee schedule (cheaper than private, I believe) for retirees or it is the same for Thai citizens? Grateful if somebody could advise.
  12. Hi, I just happened to be curious to know whether immigration checks all the other bank accounts besides the one used for proof of 80K when applying for 1-year extension. This is a sensitive issue. Does anyone have any experience of having his account(s) checked without his consent and/or questions being asked about source of money, etc? Is this their routine for all applicants or just for 'problematic' ones? Do they have the legal rights to check in this way without court order?
  13. Hi, I just got my new UK passport and my next 90-D reporting at CW is due in 2 weeks. I was thinking of doing stamp transfer to new P/P and 90-D at same visit to CW. My questions are: 1. Can I get two queue cards at the entrance counter for two different sections inside immigration? 2. It is likely that the 90-D section will be first as it usually has a shorter queue. Will they do it before I go to the stamp transfer section? 3. If No.2 above is not possible, can I go back and "jump the queue" and sort out the 90-D after stamp transfer instead of getting a new queue card and wait for a long time? Grateful if anyone could give me the benefit of the doubt.
  14. Hi, I would like to know that if a foreigner living in Thailand does not report every 90 days, the penalty is 2000 Baht ONLY or 2000 Baht PER DAY starting from the date of last reporting. If he has skipped reporting once, for instance, will he be definitely penalized or that he may be exempted from it when he reports again? How does the system work in this issue? Many thanks for any advice given.
  15. Hi, I just got my new British passport from Trendy. The officer there invalidated my old P/P which is not yet expired by cutting away one corner of the back cover page. My retirement visa is still with the old one. I will report my 90-D at CW at end of Nov and wonder whether I should do the Transfer of stamp to new P/P first and then report 90-D in that order on the same visit. To my understanding, there is no legal time limitation as to when to transfer the stamp at the latest after receiving the new P/P as long as I bring both P/P every time. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
×