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BANGKOK 19 August 2019 06:53
IraqRon

Suprise visit by immigration

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17 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

did they look in every room?

Nope they stopped at the locked gate with the barking dogs on our side of the gate.

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5 hours ago, StevieAus said:

When my wife applied for residency in Australia many years ago we were told by the the lawyer handling the application that it wasn’t unusual for the Australian Immigration to make unannounced visits in order to ascertain that the application was genuine.

I don’t know why people feel unsettled by such events unless of course there is something to hide.

If a policeman tried to enter my home in the UK without a warrant he would be denied entry.

I would step outside and close the door behind me before talking to him.

Who knows if they're looking for an opportunity to plant drugs?

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10 hours ago, IraqRon said:

that thought occured to me later, maybe that is why no unis., i will say that i saw the pistol buldge on his left hip under his longish t shirt.  after seeing his id.

No uniforms, tee-shirts, and a bulge at the waist.  That's probably about the last thing in the world you'll see if you allow unidentified, armed men into your home and it turns into a home invasion.  
What did immigration just proclaim recently.  Something like, "Smarten up foreigners", as meaning dress nicely to the immigration offices?  But - it's Ok for their IOs to show up at our homes looking like - mafia wise-guys?  Tee-shirts?  How professional!  What message does that send to you?  

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8 hours ago, StevieAus said:

When my wife applied for residency in Australia many years ago we were told by the the lawyer handling the application that it wasn’t unusual for the Australian Immigration to make unannounced visits in order to ascertain that the application was genuine.

I don’t know why people feel unsettled by such events unless of course there is something to hide.

 

i notice that non Americans are conditioned to accept police road blocks and police intrusions into their homes.  i am not . the idea of criminals like the Thai police walking around my house while one of them keeps me busy talking is not my idea of a good time. 

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NCC1701A Maybe you would be worried  they found something .. Little blue pills.. 😉

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I'm not at all worried about them coming. The IO , police, and other government officials, in our area have always been very helpful. I'm sure they could never walk around unaccompanied with the extended family we have here.
I've found that the Thai police only bother you when you do something wrong. In fact they've been very friendly, professional and helpful. I tried to hire a police canine trainer to help me train my dog. He took a good amount of time helping me and evaluating the dog.  He said he was too busy to make a commitment to help with training, but told me if I'd ever get tired of the dog he'd love to have him. I tried to pay him and he refused. Tried to buy him lunch and he said he wasn't hungry. My wife latter bought a basket of fruit and left it at the police desk and said to thank the policeman for his kindness. This was about 3 years ago at the Lampang police headquarters.

Nice little story about you and your dog Fred but not really relevant was it ?

The OP is talking about 2 guys showing up at his residence, apparently armed, no uniform and in an unmarked truck. No id offered but when requested id shown.
But let’s be honest how many would recognise a fake id from real one, I know I wouldn’t !!
Probably easier to obtain fake id’s over uniforms and official vehicles.

Letting some strangers inside your home is always cause for concern IMO

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Might be where your living. I'd be more worried having the army show up than the police. If they are local everyone knows them here.

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2 hours ago, FredGallaher said:

I'm sure they could never walk around unaccompanied with the extended family we have here.

i am alone in  a big house.

2 hours ago, FredGallaher said:

I've found that the Thai police only bother you when you do something wrong.

that is not my experience.

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Just applied on Fri to change from retirement to married visa, i was told they will visit in 7 days. They will phone first and if i am not home,will arrange another day. 

I had to sign more than 50 ! copies of docs. heads up to anyone changing visa you will need to copy every page of pp with previous visas/extensions.  :welcomeani: i hope their visit is more pleasant than last year.IMG_1414.thumb.JPG.c7fbdfd137aa0c33abb9e5b33c297515.JPG

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On 7/14/2019 at 9:05 AM, Andrew Dwyer said:


Nice little story about you and your dog Fred but not really relevant was it ?

The OP is talking about 2 guys showing up at his residence, apparently armed, no uniform and in an unmarked truck. No id offered but when requested id shown.
But let’s be honest how many would recognise a fake id from real one, I know I wouldn’t !!
Probably easier to obtain fake id’s over uniforms and official vehicles.

Letting some strangers inside your home is always cause for concern IMO
 

As I said they would be with someone for sure. I'd also offer them cold water as I have always been offered when visiting a Thai home. 

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On 7/13/2019 at 7:00 AM, BritManToo said:

You call some stranger who searches your home 'not threatening'?

I find the entire concept threatening.

I don't find government officials wanting to enter and search my home threatening. They did ask, and I invited them in. I don't know what they would have done if I had refused their request.

 

One reason is I believe they have the right to do that is I am living here on a Long-stay visa. I am a guest.
The reason I don't feel threatened is I have nothing to hide.

 

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40 minutes ago, billsmart said:

One reason is I believe they have the right to do that is I am living here on a Long-stay visa. I am a guest.
The reason I don't feel threatened is I have nothing to hide.

But one day they may have a bag of Yaba to hide.

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