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About NancyL

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  1. Was it the agent that said that or an Immigration agent? Seems that some agents just want to make sure that their clients are over-prepared.
  2. NancyL

    90 Day Reporting - Online

    Ah, but have you received the acceptance notice AND have you been able to print out your notice to put into your passport? Last time I did Hubby's 90 day report online we got so far that he got the email notice from Imm. that his report had been accepted (like 4 days later) but whenever I went to try to print the receipt for the passport, I received a message (in Thai) that they couldn't find the record. His next report is due on Monday, so I'm going out to Imm. Prom. in person to inquire. Haven't been there in a while.
  3. JT, I've found that submitting the form online and then email Manila a day or two latter and telling them you already submitted the form is a good way to go, especially if your situation is "clean", i.e. born in the USA, no discrepancies in your data, like being noted as dead in some gov't records or having incorrect birthday noted, etc. By applying online first, the person in Manila can review the data in advance and the phone call goes very quickly. S/he still has to ask the questions, but know the answers in advance from your form submission and just wants to make sure you're being consistent and not changing your answers. Some people think the questions are "stupid", like if you've ever worked for the railroad, etc, but just go along with it.
  4. Jingthing, I've helped several people to apply for SS from Thailand, including Hubby and no one ever has to fill out that form you referenced in your OP. As mentioned, you just list an account number and routing number on the application form. They don't care what address the bank has on file for you and if it differs from the one that SSA has for you.
  5. No problem in direct depositing to a U.S. bank account where the address on file with that bank is a U.S. address -- in our case a mail forwarding service in Miami, Fl. yet telling SS the truth that you're living in Thailand and having SS correspondence coming to the Thai address. This is what we do with Hubby.
  6. NancyL

    Best English Breakfast

    Interesting that I can't seem to quote the OP. Doesn't he mean the twice a month, Friday morning buffet at River Market restaurant? I don't know of one at Riverside restaurant.
  7. We use a mail forwarding service and whenever we get a new credit card it's sent with the regular mail. They use DHL and it's part of the combined mailing of letters and magazines. One time a package got tangled in some DHL sorting equipment in Hong Kong and the package arrived with a note of explanation. Several envelopes were missing, including one with a new credit card (of course!) and one from the IRS with our SSNs and other personal info (also, of course!) We cancelled the new credit card and fussed at DHL for how amazingly selective it was that just certain envelopes were lost when the package was ripped open by their sorting equipment. I guess no one was interested in slightly dated issues of The Economist magazine or our college alumni newsletters. Anyway, a week later the missing envelopes arrived from DHL, unopened. Of course, we'd cancelled the credit card by then. Since then our mailforwarding service puts the letter-sized envelopes in a larger envelope and holds the entire bundle together with two large rubber bands before inserting in the DHL package in case the package rips open again during shipment. This prevents any lose envelopes from scattering.
  8. NancyL

    Receiving Mail

    I worked as a contractor for the USPS for a few years during the Christmas holidays and this is basically how they sorted priority mail packages -- they'd were dumped onto a conveyor, we'd pick them up, turn around and toss them into the appropriate big bin. Forget about reading "this side up" or "fragile glass", we were told by the postal service supervisors, if it was that important they should have used FedEx, we were told. I've found the Thai Post to be every bit as reliable as the USPS, maybe more so. There may be problems with what happens after the mail is delivered. For a time, we lived in a condo building where the sole office worker never seemed to get around to sorting residents' mail and putting into their mailboxes. Instead, she'd spread it out on a big table and let everyone look through the big pile trying to find their stuff. Of course, another resident could help themselves to your mail, especially if looked like something good, such as a new credit card.
  9. Unless you want to buy a vehicle, get a Thai drivers license or something where you'll need a Cert. of Res. then you can probably forget about the TM30. The worse that can happen is a fine of 1600 baht if you are nice and polite when busted.
  10. Stament, in post #2370, you said you're coming on a B-visa and then later you said a multi-entry 1 year spouse visa that provides for 90 days with each entry. Which is it? If you don't plan to apply for a one year extension based on marriage at some point, but rather plan to return to your home country to apply for a new visa when your current one expires, then, in theory, scottiejohn is right. That is, if you don't think you'll need to get a Certificate of Residency from Immigration, or can get one from your Embassy/Consulate instead. You won't be doing 90 day reports or applying for re-entry permits -- two areas where sometimes they insist on checking for TM30s (rarely, if they're bored or want to make someone's life difficult).
  11. I know of no expat group that arranges this practice, nor do I think it is especially "sick". I would ask, however, where are the parents of these young people that they would allow them to sit in a mosquito-ridden place at night? That's really the biggest harm that can come to them, in my opinion, the risk of acquiring a mosquito-borne disease.
  12. Right now the U.S. Consulate shows 40 open appointments for notarial services on Sept 11. It looks like they schedule a max of 45 per day, so five braves souls have already agreed to come to the Consulate on 9/11.
  13. Oh, I don't mind. I'll kind of miss him once he gets his 1-year extension. Oh, wait, then it will be questions about how to apply for a re-entry permit, how to do 90 day reporting and maybe, just maybe how to get a Certificate of Residency. I can't remember if "Kmoto" (l like that, I was getting tire of typing out his entire screen name) is American or not. If so, the easiest way to get a C or R is to make an appointment and pop into the U.S. Consulate. 9/11 is coming soon and they always have appointments open on that day. They're never busy on 9/11 and happy to spend time chatting with whomever forgets that it's not a good idea to be in a U.S. Embassy or Consulate on 9/11 and is stupid enough to venture in voluntarily (like Hubby did one year, the year when the Benghazi Consulate was attacked later in the day.)
  14. Your plan seems solid, but yes, you may need to update your TM30 if you receive a new departure card. Don't know about land crossings. I've done plane trips where I don't stay overnight in another country, but I definitely get a new departure card when I arrive, so I have to update my TM30. TM30s are linked to your departure card number, as are your 90 day reports (which you don't have to do since you aren't going to be here for more than 90 days)