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I'm in a bit of a bind with my Visa application. The Thai Embassy in Washington DC returned my application for a retirement visa because I had insufficient income documentation...they would not accept my bank statement because it wasn't guaranteed.
I'm fearful that once I provide them with this information it will not be processed before my departure date for Bangkok. So, after reevaluating my situation, I'm considering coming with just a US passport and making a job application for teaching positions on a part-time basis. I'm a retired law enforcement officer with a masters in criminal justice and a teaching licensure in secondary social studies.
I'm a certified trainer through the Dept. of Criminal Justice Services with the Commonwealth of Virginia and taught in criminal justice academies for years. Also, taught as a Adjunct Instructor with a 4 year college here in the states. Do you think I would be qualified to teach in Thailand and would I need to jump through an extraordinary amount of hoops to secure employment?
Couldn’t you just enter with a tourist visa initially, and re-enter once the retirement stuff is done?
I am not sure regarding your qualifications, however what you could try is to just enter the country with your passport as you said and then try applying for a retirement visa from here, this would involve leaving the country. Embassies in europe are very strict at the moment i just helped 2 customers who just came to visit us (their supplier) and the embassy had them apply for a non immigrant visa which is a joke.
I just recently made the move to Thailand from Atlanta with a retirement visa. You need bank statements, a letter from the bank stating the amount of money you have with a date on it, and a medallion stamp. Initially I did not have a date on the letter, which I emailed to the Embassy. I had my passport back from Washington in less than a week. Hope this helps!
You can do a retirement visa from within Thailand. It's not too difficult. There are services to help you, if you don't want to do it yourself.