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peterpop

O Visa Marriage Extension Renewal

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On 8/13/2019 at 5:01 PM, Greenside said:

To the OP:  I renewed in a similar timely way as you as I'm going abroad very shortly too.  Did she give any credible explanation for asking for travel details?  I can't even begin to see what relevance it could have for an extension application as long as you're going to be returning before the "consideration period" expires. 

No reason given.

Some good news is that I received the required ''Credit Advice'' from Kasikorn BKK within 24 hours by email. I will now go back to my local branch Big C, Hang Dong Rd, to get the letter that says that the Credit Advice is correct and my current balance is ....Baht.  No specific amount is required apparently.  This is just another random hoop to jump through.

All this together with my much diminished, frozen pension makes the future very uncertain.  I am thinking I can only manage another 2 years before I bail out.  At present it is still marginally cheaper to live here in the house I bought 3 years ago.  The cost of renting or buying a property back in UK makes the difference.  I don't want to leave but ..............

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On 8/13/2019 at 8:37 PM, ThaiPauly said:

I have my marriage extension visit on Thursday.

 

I think I have everything together and my agent is coming over tomorrow afternoon to check, but I am scared witless that there will be problems.

 

We are going away on Friday so if they need anything else I will not be able to provide anything until the middle of the following week.

 

I suppose it's fortunate that I am doing it a week in advance....but still dreading it

Well it was quite painless. Arrived at 7am with my agent and wife. Saw the IO at 8am, she said something to my wife about the bank letter not being correct, as the OP pointed out it needs to show foreign income, but she did not sweat it or make me go and get another one, she did show me a sample from my bank so the bank can do it.

 

She asked for a copy of my decree nisi, which nobody has ever mentioned. I did not have it with me.

I asked my visa agent why she had not told me about it, but she just smiled and intimated that I should have known ...duh..... anyway I was given back my passport which tells me to report back on September 13th.

 

My visa agent came back to my house and took the copies of my divorce certificate back to immigration

I believe that she offers good value for 3,000 baht, even though she did make a mistake, but I have never read on TV anything about needing to show divorce papers for a foreigner, I must have missed it, but for anybody who is getting a marriage visa at least one IO wants to see evidence of a divorce if you had one

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I completed the application today.  It should have been finished yesterday, everything was done, checked and agreed by the Immigration Officer.  BUT she said we are too busy now come back tomorrow.  I am lucky I live 10 mins from the Immigration office, I duly appeared at 0750 this morning.  At 11 am my number was called.  It was a different lady.  Oh she said your bank book is one day out of date.  Go and get another photo copy of today's update

Wonderfull, for what, the monthly bank transfers were all shown.  These ROBOTS need a serious reboot.

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On 8/16/2019 at 4:38 PM, peterpop said:

I completed the application today.  It should have been finished yesterday, everything was done, checked and agreed by the Immigration Officer.  BUT she said we are too busy now come back tomorrow.  I am lucky I live 10 mins from the Immigration office, I duly appeared at 0750 this morning.  At 11 am my number was called.  It was a different lady.  Oh she said your bank book is one day out of date.  Go and get another photo copy of today's update

Wonderfull, for what, the monthly bank transfers were all shown.  These ROBOTS need a serious reboot.

One day out of date and she complained? I used to do that without any problem.

 

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Did my annual marriage extension on last week. Arrived about 07:30. No queues, no crowds of people outside, just walk in to the counter and the number is handed out. We saw the IO around 10am and were out by 10:30. I had all the docs in two piles. There were no new requirements from the previous years. I have had 400k set aside in its own account for 5 years or so and i wasn't asked for monthly proof of what i spend or what comes in. IO did say you can't touch the money whilst extension is under consideration.

 

It seems CM Immigration is run like a "normal" immigration office now which is quite extraordinary if you have any experience of it over the past few years. Hats off to Big Joke for sorting out what was the worst immigration office in Thailand.  

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Ubonjoe, 1. Can you confirm the need for a copy of your prior divorce document. This is the first I've heard this. My marriage cert and Kor two indicates wife took my name and my change of address and TM 30 by wife indicates our new address. What divorce document are they looking for?

2. How long before appointment can we order a BKK credit advice and Bkk letter. Live in Nong-Han, a long way from CM Immigration. Thx in advance.

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All together there are 76 pages of A4 to be presented [inc duplicates]

 

 

You forgot to mention that all copies have to be signed.....


  When I did my extension before I had received my teacher's license and was on a provisional license, the officer did something that almost made me laugh. But only almost.........

 

  She went online, on Khurusapha's ( Teacher's Council of Thailand's) website, where you can check anybody's allowance to teach and how long by typing in the full name in block letters, or the passport number.

 

  I am living here for 17 years and thought that this was a bit over the top. 

 

I'd understand that if they don't know you, but.........TIT.

 

Nothing is impossible. And all is possible. 

 

Reading your story makes me wonder how many people are willing to undergo such an immense waste of time, money and paper. 

 

   

 

 

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On 8/16/2019 at 4:38 PM, peterpop said:

I completed the application today.  It should have been finished yesterday, everything was done, checked and agreed by the Immigration Officer.  BUT she said we are too busy now come back tomorrow.  I am lucky I live 10 mins from the Immigration office, I duly appeared at 0750 this morning.  At 11 am my number was called.  It was a different lady.  Oh she said your bank book is one day out of date.  Go and get another photo copy of today's update

Wonderfull, for what, the monthly bank transfers were all shown.  These ROBOTS need a serious reboot.

In all honesty, these IO act like some Sado Maso Exorcist-guys.

 

   You've been there before, did they not know that?

 

   Ten years ago, our Immi office wasn't right in the city, it was at the Cambodian border far far away.........

 

We had  a new teacher and I agreed to drive him to the office. Pothole roads for about 70 km and really in the middle of nowhere. One way was 150 km's. 

 

  When we arrived on the first day one document was missing. I was very politely asking if we couldn't contact the school and fax it to her.

 

No way, come back tomorrow were her words.

 

  We were back the next day and had the document with us.

 

She already had her visa stamp when she stopped and mumbled something about another document was missing.

 

I politely said that we're driving quite a long way twice already and she hadn't mentioned that the day before. Again the question if we could fax it to her.

 

No way, you have to come back tomorrow. I was on 180 and had a huge problem to stay calm. i wanted to tell her what a *^&%^$5lutg she was!

It was a document that other IO do not want to see. 

 

  After three times driving over 900 km's in my truck, we finally had the visa for my colleague.

 

Good for her was that I didn't buy the Kalaschnikow a drunk Thai soldier wanted to sell me for 150 bucks on the way to the office. 

 

    The school reimbursed me for 500 km and I refused to do it again. 

 

      

 

  

   

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