Changes to 'O' visas
Not sure if this has been posted already but it now seems there's a financial requirement for the non-imm 'O' visas:
Yes, I mentioned changes on another thread http://www.pattaya-revealed.com/showthread.php?t=16084 but didn`t post a link so thanks for that.
The situation/rules seem to be changing rapidly.
It appears some people are getting knocked back due to having money in an instant access e saver account which is not considered to be a current account, which in fairness it is not.
An absolutely crazy situation as that money can be transferred on line within seconds.
I got the first hint of the change last year, being asked to prove UK funds, not an issue but absolutely essential to allow more time now.
It`s only very recently that the change which originally seemed to only affect multiple non imm o now applies to single entry also.
One Thai embassy ( not UK ) appears to be currently asking for proof of $ 50 K
Crazy, who keeps that in a current account.
Only a very few.
Yes in the usual Thai way its been brought in, not fully thought through (but then thats the same as half the policies of our own UK coalition government) and interpreted completely differently at different locations.
If it continues to be fully implemented it will without doubt cause problems for many farangs below state retirement age living modestly in Thailand who cannot afford the financial requirements of the retirement visa or the one year extention based on marriage.
Some may think this is all to do with the Thai obsession for quality tourism. I don't I think it is all to do with the far greater Thai obsession that they think there are large numbers of farang in Thailand working without a work permit and not paying tax.
My theory is backed up by the exception saying apparently that applicants over 65 only have to show bank statements showing they are in receipt of the state pension. Not the figures showed for others.
One should also remember that even though thousands of farang who i have sympathy with have lived there on these visas on small private pensions or investment income without working. The multiple entry Non Imm O based on marriage was never devised for people to actually live in Thailand it is intended for farang to use to visit their spouse or/and family for periods of up to 90 days.
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