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Rex, you might want to try the first level shop at Big C on Mittraphap.  It is the open air one in the middle of the isle close to Dairy Queen.  They have brand name clothes, shirts, shorts, pants, jackets.  She buys wholesale from some warehouse who gets them from the factory in Myanmar.  I have seen 42 - 44 before, maybe 46.  Usually from 150 -300 baht.

Visas, et al / Re: Retirement extension - Monthly income method
« on: August 12, 2020, 04:44:18 PM »
It is I in the same, Rex.  I am going in on Wednesday next with the information.  I took way more than we needed.  So I killed a tree that did not have to kill!  We will see what has changed with this year's submittal, and you know there will be changes.

By the way, if your December transfer happens in late December then you should go apply after the November transfer to request your next year's extension!

Visas, et al / Re: Retirement extension - Monthly income method
« on: August 12, 2020, 07:50:47 AM »
The following was presented on this Forum under "Retirement Extensions" late last August.  Remember, this was done under a supervisor who is no longer at the KK Imm Office.  We now have a new supervisor.  A compatriot of mine just had his done several weeks ago and it is essentially the same list.

I did the renewal of my retirement extension today at Khon Kaen Immigration.  Other than the fact that IMM was crowded and it took a long time for my number to be called, I spent about 30 minutes once called on.  ALL IS GOOD IN KKC!First, got called by Station #1 I/O.  When I told him I was there to get my retirement extension based upon the monthly income method, he looked like he just got a migraine.  He picked up everything I brought and gave it back to me to go see the I/O supervisor in the enclosed office.Second, after the niceties, she asked if I had any documentation on my previous year's income, such as a letter from the USG, i.e., Social security Admin, a letter from my employer, i.e., Lockheed Martin, and anything thing else to support.  I also had with me my IRS 2018 Form 1040 and some other documentation from my private retirement account from which I withdraw funds.  (She was pleased.)Then she looked at the rest of the material I had to support the monthly income requirements.
  • 1-year Bank Statement.
  • Bank Book and a copy of it. (never opened it.)
  • Even though I had an online copy of my bank statements, she could have cared less.She then said that next year, I needed to provide them a small spread sheet (see attached) to be presented in front of the 1-year bank Statement.  (She penciled one together as we spoke and put it on top of the bank statement to go back to the I/O.So, here is the list of items to be provided:
  • Extension Application with picture.
  • Passport with a copy of the pertinent pages.
  • TM6 and 90-Day Report receipt
  • Proof of residency (Yellow Book) and copy.
  • 1-year Bank Statement, making sure there is an entry in the month that you are submitting the application.  She also suggested to highlight the International Transfers.
  • A small spread sheet of "My Income"(the amounts transferred to my Thai bank, Bangkok Bank.)
  • Bank Book and a copy of the pages for the whole year (they really never looked at the book except to flip the pages quickly, or the copy of the pages I provided.)
  • Once done with the supervisor, went back out with the papers to the I/O.  She yelled out something to him about "not a problem."I paid my fee.  Gave him 2,000 baht (2-1,000 baht bills), and got a receipt for 1,900 baht - enough said!He finished the process and took it back to the supervisor.  A minute of two later, she brought out the package and told him to have me SIGN EVERY DAMN PAGE!  (Guess Bangkok IMM Auditors are sticklers for that.)It was pretty benign.  So, the I/O's don't process the monthly income evaluation, the supervisor does (at least for me.)PS.  The supervisor said to make sure you have equal to or greater than the 65K baht per month, or it would really be a problem.

Where to find . . . / Re: Are "aircards" obsolete?
« on: July 27, 2020, 07:16:58 PM »
I got an AIS' NU Mobile sim card, unlimited internet connection with 200 minutes of calling per month, very, very reasonable!  Then, in an emergency, you could use your smart phone as a hot spot for your computer!

Why don't you call?  They do speak adequate English (at least someone in the nurse's station in reception.)

Ratchaphruek:   043 333-555 ext 3000 or 3001

Srinagarind:  043 366-312

The last time I checked, Srinagarind should have the most reasonable rates even for the most complete set of tests.

When I did it for AIA, the agent took me to the hospital and took care of the complete bill!  The most critical test was blood pressure.  If you don't get quite a bit below 150/xx, you will most likely get an additional premium on the rate.

What is required, the minimum physical?  That is the question, and would define the exam cost.  If you had that detail from Pacific, then you could go to a hospital with the requirements and they cold tell you the price.

Last year I received the best physical exam I had ever gotten in my whole career with American companies.  It also came with a Father's Day special price.  All this was done at Ratchaphruek Hospital.  For example, last year the regular price was 7,130 thb, discounted to a special price of 3,900 baht.  Don't know the cost this year though.  You'd have to go and get their pamphlet.

Does she have her Thai National ID?  Does she still have her expired Thai passport with whatever type of US visa in it?  Does she now have a US Passport?
To me, the safest approach to finding out how to resolve this issue, contact one of the Thai Consulates in the US (not the Thai embassy.)  Since the Honorary Consulates usually have a US citizen as the Consul General and a good administrative assistant to support the process of visas, passports, etc., that is the person who you should contact.

I had a great administrative assistant in the Atlanta location, who never questioned anything I needed, she just did it.  Don't know if she is still there.  It has been a few years ago.

Here is the url:

Visas, et al / Re: Thai immigration launches newly updated website
« on: July 13, 2020, 07:13:23 PM »
I am not sure where you saw that, but remember, the full nomenclature is "Non Immigrant Visa Type "O".  If what you say is in their write-up, then NON IM is just a contraction.  NON IM must covers all Non Immigrant Visa types; i.e. "O-A", "B", "F", "R", etc.  There also is the 90-Day Nonimmigrant Visa.

Visas, et al / Thai immigration launches newly updated website
« on: July 11, 2020, 11:42:48 AM »
The ThaiVisa Newsletter just provided a new announcement by Thai Immigration.  You need to note that to find information about a "Retirement Extension of Stay", one needs to first go to "Request to Stay" under "Other Information," then go to "Item #22 - Request to Stay - in the end of your life"!!!!  The "Extension by Marriage [or children] is defined as Item #18.  So, now we know how they consider us old farangs!

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[/size]Thai immigration launches newly updated website screenshot Thailandís Immigration Bureau has updated its website with a new design making it easier to use and find out information. The new website, which is available in English and Thai, gives more emphasis to the increasing number of services which are available online, including TM47 and TM30 reporting. It also has a dedicated section of highlighted announcements such as the new QR code queuing system, which is available at immigration division 1. There is also a section for the latest news and services provided by immigration, including what is required for visa extensions and 90 day reporting. The site now also has a handy map feature that enables users to easily locate their nearest immigration office. The updated immigration website can be found at:[size=inherit]

Open discussion / Re: Any recent experience with iHerb?
« on: July 06, 2020, 02:21:51 PM »
Oh yes, since I thoroughly enjoy Chai Latte (just like most Starbucks have other than here in Thailand,)  you either have to make your own mixture of black tea and spices or do like I do, order from iHerb!

Also, if you hate having to use a Thai produced deodorant, then you can order an American brand from iHerb!

iHerb is not only for Americans and Canadians, an Australian friend, who lives in Thailand, orders vitamins and supplements from iHerb.

Open discussion / Re: Any recent experience with iHerb?
« on: July 06, 2020, 02:15:21 PM »
Rex, funny you bring that up.  After receiving the 2nd package at least a month before the 1st, I ordered again.  As I was awaiting for this new package, I again ordered another one.  (As you know, iHerb recommends that an order should be close to or less than 50USD so that customs would ignore.)  The first one is caught up in 'never never land' again and the 2nd package is already in Laksi, Bangkok, waiting to be shipped to Khon Kaen and delivered.

It seems that the problem is at the DHL Center (Deutsche Post) in Germany the intermediate stop coming out of California.  (No wonder DHL is no longer an Express Shipping/Delivery service in the US.)

So I guess it is hit or miss.  Maybe you need to get into the right 'zone to get priority' there in Germany.  Or, could it be some packages get sort out and placed in the container going to another country where it sits until someone takes action and sends it back to Germany.

It is a bit frustrating, and iHerb really takes no action to assist, says 'just wait' it'll arrive.  Right now they do say it is the pandemic that causes these unforeseen issues.

The one great thing about iHerb is getting the same brand name at a cost of at least 20-25% less from the States INCLUDING SHIPPING than getting that product here in Thailand.  the mark up here is ridiculous.

So you have to be patient.

Visas, et al / Re: Online 90 Day Reporting
« on: June 11, 2020, 04:53:56 PM »
I know all reporting had been suspended until later, but I just went online and completed my 90-Day Reporting.  Why?  It will now coincide with submitting my request for my retirement extension.

You have to fill out all the information again, but it went smoothly, approval was immediate.

3 months

Open discussion / Re: Where did the Covid-19 virus start?
« on: May 07, 2020, 08:13:46 AM »
Here are too good scientific articles from the UK on the origins of the virus, still confirmed to be in china and could have been as early as October of 2019.  The patient in France WAS THE FIRST INFECTED INDIVIDUAL IN FRANCE, but I doubt if the first in the world from the published scientific studies.

Visas, et al / Re: KK Immigration
« on: May 02, 2020, 07:25:18 PM »
Rex, probably not your fault.  I was told that if the data the I/O had entered into the database, whenever (maybe the first time under that arrival card) may be the issue.  If what you enter is not EXACTLY what they have in the database, it will respond with the error message, but with no explanation.

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