fountainhall wrote:I have no idea if an increase is in the works, but it would not surprise me.
Shhhhhhh. Don't give them any ideas . . . .
Does the UK embassy charge for the Certificate of Income letter? The USA embassy charges US $50 (about 1600 baht at current exchange rates) for it because it is a notarized form and that's the embassy's per page fee for notary seals.
I'll never forget the first time I went to the embassy to get the proof-of-income statement, as the embassy calls it. I went with a stack of documentation to prove my income. When I got to the service window the agent said, "Oh, we don't need any of that. You're swearing on a notarized statement that you're telling the truth about your income, so we take your word for it."
I said, "You just take my word for it? I don't have to prove anything? Just swear I'm telling the truth?"
She said, "That's right."
I said, "You mean I could tell you I have more money coming in each month than Bill Gates and you take my word for it?"
She said, "Right again."
That's how many Americans manage to get away with cheating and lying about their actual income.