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British Embassy Bangkok to stop certification of income letters

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NOTICE FROM BRITISH EMBASSY

From January 1,2019, the British Embassy Bangkok will no longer be providing British Nationals with letters confirming their income. This letter has previously served as a supporting document for obtaining a Thai retirement or marriage visa. The British Embassy Bangkok is stopping the certification of income letters because it is unable to fulfil the Thai authorities’ requirements to verify the income of British Nationals.

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 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.

All British Nationals concerned should note that the last date for income letter applications is 12 December 2018.

  1. A) Requirements for a retirement visa:
  • Must be at least 50 years old;
  • Must have an amount of at least 800,000 THB in an account in Thailand for no less than three months prior to the application for a visa, or a monthly income of at least 65,000 THB;
  • Further information: https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_22

 

  1. B) Requirements for a marriage visa:
  • Must be legally married to a Thai national;
  • Must have an amount of no less than 400,000 THB in an account in Thailand for two months prior to the visa application, or an average annual income of no less than 40,000 THB per month;
  • Further information: https://www.immigration.go.th/content/service_18


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‘Monk’ tries some alternative enlightenment

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Thai Rath has shared a widely viewed CCTV clip featuring a man, apparently a monk, in saffron robes swinging a beer bottle at a man in a food market. The alleged monk appears to be holding a beer bottle.

According to Thai Rath, the layman, believed to be a store-holder, confronted the monk asking why he was drinking beer in the market at 9am and not praying in the temple.

The reporters even questioned whether the man was a real monk as his behavior was not befitting of a Buddhist monk.

They said that real monks should not be drinking beer, at any time, and should be in their temple after the morning alms round.

The incident is believed to have taken place in a Bangkok food court.

SOURCE: Thai Rath

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Instagrammer apologises for doing handstand at Wat Pho

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A foreign tourist has apologised on his Instagram page for posting a photo of himself doing a handstand in front of a key Buddha image inside the Wat Pho in Phra Nakhon, Bangkok.

The tourist, whose Instagram account is soseguri that has 546 followers, deleted the photo and published an apology early on Friday.

“I am very sorry for the picture that I posted yesterday. I want to apologise to all the Thai and Buddhist people that have been harmed by my acts. It was not my intention,” he posted.

His picture was widely shared and drew a lot of criticism. In the pictutre posted he typed “Presenting my respect to Buda … #thailand#buda # handstand #workinghard #have fun.”

Instagrammer apologises for doing handstand at Wat Pho | News by The Thaiger

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Key suspect arrested in 800 million baht bitcoin ‘scam’

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Parinya Jaravijit, a key suspect in an alleged 800 million baht bitcoin investment scam, was arrested last night at Suvarnabhumi Airport when he arrived back in Thailand.

Parinya – who continues to maintain his innocence – was taken to Ratchadapisek Criminal Court today to apply for his first 12 day detention period (October 12-23). Police have objected to his bail release on the grounds that he was a flight risk and that the case has caused considerable damage.

Parinya’s relatives and his lawyer had prepared assets worth 20 million baht to apply for his bail release.

The 35 year old Parinya, who’s facing charges of colluding in money-laundering and colluding in fraud, was apprehended as he was going through the Suvarnabhumi International Airport’s Immigration Police checkpoint at 11.30pm.

He was then interrogated at the CSD head office throughout the night with his lawyer present.

CSD deputy chief Pol Colonel Chakrit Sawasdee said that Immigration Police in the US denied Parinya’s entry as his passport was revoked, so he was forced to return to Thailand.

Parinya, along with other family members, including his younger siblings – actor Jirapisit “Boom” Jaravijit, Thanasit Jaravijit and Supitcha – are suspects in the fraud case.

Police say the actors and relatives’ bank accounts showed millions of baht in deposits reportedly derived from the conversion of the cryptocurrency units transferred by Finnish owner Aarni Saarimaa for bogus investments in Thai stocks and other assets.

Initially, the suspects in the case included businessman Chakris Ahmad and well-known stock investor Prasit Srisuwan, both of whom maintained their innocence. But the damaged person later dropped the charges against the two men following settlement talks in September.

According to Chakrit, Parinya’s parents, Suwit and Lertchatkamon Jaravijit, were summoned to hear the charge of colluding in money-laundering on October 17.

STORY: The Nation

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