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  1. "The Thai consulate in Hong Kong would not legalize a marriage certificate issued in Hong Kong." I don't mean to be rude, but you're plain off base here and needlessly leading the OP around in circles. Of course the Thai consulate in HK can legalise a marriage certificate issued in HK. As I said above, it is possible that the OP will need another official HK signature on top of the official signature on the marriage certificate. That depends on what signature is on the marriage certificate and whether the consulate recognises it (or the apostille). If the consulate doesn't recognise it, the OP will need to get the signature of a higher Hong Kong official the consulate does recognise. (The higher official would authenticate the signature of the lower official on the marriage certificate.) I suspect that if the OP called the HK consulate they could answer his questions in a jiffy. This is a common procedure.
  2. No contradiction. It's the accepted international practice: a consulate or embassy only legalises documents issued within its consular jurisdiction. That's because legalisation essentially means authenticating the signature of the local official who issued the document. Each embassy/consulate keeps a list of the local officials whose signatures it recognises. The Thai consulate in Hong Kong has the necessary records to legalise -- that is, authenticate -- signatures of certain Hong Kong officials. The MFA in Bangkok and the Chinese embassy in Bangkok don't have these records: they're simply not in a position to authenticate the signature of a Hong Kong official.
  3. As I suggested above, you should write or call the consulate in Hong Kong and get the information you need from the horse's mouth. If they accept mail applications, you'll presumably need to complete the application form at the link I gave above. You'll also have to ask how you make payment by mail, including return courier fees. As to whether the document legalised by the Thai consul in HK will be accepted in Thailand, it should be, but sometimes government officials are difficult just to be difficult. As I said, it's possible they'll send you to the MFA for a further signature/seal certifying that the HK consul's signature/seal is genuine.
  4. "Have you had a apostille that was not accepted here?" In Thailand, I wouldn't even think of presenting a document with only an apostille. It's possible that a Thai Embassy/Consulate will legalise an apostilled document from the country they're based in, I don't know. But what would then give that document effect in Thailand isn't the apostille, it's the seal/signature of the Thai consul.
  5. You didn't answer my question. You said, "Thai authorities will certainly accept a apostille since that is equal to or greater than a basic legalization of the document." You throw "certain" around a lot. So I repeat, is your advice based on first-hand experience or simply what you think is reasonable? That is, do you know for a fact that this is, indeed, "certainly" true?
  6. "Thai authorities will certainly accept a apostille since that is equal to or greater than a basic legalization of the document." You have first-hand experience with Thai authorities accepting an apostille, notwithstanding Thailand's failure to sign up to the Hague Convention? In any event, if a self-certification will work, that is great. But I have doubts that the Chinese embassy in Bangkok will do this. Normally if you want to swear such an oath, you appear before the consul of your home country, not the country that issued the document you are self-certifying.
  7. You need to have your HK official document legalised at the Thai consulate in Hong Kong. You'll have to ask whether they can legalise the marriage certificate directly or whether you'll need get the signature of another HK official on top of the certificate. You may be able to do this by mail. http://www.consular.go.th/main/th/services/1303 (mostly in Thai) You'll also have to ask whether the MFA in Bangkok will accept the consul's signature alone, or whether you'll need to get an additional MFA stamp attesting that the consul's signature is genuine. Thailand is not party to the Hague Convention, so the apostille doesn't work. If it did, legalising foreign official documents for use in Thailand would be far simpler.
  8. Since it takes time to get a certified birth certificate from the States -- and some states are quite a bit slower than others -- you should have your certificate at hand. But they won't necessarily ask for it: if the date of birth on your benefits application matches the date of birth you gave when you applied for your Social Security Number, they MAY rely on the date you gave decades ago. Their choice. Probably more likely to ask for the actual birth certificate if you apply from overseas, of course, than if you show up in person at a Social Security office in the U.S. In any event, different folks may have different experiences on this issue.
  9. "For the standalone Alipay app I read that it is still only available in Chinese and that you need a Chinese bank account to register or at least a union pay credit card." The Alipay app is available in English. You can sign up and link a non-Chinese credit card to your Alipay account, but you can only use it for buying on Taobao/TMall and perhaps a few other online places. You can't use the QR code function without linking a domestic Chinese bank account. In theory foreigners can do this, but there are some practical obstacles that can make it difficult.
  10. taxout

    Need call forwarding from USA

    Sonetel works, but remember they don't like you using your number to receive bank code SMSs and the like, so you may find getting texts hit-or-miss. They've also had a nasty habit of very sharply increasing their fees after luring folks in with low rates, knowing perfectly well it can be a hassle to change your contact number. Reluctant to suggest them for that reason. Also, expect to receive all the same sort of robocalls on your new number that you'd normally get these days in the U.S.
  11. If your passport is relatively new, issued within the past two or three years, say, they may want to see your old passport. Further, if you've been to China before, best to have a copy of your old visa handy.
  12. It may seem counter-intuitive, but demonstrating strong ties in the U.S.usually hurts more than it helps. Show strong ties in the U.S. and the question arises whether those strong ties will keep the applicant there. It's strong ties in Thailand that you need to emphasize.
  13. taxout

    Request for information from Natwest bank

    Many countries have long had a form related to withholding tax, to declare yourself non-resident of the particular country or to claim tax treaty benefits. But the form asking you to declare your tax residence and provide your tax number is different, and a new requirement under CRS. If asked, you need to complete it without regard to whether there's any withholding tax issue. The point of CRS is that you provide your tax residence and tax ID number to the bank, and the tax authorities in the country where you're resident are then informed of your foreign bank account.
  14. taxout

    Request for information from Natwest bank

    This is part of the Common Reporting Standard procedures, which have been adopted in many countries. Google the term for more information. Don't reply, or don't reply to your bank's satisfaction, and you'll probably lose the bank account at some point.
  15. taxout

    How Did They Get My Passport Copy?

    Remember that a number of large hospitals in Thailand are under common ownership. It's possible they have an information-sharing arrangement. It's possible that at some point in the past the OP went to one of the hospitals in the same group with the same mobile number and presented his passport. Who knows. Or perhaps there's some sort of credit agency in Thailand that collects and shares information. Again, who knows. Maybe his passport and other valuables were locked safely away, so he thought, during the operation. Yes again, who knows.