From the Pattaya Expat Club
The UK Embassy announced that they will no longer be providing letters for Thai Immigration certifying monthly income effective 1 January 2019. The following announcement appears on their website – Click here to read. UK Embassy noted their decision was that Thai Immigration had advised them that were expected to “verify” the income documents, which they could not feasibly do.
Following the UK, the US Embassy also announced they would no longer issue “income affidavits” effective 1 January 2019. Included with their website announcement were links to two documents,one a “Fact” sheet and the other a “FAQ” sheet. Click here to read the announcement and access the links to the Fact and FAQ documents.
Following those announcements, the Australian Embassy also announced they would no longer be issuing Statutory Declarations of income. Click here to read the Announcement.
All three Embassies will continue to issue the letters, effective January 1, 2019 for UK & US Embassy and January 7, 2019 for Australian Embassy. Since the UK Embassy does it by mail, they will not accept any applications after 12 December 2018. The US and Australian Embassy require appointments and a visit to their Citizen Services.
The US Embassy in their FAQ document states:
We will continue to notarize income affidavit forms through the end of 2018. Thai Immigration Bureau officials confirmed to us that
they will support early visa renewals for U.S. citizens during the transition period. The income affidavits are currently valid for six months.
We have not received any reports that Thai Immigration are refusing to accept certification of income from the UK Embassy, US Embassy, Australian Embassy, or others at this time. We will appreciate first hand information of any expats on their experience in being able to use the income certifications, e.g., accepted with no problems, accepted but cautioned about can’t be used next time, information on what will be required when income certification is no longer available, etc. Please email your information to mailto:[email protected]
Also, the use of Embassy letters/affidavits is not specifically required by Thai Immigration Police orders governing extensions of stay for retirees or non-Thai being married to a Thai national to document you meet the financial resources required for those extensions. The US Embassy Fact sheet notes: The U.S. Embassy and Consulate General are not required by Thai law to provide an income affidavit template for U.S. citizens to use for Thai visa applications. The periodic acceptance of the affidavit in lieu of actual income evidence has been a matter of informal practice rather than regulation.
Based on the information from the UK and US Embassies, it appears that both in their dealings with Thai Immigration they expect that providing Thai bank statements showing the minimum amount is being deposited from outside Thailand will suffice for using the monthly income (at least 65,000 baht for retirees and 40,000 baht for marriage extensions).
Even so, there are still unanswered questions as to what Thai Immigration will accept and whether it will be consistent for all Thai Immigration Offices. At the moment, there is much speculation, but at present, we have not received any authoritative or reliable information as to what Thai Immigration will require for documentation of monthly income in lieu of the Embassy “letters.”
When we receive such authoritative or reliable information, we will update this page as well as publish it in the Pattaya Club’s Newsletter on website announcements.