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We are in Sila.  No water problems.

Visas, et al / TM-30 Online registration website
« on: May 19, 2019, 02:18:54 PM »
Does anyone have the web address of the TM-30 website where property owners (my wife) would be able to register foreign visitors (our friends) who stay at our house here in KK? TIA

After further review looks like this affects only O-A visa holders , and I believe retirement / marriage extensions are O.

I am covered by my wife's government insurance. I wonder how immigration will treat that "policy" and what I might need in documentation from the Teacher's Association?

Open discussion / Re: New train station
« on: March 30, 2019, 10:55:34 AM »
The elevated tracks In KK are meant to eliminate grade level crossings (traffic congestion). The rail system from Korat (Jira) to KK is now double track meaning times and safety should be improved between these terminuses. According to SRT, in Khon Kaen the current, ground-level tracks will not be immediately dismantled. They are to be used for temporary transportation of train fuel and to ease unloading processes (whatever that means). As far as I know no new rolling stock (train cars) are scheduled for the near term future.  Same old intercity system but with new and better tracks and of course new stations hear and elswhere between Korat and here. Meanwhile double tracking projects are still going on elsewhere in Thailand. Eventually almost the entire (current) intercity routes will be double tracks and new intercity routes to the east and in the north will be constructed if all goes according to plan.

Where to find . . . / Re: Baking soda
« on: March 11, 2019, 09:11:42 AM »
Ive bought it at the big Lotus store north of KKU.


Use the SSA-1199 sign-up form to enroll in International Direct Deposit (IDD).  Forms are available on this site for all participating IDD countries. Before enrolling in IDD, you must meet the following requirements:
  • You must be a Title II beneficiary;
  • You must reside outside the U.S.;
  • You must keep us informed of your residence address (If you return to live in the U.S., IDD will cease); and
  • You must select a direct deposit account in a foreign financial institution (FI) that meets the requirements outlined in GN 02402.030 and GN 02402.045 through GN 02402.060
To start the IDD enrollment process, select and print the appropriate SSA-1199 form. Fill out sections 1 and 2. Have your financial institution fill out section 3. Mail the completed form to the appropriate Federal Benefits Unit indicated on the form.

Visas, et al / Re: New Immigration Office
« on: February 20, 2019, 05:31:45 PM »
No division.  Just different ways of describing which floor it's on.   American vs British vocab.
Duuuh!Peoples divided by speaking the same language. Thanks.

Visas, et al / Re: New Immigration Office
« on: February 17, 2019, 11:45:34 AM »
Terminal 2, second floor if American, first floor if British or other.  Hope I have the floor designation correct.
Huh??? Why the bifurcation?

Where to find . . . / Re: Looking for a printer service
« on: February 09, 2019, 11:07:15 AM »
Henry:If you live near Khon Kaen University, there's four or five in a row on Kanlapaphruek Road, a little west of the blinking light (for the road to the KKU Dentistry Center, which is about 350 meters from the Mittraphap Highway intersection. They would be on your left as you travel west. At least two can print from an electronic copy or scan paper to electronic. Good also for bulk copying.

Newbie Q & A Getting settled in KKC / Re: Bank Account
« on: January 20, 2019, 06:08:43 PM »

Now here is a negative, which I am not sure that other Thai banks have the same rules or not.  AND I just recently found it out.  Since my main account is from Bangkok (a different region), if I use a teller to transfer funds from a Khon Kaen-established bank account to one from a different region, there is a second charge called a 'commission'.  This really irked me.  If I do it online, no charge.  I guess a 'personal' touch costs!
Frank are you saying you can transfer the funds from your SSA account to a BBK regular savings account via an online transaction. I always thought that they (the bank and SSA) required you to do this in person? TIA.

It used to be that the bank letter certifying bank deposits and ending balance cost about 500 baht.  It has been a long time since I had to get one so maybe the cost has gone up.
For my visa extensions I've always used the 800,000 baht method. Bangkok Bank was only charging 100 baht for their certification/deposit letter past three years. I probably will be changing over to the monthly income method now. My SSA gets deposited to BBK automatically from SSA, every month, anyway.

Open discussion / Re: Who woulda thunk it?
« on: January 11, 2019, 03:58:43 PM »
Beautiful place ... I practically lived there, while doing work for ACP (Panama Canal Authority). Still have a lot of friends there. If I wasn't retired here, I'd be there.

Visas, et al / Re: Unwritten Rule for Marriage Extensions
« on: January 05, 2019, 08:41:19 AM »
Here is the FinCEN website where you file electronically:

Visas, et al / Re: Unwritten Rule for Marriage Extensions
« on: January 05, 2019, 08:36:18 AM »
Frank:I am pretty sure it is if the balance exceeds $10,000 any time during the year. Also FinCEN requires you to use the US Treasury foreign exchange rate as of December 31st of the year in question. The US Treasury published rate.

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