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  1. Since this really a credit against your 2020 taxes, if you get your streamline filing done by then, you should get the refundable credit when you file 2020.
  2. We're here about 95% of the time, and no properties anywhere...I'll be hearing about that one for some time until we buy our first house. Should I even bother trying to get her an ITIN or SSN at the moment? Not planning on moving back to the US anytime soon, but was wondering if we should start with this now. Also, a family friend mentioned I have to register our marriage with the US Consulate otherwise its not valid and would be difficult to start the green card process. Any truth to it?
  3. Well, this is a whole new territory for me just as I was getting used to filing as a single. Married now to a Chinese national, and was wondering for expats in a similar situation whether you file taxes separately or jointly? Any insight as to why you chose your method would be appreciated. Thanks!
  4. the 400K was for a special, *pressurized* medivac plane. Not all sick people can fly on a normal plane. Sure they're pressurized, but not enough for anyone with any serious issue where a change in pressure is going to have major consequences. Take your head out of your arse and read.
  5. You seem to misunderstand completely. I have first hand experience of 'emergency care without insurance'. I am not talking a broken leg, that isn't exactly 'emergency medical care'. I am talking about "oh **** the **** has hit the fan and there is no insurance". I am talking life or death (in this case death). I am talking ICU. You end up in an ICU situation and you will be in a chinese clinic. If you know it will be a short stay you can get a "private room", but what happens when the doctor tells you "it may be months....", then what?. If you do not have insurance then you will be on the ward. I mentioned nothing about UF whatsoever. Sure you can do "chinese ICU on the cheap", and it will be exactly as I described. Re-read my post. You are also assuming that you can fly. Don't take that for granted. Lets hope you are never in the position where you are faced with a loved one dying, or potential bankruptcy to keep them alive. But hey, that **** never happens, right? You're a **** moron who is too lazy to read and too full of themselves to actually listen.
  6. @woshiweideren Firstly, Parkway or United Family will not stabilize you, they want nothing to do with patients who are in dire straights, they will send you to somewhere like Shanghai East instead. Secondly, do you have any idea how much medivac costs? Any kind of lung problems and they will not let you fly unless it is in a pressurised plane. We were told it would cost roughly $400k for such a plane. I have seen the standard of local ICU care here. I have seen how they treat patients. I have seen an old woman tied to a bed with a tube down her throat, frantically waving at the nurse for help because she is vomiting. I have then been told by the nurse that I ran to to "ignore her because she is 'bu hao'". She died the following day. They knew this was likely and obviously just couldn't be arsed giving a crap anymore and so left her in a corner to die, probably choking on her own vomit whilst tied down like a dog. I have seen the MRSA beds interspersed amongst the normal beds whilst the nurses go from one to the next without even a hint of care for hygiene. I have seen dead patients shoved to one side in a corridor whilst the family huddles around them grieving. I would rather shoot myself in the head than be 'cared for' here. If you don't have the money, you will be on that ward, you won't be in a private room, you will be surrounded by sick, disease ridden people. You will be fed the same **** that the toilet cleaners get fed (rice and some questionable gutter oil laden gloop). Question... if you are comatose, who has access to your money to pay the bills? Do you know what happens if you can't pay? You are thrown out. You do not want to be here if something goes seriously wrong. Unless you have a huge wad of cash stashed away somewhere, you probably will not be able to afford Medivac, or the "stabilising treatment" at an international clinic. Anyone that believe that the "x amount they put aside each year that they would have spent on premiums" will cover even a fraction of a serious medical bill is an absolute idiot. Anyone who would put themselves in a position where they may end up in a Chinese ICU is an idiot.
  7. You are not the brightest light bulb in the shelf, isn't it? Renewing the visa is no problem. You should have gotten a medical report stating that you are unable to travel and a good local agent (and maybe some RMBs for the agents efforts). That would have done the trick.
  8. Unless you are moving to Thailand as a reassignment by your present employer or retiring, you will need to find a job and teaching English in Thailand is one of your options. In fact, it is about the only choice you have for employment here. Thailand, as well as other countries in Southeast Asia, has a constant demand for native English speakers. You are not going to get rich doing it but if you love teaching then you will have some rich experiences that you will never forget. The Basic Requirements for Teaching English in Thailand The English teaching jobs that offer the best salaries in Thailand are found from employers that have higher standards. This means that as soon as you get to Thailand, if you haven’t done so already, get into a TEFL or CELTA course. TEFL stands for Teach English as a Foreign Language and CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. While the better schools require these credentials, you can still find jobs teaching English in Thailand where all you must be is a native speaker and a degree or certification is irrelevant. These jobs are typically found in private language centers. They are also unstable, pay poorly, and have high turnover of foreign teachers. A person teaching English in this type of environment will not be able to get a work permit, will have no benefits, and will probably not have consistent work. The best recommendation is to stay away from this type of job. Teaching English in Thailand Job Options There are several areas where you can find a job provided you meet the qualifications. These are international schools, Thai government schools, bilingual schools, private language centers, and private instruction (freelance). Getting a job teaching English in Thailand at an international school is by far your best option. Salaries usually start in the range of 45,000-60,000 THB per month. Some schools even pay in the neighborhood of 80,000-120,000 THB per month. International schools will be able to get you a work permit. They are also stricter on the teacher hiring standards and usually require that you have a master’s degree in education. Then there are jobs available for native English speaking teachers in the Thai government schools. They can also get you a work permit. Salaries are typically between 28,000 and 35,000 THB per month. The environment in Thai government schools can be quite demanding with large classrooms of up to 50 students. As a westerner, you will also have an uphill climb getting control of your classroom so that real learning can take place. The bilingual schools of Thailand offer reasonable salaries for teaching English in Thailand, have manageable class sizes, and add other perks as well. Bilingual schools are those where the curriculum is taught in both English and Thai. They typically have higher standards for teachers and require not only a degree and teaching experience but TEFL/CELTA as well. Salaries range between 45,000 and 65,000 THB per month and many of these schools offer housing allowance and paid vacations. One type of school you will notice in cities such as Bangkok is the private language training center. They hire corporate and private English teachers all of the time. However, they typically do not require you to have a degree and will overlook the TEFL/CELTA requirement. They also will not get you a work permit. Their business model is to offer private instruction to walk-in students and they send teachers to businesses. While there may be some good jobs in language training centers, they are few and far between. Because they do not give you a work permit, you will have problems getting any sort of extended stay visa. The pay is unstable and depends on how many customers enroll in courses at any given time. Pay ranges from 400 to 700 THB per contact hour. Teachers that must go to a corporate site to give instruction will typically not be paid for transportation, will conduct classes on weekends or after business hours, and will be victimized by frequent student cancellations. Student cancellations result in a teacher not getting paid for that day so the opportunity cost must be factored in as well. Then, some who are teaching English in Thailand opt to give private (freelance) tutoring to both students and adults. This can be a great way to learn the city however the best way to do this is as a sideline job while holding down a regular full-time teaching position. If you try to go totally freelance, you will not be able to get a work permit and will also be a victim of frequent cancellations. One thing about this career is that you will find many positions available. Many who have lived in Thailand have developed a network of friends and business contacts by teaching over the years. If you love sharing knowledge with others, teaching English in Thailand may just be the career of a lifetime.
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