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I showed up at the new Chiang Mai, Thai Immigration office to renew my one year visa.  I'm still not certain why we are required to do this every year.  The parking lot in front of immigrations entran

Hey Britmantoo, we left six years ago. I always used a married Non-O and just stamped out every 3 months, for 20 years, so I do not know what a PM 30 is. We owned the house I built in Saraphi - we sol

1000% percent dead accurate!  After reading, i couldn't help but feel again the hopelessness of my 90 days and 1yearly efforts....all for what?   Is there no easier path?  This is just not working any

3 minutes ago, CMNightRider said:

I gave up waiting but as I was leaving this circus,

So you are not bothering to extend your Visa, or are you going back tomorrow,

if so you will need to update your bank book again, I thought many Farangs were

leaving Thailand, by your report it does not seem so. good luck next time.

regards Worgeordie

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It's a seasonal thing, there are plenty of times when there are no queues and the place seems very quiet, in April when I extend my visa that is certainly so, you seem to have picked an unfortunate time of the year.

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13 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

So you are not bothering to extend your Visa, or are you going back tomorrow,

if so you will need to update your bank book again, I thought many Farangs were

leaving Thailand, by your report it does not seem so. good luck next time.

regards Worgeordie

I'll try another day and just update my bank book if I get a number. 🙂

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10 minutes ago, Gweiloman said:

I was so happy reading all the news here on TVF about expats leaving and no tourists arriving. Was thinking that immigration matters would be a breeze. 

It takes time to move away from Thailand too. Consider new country, visa for the wife, finishing school semesters, selling the house of finishing the lease.
I am pretty confident many people will be gone in a year more from now. More and more rentals on the Internet by the week too.

However, there are still newbies arriving here and they are OK for the first 1-2 years with their ED visa / tourist visa.

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2 minutes ago, ChaiyaTH said:

It takes time to move away from Thailand too. Consider new country, visa for the wife, finishing school semesters, selling the house of finishing the lease.
I am pretty confident many people will be gone in a year more from now.
 

Except that all this talk about leaving has been circulating for a long time. 
New country? Expert opinion on TVF is Vietnam, PI, Cambodia, Laos. Doesn’t take long to come to a decision. 
Visa for wife? The above mentioned countries are dead easy, according to informed sources on here. 
Selling the house? TVF experts don’t own, they rent. It’s been stated countless times on here. 
in a year from now? I hope so, before my next renewal in December 2020. 

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Everyone nearly gets run over on that 8 lane return journey to the photo copier when you have forgotten that one piece or vital stamp copy or other and that's before leaving the pavement🤔

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47 minutes ago, ChaiyaTH said:

What about it being a fact? How can you still live in denial while it is 2020 by now?
Or are you one of those people who only considers the retirees with 800K in the bank / married ones with 400K? Those very few are almost hassle free indeed.

For eighteen years I've shown 800k in the bank and extending my visa has never been easier, what others do to make their life more difficult is down to them. For years we read on TVF that posters didn't want to deposit 800k in a Thai bank because the banks weren't safe and all bank tellers were crooks, at least those were the reasons they gave us at the time. Now immigration has tweaked the rules and that fear of Thai banks has come back to bite people, it was an irrational fear in the first place.

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3 minutes ago, sammieuk1 said:

Everyone nearly gets run over on that 8 lane return journey to the photo copier when you have forgotten that one piece or vital stamp copy or other and that's before leaving the pavement🤔

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

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