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BANGKOK 26 April 2019 01:19
jackdd

My experience at the Udon Thani immigration office (TM30)

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I wouldn't have asked for his name. Lose face liability there. I would just let Chiang Mai call Udon Thani in case of issues and be done with it. :)

 

 

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4 minutes ago, ExpatDraco said:

I wouldn't have asked for his name. Lose face liability there. I would just let Chiang Mai call Udon Thani in case of issues and be done with it. 🙂

 

 

This would probably not work. It looks like the Udon Thani immigration just doesn't want a new TM30 because they are too lazy to process it (the 5 minutes could be spent on facebook instead). But they are aware of the laws (threatening my GF to fine her). If Chiang Mai calls Udon Thani they would never confirm that they don't follow the law so the IO in CM would just tell us "you had to submit a TM30, that's the law". If we had a name of a specific IO who told us this, it would be way more diffcult for them.

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25 minutes ago, jackdd said:

I explained that i know at least of the Chonburi immigration office who doesn't agree with his view, and my GF asked him politely to just update our record with today's date.

Chonburi Immigration (Jomtien) does agree with his view. I spoke to a senior official there last June, on returning from the UK. Same address, no need to notify. I have since made several 90 day reports and extended my retirement visa, no problems. Their only stioulation is that you are on a long term visa (marriage/retirement).

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This would probably not work. It looks like the Udon Thani immigration just doesn't want a new TM30 because they are too lazy to process it (the 5 minutes could be spent on facebook instead). But they are aware of the laws (threatening my GF to fine her). If Chiang Mai calls Udon Thani they would never confirm that they don't follow the law so the IO in CM would just tell us "you had to submit a TM30, that's the law". If we had a name of a specific IO who told us this, it would be way more diffcult for them.
I meant with my 'I am done' statement that I would just pay the fine in Chiang Mai if any... ;-)

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9 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

The will not call them. All they will care about is the one you will be doing there.

It might of course happen that they just don't care about it.

But because reading about many problems of people with the Chiang Mai immigration office, I was just worried that they check their computer when we file a TM30 there, then they see i've entered Thailand two weeks ago but nobody ever submitted a TM30 and that they then want to fine my GF because she didn't do it.

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Good story...demonstrates how quickly things can go South in an Immigration office...

 

Went for my 1st 90 reporting to the Udon office...was told very sternly that I would have to renew my 1 year retirement visa in 7 months...I  just smiled and said thank you...

 

Left the country and returned twice before my multiple entry visa expired...got another 12 months upon entering the country each time...

 

Bully trying to confuse me and cause anxiety...lol

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Chonburi Immigration (Jomtien) does agree with his view. I spoke to a senior official there last June, on returning from the UK. Same address, no need to notify. I have since made several 90 day reports and extended my retirement visa, no problems. Their only stioulation is that you are on a long term visa (marriage/retirement).
Just spoke to the older (not sure it's the same lady ofc.) TM.30 lady at Jomtien and asked if old/retired people still have to do TM.30's if they come from abroad and she said yes, everybody.

Now, this being said, I believe you also. I'm pretty sure as long as you have some TM.30 slip in your passport nobody will check the details anyway. Just not possible with their paper administration.

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9 minutes ago, Spidey said:

Chonburi Immigration (Jomtien) does agree with his view. I spoke to a senior official there last June, on returning from the UK. Same address, no need to notify. I have since made several 90 day reports and extended my retirement visa, no problems. Their only stioulation is that you are on a long term visa (marriage/retirement).

We definitely had several reports here on Thaivisa of people being fined for a missing TM30 after returning to their usual place in Chonburi. Of course also within the same immigration office different IOs handle it differently, so you were maybe lucky, or the others unlucky.

Until today i would also have said the IOs at Udon are friendly and helpful (if there had been another IO at the counter everything might have gone smooth), but this new IO did not match my previous experiences.

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