The following Email was forwarded to me, regarding the USA embassy and the proof-of-income statement.
I'd say this is far more reliable information than "information" provided by the rumor mill and what you see on some web sites.
Americans, my suggestion is don't worry until there is something to worry about. So far there is nothing to cause you to lose any sleep. That may be a different story for some UK citizens, but nothing has changed for Americans. So, if you are American and among those currently panicking, well - stop panicking.
Subject: "Income Letter" from Embassy
To: Pat Koester < firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizen Liaison Volunteer
US Embassy Bangkok
You have probably heard that the British Embassy in Bangkok has decided to stop issuing “Income Letters” for retirement visas.
If you follow the Thaivisa.com website, you also know that the British Embassy has allegedly said that the US Embassy has also decided to stop issuing these letters. Turns out that this is not quite the case.
I contacted the US Embassy, and received this response from an Embassy spokesperson: “We are aware of the U.K. Embassy’s statement to the press. The U.S. Embassy’s current income affidavit policies can be found on our website: https://th.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-se ... es-public/
. We are currently evaluating options regarding the future provision of this document. We urge all citizens to ensure they are in compliance with Thai visa requirements.”
To me, the most important part of this statement is the fact that our Embassy is still “evaluating options.” They have also asked for our input; I think this is very encouraging. So if you would like to comment – and especially if you have any solutions – please let me know, and I will forward everyone’s comments to the Embassy. If you prefer to remain anonymous, I will not use your name (as long as you keep it civil).
If you prefer, you can send your input directly to the US Embassy at email@example.com
I will be at the Pattaya City Expats Club meeting this Sunday if you would like to discuss this further.
Please feel free to forward this email to other American citizens, and give them my email address. It’s very important that we get the word to as many US citizens as possible very quickly!