JOHN CHAN

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Hi, I am on retirement visa for the first year and just obtained my new British passport. First 1-year extension will be March 2017 and my next 90-Day reporting which I always go to CW for is Nov 29. Should I 1. Do the usual 90-D reporting using the old passport which expires May 2015 only? OR 2. Transfer the visa stamp to new passport together with 90-D reporting next month (Nov)? Is so, can I do both at the same visit to CW and can I obtain 2 different queue tickets at the counter at the same time when I enter? If so, which counter do I go first? I normally go early at the front of the queue and my usual 90-D finishes in half an hour. OR 3. Transfer the stamp during the 1-year extension in March 2017 together. Thanks for any advice.
  11. Hi, Did anybody use any visa agents in Chonburi before for visa jobs such as 1-year extension, etc? Are they reliable as we have to send our passports to them by mail? To my understanding, they can do the job much easier, faster and without having to go through unnecessary hurdles such as filling out Foreigner Information Sheet and so on. The only disadvantage is, of course, we have to pay more for their service. Is it worth it? Grateful if fellow expatriates could share your experiences.
  12. I had my retirement visa issued for the first time in Chonburi in March 2016. Then I move to BKK and have changed the address to BKK at CW. Subsequently I did my 90-Day reporting also at CW. I would like to apply for 1-year extension in March 2017. To my understanding, I have to go back to Chonburi for my 1-year extension technically. Is there a procedure to transfer the location to BKK as I live here and apply the 1-year also in BKK CW? Thanks.
  13. Can anyone tell me whether the 2,000 Baht fine for not reporting 90-day is the penalty PER DAY or just one lump sum for whatever period one has not reported? Also, will this non-performance affect any future immigration procedures such as annual 1-year visa extension, application for certificate of residence, etc. What about one reports again and must he pay the fine before he can do so? Thanks.
  14. Hi I am a British expat going to return to England for good. How do I get all my Thai Baht savings home as there is a maximum I can bring with me at the airport? One way that I can think of is that I can use international ATM cards and withdraw money in London at an exchange rate but are there any ways to bring home the whole lump sum? Thank you very much.
  15. I am on a retirement visa and would like to leave Thailand for a short time. When can I apply for the single or multiple re-entry permit before leaving as I do not want to do it last minute at the airport? Is there a time frame prior to my departure for it? How long is the validity of the permit? Thanks