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Big Joke crackdown: Foreigners under the spotlight nationwide as visa extension changes suggested

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Big Joke crackdown: Foreigners under the spotlight nationwide as visa extension changes suggested

 

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The new head of immigration Maj-Gen Surachate Hakparn has promised to investigate 60,000 migrants in a crackdown on illegal workers.

 

And he has promised changes in the way visa extensions are done. 

 

Possessions in the name of Thai wives may be able to be used as collateral in allowing visa extensions, Thai visa understands.

 

This appears to refer to wives of migrant workers rather than the broader issue of people like retirees who were not mentioned in the INN story. 

 

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The crackdown began on Wednesday in the Huay Khwang, Nana and Khao San areas with the arrest of 59 people from Nigeria, Myanmar, Syria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, China and Palestine and some Thai nominees. 

 

These people were found to be working illegally, entered Thailand illegally, failed to do 90 day reports, were working under Thai nominees or a combination of these offences.

 

INN posed the question in their headline: 60,000 foreigners in Thailand - are they legal?

 

Surachate promised justice for those following the rules - but said that he would arrest anyone who wasn't no matter where they lived in Thailand. 

 

He said that changes are in the offing regarding visa extensions and gave the example that possessions of Thai wives married to foreigners could be used as collateral. 

 

He did not elaborate on any other changes and who exactly they might affect. 

 

The high profile  Maj-Gen took up his post on Monday and has already had a dramatic impact on the Immigration police.

 

Source: INN

 
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While I wish him good luck, I somehow dont see all the immigration officers fully cooperating. Probably going to scare quite a few people for a while though.

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21 minutes ago, darksidedog said:

While I wish him good luck, I somehow dont see all the immigration officers fully cooperating. Probably going to scare quite a few people for a while though.

Yes many folk going to be a little scared, but all of us who do things legal should have no worries.

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At one time in the past they did allow a combination of incomes I believe but I can't remember when it was changed.

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15 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Yes many folk going to be a little scared, but all of us who do things legal should have no worries.

But your legal may become illegal, as it appears he is set on making things more difficult 

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It’s interesting to note that all surrrounding countries in the region are easing up on immigration and granting long stays visa’s fairly easily, while Thailand is moving in the opposite direction.

 

Can nlt help but wonder why?

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I know several people who live here on extensions but claim the never have to visit the immigration office at all. I'm not referring to 90 day reports here, but the once a year application process. And, they say they don't have to have proof of monetary funds either. 

18 minutes ago, colinneil said:

Yes many folk going to be a little scared, but all of us who do things legal should have no worries.

Yes, I think it will be squeaky bum time for all those people who brag about never having to visit immigration in person or have no proof of monetary funds. And hopefully it will put the rogue agents these people use out of business. Good on you Big Joke.

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You can’t have it both ways. People been grumbling about all the corruption and back handers in certain areas but have also been using the very same ethos to bypass systems which suit themselves. The chickens could be coming home to roost.

I still maintain if you keep your head down, nose out and follow the rules you have nothing to worry about.


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would make it easier to be able to combine assets in the test for married/retired people, while our house and units plus our block of land are in my wifes name I have paid/put a lot into them over the years as well but with thai laws I am not allowed to be listed as an owner of them. I am also aware of farangs that simply pay to get their yearly visa with no proof/finances etc, as long as bribes/graft is so high here I doubt it will change, what would be good is if they actually did allow combined assets etc and increased the length of the visa's as well as did away with the 3 month reporting but again I cant see thai's making it easier for farangs

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1 minute ago, seajae said:

would make it easier to be able to combine assets in the test for married/retired people, while our house and units plus our block of land are in my wifes name I have paid/put a lot into them over the years as well but with thai laws I am not allowed to be listed as an owner of them. I am also aware of farangs that simply pay to get their yearly visa with no proof/finances etc, as long as bribes/graft is so high here I doubt it will change, what would be good is if they actually did allow combined assets etc and increased the length of the visa's as well as did away with the 3 month reporting but again I cant see thai's making it easier for farangs

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride

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A simple way to have assets and protect oneself. Thai partner owns land and gives 3x30 year lease to foreign partner and transfers ownership of buildings. So foreigner has exclusive lease plus ownership of buildings.

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3 minutes ago, jaiyen88 said:

A simple way to have assets and protect oneself. Thai partner owns land and gives 3x30 year lease to foreign partner and transfers ownership of buildings. So foreigner has exclusive lease plus ownership of buildings.

Not quite so simple...……….

 

The Thai partner has to buy the land (unless given it by parents etc) with their own money, not given by the farang. Then there is no such thing as a 3x30 year lease and it won't hold up in a Thai court, and this can go sour esp if there is a falling out between parties.

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38 minutes ago, jaiyen88 said:

A simple way to have assets and protect oneself. Thai partner owns land and gives 3x30 year lease to foreign partner and transfers ownership of buildings. So foreigner has exclusive lease plus ownership of buildings.

That sounds like a good plan.However if things go south and the Thais want you gone you will be gone for sure!

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I do it all by the rules,except the 90 days report for which i pay a fee and have been for 3 odd years for 'the service' whereby they automatically send you your 90 day renewal slip,many of us do it around here,i guess that will be the end of that then.

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