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UK govt petitioned to reinstate proof of income letters for British expats in Thailand

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26 minutes ago, sandyf said:

Bit of a narrow minded view.

We have our own home and no dependent children so we can live reasonably well on under 30K a month. Lifestyle has quite a significant bearing on matters.

I can't afford a lifestyle. Just a small example of what happens but with different scenario's, never is there a month without some sort of bill, this month I have to make a partial payment for fertilizer, 25,000 Baht, then a last payment for this year on my health insurance, 28,000 Baht (it's 68,000 a year but I pay in installments) 8,000 Baht for food, 2,000 for petrol, 10,000 Baht as partial reparations for an accident that my estranged wife caused (2.5 million Baht in all) I live with the mother of my son. I'm now by 75,000, OK I have that. Next month the car has to be repaired, air-con and oxygen sensor, cost, I don't know, the bike needs a new exhaust,8,000 Baht, my youngest step daughter is taking extra tutorials to enter a military collage, she wants an officers patent in the navy, 4,000 Baht a month, just as my oldest step daughter has finished university (cost me a packet) I also have to talk to my dentist about an implant. It's swings and roundabouts, some can get by on little others not so much.

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9 hours ago, Wullie Mercer said:

Put this to the British Government instead of the issuing of letters which is a no go, this will also end up a no go. But will keep you busy while waiting for your flight home to reap the rewards waiting for you there.

Your logic is quite brilliant.  The same thing applies in Aus, but we are dealing with politicians now.  If your an Australian and live in Thailand they reduce your pension by about 8% stop your medical entitlement, the Govt. saves about $10,000 on medical costs per aged pensioner each year, almost free medicine and a whole lot of other things like free public transport, subsidised dental services.   In W.A. country pensioners get $600 of free petrol or taxi services as we don't get the big benefits of free public transport as in Perth, free driving licences, 50% discount of car registration fees reduced dog registration fees or big subsidies for public housing for pensioner who don't have a home of their own.  The list goes on but yes we are dealing with politicians now who spend on average 80% of their time trying to get re-elected.  They don't have time to listen to farangs in Thailand.  They would save much money by inviting us stay overseas with a modest reward but no, again we are dealing with politicians...Ahhh and this not Thailand....  Australian pensioner Farangs living in Thailand are saving the Govt a lot of money.

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Agree,  I am single, 3 bed bungalow  6,500 baht month,  True vision/ wi fi 2,500 baht month,  Electric water 1,000 baht a month,    shopping at Tesco and local market for food,  home cooked,    I live on well under 20k,   (I not smoke or drink)   2 dogs  3 cats,  very happy, no Thai family begging.  
Why rent a 3 bedder?
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10 minutes ago, soalbundy said:

park the two exhausted hookers

Give the man a break...park the girls in the other 2 bedrooms?  What's the world coming to.

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On 10/12/2018 at 8:58 AM, prakhonchai nick said:

 

I think you are correct there George. Minimum 6 months in the UK or no state pension payable -only those in the system will continue to receive.  And doubtful the UK will give more than a couple of years notice.

Wrong about needing 6 months in UK to receive pension. Maybe to receive increases.

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"I think you are correct there George. Minimum 6 months in the UK or no state pension payable -only those in the system will continue to receive.  And doubtful the UK will give more than a couple of years notice."

 

I left the UK at age 47 to work overseas for a year or two, and then decided to remain in T/L as "retired".

As a result I have not accumulated enough years of NI to receive a full state pension, although I could voluntarily contribute an additional 9 years worth (a little under 9kGBP in total) to give me a full pension. 

Since I am still 9 years from reaching state retirement age, there is a high probability that by the time I get there they will have introduced some other "need to have lived in the UK for 2 years" rules like Australia now require, and so I have decided not to waste any more "good money after bad" that I can invest elsewhere. 

Don't be so sure that the UK will not consider ANY new rules to reduce their obligation to former tax/NI payers.

 

 

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correct quote inserted.

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If my wife wishes to visit the UK, and probably Schengen again from next year, amongst other things, she has to prove that her trip is affordable, this would usually be in the form of proof of her/my income and bank statements.

Whilst there isn’t a required amount required to prove affordability for a visit visa, there is a set amount of income or savings required in the unlikely event we were to relocate to the UK.

In both cases it’s her/us that need to supply the financial evidence directly to the UKVI, who will assess it, they don’t require that her evidence is authenticated by the Thai authorities.

I agree with Sandy that it’s up to the Thai authorities to decide what evidence they require, though apart from the insistence of various Immigration offices/officers, of having such a letter to add to their wad of papers, over the years I’ve often wondered why the evidence I’ve submitted every year, State and Civil Service Pensions, needs a letter from my Embassy to confirm they’ve seen them, for the most part individual IO’s I’ve dealt with have seemed more than capable of confirming my pension letters make my application compliant, of course some submitted evidence may be less straightforward.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On 10/13/2018 at 5:03 PM, soalbundy said:

park the two exhausted hookers

step up your game my man!

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  The consular section, operated by the Home Office, have been quietly outsourcing, stopping or trying to discourage use of their previous services for some time.

The Consular Section is part of the FCO function, not the Home Office, the Home Office only have responsibility for the, significantly reduced, UKVI team.

The FCO do represent the UK’s foreign policy but not business and trade, that’s the remit of the Department of International Trade.

 

 

 

 

 

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