fountainhall wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:06 am
I wonder why Immigration imagine that those on retirement visas, who can be only in their 50s and therefore may well still be working outside Thailand, actually live here full time!
The way these policy changes were (and still are) being shoved out
will result in many unanswered questions because of the different scenarios retirees are faced with. The powers-that-be in Immigration Management (and there too many) who had their hands in this mess simply pasted this half-baked plan down to the local immigration offices to deal with.
I have to assume that the local immigration offices are not happy with these changes either because it increases their work load, increases the traffic (additional 90 day bank book verification), and puts them at the front line in trying to answer a multitude of questions pouring in from farang visa applicants. All this, and there's no silver lining either because these changes could also put a damper on immigration's "side business" due to the increased visibility.
How are they (Jomtien immigration, anyway) reacting to this? Simple...they just tell applicants 800k or +65k monthly or no deal and wipe their hands clean. They are apparently not even bothering to do the arithmetic when applicants apply the "Combination Method" and simply refuse to acknowledge this method even though it has been approved as listed on the revised Thai Embassy list of visa requirements. In short, the penalty for all the flaws in these requirements will fall dead on the shoulders of the retirees.
As GB has stated repeatedly, the best thing to do is either have 800k in the bank or be able to prove 65k/mouth deposits in a Thai bank account or stand the risk of being caught up in this crap and having to contribute to their "side business" to get your visa renewal approved.