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Immigration woes —- Again?

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We’re sitting on line...  8am....  must be 150 people waiting for retirement visa extensions. I’m sitting in chair #9. My line sitter got here at 2am. So much for ‘low season’ slowdown. People still piling in. Line extends well past the end of the building. Damn.....

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Wow. You can hire 'line sitters'?? How much do they cost ??

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3 minutes ago, saakura said:

Wow. You can hire 'line sitters'?? How much do they cost ??

yep, bout 200-400 thb . 

but smart people use an agent .

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12 minutes ago, sirmud63 said:

yep, bout 200-400 thb . 

but smart people use an agent .

Whats smart paying 5K for an agent, Vs 200-400 THB for a sitter?

regards worgeordie

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Flew back into the country on the 8th after 3 month holiday - visa renewal due by the 9th.....

 

Went to an agent = spent one hour at immigration was done & gone, complete with multiple entry.....

 

Didn't want to take the chance that I'd might have omitted something or a procedural/paper change took place while out of the country.....No wiggle room for a mistake....

 

Yes, there was a horde of people there.....Many were called to the desk for wrong or incomplete paperwork during the hour I spent there....

 

 

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34 minutes ago, FolkGuitar said:

So much for ‘low season’ slowdown.

Of course it could simply be that Monday is a holiday - ploughing day !

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I went yesterday (Wed) to try to process my retirement extension. I arrived at 0930 and was turned away as all que numbers had already been passed out. Anyone confirm that IMM is still doing 25 retirement extensions in the morning and 25 more in the afternoon (bring their self imposed limitations)?

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49 minutes ago, jeffandgop said:

I went yesterday (Wed) to try to process my retirement extension. I arrived at 0930 and was turned away as all que numbers had already been passed out. Anyone confirm that IMM is still doing 25 retirement extensions in the morning and 25 more in the afternoon (bring their self imposed limitations)?

I believe it is Total 25 for walk in

Plus Agents

Better than  before when Agents were included

 

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Ugh..... just come back at 14:30 and your problems are solved. Or come back tomorrow.

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1 hour ago, worgeordie said:

Whats smart paying 5K for an agent, Vs 200-400 THB for a sitter?

regards worgeordie

5k for an agent ?

mate ,you need to get around abit more .

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After hearing rumours a while back that DYI yourself Immigration matters were now just a breeze I wondered how this could be with no apparent increase in staff.

New residents and retirees are still flocking to CM as its being promoted as the one of the worlds best retirement destinations.

 

If they are only processing 25 people day for retirement thats less then what they were doing years ago

 

Interesting times as the move back to the airport is imminent.

 

Never seen so much traffic coming through CM City boundaries yesterday,fast becoming a mini Bangkok

 

 

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electrified- your response provides no assurance or even hope that either method will guarantee successfully processing an extension.I went Wed and today is Thur and clearly both days had a clear excess of applicants. Coming in at 1430 does nothing as well. 

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In by 8:00am -  out by 10:00am   Total cost: 300 baht

Back at my computer now so easier to give the full story. We hired a line sitter from a local travel agency. He got there at 2am but was only able to get seats 9 and 10 for my wife and me. There were eight people there before he arrived at 2am... We arrived at 8:00am and there were already 150 people lined up in the Visa Extension line. At 8:30 an Imm officer came out and handed out tickets... about forty of them. All the rest of the people left. By that time there were at least 175 queued up.  We went inside, waited until our numbers were called, sat in front of the officer for less than 10 minutes, had out photos taken, and told to wait. We waited about 10 minutes and our names were called and passports given back. We left.

 

The first time or two that I renewed, I used AssistThaiVisa as I didn't know the system. But these days, we simply make multiple photocopies of everything needed so we have a set to use the next time without fretting over what might be required. We add in the fresh bank book copies and bank letter (getting the bank letter took 10 minutes the day before,) and that's that. No stress. No worries, and no longer a need to spend 12,000 for two people to renew. We spent 300 baht. Instead of an hour with ThaiVisa, we spent two hours at Immigration. 

 

ThaiVisa does provide 90-day reporting service for 1,500 baht.  We just mail ours in for 35 baht EMS charge. Instead of driving to ThaiVisa to do it, we walk to the post office.  Choices.

 

There are perfectly valid reasons to use a full service Visa agent such as Assist Thai Visa. If you've never done it before and want to make sure that you've dotted all the t's and crossed all the i's, a service is great.  But once you've done it a few times, the only inconvenience of doing it yourself is getting to Immigration at zero:dark thirty.  A line sitter takes care of that very nicely.  As I said, in by 8, out by 10, and all's in order for another year in the Land of Smiles.

 

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1 hour ago, FolkGuitar said:

  A line sitter takes care of that very nicely.  As I said, in by 8, out by 10, and all's in order for another year in the Land of Smiles.

 

I was just at CMI and there were 150 line sitters .......was trying to find mine but damn, they all look the same !  ........   THIS IS FAKE NEWS !........... But tomorrow it just might be real :-)

Hint:  some good ideas i just share with my friends  .   

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