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Just was told at Hua Hin immigration I need a one time transfer or 800,000 baht into my Thai bank account for Non-O visa!


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I have recently retired/moved to Thailand with my Thai wife and Thai son. I came in on on a Tourist Visa using the Phuket sandbox scheme. I am trying to change my visa to a Thai marriage visa which requires 400,000 baht in the bank. ( I have my bank statements with me) We filled in on the required documents and went to Hua Hin immigration. Before they let us go upstairs with our paperwork they told my wife we needed to transfer ONE TIME 800,000 MORE BAHT into the account. I double and triple checked with my wife as I thought maybe something was lost in translation. My wife told me the women downstairs is telling her that it does not matter how much money you have in the bank you. You need to transfer in, at one time, 800,000 baht in order to get non-O visa to turn into marriage visa. This cannot be right. Any suggestions please!

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6 minutes ago, herfiehandbag said:

Did they get as far as recommending an "agent"?

Hua Hin have been asking for embassy letter for covid extensions.

Had this issue with couple of friends and had to use agent (time wise thing) 

Perhaps HH now trying games with non O marriage.

Why not...in for a penny in for a pound..

Pound of flesh that is..

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4 minutes ago, fulhamster said:

If the OP's bank account is a joint account, he will need double the 400K

Perhaps that is what HH Immigration mean...

Good point, but the OP alleges that this IO is disregarding the 400k already in the bank and insistinng on another one-time transfer of 800k. He/she must have got out of bed the wrong side that morning.

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2 minutes ago, fulhamster said:

If the OP's bank account is a joint account, he will need double the 400K

Perhaps that is what HH Immigration mean...

I did read report of exactly what you state.

Was upcountry not HH but clearly some offices allow a joint account as long as it has 800k.

I would love if that was available for retirement extensions. 

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21 minutes ago, Eff1n2ret said:

The IOs at Maptaphut aren't idiots, in my experience. I don't know about other offices, but there it's pretty much expected that applicants for marriage extensions take their wife along. 

I'm not doing a marriage extension, one based on monthly income.

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3 minutes ago, greenmonkey said:

I'm assuming the 400k has been in the bank for 2 months or longer?

OP, is applying for Non O not for extension.

The 400k is only required to be in bank on day of application. 

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