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friendlygiant56
12/28/2016 18:54 EST

Hi,
I'm retiring soon and was wondering if my company pension, as opposed to a government pension plan, is allowed for the retirement visa? Thanks

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ken24
12/28/2016 20:40 EST

I don't think that it matters where your money comes from as long as you meet the requirements.

And you can also put the 800,000 baht in the bank. It must remain there for 3 months prior to getting your retirement visa and then can be withdrawn after.

Check your local Thai Consulate for details. There is a lot of flux lately on visas but retirement visa has remained constant..

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caughtintheact
12/28/2016 21:24 EST

A company pension is acceptable, but the documentation requirements may vary depending on which country you are from..

Try the forums at www.thaivisa.com and/or a web search for company pension letter for retirement in thailand for more information.

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swegolf
12/29/2016 02:57 EST

Make an appointment on line at the embassy in Bangkok.
You declare your pension at the US Embassy in Bangkok. They do not require documentation. You print out your appointment page and take it to the counter after security and fill out a form, take that and your Visa or MasterCard to the window and pay the stamp fee.
Take that stamped document to immigration. YOU MUST HAVE MORE THAN 3 WEEKS LEFT ON YOUR TOURIST VISA to get immigration approval. Pay immigration in Baht.
Bangkok is best. Quickest. Less chance of bribe. Yes it happens to everybody in smaller towns like Hua Hin.
They will stamp your passport for a one year extension.

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friendlygiant56
12/29/2016 11:11 EST

Thanks so much for the great info!

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tgibob
1/2/2017 22:40 EST

I did not have to show any paper work. Americans can sign a form in the presence a consular officer stating we have the required income.

I did that at the Consulate in Chiang Mai and then took it to Thai Immigration.

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Singlelooking
1/4/2017 06:41 EST

You say just sign without showing ANY PAPERWORK at all???
2) Where do you sign the paper
at the American or at the Thai Embassy?
Can you do it at an Embassy before you Arrive in Thailand?

Would you know what happens if you bring a Philippine girlfriend???
Would she be able to stay BASED on YOUR income declaration

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Singlelooking
1/4/2017 06:43 EST

You say just sign without showing ANY PAPERWORK at all???
2) Where do you sign the paper
at the American or at the Thai Embassy?
Can you do it at an Embassy before you Arrive in Thailand?

Would you know what happens if you bring a Philippine girlfriend???
Would she be able to stay BASED on YOUR income declaration

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swegolf
1/4/2017 07:37 EST

Stated income at the US embassy in Bkk.
Your ph girl doesn't qualify. On your visa. She will need to do visa runs. That's exactly why me and my ph wife are in Vietnam. Plus it's 2/3 the cost here to live. Your ph girl will get hassled by immigration. Guaranteed.

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hawkesk
1/4/2017 10:41 EST

You do this at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. I was surprised at first, and only once was I questioned a little. I have a pension that just squeaks by but when I combine it with my real estate investment income, I'll be good the rest of my life. AFTER signing the affidavit, the agent said "That's quite a pension." It was more of a killing time statement rather than an official inquiry.

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Singlelooking
1/4/2017 15:01 EST

What's the right place to live in Nam?
What's the your Phil girlfriend immigration advantage (over Thai) there?

What's Your immigration situation there? Can you renew easily like in the Phil?

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swegolf
1/4/2017 15:26 EST

Two step process. Get a visa letter via email. Usually $25-50 depending on the type of visa.
Then pay US dollars at the border in exact amount.
I have a 1yr visa for $140 or so.
PH wife has a 3 month, $35 or so.
After 3 months we both go out but flights are very cheap. You don't need to go to immigration and fork over another $80 every other month or visa run every 2 months.
Most people go to Cambodia. There's some fun things to do there. But it's every 3 months.
You can get 1yr business visas for both of you then no visa every 3 months. But we chose this way because it's an inexpensive way to figure out if we want to stay.
Nha Trang is better than any TH city. By far.

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swegolf
1/4/2017 15:29 EST

Your company pension is fine and you don't need to deposit 800,000. You need to extend your O tourist visa for 1 yr.

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Imadork
1/4/2017 21:06 EST

Thanks for sharing the info about Nha Trang! Looks wonderful for a visit and possibly more!

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Singlelooking
1/5/2017 00:29 EST

Good info! I've heard the praises of Nah Trang!
I will check with the Nam embassy.
Thank you
To get buss visa for both you say
That you are looking at buss opportunities in Nam? I suppose...

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wealthychef
1/5/2017 01:55 EST

You say, "Nha Trang is better than any TH city. By far." There's no such that as a "best city" for everyone. You need to be specific. What's your yardstick? Bangkok is a very cool, very modern, very sophisticated and fun city, great to be a single person in, with lots of western conveniences mixed into its Thai charm. What is so great about Nha Trang? I'm not saying it isn't better, I'm just saying you would be much more helpful if you got specific.

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swegolf
1/5/2017 02:34 EST

Keep researching. We love it here. Terrific restaurants.

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emmajulia1
1/30/2017 16:02 EST

Vietnam is 2/3 the cost of living as it was in Thailand ?
Thanks,
Scott

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swegolf
1/30/2017 20:41 EST

Yes it is. And I've seen very little price gouging. So maybe 1/2.
Steve

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swegolf
1/30/2017 20:41 EST

Yes it is. And I've seen very little price gouging. So maybe 1/2.
Steve

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swegolf
1/30/2017 20:46 EST

Yes it is.

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swegolf
1/30/2017 20:46 EST

Yes it is.

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swegolf
1/30/2017 20:46 EST

Yes it is.

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swegolf
1/30/2017 20:47 EST

Yes it is.

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swegolf
1/30/2017 20:47 EST

Yes it is.

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swegolf
1/30/2017 20:47 EST

Yes it is.

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swegolf
1/30/2017 20:47 EST

Yes it is.

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wealthychef
1/30/2017 21:01 EST

By the way, there is a whole site called Thaivisa.com dedicated to this subject.

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