I applied in Chiangmai 35 days before my expiry and was told I could not reduce my bank deposit below the minimum until my extension had been stamped in my passport. New rule, I was told. I was also instructed to bring my bank book for inspection when returning at the end of the "under Consideration" period. I returned on the due date and presented my bank book along with my passport and receipt. The bank book was declined, "what is that for ? " asked the clerk and my passport only was taken and returned stamped.