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New Member Introductions / Re: aussie couple
« Last post by GagaLady on August 17, 2018, 11:34:05 AM »
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Expat volunteers in Chiang Mai denied visas in work permit standoff


THAIVISA.COM

http://bit.ly/2LHhrGe

Thu 2 Aug 2018, 10:24 am

The head of two foundations in Chiang Mai has revealed to Thaivisa that a standoff between the new head of the Chiang Mai labor office and the city's immigration department is causing trouble for up to a thousand foreigners who are volunteering at charities in the province.

Our source - who has asked not to be named - said that visas were not being issued because volunteers were being denied work permits.

He called it a standoff between the new head of the labor department and Chiang Mai immigration.

Thaivisa understands the labor department in Chiang Mai has not been issuing work permits for foreign volunteers, with immigration then saying "sorry, we can't issue you visas as you don't have a work permit", said the source.

He said this was causing serious problems for long term non-immigrant "O" volunteers and charitable foundations and that as many as 1000 foreigners are affected.?

 

-- © Copyrigh?t Thai Visa News 2018-8-1
 http://bit.ly/2LHhrGe
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U.S. Embassy Consular Outreach / U.S. Consular Outreach PHUKET Thu 5 Jul 18
« Last post by admin on June 25, 2018, 05:35:39 PM »


This is about the outreach to PHUKET just in case y'all have an uncontrollable urge to do a little snorkeling and embassy business at the same time!    Or perhaps you know someone near Phuket who might need an outreach but does not receive these ACS messages.



The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to provide services in Phuket.

Date: 5 July 2018
Time:  12:00pm–3:00pm
Venue: Millennium Resort Patong Phuket
Address: 199 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu, Phuket 83150

Hotel phone:   (66) 7 660 1999

  No appointment necessary, services are provided on a first come – first serve basis.

To expedite your service, please arrive with your documents filled-out completely, correctly, and NOT signed. Documents, forms and applications can be accessed by clicking on any of the below listed links.

SERVICES OFFERED AND OFFICIAL EXCHANGE RATES ON 5 July 2018

·     3,630 THB- Renewal of adult passports

·     3,795 THB- Renewal of minor (under age 16) passports

·     4,785 THB- Renewal of first adult passports

·     4,785 THB- Replacement of adult lost/stolen passports

·     3,795 THB- Replacement of minor (under age 16) lost/stolen passports

·     990 THB- Adult passport card

·     495 THB- Minor passport card

·     1,650 THB (per notary stamp)  – Notary– including Income Affidavits

Above fees are based on an exchange rate of 33 THB to 1 USD

PLEASE NOTE: You must bring copies of your passport bio-data page and each supplementary document required with a passport application per the online instructions. Please follow all relevant passport renewal instructions according to above links. Original documents will be returned to the applicant, however, the copies will not.

IMPORTANT: For applications on behalf of minors, the child and both parents must appear in person.

PAYMENT METHOD

Please be advised the U.S. embassy will no longer accept cash (U.S. Dollars and Thai Baht) at Outreach Events for American Citizen Services. This is a worldwide policy, and no exceptions can be considered, please see the No Cash Announcement.

All payments at U.S. Embassy Outreach Events must be made in the form of a BANK DRAFT.

All Bank Drafts must be:

Purchased from Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank, or Siam Commercial Bank (SCB).   (There is no need to have an account at the bank to purchase a bank draft) (Kasikorn Bank calls a “Bank Draft” a “Bill of Exchange”). 

Made out to “American Embassy Bangkok.” (No variations, errors, or typos are permitted. Do not write on or make any markings on the bank draft.)

In the exact amount of Thai Baht (THB) for your total service.

At the official embassy exchange rate at the time of the outreach.

Fees and exchange rates are included in individual outreach announcements and posted on our website.

Submitted at the time of service.

Issued within the last six months.

You can show below information to the bank:

[You can show below information to the bank:

ลูกค้าท่านนี้ต้องการซื้อแบงค์ดร๊าฟ(สกุลเงินบาทเท่านั้น)
โดยจำนวนเงินอ้างอิงตามอัตราแลกเปลี่ยนของสถานทูต
และระบุสั่งจ่ายถึง “American Embassy Bangkok”
รบกวนช่วยอำนวยความสะดวกให้ด้วยค่ะ



Delivery Service: You must purchase and submit a separate 100 THB bank draft. Do not include the cost of the envelope in your total bank draft for services.

Please note:


Cashiers’ checks, personal checks, cash, credit or any other form of payment will not be accepted.

Bank Draft requirement only applies to Consular Outreach Events. Services rendered during normal business hours at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok or the Consulate in Chiang Mai will continue to accept payments made by credit card or cash (THB or USD).

RETURN OF PASSPORT

The Passport Retrieval Process Has Changed! – Beginning 1 July 2018:


Passport Return by Thai Post Registered Mail:
Your new passport will be sent to your mailing address in Thailand through registered mail. ACS will cancel your current passport at the time of application and return it to you.


Purchase a prepaid Thai Post envelope at the outreach event for 100 THB (SEPARATE BANK DRAFT IS REQUIRED). Do not include the cost of the envelope in your total bank draft for servies.

NEARBY PARTICIPATING BANKS:



Bangkok Bank
147 Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd
Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu
Chang Wat, Phuket 83150



Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)
Jungceylon Shopping Center
Patong Beach, Phuket 83150



Kasikorn Bank
Thanon Ratuthit Songroipi Rd
Tambon Patong, Amphoe Kathu
Chang Wat, Phuket 83150



You may use any branch of the three participating banks. The above branches are suggested since they are near the venue.



SPECIAL NOTES

CONSULAR REPORTS OF BIRTH ABROAD AND AUTHENTICATION OF SIGNATURE SERVICES CANNOT BE PROCESSED AT CONSULAR OUTREACH EVENTS.

Starting on October 1, 2017, all beneficiaries and applicants living in Thailand must direct all questions regarding Social Security to SSA Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) in U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines at FBU.manila@ssa.gov. Please visit http://www.ssa.gov for more Social Security information.

For other outreach dates and locations please see http://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/consular-outreach/

For information on US Citizen Services please see http://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/

For questions please email acsbkk@state.gov

Follow us on Twitter by searching our username @ACSBKK.

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Cinema (Movies) / Hotel Artemis, Ocean's 8, Hereditary
« Last post by admin on June 14, 2018, 09:02:47 PM »

Thu 14 Jun 2018, 8:54 pm


THREE NEW MOVIES WITH ENGLISH SOUNDTRACK OPENING IN THAILAND CINEMAS THIS WEEK


HOTEL ARTEMIS



OCEAN'S 8




HEREDITARY


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Cinema (Movies) / Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
« Last post by admin on June 08, 2018, 06:55:07 PM »
Thu 7 Jun 2018

MOVIES WITH ENGLISH SOUNDTRACK OPENING IN THAILAND CINEMAS THIS WEEK


JURASSIC WORLD:  FALLEN KINGDOM


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Alerts and News about the Region and the World / Gov crackdown on Guesthouses
« Last post by admin on May 30, 2018, 12:36:55 PM »
Wed 30 May 2018, 12:31 pm

"Guesthouses," usually small family-run hotels have been a cottage industry in Thailand for decades serving budget travelers and lending charm and character to tourist areas. Many travelers prefer the small-scale intimacy, charm and personal service to the more sterile and cold-blooded commercial hotels. To each their own, of course. However, this industry, the livelihoods of generations of guesthouse owners and operators are at risk as the gov moves to make it difficult or impossible for such places to continue to operate in Thailand. Not only does this effect the guesthouse operators but also budget travelers who will have fewer options and my be entirely priced-out of visiting Thailand.  Of course, in our opinion, it would be better for the big hotel operators/owners (many of whom are members of the government) to work hard to provide better service and lower prices rather than colluding to squash an entire industry comprised mostly of innocents with little or no defense against the gov and big business. While undoubtedly there are many levels to this story, I rarely ask my facebook friends to share posts, but I make an exception this time. If you love these little guesthouse facilities or are just opposed to abuse of power from gov and big business PLEASE SHARE this with friends and colleagues. Thanks!  -Rex[/size

THE NATION- Facing a crackdown on unregistered accommodations, the operators of 200 small hotels and guesthouses in Chiang Mai’s Muang district on Friday jointly hired a team of experienced lawyers to petition the court to legalise their businesses, as well as asking for help from related agencies . . .  Read more => http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30346274
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Cinema (Movies) / Solo: A Star Wars Story, Backstabbing for Beginners
« Last post by admin on May 25, 2018, 10:19:43 AM »
Fri 25 May 2018, 10:01 am

NEW MOVIES WITH ENGLISH SOUNDTRACK OPENING IN THAILAND CINEMAS THIS WEEK

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY




BACKSTABBING FOR BEGINNERS



HELD OVER FROM LAST WEEK

Deadpool 2
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Cinema (Movies) / Deadpool 2
« Last post by admin on May 17, 2018, 07:45:50 PM »
Thu 17 May 2018, 7:42 pm

MOVIES WITH ENGLISH SOUNDTRACK OPENING IN THAILAND CINEMAS THIS WEEK


DEADPOOL 2



HELD OVER FROM LAST WEEK:  None
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Open discussion / Where would you go if Thailand wet "pear shaped" for expats?
« Last post by admin on May 14, 2018, 10:50:59 AM »
Mon 14 May 2018, 10:43 am

Here is an interesting an honest post on ThaiVisa.com by  spidermike007 discussing alternatives to Thailand for expats:

"That is exactly the topic that needs to be discussed. I cannot think of a viable alternative, within the restraints of my budget. I have considered spending at least a portion of the year in Spain. No other place in SE Asia is anything I find appealing . . . Read more at http://bit.ly/2Kl70Tw

Where would you go if Thailand went "pear shaped" for expats?
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