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  1. blueyes

    Non Immigrant-O Visa

    Its strange when I got my visa I showed the guy in the New York Consulate my W 2 (which is a tax form and is proof of income) and he wasnt impressed. Who the fuck knows what they will want next year......
  2. Bell Bus is the most comfortable and quite easy. They take you to the main bus station in Pattaya and will transfer you right to your hotel with about 3/4 other passengers. Its easy. If you want to do the reverse they pick you up at your hotel and bring you to the main bus terminal. Like I said, its dead easy and shockingly efficient for thailand!!!!
  3. blueyes

    Non Immigrant-O Visa

    Just wanted to let you know of my experience of obtaining a non immigrant multiple entry O-A visa. I did this all myself here in New York. It wasnt that difficult except the few hoops through which I had to jump. Downloaded the forms from the official web site. It turns out one of the applications was no good since it was the one they use in the Washington, DC office. Forms arent the same for a visa?? OK thats fine. Had to get a "Certificate of Good Conduct" from the NYPD. Its bascially a criminal record search. Had to schlepp into the main NYPD building in Manhattan. Thankfully, the office wasnt too busy, waited about 15 minutes, had to pay $50 (no cash), and got fingerprinted and photographed. Come back in a week to get it. Due to work, I had picked it up in about 10 days. The medical form is a joke. Download it and have a look. I needed a check up and some blood work anyway so I added this to the list. My doctor looked at it and was befuddled. He said in his 30 + years of practsing medicine he had never seen anything remotely like this. I asked him to consider the source!!! He played along, gave me a TB test and filled it out. The day I picked up my document from the NYPD, I went early enough so I could stop at the Consulate. I got to the office and, SHIT, I forgot the photos for the application. I was there so i wanted the guy to check my array of documents. He did and said I needed two copies of everything, which they didnt state on the web site. He told me a store down the street can make copies AND take the photos!! GREAT that would save me a trip maybe I could get this done today. BTW he looked bemused when I showed him a copy of my W-2. I was lucky I brought something from my bank as well. I brought my last checking account statement and I had a bout $20,000 on there. He was more impressed with that instead of my W-2, which stated I made far more than 100,000 baht per month. He looked at everything and said it was in order and I wanted to make certain I was getting a MULTIPLE entry. He was helpful and said i could pick it up the next day but die to work I couldnt. Anyway I picked it up yesterday after a week. Got there at 115 pm and the office opened at 130 pm. Ran in, got it, checked it and i was out the door in 45 seconds!!!! If you arent near a Consulate or the Embassy, I could see why you might want to get it done while in Thailand. Having said that, you could probably do it yourself quite easily. Hope this helps....
  4. blueyes

    Retirement Visa Question

    The only thing that seems to be a pain in the ass is getting the health documents and the police document. I just got back to Farangland and will start getting this stuff together on Monday work permitting. If I can do it myself with a minimum of hassle, I would rather do it here and safe myself 20,000 or so baht. I have a buddy that did this and said he had to go to the local Sheriffs office and get it filled out. I kind of have my doubts whether or not they will know what the hell I am asking for but I will look on the Thai Embassy's web site for the relevant forms.....
  5. blueyes

    Retirement Visa Question

    Country or origin in USA. maybe they wont let us in anymore...........
  6. blueyes

    Retirement Visa Question

    I am putting in for a retirement visa when I get back to Farangland. It looks pretty straightforward. I am still actually working so I make more than the monthly requirement. The thign that kind of baffled me as I was looking on the web and it said something about some "health certificate". Does anyone who has recently gotten a visa in Farangland know what I am on about and, if so, did you have to get one??
  7. Thanks Lazy i appreciate that. have any idea what a fair prices is?? yes, I would want to use him both ways......
  8. I need a little help/advice here guys. I have been invited to a little party at this guys house but its a little outside of Pattaya center-about 7 kms. I know I can just hire a baht bus to get me out there but getting back could be problematic. Does anyone know if a taxi company will drive me out and either wait for me or ring him to come pick me up? i know someone does this to go to the football stadium in Pattaya.
  9. Just want to relay my experience at the massive government offices here in Bangkok. its near the Don Mueang Airport, north of Mo Chit. I posted a thread a few months ago and what happened. The experience wasnt bad at all. It took a little longer than last time but not outrageous. What was outrageous was the traffic just getting back to the Mo Chit BTS station!!!! Anyway i digress. Walked into the building at about 920 and got my queue number at about 925. got number 63 but they were only on 13-DOH!!! This is gonna be a long wait. Waited a bit and had a wander around. Got back they were all the way up to 35!!! Read a bit and the numbers started moving a bit more. My number came up at about 1100. Had the forms filled out, paid the 1,900 baht. Retreated to the waiting area and got my passport back about 5 minutes later. Out the door at about 1110 a bit less than 2 hours before I arrived. I had my pics taken and copies made before i got there so i didnt have to schlepp around to do all that. Its pretty easy as they have a big area to do those things. its so much better than schlepping out of the country. Not too bad!
  10. blueyes

    Cost of living in Thailand

    Serious questions, how can there be bargains available for us Farang if our economies "crash"? Wouldnt that just kill us Farang vis a vis the exchange rates?
  11. blueyes

    Extending A 30 Day Visa

    Jim, I was the OP on this thread. glad to hear it was so simple and efficient-two terms not usually associated with thailand and Thai beauracracy!!! It seems you had a similar experience like i did in Bangkok. I will be abck for a long visit in May/June and will do exactly the same. For me.one mornings visit and 1900 baht is easier than running around to the Thai Embassy/Consulate here in New York. The train fare and taxi fare would probably be about the equivalent of 1000 baht here. I think it makes sense for that Thais to operate like this i.e charge 1900 baht for an extra 30 days while you are in country. Its a cash cow. Imagine the amount of cash the officials in charge of these offices are skimming!!!! I will let you know how I get on in May/June!!!!
  12. There have been non stop between Thailand and the USA in the past. I dont think there are any more. In fact, there are no US carriers in thailand since both United and Delta pulled out a couple of years ago. They direct traffic to Thailand with their partners, UAL has ANA and Thai. Delta has, I believe Korean and JAL. Still its connections. Talking to someone in the industry, they claim that the type of customer is the low yield variety i.e the ticket prices the traffic attracted was on the low side. With the boom in airline travel these airlines decided to use its aircraft in other, more high yield, markets. With more and more longer range, fuel efficient 787s, I wouldnt be shocked to see United do San Fran-Bangkok within the next few years but thats just me adding 2 + 2 and getting 4.
  13. blueyes

    Extending A 30 Day Visa

    Well as the OP I thought you might be interested in my experience. i got my extension yday. I thought I had woken up in an alternate universe. The process was fairly simple and the office organised and efficient. I walked in the office at 0915 and got my passport back at 1030 cannot ask for more than that. I brought all kinds of documentation but didnt need any of it. All they asked for was for passport copies-photo page and stamp (with TM 6) page, application and, of course, 1900 baht!!! Whoever is in charge of this office is making bundles of cash. It makes the Las vegas mob skim in the 60,s and 70s look like nothing!! You have to go to the office and get your TM 7 form. Fill out said form and queue for your number. Had had number 49 and they were at 35. It took maybe 15 minutes to get seen. One minute in the cubicle and talked with an officer who would have been at home at Treblinka in 1943. Processed the passport, waited about 20 minutes and got the passport back. You make your copies downstairs. Its a bit of a schlepp and they will do your photo as well. The complex is IMMENSE. They have loads of places to eat and they even had a market on the main floor selling all kinds of food and even clothing. BTW, I took the BTS to Mo Chit and a cab to the office. Have them let you off at Building B. Its about 8-10 kms from Mo Chit. All in all, its a big thumbs up and beats schlepping out of the country!!!! Thanks for all the guys who responded. if anyone has any questions, you can post them here or PM me and i will do my best to answer!!!!
  14. blueyes

    Extending A 30 Day Visa

    I did a little more digging and it looks as though you need some kind of proof or a bill from your hotel. well, I am staying at a private apartment not a hotel. I guess i can bring the "house book" and proof that I am, indeed, staying there and have done in the past.....
  15. blueyes

    Extending A 30 Day Visa

    Thank you so much, Kimble. I will download that mentioned form. I must do this, however, in Bangkok. Did a little searching and there is a big immigration office by Chatuchuk. Didnt know you could just pay the 1900 and get an extra 30 days. Great to know so i dont have to schlepp out of the country. Thanks for all the info/advice!!!
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