- 1 What is an Income Affidavit?
- 2 Getting Your Income Affidavit and Notarization
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What is an Income Affidavit?If you need to prove to the Thai government that you have 40,000 baht or more going into your US bank account every month, you’ll need an income affidavit. US citizens often need an income affidavit when applying or reapplying for their retirement visa or marriage visa. If you use an income affidavit to apply for your visa, it’s the only proof of income you’ll need.
Getting Your Income Affidavit and NotarizationGetting your income affidavit at the US Embassy is quick and painless, physically speaking. But it does put a hurting on the wallet when you compare how much you pay for the notary service at the US Embassy compared to outside of the embassy. Here are the steps you’ll need to complete to get your income affidavit and have it notarized:
- make an appointment
- download the income affidavit
- fill in the affidavit
- get your paperwork ready
- show up early
- go through security
- submit your paperwork
- pay the notary fees
- wait for your number
- pick up your income affidavit
Make an AppointmentGo to the US Embassy’s website and make an appointment using their online appointment system. You can pick a date that is convenient for you. When I made my appointment, I was able to get in a week from when I went to the website. But you can set your date for the next month if you’d like. Here’s a few short steps:
- click Make Appointment
- select the third bullet: Request notarial and other services not listed above.
- click the checkbox: I have read the instructions on the Embassy or Consulate website for the passport services I require.
- click Submit
- pick your date
- pick your time and fill in your personal info
- click Continue
Download the Income AffidavitAfter you make your appointment you can go the US Embassy’s website and download the income verification form. If you live in Bangkok, you’ll need to download the Bangkok version. If you live in Chiang Mai, you’ll need to download the Chiang Mai version. If you live outside of Bangkok, but not in Chiang Mai, you can use the Bangkok version at any immigration office.
Fill in the Income AffidavitThe directions on the form are straightforward. Only fill in the blanks in between Dear Sir/Madam: and KINGDOM OF THAILAND. And whatever you do, don’t sign the affidavit. You’ll slap your signature on the letter after you’ve sworn to the US Embassy staff that the info you entered is truthful. Keep in mind that the income affidavit is in English and uses US Dollars as currency. So don’t enter Thai Baht into how much monthly income you have. Enter the US Dollar amount.
Get Your Paperwork ReadyTo get your income affidavit notarized by the US Embassy you’ll need:
- your passport
- your income affidavit (from above)
- a copy of your passport’s photo page
- a second form of ID
Show up EarlyThe US Embassy will let you in 15 minutes before your appointment. But you should plan to get there 30 minutes early. Why’s this? During each time slot a group of American citizens (about 10 people) go in at the same time for other services. If you don’t show up early, you’ll have to wait on line outside, and then wait again on the inside of the embassy. Here’s the Google Maps link to the US Embassy. Here’s the address and contact info:
- Address in English: 95 Wireless Rd, Khwaeng Lumphini, Khet Pathum Wan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10330
- Address in Thai: 95 ถนน วิทยุ แขวง ลุมพินี เขต ปทุมวัน กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330
- Telephone: 02–205–4000