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BANGKOK 22 March 2019 07:36
Grumpy Old Man

Extension to stay based on marriage at Chiangmai Immigration 12:02:2019

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I want to share my experience at Chiangmai Immigration while submitting my documents for my forth “Extension to stay based on marriage” 

 

My wife and myself are very professional for document procedures and processing in our own fields but that didn’t prepare us for the unprofessionalism of the ever changing Thai Immigration system in Chiangmai.

 

Firstly my wife contacted the Thai Immigration call centre who are supposed to be the fountain of all knowledge with regards to Thai Immigration documents, procedures and processes; we made a check list based on the information received and we spent the weekend making sure we had all the documents, photos and financial reports.

 

On Monday we decided to do a “Dry run” and have our documents checked before the formal application on Tuesday and that didn’t go so well; bring the originals and a copy of everything as instructed turned out to be the original documents and TWO copies of everything including TWO copies of each photo; back to our home office to make another set of everything.

 

On Tuesday I had made an appointment with my SCB Bank Manager to get my financial reports and TWO copies at 08:00Hrs before getting my queue number at 08:45Hrs being number F12 for counter 10 and there the wait started. . . . . . . . . . . . . . and waited.

 

Five hours later our number was called and the document checking procedure started, the Immigration Officer spoke acceptable English which helped; the first issue I had to re-sign all the documents in a BLUE pen as BLACK isn’t acceptable and then she copied a selection of documents, I highlighted the fact that unless you use a high quality COLOUR photocopier the end result will be a BLACK signature as it started off with.

 

The Immigration Officer questioned my wife with regards to her job and when told that she works Monday to Friday in the SCB Head Office Bangkok city the reply was “No No you have to stay in the same place” at this point I was lost in the conversation as my Thai isn’t good enough but I get the feeling my wife made her thoughts on this subject very clear and when it came to my wife’s salary level the reply when something like “Nothing to do with you and not a required declaration”

 

After sitting at the Immigration Officers desk for approximately thirty five minutes I am “Under consideration” until the 15th of March.   

 

Nice new Immigration office the same crappy long winded procedure.  

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When the ImOffice moved from Nong Khai to Udon Thani airport it was simply a nightmare.

 

I had 39 pages of documentation (originals plus copies all signed) sitting on the desk from 9 in the morning 'til 15-00. The ImOfficer would occasionally thumb through the file. It was roasting hot and I had a baby in arms.

 

At 15-00 I confronted the chief ImOfficer. She told my wife that they were extremely busy (not busy at all until 11ish).

 

She gave me 15 days and said when we came back, to bring an unrelated witness from the village and also 3 pics of me, the wife and baby, sitting on our bed.

 

Being new to the 'system' I didn't know that the pile of passports* that were brought in at 11 was all about. 

 

I eventually got visa extension.

 

* The irony is that the agent that brought in the stack of passports; I now use.

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Your experience at CM Immigration is par for the course.  This office has a reputation of being the worst of the worst immigration office in Thailand.  

 

There are a half dozen posters on this site who will disagree with me, and will tell you all about their wonderful experiences at this office.  They will even suggest you may have had a negative attitude when speaking to the friendly, cordial immigration officer.  Obviously, the officer just reacted to your negative demeanor.

 

Once a person takes time to read all the required documents, signed copies with a specific ink color, photos, and financial documents with copies from a Thai bank, you have to wonder who was the individual who thought of all this nonsense.  

 

I would guess this person has risen up through the immigration ranks by now and instructs others on how to discourage westerns from applying.  To add insult to injury, you will be required to repeat this same process every year, along with 90 day reports and various TM forms to submit when you leave, return or move. 🙂 

 

 

 

    

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You say it is your your fourth extension ! then surely in previous years you must have had 2 copies of every document ?

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Five hours wait? I thought some of the other forummers here said it was a breeze recently.

 

 

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6 hours ago, Grumpy Old Man said:

we spent the weekend making sure we had all the documents, photos and financial reports.

A job that takes one person about an hour, two at the most and the two of you spent the weekend doing it.

 

All clear.  No questions.

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3 hours ago, EricTh said:

Five hours wait? I thought some of the other forummers here said it was a breeze recently.

 

 

None of the others went for marriage extensions.

Anyway I predicted two weeks and back to being bastards and everyone pooh-poohed me.

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You sound like an intelligent fellow who is not hurting for money.  Why get a marriage visa that you know has always been a hassle and not a retirement extension? 

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34 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

None of the others went for marriage extensions.

Anyway I predicted two weeks and back to being bastards and everyone pooh-poohed me.

 

See post #17 in thread below.

 

 

 

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Just now, EricTh said:

 

See post #17 in thread below.

 

 

 

I have reason to believe this photo was staged, and the female officers clapping took the cake back right after the photo was taken. 😞  

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41 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

None of the others went for marriage extensions.

Anyway I predicted two weeks and back to being bastards and everyone pooh-poohed me.

Also see post #21 in another thread.

 

 

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38 minutes ago, marcusarelus said:

You sound like an intelligent fellow who is not hurting for money.  Why get a marriage visa that you know has always been a hassle and not a retirement extension? 

My guess is he doesn't want to deposit 800,000 baht in a Thai bank to collect dust.

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