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Yes, mostly Chinese in line looking for visa extensions. I think it will pass. Did my 90 day reporting using the immigration phone app. Easy. Approval sent back in app in less than 24 hours.

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20 hours ago, mikey88 said:

Is there any way of feeding back to the government the extent of the disaster that is Chiang Mai Immigration.

Serious question.

i don’t know enough about how the Thai system of government works.

In my country I’d write a letter of complaint to the Minister....and I’d get a reply from their office.

Its obvious that the current building and staff levels can’t cope.

I was there 2 weeks ago and it was entirely full with people spilling out (Many not wearing masks).
It was chaos.

The carpark was entirely full and backed up.

Any immigration officer who attempts to alter immigration practices, and succeeds gets his car shot full of holes. Most immigration officers don't like that.🤭

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9 minutes ago, eyecatcher said:

 

How much would it cost to put a ticket machine in? And why the hell dont they?

Or an on-line q-system.  

 

Agents wouldn't like it 😉

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Try arriving 30 minutes before closing to

see if the que has gone, just a thought.

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1 hour ago, NancyL said:

The furball that is the main office is totally unrelated to the virus. 

Not totally perhaps but believe it is a factor - there will be fewer officers available at normal front office if they now have to service two locations.  Do understand CM has never been a fun experience but suspect the virus situation is surely making it more difficult.  

 

Here in Bangkok had to do 90 day report today and arrived at 0810 - queue around side of immigration and across front lobby area about 4 times (much more than 90 days previously).  Four were taking fever at entry door but line moving better than ever (better than some Bangkok street traffic) - I was at end of line but only queue 35 and out at 0903.  Some offices do seem better organized than others.

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1 hour ago, eyecatcher said:

Another irony is that when I think of all the systems that are in place for anything that involves organisation  that Thailand is absolutely clueless compared to the West, except queues. Go to the bank, TOT, PEA, Water office, land office, car tax office and every one of them has a flawless ticketing machine.

How much would it cost to put a ticket machine in? And why the hell dont they?

Nancy's agent would find a way of circumventing it!!!!

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"...for the first time in over a decade with a visa agent because I just couldn't take another year of getting up at 4 am and sitting around for hours. "

 

Well, yeah...but a few hours A YEAR? You'd rather spend three times the cost of the extension itself (or more) just to avoid a few hour of "sitting around" once a year

You must be one active person to not sit around at home for a few hours once in a while, let alone a year. 

But who wants to spend 0.034 percent of their entire year sitting around at immigration? 

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Difficult to say, last time I been there for a non-o extension they only processed 6 people from the morning opening until 2:45PM in the afternoon, when it was finally my turn. That way you easily cause all seats to be occupied and make one think there is masses of tourists and expats. 

Hope this is temporary, else I will not even bother to extend but do a Mae Sai trip and new Non-o in Vietnam afterwards.
Half a day and longer waiting with a wife and young kid is just a nightmare, a full day trip to Mae Sai is fun compared to that.

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2 hours ago, Trujillo said:

"...for the first time in over a decade with a visa agent because I just couldn't take another year of getting up at 4 am and sitting around for hours. "

 

Well, yeah...but a few hours A YEAR? You'd rather spend three times the cost of the extension itself (or more) just to avoid a few hour of "sitting around" once a year

You must be one active person to not sit around at home for a few hours once in a while, let alone a year. 

But who wants to spend 0.034 percent of their entire year sitting around at immigration? 

Life is too short to not spend your way out of an unpleasant experience, I remember my first agent assisted renewal after 10 years of DIY,  what a breeze,  money well spent.

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12 hours ago, Rama said:

Yes, mostly Chinese in line looking for visa extensions. I think it will pass. Did my 90 day reporting using the immigration phone app. Easy. Approval sent back in app in less than 24 hours.

What "immigration phone app?"  Don't mean to hijack the thread, but I've never heard of it.  When did that happen and where can I get info about it?

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7 hours ago, ramrod711 said:

Any immigration officer who attempts to alter immigration practices, and succeeds gets his car shot full of holes. Most immigration officers don't like that.🤭

I believe you're on to something!

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