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Pros and Cons of "Marriage" Extension vs. "Retirement" Extension

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51 minutes ago, JAFO said:

One thing that affects everyone (and their subsequent opinions about it) is where they live. Some immigration offices are far more efficient and have less people waiting while others are terribly slow and lots of folks in queue. 

The other factor is whether the personnel at a particular office are willing to do the extension easily (with all the published-requirements met), or want to make things difficult to avoid doing it (sans-agent).  Hurdles that vary by office and circumstances may include: Bringing witnesses every year, Landlord-docs that vary from difficult to impossible to get (if you rent), and Changing the picture-formats to ensure needing at least 2 visits (wife possibly taking time off work for each) to get it done. 

 

You may also need to make an annual amphoe-visit for an updated KR-2, though this verifies your marriage is still valid, so is at least a sane thing to request.

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3 minutes ago, JackThompson said:

The other factor is whether the personnel at a particular office are willing to do the extension easily (with all the published-requirements met), or want to make things difficult to avoid doing it (sans-agent).  Hurdles that vary by office and circumstances may include: Bringing witnesses every year, Landlord-docs that vary from difficult to impossible to get (if you rent), and Changing the picture-formats to ensure needing at least 2 visits (wife possibly taking time off work for each) to get it done. 

 

You may also need to make an annual amphoe-visit for an updated KR-2, though this verifies your marriage is still valid, so is at least a sane thing to request.

I agree. Ones decision will be based on their location. Where I live its been quite easy and user friendly. Everything is on the up and up. 

 

One challenge I have always witnessed here in Thailand is consistency when a change has occurred. This goes for Thai folks as well. The document gets released however the interpretation and enforcement is left to the Amphur immigration or other agency and this will always lead to issues for all. Plus sadly of course there are numerous immigration officers who exploit it and demand payment money (both from Thais and foreigners). One thing foreigners need to get a grip on here is that foreigners are not the only ones that have issues with rules and law changes. Thais get caught in changes as well. Its all part of an evolving country. Laws and ordinances usually affect many people. 

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