I thought the statutory declaration was now history, has to be funds in a Thai bank and with docs to show it's there as of submission date and has been the requisite time.
Tell me I'm wrong and a stat dec is all that's required?
I've been hearing conflicting stories. But as a Brit, you might be approved, since the UK embassy insists on proof of income. Some other embassies don't, considering themselves similar to a notary public. They simply verify that you say you have that much income. Also, while Chaeng Wattana still seems to be accepting it, some other offices around Thailand apparently aren't. TIT
Pretendingtobemale, on 24 July 2017 - 09:53, said:
Flash - I qualify for the retirement visa in Thailand as it's accepted to provide an embassy issued Stat Dec, stating how much you earn or have in savings. The Australian Embassy doesn't care what you write down, all a Stat Dec is the Embassy saw you write it down, it's not "proof" of funds or any of the information you write. However Thailand doesn't seem to notice that so I always wonder who would leave 800K in a bank, when a stat dec from a friendly embassy does the same trick.
I'm speaking on experience as the local place that does my Visa would love to issue me a retirement VIsa, and keep offering me, as they are allowed too, however I only want a marriage visa, as I work, so that needs to go to another office to process.
The US embassy is the same way, which really pissed off the Brits (who have to prove it). But lately I've been hearing that some immigration offices aren't accepted the embassy statements. Also, if you travel outside the country quite often, they pretty much figure that you're not really retired and may reject it. (This happened to someone we both know.)
p.s. I was on a marriage visa for years, but if you're not working the retirement visa is a lot easier.
When the retirement visa first came out, it was 400,000 baht in a bank account or the equivalent in stocks and bonds - or owning a condo worth more than that. About the same time, the Bank of Thailand in its wisdom decided that foreigners could only open a bank account if they had a valid work permit. Just another result of Thai officials not coordinating with each other. When it was pointed out that retired people don't work and therefore could not open an account, the The Bank of Thailand cancelled the WP requirement. That was years ago, but most banks still insist on it. (It was 200,000 then for a marriage visa.)
A few years later, the amount to retire was doubled without explanation to 800,000 baht, and the stocks or property option was eliminated. It has to be cash money these days. I googled because I wasn't sure, but a marriage visa is either the 400,000 in a bank account or a monthly income of 40,000 baht. This is typical Thai logic ... a single person needs 65,000 a month to live on, while a married one needs 25,000 baht less. Amazing Thailand.
p.s. I was quite pissed off when Immigration made me move my money from the university co-op to a private bank. The co-op paid higher interests and had other benefits, but the gal at Immigration told me it wasn't acceptable as a bank. WTF? How many prime ministers have been Thammasat graduates and have money in that co-op? Is Immigration in league with the banks?
The requirements for a retirement visa are so strict that I'm sure at least a few of the old guys in Pattaya and elsewhere must be illegals. What I really wonder about are the Indian peanut vendors. I always buy something to help them out, as the rumour is that many of them have simply walked all the way here from India. They do no harm, and I wouldn't be surprised if they bribe the police to ignore them. (I didn't see any of them for over a year following the last coup, but they've been appearing again in recent months.)
p.s. The news reported a few years ago on an older Brit who lived in Issan with his Mrs on a tiny UK pension. No way he could meet the 400,000 in the bank minimum nor 800,000 for retirement, let alone the 65,000 a month income. He'd been living on tourists visas, until the government set a limit on them. Wonder what happened to him?