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  1. Thailand sets a one month deadline to arrest and deport all foreigners on overstay, stringent checks expected Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan yesterday instructed Pol Maj-General Surachate Hakparn, Thailand’s acting Immigration Bureau chief to crack down on foreigners overstaying their visas or using Thailand as safe haven for criminal activities. Pol Maj-General Surachate Hakparn has been given one month to arrest and deport thousands of foreigners suspected of staying in the Kingdom illegally, the Nation reported. Gen. Prawit, who oversees National Security, issued the order during a meeting of the military, police and Interior Ministry security agencies yesterday, according to Defence Ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantra-Wanit. Gen. Prawit told General Surachate Hakparn to step up efforts to keep foreign tourists safe and to crack down on transnational criminals who enter the Kingdom posing as tourists. The Immigration Bureau was ordered to strictly enforce the law, weed out foreigners without visas and overstaying their visas and deport them within one month. It was told to check whether foreigners doing business here were working in professions that were legally reserved for Thais. Pol Maj-General Surachate Hakparn was recently promoted to acting Immigration Bureau chief after spearheading a series of raids and spot checks that have so far found more than 1,000 foreigners overstaying their visas. Surachate has strong connections with Prawit whose popularity has been declining after the luxury-watch scandal. The police commander had recently made a name for himself with his crackdowns on crimes related to foreigners as deputy commander of Tourist Police. Thailand welcomes more than 30 million visitors annually for tourism. The country is also home to millions of documented and undocumented migrant workers from all over the world. Illegal entry and overstay are not unusual for the country. The Immigration Bureau announced on its website yesterday that there were 1.6 million foreigners living in Thailand between January and August. Canadians were the biggest group at 9,872 – followed by 9,583 Dutch, 9,566 Bangladeshis and 9,483 Italians. During the same period, more than 10 million foreign tourists entered the Kingdom, the bureau said. Following Prawit’s order, Surachate led police yesterday in collaring 22 citizens of African nations and a Myanmar man on Bangkok’s Sukhumvit Soi 3, some of who were just walking on the street. Eight of them had their documents in order and were released, while Luke Okoli, 18, of South Africa, was charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful entry into the Kingdom. Kevin Asok, 29, from Guinea, and Ake Dikajvuidi, 25, and Ramaqami Kapita Mwati, 27, of Congo, were charged with carrying fake passports. Ten others were charged with entering Thailand illegally, including the Myanmar man identified only as Suneil, 22. The others were John Omo, 26, of Zimbabwe, Chers Igbosonu, 24, of Mozambique, Gabriel Williams, 29, of Liberia, Yamoah Gilbert, 19, and Boyyant, 27, of Ghana, Chibueze Casmir, 31, of Nigeria, and Masud Masata, 23, and Mongolola Jacques Pilipili, 19, of Congo. General Surachate called a press conference yesterday to discuss measures in helping victims of call-centre gangs and 412 romance scams. Police operations over the past years to suppress foreign criminals has managed to return Bt27 million to 133 victims of such crimes, he said. A crackdown on crimes related to foreigners is ongoing and the court has issued more than 600 arrest warrants for call-centre gang members. More than 30 cases of romance scams are now under investigation. Thai nationals involved in or facilitating such criminals would also be arrested, he warned. Expat forums and reaction on social media was mixed, however, it was strongly suggested by many long time legal expats to keep a copy of your passport and entry/exit stamp on your person. It is legal to Thailand to spot check the status of ones passport.
  2. British Embassy statement on income letters: Officials knew about problems in May and say that US nationals will also be affected The British Embassy in Bangkok commented on the issuing of letters regarding income. They said that they had a meeting with immigration in May that they are "not verification experts". They have also claimed that US nationals will also be caught up in the problems as their embassy is also said to be stopping notarized letters in this regard as well. The full text of the reply is below: "The decision was made by the British Embassy following a meeting with immigration in May in which they confirmed that they expect the embassy to verify all sources of income of British Nationals requesting an income letter. Consular officers are not verification experts and therefore cannot fulfil (sic) this requirement. We also cannot verify income from every income source in every country of the world. Thai Immigration is able to verify the income in a Thai bank account, therefore British Nationals should show evidence of minimum funds for their visa type by showing a Thai bank statement and/or bank book. This is not a new requirement and has always been an option for foreigners renewing retirement and marriage visas in Thailand". Regarding the way forward the British Embassy Bangkok said "British Nationals should now demonstrate that they have an amount of at least 800,000 THB in an account in Thailand for no less than three months prior to the visa application, or a monthly income of at least 65,000 THB transferred into an account in Thailand for a retirement visa. For a marriage visa, the amounts are at least 400,000 THB in an account in Thailand for no less than three months prior to the visa application, or a monthly income of at least 40,000 THB transferred into an account in Thailand. A bank statement should be used as the supporting document for obtaining a Thai retirement or marriage visa. If the British National doesn’t already have a bank account, they should open one and follow the steps above". Asked if they were aware of action by other embassies the British Embassy Bangkok said: "Yes we are aware that the US embassy will also be stopping their notarised income letter. Please contact them directly for further information". The issue has been one of the most widely commented upon stories of the year. Meanwhile the embassies of New Zealand and the Netherlands have confirmed that they have no plans to stop the similar services they offer to their nationals in Thailand. "There is no change to the New Zealand Embassy’s current process. New Zealand nationals are welcome to visit the Embassy to complete a statutory declaration - and declare their income. "Alternatively, the Embassy can also issue a consular letter to those who present evidence that income earned is from the Ministry of Work and Income (WINZ) or Ministry of Social Development (MSD). The fee for completing a statutory declaration or consular letter is THB 1,330." A statement from the Embassy of the Netherlands read: "There is no indication that the Dutch Government is going to stop this service for its nationals". Earlier this week the Canadian Embassy in Bangkok stated it had no plans change to its current process.
  3. There will be no quarantine imposed on your pet when entering Thailand as long as the following requirements are met. Unless otherwise stated, the regulations below apply to domestic dogs and cats only. Owners of other pets should refer to item 13. 1. Pet Microchip Thailand's pet import regulations require that your dog or cat be microchipped with an ISO 11784 pet microchip that is a 15 digit and non-encrypted for all animals entering or transiting Thailand. If your pet's microchip is not ISO compliant, then you can carry a microchip scanner. 2. Vaccinations Unless your pet is located in a country that has not had any rabies incidents in the past 12 months, a vaccination card/certificate is required for each pet, clearly displaying your pet's current rabies vaccination, including the vaccine's manufacturer, batch number and expiration. The rabies vaccination must have been administered between 21 days prior to arrival in Thailand and not more than 12 months prior to arrival. Additionally, your dog must have been vaccinated against Leptospirosis not less than 21 days prior to travel. If not vaccinated, your dog should be tested for Leptospirosis with negative result during the 30 (thirty) days prior to the departure. All pets must be vaccinated against other significant infectious or contageous diseases (Distemper, Hepatitus, and Parvovirus) with an approved vaccine at least 21 days prior to departure from the originating country. Cats must be vaccinated against Feline Cat Flu-Feline Calicivirus, Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis, Chlamydia Psittaci, Cat Enteritis-Feline Panleukopaenia/Feline Parvovirus between 21 days and one year before entering Thailand. 3. Blood Titer Test Thailand does not require a rabies titer test (FAVN) for pets entering from any country. 4. Health Certificate The health certificate for Thailand must be completed in English and stamped (endorsed) by the government of the exporting country responsible for the import and export of animals. If you are traveling from the United States this would be the State USDA office or the CFIA office if traveling from Canada. If you are not traveling from either of these countries, the governing authority in your country responsible for the import and export of animals should endorse the forms. A copy of your passport must accompany your pet. 5. Internal and External Parasites It is recommended that, before your dog or cat can enter Thailand, it should be treated against internal and external parasites (ticks and tapeworms). 6. Permits You must obtain an Import Permit from the Department of Livestock Development in advance of your pet's arrival. The license is valid for 60 days. Any live animal transiting Bangkok will need an import permit. 7. Post Import Procedures Pets may be subject to up to 30 days of quarantine upon entering Thailand for tests at the quarantine center upon arrival. Should all inspections and tests have acceptable results, your pet will be released to you. 8. Entering Thailand by Air Pets can arrive in Thailand in the cabin or as checked baggage or air cargo at Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. Advance notification should be given to the Animal Quarantine Station. Pets can also enter Thailand at Phuket, although an import permit is required and arrangements must be made with veterinary officials for clearance. Your pet is not permitted exposure to other animals if they are transiting at any approved intermediate port or airport. They shall not be allowed to leave the precinct of the port except to an officially approved transit quarantine area. At check-in, you will present the following documents for the issuance of an import license: a photocopy of pet owner's passport, an original pet vaccination record (and a pet passport, if any), an original official health certificate and a photocopy of printed import permit. Pet dogs and cats will not be quarantined as long as they arrive with a current import permit and all regulations to enter Thailand are met. However, a quarantine officer has the discretionary authority to detain any pets/animals in a quarantine station for a period of at least 30 days upon arrival during which they shall be submitted to tests and/or treatments deemed necessary. The pet owner would assume this expense. Pets transiting Thailand as air cargo will need a transit permit which must be applied for via an import permit application.9. Puppies and Kittens Thailand requires that puppies and kittens are vaccinated no sooner than 3 months and wait for 30 days prior to entering the country. 10: Traveling with a puppy Banned Breeds Thailand does not permit the import of Pit Bull Terriers or American Staffordshire Terriers. 11.Exporting PetsLiving in Thailand Cats and dogs cannot be exported until they have been microchipped and vaccinated for rabies and wait 30 days. Puppies and kittens must not be vaccinated for rabies until they reach 3 months of age, so the minimum age for export is 4 months of age. Your pet must also have a health certificate, export permit (when applicable). All Pets to be exported must be inspected 48 hours before departure at the Airport before the Export License is granted. The export License and Health Certificate shall be issued and collected after the inspection and a copy will be sent to the owner before departure.12. Other Animals Rabbits are subject to the same requirements as listed above. Birds, invertebrates, tropical fish, reptiles, amphibia, mammals such as rodents are not subject to requirements of rabies vaccination, but may have to meet other requirements and should have a health certificate to enter Thailand. Pet owners are strongly advised to seek further information from the relevant authority of their country and/or that of the country of destination.13. CITES If your pet is not a dog, cat or ferret, and especially if it is a turtle or parrot, you should verify that it is not protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). You will need to apply for additional permits if this is the case. Over 180 countries participate and enforce CITES regulations. Search CITES database. Read More about CITES 14. Need More Advice? To the best of our ability, we ensure that recommendations given here reflect the current regulations. We cannot predict how a given country may enforce these regulations. Noncompliance may result in the need to make arrangements to put your pet into quarantine at your expense, return your pet to the country of origin, or euthanize your pet. We suggest that you minimize the disruptions that may occur by following the rules of the country you are visiting.
  4. How to get a Thai Visa from the Thai Consulate in Hobart To obtain a retirement visa for Thailand from the Thai consulate, you need to do the following. The cost for the retirement visa is very reasonable. 1. The cost is AUD$275 for the application fee, you also need to provide 2 Passport size photos. 2. Provide a doctors certificate showing that you do not have leprosy, TB, elephantiasis, not addicted to any drugs and finally that you don't have syphilis. This costs about AUD$75 3. Provide a Police check, AUD$55 for a statement from and signed by your States Police Commissioner (Highest ranking officer) that I have you do not have any outstanding criminal matters. 4. A separate form in addition to the applications form with information about my intended arrival in Thailand i.e. arrival date, hotel booking etc. 5. Copy of your information page of your Australian Passport. 6. Copy of your Australian passport. 7.A letter from your bank showing that you have the required funds (Bt 800,000) available All of the documents in this application which amount to 6 pages + passport need 2 copies and made into 3 lots of 6 pages and bound together. Now this is where it all gets tricky. It is required that all 3 the copies of all 6 pages are signed by a Justice of the Peace (JP), that is each page all 18 pages ...In Western Australia we have CD's Commissioner of Declarations and JP's.. CDs are voluntary citizens (teachers, police, doctors, politicians etc.etc.) of standing who sign mostly Statutory Declarations (Stat dec.) attesting that you are the person who signed a document(s) this is similar for JPs. JPs are often involved in more complex legal matters, issuing warrants, affidavit and sometimes sit in judgement in a court if required it's a voluntary position ( no payment is made). It is not the duty of a JP to vouch for any information contained in the documents. A JP's duty is to say that he saw you sign the document. There is no fee for this service from a JP or CD. it is a voluntary position. Advice from Western Australia State Attorney General (Top law officer) is not to engage JPs in frivolous matters when requesting witnessing of legal documents as they offer there services free of charge. The Thai retirement visa application requires all documents including copies to be signed by a JP. That is clearly frivolous. It is not the duty in Australia of a JP to sign each page of 18 pages of any application for anything. Some documents may 500 pages. In my case as I new the JP personally he reluctantly signed all the documents. He reminded me that his duty was only to witness that I am the person signing and that the information in the document I have shown him is true and that he saw you/me sign that declaration, you can go to jail if you make a false declaration (the information in the document the JP likely knows nothing about, not his job to know). This would/could make my application for a Thai retirement visa 36 pages (18 pages of application and 18 pages of stat dec's) The JP reminded that my request was far above what his voluntary service is for. He suggested that Thailand's request that he sign a document from the states Australia highest ranking police officer and a medical certificate from a doctors that they were telling the truth was in his opinion an "abuse of request." If requests like this were replicated in Australia or any western country where every page of a legal document had to be signed by a JP the legal system in those countries would simply collapse..
  5. BlueDog

    How To Meet Thai Girls

    One dating site that seems to have more genuine girls on it is Thai Friendly
  6. People may have to wait longer for visas or Australian citizenship to be granted because of cutbacks at the Immigration Department. Department secretary Mike Pezzullo told Senate Estimates he would give no guarantee that waiting times would not increase for citizenship, refugee or permanent migration visas. He indicated some visa applicants might have to wait longer but he took an aggregated view. Mr Pezzullo said it would be of more concern to him if foreign fighters returned or counter-terrorism units were not properly equipped. "If people died as a result of a terrorist attack and there was an issue around our borders, I'd be deeply concerned about that," he said. "At a human level, you don't want anyone to wait for a government decision any longer than is absolutely necessary. If some folks have to wait a little bit longer then so be it." The department has revealed 355 staff have gone from the visa and citizenship section since the beginning of the financial year. Mr Pezzullo defended the cuts saying that area of the department's work was most suited to automation. "In a circumstances of constrained resources which applies to all government departments — because the Government's got a strategy around deficit and debt reduction — all agencies have to then make choices about potentially growing some areas and then cutting other areas," he said. He said rapid growth in all categories of visa applications had a bigger impact on waiting times than staff cuts. Mr Pezzullo earlier told the estimates committee his department would need to make nearly $1 billion dollars in savings over the next four years.
  7. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has banned 457 visas PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced he is scrapping the controversial 457 visa program for skilled migrants as part of a bid to tackle unemployment. The Prime Minister says jobs must go to Australians first, before businesses consider hiring foreign workers. He said while Australia was multicultural, it needed to focus on local jobs. “We have and we always will be an immigration nation, but we must ensure that the foundation of that success is maintained and the foundation is that our migration system is seen to work in the national interest,” Mr Turnbull said at a Parliament House press conference today. “That it is seen to deliver for Australians. It is seen to ensure that Australian jobs are filled by Australians wherever possible. “We’re abolishing 457 visas, the visas which bring temporary foreign workers into our country.” As at September 30, 2016 there were 95,757 workers in Australia on primary 457 visas The program will be replaced by another visa program, with new restrictions. “It is important businesses still get access to the skills they need to grow and invest, so the 457 visa will be replaced by a new temporary visa, specifically designed to recruit the best and brightest in the national interest,” Mr Turnbull said. Source: News.com.au
  8. BlueDog

    Onshore Partner Visa Before Pmv Is Granted

    It should be possible as there is no 8503 condition. I did, but we qualified for defacto and applied onshore on the last day of the Visitor Visa as Bangkok had not even looked at the case file.
  9. Australian Visa Forum Launches New Member Rank - Champion Australian Visa Forum have launched a new member rank - Champion, The rank of Champion is to recognize the members who contribute significantly to the forum and provide excellence in the knowledge they posses regarding visa's for Australia when replying. To achieve the rank of Champion, a post count of 300 much be reached. Current members who have achieved Champion status are: AussieDude - 1,082 posts Aussie_83 - 730 posts Emerald - 531 posts Jyotikaran - 495 posts gm6 - 460 posts DCsharma 386 posts wonder -364 posts Kanga - 343 posts Max longwaited - 301 posts From the management and other members as well as guests we would like to thank these Champions for their contribution to the forum. Services available for members Discount Flights - Best fares Guaranteed lowest rates on hotels, from Hotels Combined
  10. BlueDog

    Partner Visa Quesion.

    You can only apply for another visitor visa, you may be lucky and get one that doesn't have the 8503 condition which means you can apply for another once the first is coming to an end, they may grant a 12 month visa, but she will have to go home every 3 months.
  11. BlueDog

    Partner Or Prospective Visa Help!

    If you can get the VV with 8503 you would not need to get married just to apply onshore, you could apply for a Partner visa under defacto criteria on the last day of the VV which would have given you 12 months living together, it's what I did when Bangkok were dragging their feet with the offshore application, we lodged on the last day and got a bridging visa, they weren't happy about it, but they had to provide it as we met the criteria, it did mean another application fee, but that was less than the flights and stuffing around.
  12. A Visitor visa (subclass 600) will cover you for your trip. This visa lets you visit Australia: - to visit or for business visitor purposes - for up to three, six or 12 months. The base application charge for this visa ranges from AUD135 to AUD1000.
  13. CHANGES TO THE PENSION Under reforms introduced by the Turnbull Government today Seniors living overseas would have their aged pensions cut off after six weeks, down from 26 weeks. Source:News.com.au
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    There are various reasons, upcoming upgrades to the forum software and also it doesnt have some integration functions we desire. The Mobile skin provides pretty much the same functionality. We will be upgrading the forum to version 4 shortly, which looks a fair bit different.