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Five Star Visa in front of Sportsman restaurant (Soi 13) has provided the service in the past.  Pricing depends on whether you have the 800,000 baht requirement already a Thai bank, or something they handle for you.  Also if you're able to get a multiple re-entry permit to go along with it.  

 

The rules always change, but the funds generally need to be in the bank account at least 90 days before you apply for the visa.  

 

 

On a related note, this was posted recently on PattayaOne: http://pattayaone.news/en/thailand-launches-unique-residence/

 

Always weary of these type of things but could be an option.

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Thai Consulate in Chicago.

 

Address: 700 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Phone:+1 312-664-3129
Hours: Open today · 9am–12pm, 1–5pm

 

Might as well get it straight from the horses mouth.

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Thai Consulate in Chicago.

 

Address: 700 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Phone:+1 312-664-3129

Hours: Open today · 9am–12pm, 1–5pm

 

Might as well get it straight from the horses mouth.

Thanks, I'm aware of that. What intrigued me about their site was that they mentioned that they take care of the financial requirement. I have no idea what exactly that means in this context, as I doubt they'd front the 800,000 THB

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I have no idea what exactly that means in this context, as I doubt they'd front the 800,000 THB

It is over $23,000 after all Kwickie.

 

Looking at the visa rules for Thailand they are like the shifting sands of the Sahara.  

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The dodgy visa agencies bed and breakfast their own funds through your bank account for a day and somehow circumvent the time requirements for the deposit . They charge ard 20,000 for this and probably are paying someone off to turn a blind eye .

Once the visa is issued I cant see any issues a immigration as it is a valid visa 

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The dodgy visa agencies bed and breakfast their own funds through your bank account for a day and somehow circumvent the time requirements for the deposit . They charge ard 20,000 for this and probably are paying someone off to turn a blind eye .

Once the visa is issued I cant see any issues a immigration as it is a valid visa 

 

They have contacts at bank and at Immigration. So your fee goes to pay off them, as well as a cut for the visa company.

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The dodgy visa agencies bed and breakfast their own funds through your bank account for a day and somehow circumvent the time requirements for the deposit . They charge ard 20,000 for this and probably are paying someone off to turn a blind eye .

Once the visa is issued I cant see any issues a immigration as it is a valid visa

You also don't need some of the documents that websites will say you need if done by yourself.

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Just new news!

Apologies it's be now entered amongst the new topics. How can you delete?

 

LONDON -- The Thai government has started offering "elite" residency visas for wealthy foreign citizens, allowing them to live in the country for around $US3,000 (£2,403) a year, aimed at capitalising on increased global uncertainty over borders and immigration.

There are seven different packages, with the most expensive being the "Elite Ultimate Privilege" scheme.

It costs $US60,000 for 20 years residency, along with a $US600 a year membership fee.

Included in the price is a state-sponsored concierge programme, entitling members to VIP access to government agencies dealing with immigration, driving licences, and work permits.

The government will also provide complimentary return airport transfers, an annual health check up at a private hospital and 24 spa treatments and golfing trips a year.

The special residence visa is issued by the Thailand Privilege Card Company Limited -- a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Pruet Boobphakam, President of the Thailand Elite program, told Business Insider that VIP residents would get extra help from the government: "We rise to the occasion for our members. We can apply for a work permit if they'd like to. We can apply for a driving licence if they'd like to. We are helping them to get those licences."

He said he expects more than 1,000 people to apply for the programme, which is aimed at retirees.

Other packages include a $US15,000 deal for five years with no annual fee called "Elite Easy Access," and also a 10-year, $US30,000 membership that includes discounts for family members.

"There has been a sharp increase worldwide in the number of individuals wanting to acquire a beneficial second or third residence or citizenship to globalize their family's opportunities and expand their business interests in a changing and uncertain world," said Dominic Volek, head of Southeast Asia for Henley & Partners, a citizenship consultancy firm.

"More and more governments are seeing these programs as an innovative way of driving economic growth," Volek said.

Edited by gazz469

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Keep in mind the 800,000 THB requirement can be met with a combination of income and money in the bank.

 

For example, if I were receiving 1600.00 USD per month from a pension or social security I would need to deposit 134655 THB (3918.08 USD) in a Thai bank to meet the 800,000 THB requirement.

 

Here is a little calculator to know about what you will need.

 

 

https://www.keyvisathailand.com/services/retirement-visa-in-thailand/

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I had read a post on TV about this subject and long story short a guy went down the agent route, then decided he wanted to extend his visa himself after that.

 

When he took his passport/paperwork in they immediately noticed that his money had not "seasoned" and he was issued his visa after only one day of having the money in the bank.

 

They straight out asked/told him "why you not use agent, go back to agent"

 

That kind of story makes me think once you go down the agent route you might not ever be able to go legit without difficulties. 

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I had read a post on TV about this subject and long story short a guy went down the agent route, then decided he wanted to extend his visa himself after that.

 

When he took his passport/paperwork in they immediately noticed that his money had not "seasoned" and he was issued his visa after only one day of having the money in the bank.

 

They straight out asked/told him "why you not use agent, go back to agent"

 

That kind of story makes me think once you go down the agent route you might not ever be able to go legit without difficulties.

I don’t even want to have 800K in my Thai bank-:). I can show I get over the required monthly amount but you have to go to the embassy to get it certified and I’ve gotten too lazy to do that. I don’t like BKK traffic either. Not sure if that’s just for US citizens or not. I had read somewhere you then have to go to some BKK Thai gov’t office with that certificate, but I only saw that once so not sure if that’s true

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Because the agent pays a cut to the immigration department

 

Yeah, I get that part, I am just saying once you go down the agent road, it might be difficult to try to do the legitimate way afterward.

 

I do not have first-hand knowledge but should I do make it there I would do it the "legal" way and either deposit the 800,000 THB or use the proof of income plus deposit whatever I need to make up the 800,000 THB requirement. 

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So I need to renew my retirement visa soon, I have 800K in bank, just a few questions:

Can I get letter from bank the day before or does it have to be on the day I apply?

What is best time to go to Soi 5 office?

House I live in is in Thai wife's name, do I just give them copy of Tabian Bann?

Is there any other documents I need?

Thanks

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How to Obtain a Retirement Visa in Thailand:

 

STEP 1: OBTAIN A NON-IMMIGRANT VISA

Requirements:

 

Passport (at least one year remaining before expiration)

You must be holding nationality or permanent residence of the country of application

Proof of Funds

STEP 2: OBTAIN A ONE-YEAR RETIREMENT VISA

Requirements:

 

Must be 50 years old and above

Passport (signed copies of each page)

Non-Immigrant Visa

Departure Card TM.6

Proof of meeting Financial Requirements

Thai Bank Book (original)

Letter from your Thai Bank, can be done a few days before you attend Immigration

Three(3) 4×5 cm photos, with full face taken

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The Tabien Baan (in English, the House Registration book, or Family Register) is a book containing details of everyone living at a particular address in Thailand.

 

As long as your included on this this should suffice.

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