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Non-O Visa: Just shy of 2 months for 800k Baht in Bank

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I need some experienced advice concerning a dilemma I am facing in converting a METV visa to a Non-O.  I am in Chiang Mai, by the way.

 

I currently have a METV visa which expires July 5, and I plan to get a 30 day extension taking me to August 3.  My plan was to apply to convert my METV to a Non "O" during the period of my extension (July 5 - August 3). 

 

The dilemma I face has to do with the the rule about 800,000 baht being on deposit for two months.  As of May 21st, I will have a total of 800,000 baht on deposit in a Thai Bank.  This means that on July 21, those funds will have been on deposit for exactly 2 months.

 

My concern:  If I wait until July 21 to apply for the conversion of METV to Non-O in order to satisfy the 2 month bank deposit rule, I will have exactly 2 weeks left on my "permission to stay" extension.  I'm not sure if this enough time for the Non-O to be processed BEFORE my extension expires.

 

I have read that an application to convert a METV to a Non-O must be done at least 14 days before expiration date BUT that in Chiang Mai the requirement is 21 days.

 

Can anyone clarify on this?

 

If I run out of time and my extension expires, will the Non-O visa still be processed?  If so, what do I do about avoiding an overstay in the interim?  Would I have to exit Thailand and come back in on a Visa-exempt status?  If I did that, would I just go back to Immigration, pick up my Non-O visa and be done with things??

 

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The money only needs to be in the bank on the day you apply for the visa. Be aware you may be required to provide evidence that cash came from abroad.

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The money does not have to be in the bank for 60 day on the date you apply for a change of visa status to get a 90 day non immigrant visa entry. It only has to be in the bank on the date you apply.

Chiang Mai requires you apply for the change 21 days before your permit to stay ends.

The money only has to be in the bank for 60 days when you apply for the one year extension.

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Are you sure about that?  I was under the impression that it had to be on deposit for 2 months.  This all is VERY confusing LOL.  Is the two month rule ONLY for Non OA?  I know for Non-OA (retirement) it clearly states 2 months for the first year, and then 3 months to renew it thereafter.  I just assumed the 90 day O visa had the same rules.

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Thanks UbonJoe and 1812.  All this visa stuff is SO confusing.  I guess you are both correct now that I am re-reading my notes.  Somebody posted about this and said 800,000 does not have to be "aged".  I had no idea what that meant but based on your replies, I do now.  What a relief!!  LOL  Thanks for taking the time to reply; most appreciated!

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2 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

ubonjoe's advice is as good as you're going to get at any price. In this case, FREE. 

I agree!  This is my first post on ThaiVisa but I read many of UbonJoe's replies before I came to Thailand 6 months ago, and since.  They have always been accurate, to the point, and usually "pure gold"!  ThaiVisa has got to be one of the best sources for REAL information about living here.  My hat is off to everybody who posts on here.  Great Forums!!

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12 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

Yes I am sure. You can look here and see there is no 60 day requirement. https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_80

You only need it to be in the bank for 60 days when you apply for the extension of stay at immigration it is not a OA visa.

UbonJoe, I wonder if I could ask another question.  I have read that Thai Immigration requires "proof" that source of funds is from OUTSIDE Thailand.  Mine are, but I'm not sure what Immigration considers to be "proof"  Is that the purpose of submitting a letter from the bank; to specify that the funds came from outside of the Kingdom?

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Yes, but I will add that you have to be a God to be able to predict ever odd thing that might potentially happen at immigration offices, especially small provincial ones. The clear written rules are one thing but they are enforced by very human beings. 

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2 minutes ago, Jingthing said:

Yes, but I will add that you have to be a God to be able to predict ever odd thing that might potentially happen at immigration offices, especially small provincial ones. The clear written rules are one thing but they are enforced by very human beings. 

From what I have read and heard, Immigrations staff at Promenada are unusually helpful and friendly.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed :)

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3 minutes ago, Kohsamida said:

From what I have read and heard, Immigrations staff at Promenada are unusually helpful and friendly.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed :)

Good to hear, but as always, sorry for the cliche, your mileage may vary.

In this case, the rule is clear and I wouldn't foresee problems.

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Actually one more quick question for all of you knowledgeable people:  Is a "certificate of residency" the same thing as a TM30?

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10 minutes ago, Kohsamida said:

I have read that Thai Immigration requires "proof" that source of funds is from OUTSIDE Thailand.  Mine are, but I'm not sure what Immigration considers to be "proof"  Is that the purpose of submitting a letter from the bank; to specify that the funds came from outside of the Kingdom?

You will need 2 letters from the bank. One to confirm your account and the balance in it on the date it is written. The other one will be to confirm that the funds came from abroad.

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