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Syrian on 1,702 day overstay: Tells immigration he didn't know how to extend visa

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Syrian on 1,702 day overstay: Tells immigration he didn't know how to extend visa

 

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A Syrian national without a single Thai stamp in his passport told immigration officers that arrested him in Mukdahan that he didn't know how to get an extension. 

 

Ghassan Bajbouj, 45, was arrested after he presented his passport to Pol Capt Wilailuk Thawacharee at the Friendship Bridge 2 checkpoint in Bang Sai Yai in the north eastern Thai city. 

 

The passport was entirely empty of any stamps. 

 

Ghassan was taken away for questioning and soon the PIBICS system revealed that he had entered Thailand on 22nd July 2014 on a 90-day visa and had permission to stay until 19th October of that year. 

 

He was thus on an overstay of 1,702 days.

 

He told immigration that he had lost his old passport and got his relatives to get his a new one and try and get him a visa at the Thai embassy in Cairo, Egypt.

 

His Syrian relatives came to Thailand to give him his new passport but they seemed unable to get a stamp for him.

 

And he told the investigators he had no idea how to do it himself. 

 

He has now been locked up. All this was done under the command of acting immigration chief Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang, reported Naew Na. 

 

Source: Naew Na

 

 

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I would imagine if he went to Europe first then Thailand because of issues there.he would have destroyed his I'd,s before he reached Europe.so his excuse will fall on deaf ears in Thailand.send him back to Syria punishment enough for his overstay





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1 hour ago, visarunner said:

They have to follow procedure. He will be charged for overstay or illegal entry , go to court, fined, blacklisted and if he has money deported, otherwise he has to stay in IDC, I guess the Syrian government is not helping him to pay his return fare . I pity the guy somehow, as Syrian you have basicly no way to get an extension unless you work, study or are married. He could not simply do a border run to come clean.   

I'd be interested to know what it costs the Thai government to house an individual prisoner per day in the IDC. For example, if this guy doesn't have money for an airfare, Syrian government doesn't help, how many days does he have to stay in the IDC before the cost of accommodating him exceeds what it would have cost for him to just be chucked on an airplane and sent straight home as soon as possible. Particularly for those who come from very impoverished backgrounds - a $600 USD one way airfare is always going to be pretty unattainable. 

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Thai is one slow learning Syrian

And thick as a brick or 2  :whistling:

 

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3 hours ago, bluesofa said:

It's not only Syrian nationals.

Perhaps all countries should adopt a common sense test, in order to work out if their citizens should be allowed outside of the country to blacken their country's name.

 

Applicant: I've been waiting for months now for my passport application to be approved.

Official: We have done our investigation and you have been deemed to be too stupid to be issued with a passport.

 

It could possibly be a solution that when the first visa is issued, a fact sheet in the persons home language is given to them outlining the responsibilities that having a visa incurs.

 

If entering visa exempt a small A3  leaflet in persons native language. or a card with a link to website in the persons  language?

 

 

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