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  1. Uninformed about what !! Oh, did I make the ultimate blunder in PC Land? I'm sorry the exact language I used wasn't to your liking; or maybe it is you who are uninformed.....when you can't correlate "a bunch of white idiots" with "a white-nationalist rally" Doesn't seem to be much of a stretch does it?
  2. I'm posting for fun.......and to let you all know you missed the point. Why are you still posting here?
  3. Briggsy, the only reason I can support is that she is more proud to be an American than to be a Thai.
  4. I agree with you 100%. Unfortunately the supervisor of the Tha Yang Immigration office thinks otherwise. When asked by her subordinate she pulled a well used sheaf of yellow paper and waved it around for him to see. He got the point. I don't know why people in the Thai government (I apologize heartily for this apparent racist statement) don't know, or haven't been taught that a notarized document is only good for the purpose of identifying who signed it, not for the validation of the document's content. (good for the validation of income though, so let's not complain too much) If I weren't sick from a cold I would have got a really good laugh this morning at the antics of my darling wife asking me in various ways, including waving and jumping up and down, "don't you understand this is the Thai way? Don't you understand this is Thailand? What's the matter with you??????????
  5. Why is Fox News not available on Karon cable.

    In my place in Cha Am all I can get in the way of regular TV is UBC, which right now is the worst of the worst. I would love to get Fox but we get CNN and BBC. I can't take the coverage of CNN for long........would trade most anything to get FOX News.
  6. O.K. all you legal beagles. Let's make this the last entry on this thread; an amazing five pages of discussion and every single one of you missed the point of the post. That being: After 12 years of quarterly and annual visits, to the same immigration office, some new guy "discovers" my wife apparently should have changed her I.D. card to her married name ten years ago because of a change in the law. Having found this egregious error, the immigration office is now requiring her to to to the Tessaban to add her American surname to her Thai I.D. card. Not a problem, easy peasy. But wait! There's a catch which is the part that got my goat. In addition to getting the new card that has both her Thai Surname and American Surname on it, she has to make a letter to the American Embassy explaining that she wants to use this version of her name in Thailand, have it notarized by them in Bangkok. Then she has to take said letter to the Thai government in Bangkok and have them stamp it. At her next annual retirement extension she shows the letter and immigration will take a copy for their records. No-one in Thailand or America will ever care that she uses an additional "middle" name on her Thai I.D. card.........except for our friend in Tha Yang, who will dutifully approve the letter by glancing at it and never paying an ounce of attention to it. OJAS, thanks for the snarky comment. Nice to see you are still not paying attention.
  7. tryasimight, you might just want to tune down the rhetoric a bit. I did not commit an act of bigamy, which per the dictionary is the act of going through a marriage ceremony while already married to another person. No did I commit a fraudulent act in obtaining the Fiance Visa. She wasn't married lawfully in the United States at the time of application for the Visa. If you want to argue about something that happened three decades ago I guess that's your problem, not mine. We obtained the Fiance Visa at the recommendation of a qualified Thai attorney, and I doubt the American government would give a crap if we were married in Bangkok or Kathmandu. We followed the rules of the Fiance Visa to the letter. The rules are that you have 90 days to marry or return to your home country. My wife was a thirty one year old single woman who had never been married. It isn't likely that I would have received the family's approval to take her to America without going through a proper Thai marriage first. It could have taken up to two years to submit ourselves to the process of bringing a new Thai bride to the U.S. according to our attorney. I doubt he would have suggested the route we took if it were illegal. Why would a practicing attorney do that? A little legal sleight of hand is not a criminal offense.
  8. EGGactly, as noted on both pages 1 and 2.
  9. Very bad advice in your opinion, very good advice in mine. To clarify, she chose to travel using her American passport. Having done that, she is included in my Retirement Visa as a dependent and is obligated to file the paperwork as instructed by the immigration office.
  10. After we were Married (in Bangkok, in Thai) our Attorney suggested she file an application for a Fiance Visa to the U.S. He explained, rightly so, that applying for a Visa as my wife would mean a long wait. Applying for a Fiance Visa took only two months and she emigrated to the U.S. having 90 days to get married or go home. It worked perfectly for us and no-one in the U.S. really gives a crap where we were married and whether or not we also got married in Thailand. She wanted to be a U.S. citizen, so she took her tests, waited the two years to be naturalized and is now officially a real live American.......until we get to immigration where she apparently is still required to submit with her application for extension of my retirement Visa, both her Blue book and her Thai I.D. card. I'm happy to know many of you are so well versed in Thai law, and available for answers to a lot of questions raised by TV members, but everyone's experience with immigration is different as we all know. I've related the facts as I know them and it won't do any good for us to keep trying to litigate what's happened in the past, or why we should do this or that. We follow the rules as instructed by Thai immigration officials.
  11. Wrong on all counts.......I don't know why you don't read the entire thread. OJAS, did you miss the part where she is Thai?, or the part where she fills out the paperwork every year? I'll make sure to tell the immigration officers that next time when I go without her. It'll be good for a laugh I'm sure.
  12. <removed> NO, we did not get a divorce and we are legally married in both Thailand and America.....have been since 1988. I don't know what you're talking about on the retirement issue. She is my dependent and therefor has to submit the same paperwork to immigration I do. She is carrying an American passport and, as I mentioned, considers herself to be An American citizen, and "former" Thai citizen. Perhaps that's why the big deal with changing her I.D. card.
  13. We're going around in circles here, first to lopburi3:n-O 1. Yes, you are correct. Lost in the minutiae. 2. I don't make the rules. Immigration wants it changed so change it we will. We don't have a marriage extension, we have a Non-O Retirement. 3. Our marriage was in Bangkok, recorded in Bangkok Oct. 8, 1988. We were also married again six months later in the U.S.A. 4. As noted in discussion of applicable law as of when we bought our first property here. Now to ubonjoe: Again, her blue book has her maiden name on it, as does her I.D. Card. Immigration wants a Thai I.D. to match her married name on her American Passport. This has been a lot of fun and helped me resolve discussions that I thought had died years ago.....now I must go stick my head in a bucket of something alcoholic..............................I.D.s? We don't need no stinking I.D.s !
  14. I just checked with her and this will have nothing to do with the blue book. On her Thai I.D. card her name is N.... P....Duangsawang, her maiden name. On her U.S. Passport her name is N....P... Che....., her married name. Her blue book remains in her maiden name, at an address where we no longer live, but cannot be changed until we sell that particular property. That was why the I.D. card became an issue....her blue book didn't match her passport and they then required her Thai ID to verify she was she. She originally chose this route to avoid problems when purchasing property years ago. Back then foreign married women weren't allowed to buy more than one piece of property. Apparently about 10 years ago that rule was relaxed and is longer a factor. She just told me they wanted her to change last year and she didn't bother to do it because of the hassle; she does have to have a consultation with both Embassies to get her name changed in their records......since technically, I think, Thailand doesn't allow multiple citizenship. She always refers to herself in these situations as a "former Thai citizen". We have several arguments many years ago when she went through changing her name after we got married and I kept appealing to her to just change the name everywhere to avoid these kinds of problems.....she was still carrying a Thai passport at the time, not to use, just for a back-up I suppose. I am reserving my right to say "I told you so" in the interest of my continuing good health.
  15. She is Thai, and a naturalized U.S. Citizen
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