The Thai Embassy offers a non-immigrant visa for "OA" (long stays) for pensioners who are in Thailand. The holder of this category of visa can take advantage of the unique benefits of retiring specifically in Thailand.
"OA" is a visa for entry visa (single or multiple entry). The maximum length of stay is one year, and can be extended for up to one year. Spouses may be authorized to be accompanied by a pensioner in Thailand. The Embassy may issue a non-immigrant "O" dependent visa for the benefit of its retired spouse.
Visa Authorization Requirements
The conditions for issuing a "OA" visa are as follows:
· At least 50 years old
· Not contrary to Thai laws, nationality and country of origin with a resident country · did not suffer and was not previously infected with an infectious disease
· No intention and work permit
· Annual pension at least one THB 65,000.00 monthly income or 800,000.00 THB in Thai Baht at a Thai bank.
Thai Retirement Visa Application Procedure
An application to the Embassy of London in Thailand or to Royal Thai Consulates in Hull is filed prior to the application process. Liverpool and Birmingham.
The application can be made personally or through a Thai visa agency. However, if the applicant appears in Thailand, the rules are less strict than in the Thai Embassy outside the Kingdom.
In addition to the application form, the applicant must hold a passport with a validity of at least 12 months on the date of application. New passport-size photographs are also required. A copy of the bank account statement and the criminal record (if you are outside of Thailand) must also be prepared as a supporting document. It is recommended that you first apply for a 90-day non-immigrant visa outside Thailand and then extend a one-year "OA" visa to Thailand at the Thai immigration office. This eliminates the need for a comprehensive medical exam and criminal records check from the local police. Financial requirements and documents from your pension or bank account are the most important in the application process. These are essential for the approval of the visa by the Thai consular office and serve as a basis for issuing a Thai retirement visa.
After receiving a retirement visa for Thailand, the holder is already entitled to travel to Thailand and apply for entry into the Thai immigration checkpoint. The visa does not promise entry. At the port of entry, the immigration inspector has the final say in the matter. You must first determine the privilege of the creditor. If allowed, the initial period for the owner is up to 90 days. This can later be extended by the Office of the Thai Immigration Office.
Source by Dennis Ramm