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British Embassy statement on income letters: Officials knew about problems in May and say that US nationals will also be affected

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1 minute ago, granuaile said:

This is interesting, as there is a slight change to previous versions under 6 - in the past the part about supporting documents wasn't there... But it still requires the letter, and it doesn't clarify what supporting documents are acceptable.

Yes. And the one I was given in person has the additional clause about the rental agreement, but the requirement for the letter is clear.

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2 hours ago, zydeco said:

If it's true that the British Embassy does just 3000 letters per year, that means that even if ALL the letters were somehow based on fake or false statements that only four percent of British expats would be altering things.  Four percent!  And only if ALL were guilty.  All this trouble caused by what could be considered a rounding error in other circumstances

That is not a justification.

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Just now, Pattaya46 said:

It's a bit harsh Spidey :ohmy:

but I agree that everyone who try to persuade others than the monthly income in bank will be acceptable acts as a fool :sad:

The only information people should use (and trust) is the one from Thai Immigration.

There will be many people who aren't Thai Visa members who will rely on Tommy's interview as the definitive fact.

 

They'll only realise that it's complete BS when they turn up at immigration to extend their visas and, by then, it will be too late for them and they'll be on the next plane home.

 

Thanks again Tommy for helping to shaft your compatriots.

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2 hours ago, habanero said:

I think what I fear most is, how many families will be left behind if the foreign husband or wife is forced to leave because they don't meet the requirements that are being mentioned. There will be no time to arrange for visas an in some cases the husband, wife or children may not qualify for a visa. Is the Thai government prepared to take care of all these families left behind? 

They will either use an agent or obtain their visa in the UK.

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Just now, SheungWan said:

They will either use an agent or obtain their visa in the UK.

A dodgy agent who fictitiously seeds a bank account for a fee of 20k baht?

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1 minute ago, Pattaya46 said:

 

These are not requirements for a "Retirement Extension" !

These are requirements for the first step, when you change from your "on-Non-O visa" status to "on yearly retirement Extension" status.

Requirements when renewing your Extension are not so strict. :cool:

Yes, but anyone who doesn't currently have the Non-O needs to fulfill these requirements. If the British Embassy is no longer providing the letter,  nobody will now be able to get a Non-O in order to apply for the retirement extension.

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6 minutes ago, SheungWan said:

They will either use an agent or obtain their visa in the UK.

can you even get a years visa in the UK ?

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I assume this started around May this year and again I assume Immigration told all the Embassies they had to verify the income. Most Embassies have obviously said lets just leave everything as it is - like all things in Thailand it will eventually go away and be forgotten about. Most embassies have said no change to there  procedures. The BE said we cannot do that - hence the stopping of the income letters.  Doubtful but if the BE asked immigration why xwz  embassies were still issuing [ non verified ] letters and Immigration were still accepting them I think the concern should be they STOP all income letters  regardless of nationality.

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28 minutes ago, luckyluke said:

The Austrians, Belgians, Dutch, Germans, Luxembourgers, using the services of the Austrian consulate in Pattaya, have to proof their income to obtain an " Income Letter ".


if such a letter is eventually not necessary anymore, this will represent a gain of 1600 ThB for every applier.

 

But a huge lost for the Austrian Honorary Consul ( XXX times 1600 ).

 

There may be some lobbying.

Will he / she accept British Citizens ?😃

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