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Where to find . . . / Re: polybard ?
« Last post by russell17au on Today at 01:19:19 PM »
OK, Rex, that looks like styrofoam in the video but the big problem with that stuff is that it breaks easy and makes a mess everywhere unless it is sealed with a lining on each side. It is the same product that is used to make the protection edges in the cartons of electric products. I have to go to Thai Watsadu in the next couple of days and I will have a look and see what they have that would be suitable for you.  I know that photography has change a lot over the years but what I use to use for head and shoulder shots was a portable movie screen that rolls up and I used to hang it on the wall but I don't even think that you can get them anymore. I'll let you know what I find.
In case anyone is interested:

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to provide services in Phuket.


Date: November 29, 2018
Time:  12:00pm–3:00pm
Venue: Novotel Phuket Vintage Park, Novotel Phuket Resort
Address: 89 Rat-Uthid 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, 83150 PHUKET THAILAND

Hotel phone:   +66 (0) 76 380 555   




No appointment necessary, services are provided on a first come – first serve basis.


To expedite your service, please arrive with your documents filled-out completely, correctly, and NOT signed. Documents, forms and applications can be accessed by clicking on any of the below listed links.



         3,740 THB- Renewal of adult passports
         3,910 THB- Renewal of minor (under age 16) passports
         4,930 THB- Renewal of first adult passports
         4,930 THB- Replacement of adult lost/stolen passports
         3,910 THB- Replacement of minor (under age 16) lost/stolen passports
         1020 THB- Adult passport card
         510 THB- Minor passport card
         1,700 THB (per notary stamp) – Notary– including Income Affidavits

Above fees are based on an exchange rate of 34 THB to 1 USD

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring copies of your passport bio-data page and each supplementary document required with a passport application per the online instructions. Please follow all relevant passport renewal instructions according to above links. Original documents will be returned to the applicant, however, the copies will not.

IMPORTANT: For applications on behalf of minors, the child and both parents must appear in person.


Please be advised the U.S. embassy does not accept credit cards and will no longer accept cash (U.S. Dollars and Thai Baht) at outreach events for American Citizen Services. This is a worldwide policy, and no exceptions can be considered, please see the No Cash Announcement.

All payments at U.S. Embassy outreach event must be made in the form of a BANK DRAFT.

All Bank Drafts must be:

     Purchased from Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank, or Siam Commercial Bank (SCB).   (There is no need to have an account at the bank to purchase a bank draft) (Kasikorn Bank calls a “Bank Draft” a “Bill of Exchange”).
     Made out to “American Embassy Bangkok.” (No variations, errors, or typos are permitted. Do not write on or make any markings on the bank draft.)
     In the exact amount of Thai Baht (THB) for your total service.
     At the official embassy exchange rate at the time of the outreach.
     Fees and exchange rates are included in individual outreach announcements and posted on our website.
     Submitted at the time of service.
     Issued within the last six months.
     You can show below information to the bank:

และระบุสั่งจ่ายถึง “American Embassy Bangkok”

Delivery Service: You must purchase and submit a separate 100 THB bank draft. Do not include the cost of the envelope in your total bank draft for services.

 Please note:


     Cashiers’ checks, personal checks, cash, credit or any other form of payment will not be accepted.
     Bank Draft requirement only applies to Consular Outreach Events. Services rendered during normal business hours at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok or the Consulate in Chiang Mai will continue to accept payments made by credit card or cash (THB or USD).


The Passport Retrieval Process Has Changed! – Beginning 1 July 2018:


Passport Return by Thai Post Registered Mail:
Your new passport will be sent to your mailing address in Thailand through registered mail. ACS will cancel your current passport at the time of application and return it to you.


Purchase a prepaid Thai Post envelope at the outreach event for 100 THB (SEPARATE BANK DRAFT IS REQUIRED).


Do not include the cost of the envelope in your total bank draft for services.




Bangkok Bank

147 Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd

Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu

Chang Wat, Phuket 83150


Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)

Jungceylon Shopping Center

Patong Beach, Phuket 83150


Kasikorn Bank

Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd

Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu

Chang Wat, Phuket 83150


You may use any branch of the three participating banks. The above branches are suggested since they are near the venue.





Starting on October 1, 2017, all beneficiaries and applicants living in Thailand must direct all questions regarding Social Security to SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines at Please visit for more Social Security information.

For other outreach dates and locations please see

For information on US Citizen Services please see

For questions please email

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Bangkok Field Office is pleased to join our Embassy colleagues at November’s Consular Outreach event in Phuket.

The following USCIS services will be available:

·         Review and accept I-130 relative petitions

·         Respond to case-specific inquiries for applications pending with the USCIS Bangkok office

·         Accept I-407 to record abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR: green card holder) status

·         Answer general USCIS-related questions: petitioning for family members; the impact of international travel on LPR status, etc.

·         Provide information about the international adoptions process

·         Provide information about expedited naturalization for spouses of US citizens with qualifying employment

·         Taking fingerprints related to an application or petition that is pending with USCIS


To expedite your service, please arrive with your documents filled-out completely and correctly.  Forms, filing instructions and other USCIS-specific information can be found on the USCIS Bangkok website.

Please note that fee payment must be transacted in accordance with U.S. Embassy outreach event procedures.

For questions please email

When I went in for my 90-Day Report, asked if they had seen or have heard of the several Embassies ceasing to provide a letter of income certification (I showed her what we had received from the US Embassy.)  She was very surprised by the notification.

She said, "the current law is the law and so without a certified income letter the foreigner has to have the correct seasoned money in a Thai Bank Account."

I would imagine every immigration office throughout Thailand that has US, UK, and Australian citizens in marriage and retirement extensions of non-imm visas have heard the same, but are too low on the 'totem pole' to have any direction provided to them, as of yet.  Like Russell said it will shake out over time, but to be on the safe side, one needs to begin the process of having the correct amount of funds deposited into a Thai Bank Account 3 months before their extension expires!

I wish one of us could get to a high level senior administrator in the Foreign Ministry or IMMIGRATION (ala Big Joke) to have a serious discussion since it seems that our Embassies could care less of what happens.  Since all of us Americans who are on Social Security can provide a letter from SSA, seems this should be more than adequate, especially if your pension is above the 65,000 baht/month equivalent threshold.  Or if it is not, then a blend of what payments are being made plus an amount of seasoned money should suffice.
Where to find . . . / Re: polybard ?
« Last post by Rex (Admin) on November 10, 2018, 03:08:09 PM »
Thanks, Russell.  Complicated, ain't it?  I just want to make a simple and easy-to-move-around background for shooting videos. Actually, what I want is "polyboard" but when I asked Homepro call center, they didn't know what I was referring to.  Here is a video worth watching just for the cute girl!
Where to find . . . / Re: polybard ?
« Last post by russell17au on November 10, 2018, 02:44:59 PM »
Rex, what are you after? polyester boards is different to EPS foam board. EPS foam is white in colour and is used for packaging in cartons for damage protection which is the same as styrofoam and it comes in various sizes and thickness. polyester board is a sound absorbing board that is used to line sound studios and it comes in various sizes and thickness. Polyethyline board is the boards of corrugated plastic sheets that you will see different signs made from and it comes in various sizes and colours but it is normally only about 1/4" thick.
Thai Immigration Laws have not changed, you still require to have 400,000/800,000baht seasoned in a Thai Bank Account or a letter of income/affidavit or Statutory Declaration from your embassy for 40,000/65,000baht per month income. It is not up to Thailand to change their immigration laws to suit us, it is up to our embassies to supply us with the appropriate documents as required by Thai Immigration. No, I did not ask simply because I do not believe that it is their responsibility plus the local immigration office do not make those decisions, they have to be made by the Immigration Committee and then it must be approved by the government and then it goes out as a police order, so to ask any of them now is just a total waste of time.
I was at Immigration at 08:15 this morning and I had ticket number 1, there was no one there doing anything, no 90 day reports nothing. I was with the guy at number 1 desk at 08:30 and did my income marriage extension plus my 90 day report and I was out by 09:00 with everything done. The only thing that was different was I had to sign a paper that explained the overstay rules and penalties. My current marriage extension expires on 3 Dec and he stamped my passport and told me to come back on 2 January for my visa stamp and he did have a good look at the income figures on my stat dec but only asked the wife if the figures were the same as last years and she told him "yes". He was good mood, happy, singing and joking.The other thing that he told me was that "Big Joke" was going to be in Khon Kaen today

Did you ask about their requirements for next year, in the absence of your Stat Dec?
Open discussion / Re: Change to Deposit Procedure to Bangkok Bank New York
« Last post by kowpot on November 10, 2018, 07:13:16 AM »
Just received an advertisement from Pay Pal about the new cash transfer mechanism, Xoom.  They do initiate international transfers, BUT NOT TO THAILAND!  Process price seems reasonable, but they hedge their discussion on the exchange rate.  Bet it is much like the TT rate banks advertise.  Also, their process seems faster, but I'll bet it is still tied to the US Banks ACH transfer delivery, 2-3 business days.

Very popular with Expats in the Philippines.
Don't know why not available in Thailand.
Where to find . . . / polybard ?
« Last post by Rex (Admin) on November 09, 2018, 09:56:22 PM »
Do HomePro or the other big box stores have polyboard (poly board), also called polyester board or EPS foam board. Is it called something else in Thailand?

Tks, lah!
Open discussion / Re: Change to Deposit Procedure to Bangkok Bank New York
« Last post by Shipm8te on November 09, 2018, 08:46:30 PM »
I have checked several other forums here in Thailand and I find no others (that I can find) discussions regarding the changes being made by Bangkok Bank regarding International EFT payments.  Also, has anyone received any sort of official  notification from Bangkok Bank regarding these changes.  I would imagine that they are going to have  a good many customers that are going to be surprised come April 1, 2019.  Have any of you seen anything about this change other than was is shown on the Bangkok Bank web site?
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