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cusanus:

 

Thanks. My questions stem from the fact that a spouse extension is known different in many ways from the retirement extension, but I can't find all the differences spelled out anywhere. For example, I understand after I apply in Chiang Mai, the application is processed in Bangkok, hence a significant delay - meaning one cannot wait until the last week or so on the generic "O" visa to apply (And I could be completely wrong about that. My recent prior post addressed the general information problem in more detail. Crickets.) I appreciate that the two visa types probably should parallel each other in most major respects, and I am very reluctant to just assume that. Maybe, though, anecdotes, hearsay and assumptions are all we ultimately have to work with.

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4 hours ago, Ozziepat said:

cusanus: Thanks. My questions stem from the fact that a spouse extension is known different in many ways from the retirement extension, but I can't find all the differences spelled out anywhere. For example, I understand after I apply in Chiang Mai, the application is processed in Bangkok, hence a significant delay - meaning one cannot wait until the last week or so on the generic "O" visa to apply (And I could be completely wrong about that. My recent prior post addressed the general information problem in more detail. Crickets.) I appreciate that the two visa types probably should parallel each other in most major respects, and I am very reluctant to just assume that. Maybe, though, anecdotes, hearsay and assumptions are all we ultimately have to work with.

Why do I think you're wrong about that? I always got a great deal of pleasure as well as good answers by going to Immigration and asking. Also, advise taking a Thai friend, best a female friend who speaks excellent English, there with you. They can chat up a storm and get to the bottom line real quick. I did inquire about the Thai visa marriage myself about 10 years ago and was told that retirement was a much better option because of some kind of red tape, so that's what you're likely talking about. I didn't come up with 400k/200k by interpolating from retirement, but this had been discussed before with pretty fair consensus. I didn't tag on to Thaivisa until I'd been in Thailand for 6-8 years, can't really remember, but I went to Immigration frequently on a very friendly basis, not just to ask questions but to say Hello. I can't imagine that you couldn't get all your questions answered with authority if you were to try that. I've given that advice many times because many people seem to think they can't do that. 

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I have to change from retirement extension to spouse extension.Do I need to bring witness with me here in Chiang Mai.

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I have to change from retirement extension to spouse extension.Do I need to bring witness with me here in Chiang Mai.

I did not have to bring a witness to immigration but was required to have a witness when they came to do the house check the first year. They wanted a copy of their Thai ID, took a picture, and asked them some questions.

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On 9/5/2019 at 5:36 PM, Ozziepat said:

cusanus:  Maybe, though, anecdotes, hearsay and assumptions are all we ultimately have to work with.

 

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Used to be that doing business at CM Imm on a Monday was a no go if you wanted to avoid the crowds.

Today drove into the car park around 12 ish and parked in one of 5 spots available.Got a 90 day reporting ticket and was called up before I could even take a seat.

I realise we are in the depths of the low season but the whole place was barely half full and no desk outside

Increases in efficiency or just a reflection on the lack of tourists or permanent stayers who might have moved on ?

Staff appeared to be working through their lunch hour or taking it in shifts

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1 hour ago, Sparkles said:

Increases in efficiency or just a reflection on the lack of tourists or permanent stayers who might have moved on ?

Or more people doing 90 day reports online or by post. 

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I think you have to give the Chiang Mai office credit.  I, too, have been there a couple of times in the past month, and operations were moving along smoothly.  I monitored the call board when I was there, and it appeared that no speed records were being set but the business was apparently being done in reasonable time, as reflected in a few comments preceding this one.  By the way, I also drove straight into one of several available parking lots around 11:00 on the second visit!  Yes, I agree.  It is the slow season.

 

I don't think that you can blame the CM or any local office for the TM30 problems, but climbing up to the third floor in Chiang Mai to register is unfortunate.  My guess is that those too challenged by the climb can ask for assistance from Desk #4 downstairs and will get it.

 

Unfortunately, I also witnessed an ugly farang losing his cool. Dressed well, too, in his wife-beater tee shirt, shorts and sandals.  The office is NOT the beach!!

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16 hours ago, amexpat said:

Or more people doing 90 day reports online or by post. 

Well I am sure there are as I usually do but there's a whole host of other reasons to be there retirement and marriage extensions ,re entries, volunteer & student,education visas etc.

Anyway its all good news if it continues and the staff had  smiles on their faces.

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Has anyone gone to CM Immigration in the afternoon to get a retirement extension?   Do they run out of queue numbers in the morning?  Thinking about going on Wednesday afternoon around 1:00.

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2 hours ago, Tracyb said:

Has anyone gone to CM Immigration in the afternoon to get a retirement extension?   Do they run out of queue numbers in the morning?  Thinking about going on Wednesday afternoon around 1:00.

Went Wednesday 28th August at 1.15.pm, received ticket for extension of stay and was the next number. Waited about 15 minutes to be seen.

Some hassles that were quickly resolved about 20 minutes in all to photo taken.

 

The 2 hour 10 minute  wait for the boss to sign off was not appreciated by the many that were waiting particularly as the rest of the office/staff was working as well and as pleasantly as I have ever seen it.

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28 minutes ago, Thailand said:

Went Wednesday 28th August at 1.15.pm, received ticket for extension of stay and was the next number. Waited about 15 minutes to be seen.

Some hassles that were quickly resolved about 20 minutes in all to photo taken.

 

The 2 hour 10 minute  wait for the boss to sign off was not appreciated by the many that were waiting particularly as the rest of the office/staff was working as well and as pleasantly as I have ever seen it.

Did you use the 800k or monthly transfer option? What were the 'hassles'?

 

 

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45 minutes ago, Thailand said:

Went Wednesday 28th August at 1.15.pm, received ticket for extension of stay and was the next number. Waited about 15 minutes to be seen.

Some hassles that were quickly resolved about 20 minutes in all to photo taken.

 

The 2 hour 10 minute  wait for the boss to sign off was not appreciated by the many that were waiting particularly as the rest of the office/staff was working as well and as pleasantly as I have ever seen it.

Thanks for that info.  Sounds encouraging!  ( except for the "big-shot" sign off part.)

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20 minutes ago, EricTh said:

Did you use the 800k or monthly transfer option? What were the 'hassles'?

 

 

Eventually, too complicated to go in to here but related to immigration's inability to recognise the various banks foreign transfer coding systems (Which apparently they had been told about twice in the previous month).

I was told it was OK, expected otherwise, and was right and had options available.

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