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Post by Mosquito » January 12, 2018, 7:29 pm

Also, from my limited experience the biggest problem was not following the info below:
not accepting cash/baht anymore:

All Bank Drafts must be:

Purchased from Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn Bank, or Siam Commercial Bank (SCB).
You do not need an account at the bank to purchase a bank draft.
Kasikorn Bank calls a “bank draft” a “Bill of Exchange.”
Purchased in advance.
Made out to “American Embassy Bangkok”
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 will be included in individual outreach announcements and posted on our website.

2nd/3rd problems was drafts not being specifically made out to "American Embassy Bangkok" and for the exact amount in baht required.



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Re: ACS Outreach

Post by Giggle » January 12, 2018, 11:56 pm

Move to Nong Khai. They don't accept silly Embassy affidavits. It's like a special "Laws-Don't-Apply-Here" zone. I think the Tourism Authority of Nong Khai should begin a campaign to attract tourism: Our filthy farang visitors are WAY better than Udon and Loei's filthy farang visitors.

And we can prove it!

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Post by mak » February 13, 2018, 3:33 pm

Next Outreach.
•UDON THANI: 7 March 2018

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Re: ACS Outreach-Bank Draft Amount?

Post by jingjai » February 20, 2018, 9:59 pm

Sure would like to get a definitive amount for the bank draft.
Some people say I should use the calculation: 34 baht to the dollar which would make the amount of the bank draft: 1700THB,
Some say it it is 35 to the dollar which would make the amount of the draft: 1750THB.

Yes! I have looked on the website...it’s not there, or I’m looking in the wrong place. Most probably, the latter. :oops:

Thanks in advance. :D

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Post by Lone Star » February 20, 2018, 10:01 pm

They tell you on the web site which rate they will use.
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Re: ACS Outreach-Bank Draft Amount?

Post by Lone Star » February 20, 2018, 11:42 pm

jingjai wrote:
February 20, 2018, 9:59 pm
Sure would like to get a definitive amount for the bank draft.
Some people say I should use the calculation: 34 baht to the dollar which would make the amount of the bank draft: 1700THB,
Some say it it is 35 to the dollar which would make the amount of the draft: 1750THB.

Yes! I have looked on the website...it’s not there, or I’m looking in the wrong place. Most probably, the latter. :oops:

Thanks in advance. :D
Follow up ... as of today, they are publicizing 34 baht to 1 USD for consular services in general, but they also say that more specific information regarding rate will be released with other details regarding location etc. of the visit in each particular city. Currently, there is no link to details for Udon Thani on 7 March.

https://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-se ... -outreach/
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Post by bumper » February 21, 2018, 12:09 pm

Thanks i'm planning on this time around to use this. Have no idea what would happen if you used the wrong rate. My best guess is they won't accept it if is wrong

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Post by Lone Star » February 21, 2018, 1:39 pm

bumper wrote:
February 21, 2018, 12:09 pm
Thanks i'm planning on this time around to use this. Have no idea what would happen if you used the wrong rate. My best guess is they won't accept it if is wrong
You're welcome.

I'll continue to go to the Chiang Mai Consulate and get mine done. Three day holiday and takes all of 30 minutes to do by appointment. No lines of people to wait. No sign-in list that disappears and reappears. I greatly appreciate the effort that the embassy makes to travel to cities to help expats. Great service, but I found an easier and more enjoyable way.
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Post by mak » February 21, 2018, 2:08 pm

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok is pleased to provide services in Udon Thani.
Date: 7 March 2018
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm *Please note the new time*
Venue: Centara Hotel & Convention Centre Udon Thani
Address: 277/1 Prajaksillapakhom Road, Amphur Muang, Udon Thani 41000, Thailand
Hotel phone: +66 (0) 4234 3555
E-mail: cud@chr.co.th
No appointment necessary, services are provided on a first come – first serve basis.
To expedite your service, please consider arriving 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 7 MARCH 2018
•3,740 THB- Renewal of adult passports
•3,570 THB- Renewal of minor (under age 16) passports
•4,590 THB- Renewal of first adult passports
•4,590 THB- Replacement of adult lost/stolen passports
•3,570 THB- Replacement of minor (under age 16) lost/stolen passports
•1,020 THB- Adult passport card
•510 THB- Minor passport card
•1,700 THB (per notary stamp) – Notary– including Income Affidavits
Above fees are based on an exchange rate of 34 THB to 1 USD
PLEASE NOTE: You must bring copies of your passport bio data page and supplementary documents requested with the application per the online instructions. These copies will not be returned to you.
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).
◦You do not need an account at the bank to purchase a bank draft.
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).
◦You do not need an account at the bank to purchase a bank draft.
◦Kasikorn Bank calls a “bank draft” a “Bill of Exchange.”
◦Drafts from banks other than those listed above cannot be accepted
•Purchased in advance.
•Made out to “American Embassy Bangkok” (Incorrect or misspelled bank drafts cannot be accepted)
•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.
•You can show below information to the bank:
ลูกค้าท่านนี้ต้องการซื้อแบงค์ดร๊าฟ (สกุลเงินบาทเท่านั้น)
ตามจำนวนเงินที่ระบุด้านหลังสั่งจ่ายถึง
“American Embassy Bangkok”
รบกวนช่วยอำนวยความสะดวกให้ด้วยค่ะ
Delivery Service: Thai Post can mail back passports for applicants. If you require this 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
There are two ways to receive your new passport:
1.) IN PERSON: Come to our office in Bangkok (or send a representative with a signed letter to pick-up your passport on your behalf) during our appointment hours (M-F from 7:30-11 AM, except holidays and the last Wednesday of each month), but no appointment is necessary. Present your old passport for cancellation and collect your new passport. If you select this option, please submit a copy of your current passport when you apply.
2.) BY MAIL: 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 services.
If you select this option, our staff will RETAIN your current passport in Bangkok, cancel it when the new passport arrives, and mail both passports to you at the same time.
NEARBY PARTICIPATING BANKS:
Bangkok Bank
154 Prachak Rd, Markkaeng,
Muang, Udon Thani 41000
Tel: 042-221-505 or 042-221-556
Bangkok Bank
227 Pho Sri Rd, Markkaeng,
Muang, Udon Thani 41000
Tel: 042-221-777 or 042-221-222
Siam Commercial Bank (SCB)
184 Prachak Rd, Markkaeng,
Muang, Udon Thani 41000
Tel: 042-247-720 or 042-247-725
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.

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Re: ACS Outreach

Post by jingjai » February 21, 2018, 10:22 pm

Lone Star wrote:
February 21, 2018, 1:39 pm
bumper wrote:
February 21, 2018, 12:09 pm
I'll continue to go to the Chiang Mai Consulate and get mine done. Three day holiday and takes all of 30 minutes to do by appointment. No lines of people to wait. No sign-in list that disappears and reappears. I greatly appreciate the effort that the embassy makes to travel to cities to help expats. Great service, but I found an easier and more enjoyable way.
I also, greatly appreciate ACS’s service in coming to Udon.

Correct me if I’m wrong.

I’ve been told: “No appointment necessary.
Pay in cash: THB or $’s.”
At the C.M. Consulate.

Plus great Mexican Food from Miquel’s.

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Post by Lone Star » February 22, 2018, 8:19 am

jingjai wrote:
February 21, 2018, 10:22 pm
Lone Star wrote:
February 21, 2018, 1:39 pm
bumper wrote:
February 21, 2018, 12:09 pm
I'll continue to go to the Chiang Mai Consulate and get mine done. Three day holiday and takes all of 30 minutes to do by appointment. No lines of people to wait. No sign-in list that disappears and reappears. I greatly appreciate the effort that the embassy makes to travel to cities to help expats. Great service, but I found an easier and more enjoyable way.
I also, greatly appreciate ACS’s service in coming to Udon.

Correct me if I’m wrong.

I’ve been told: “No appointment necessary.
Pay in cash: THB or $’s.”
At the C.M. Consulate.

Plus great Mexican Food from Miquel’s.
Everything indicated that an appointment is necessary at the Consulate. I didn't see anything that waived that. Same with payment. I saw nothing to waive that either.

I enjoy Loco Elvis for my Mexican food. :)
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Post by Lone Star » February 26, 2018, 10:54 am

jingjai wrote:
February 21, 2018, 10:22 pm
Correct me if I’m wrong.

I’ve been told: “No appointment necessary.
Pay in cash: THB or $’s.”
At the C.M. Consulate.

Plus great Mexican Food from Miquel’s.
Verified this morning. The Consulate takes cash or credit cards. Bank drafts only necessary at Outreach events.

Never asked about appointments. I always make one to be sure. :)
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Post by bumper » February 27, 2018, 11:31 am

Do we still need the letter from the bank ? for Thai immigratiom

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Post by Lone Star » February 27, 2018, 2:15 pm

bumper wrote:
February 27, 2018, 11:31 am
Do we still need the letter from the bank ? for Thai immigratiom
I've never used a bank letter to show a bank balance for income to Thai immigration, but that doesn't have anything to do with presenting the income form to the embassy for notarization.
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Post by bumper » February 28, 2018, 8:44 am

Ya I was off topic good info though

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Post by Lone Star » February 28, 2018, 3:04 pm

bumper wrote:
February 28, 2018, 8:44 am
Ya I was off topic good info though
Who, if anyone, worries about off-topic in this place?
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The perks of going to the Consulate in ChM far outweigh hoping that the Embassy Outreach visit gets to me in time to have my income letter notarized within 6 months of renewal. Get a nice 3-4 day vaca out of it and no hassles with bank drafts, a sign-in list, etc. I show up at my appointment time. 15 minutes. Done deal.
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Post by bumper » March 1, 2018, 11:25 am

I've done that once very easy there.

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Post by mak » March 5, 2018, 5:27 pm

Just a reminder the income affidavit can be filled in and printed online. Bring this copy to the Outreach meeting to be signed in the presence of the Vice Consul.
https://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-se ... affidavit/
Early sign-in sheets will be there at 11am for those who need to get in early.

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Post by mak » March 7, 2018, 7:25 am

Outreach today 12 noon Centara Hotel.

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Post by mak » March 7, 2018, 6:14 pm

Another successful Outreach. 123 customers served. Thank you ACS for a job well done.

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