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"Bridging the Gap" to a Thai Retirement Visa?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing "Bridging the Gap to a Thai Retirement Visa. What are we talking about here? I especially saw this a lot before Covid, I still see it fairly frequently from time to time. You will have somebody, they are in for example Tourist Visa status here in Thailand and they are 49 and they are going to be 50 in 4 months or 5 months. When we are talking about "bridging the gap", it is trying to use visas to maintain one’s status in Thailand until you get over that 50 hump, at the same time you need to make arrangements for the financial requirements, other requirements but the big one is oftentimes 50 you will have folks that are here that are 49 going on 50, and 50 is kind of that magic number where they can just get into a Retirement Visa and they are kind of done dealing with Immigration; maybe not done dealing with Immigration but they are done dealing with Immigration frequently. In the past, you would see people live here on Tourist Visas or even going back 15 years ago there were people that were still trying to make a go of it living here on 30 days stamps. It didn't really work out too well for them 15 years ago; 17 years ago yeah they could still do that. That started changing little bit before my time but right as I was coming in that was culminating.

The thing to take away from this video is, yeah, folks that, that 4, 5 months, 6 months, that can be a tricky thing trying to sort of cobble together enough status to get you over the hump of 50 and then you may be able to convert to a Thai Retirement Visa depending on your circumstances, or you may need to leave the country, do that one last Visa Run, come back in on a Thai Retirement Visa and then just maintain status thereafter. The thing to take away from this video is that can be a tricky thing. For those out there who feel uncomfortable dealing with this, it may not be a terrible idea to contact a legal professional, gain some insight and guidance into how best to proceed.