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As I like to budget, assuming the IO furball still exists in 8 months.

 

What is the cost for an agent to handle a non o ext. (for reasons of retirement) visa, renewal for a new year. A poster here mentioned the sum of three times the fee. I assumed it was more than 5700B

 

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10 hours ago, BRUFC said:

Her (Nancy's) money, her choice. What's it to do with you?

Unfortunately it has much to do with everyone when it becomes accepted practice in any country.  

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Not sure what is going on at our bright ,shiny, new Immigration office that was supposed to overcome all the chaos that was evident at Promenada and haven't there been reports of foreigners leaving the country in droves for new pastures which should make numbers at Immigration less.

 

On Wednesday December 18 as a DYI guy I arrived at 8.15 am for extension of my 13th retirement visa.There was no queue outside just 3 people in front of me in the queue at the information desk inside.Got number (31). Number (5) was being processed but I knew I had to go back to Bangkok Bank at KSK to get the bank statement,insisted on by the new boss, which simply duplicated the entries and deductions in my fixed term deposit passbook.I returned at 11 am and was processed and out of there by 1 PM.

 

So in only 8 weeks, judging by reports here and photos on social media,people standing in the sun snaking into the car park,the place has gone back to being a shambles.I can't believe the Virus situation is really the cause. I have heard rumours some have been people,mostly marriage visas, receiving home visits from Imm Officers to confirm the information they gave was legit,so are there less staff in house?

 

What is required is a "whistle blower' who can tell us exactly what is going on because if this continues its just going to drive more to Agents aka "queue jumpers"

 

 

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3 minutes ago, Sparkles said:

Not sure what is going on at our bright ,shiny, new Immigration office that was supposed to overcome all the chaos that was evident at Promenada and haven't there been reports of foreigners leaving the country in droves for new pastures which should make numbers at Immigration less.

50,000-100,000 expats living around Chiang Mai, if they all went to immigration for an extension once a year, that would be 200-400 per working day. Now add the tourists and the Burmese labourers.

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7 hours ago, LomSak27 said:

As I like to budget, assuming the IO furball still exists in 8 months.

 

What is the cost for an agent to handle a non o ext. (for reasons of retirement) visa, renewal for a new year. A poster here mentioned the sum of three times the fee. I assumed it was more than 5700B

 

Thanks

I enquired at an Agent near our home the cost for "assisting" with my retirement extension. It was 7,850 b,  the 1,900b Imm fee included.I only made the enquiry as I was anticipating a health issue which did not eventuate and finished up doing it myself ,my 13th in CM

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7 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

50,000-100,000 expats living around Chiang Mai, if they all went to immigration for an extension once a year, that would be 200-400 per working day. Now add the tourists and the Burmese labourers.

Do you have a reliable source for that number of expats living here on a permanent basis or just an educated guess ?

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1 minute ago, Sparkles said:

Do you have a reliable source for that number of expats living here on a permanent basis or just an educated guess ?

It's what google told me.

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17 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? 

Not all agents are strong armed robbers

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13 hours ago, connda said:

 

Which primarily serve <drum roll> Thais! <cymbal crash>. 

 

If you listened to Health Minister Arunit's comments, then you'd understand.  It was a racist tirade with him starting out by angrily exclaiming, "Da*n farangs! Those da*n farang tourists!"  I'm pretty sure he simply vocalized the prevailing sentiment of most governmental agencies including Thai Immigration.
We are foreigners living in a overtly xenophobic country.  "Why the hell don't they" install the type of queuing systems found in every government office of any size throughout Thailand? 
Simple - use your imagination, observational skills, and basic understanding of how the Thai government views foreigners, or kon daeng, which means quite literally "outsiders" to anyone who is kon Thai.  Then you'll understand.
The treatment that we foreigners (outsiders) receive is not a one-off.  It's meant to be this way.  Painful, albeit unnecessary.  It doesn't have to be this way - they choose to make it this way.  "Ai farang", as the good Minister of Health would say.  :sleep:  What you see is what you get. 

 

At one time they used a machine dispensing numbers but for what ever reason the people getting numbers could not press the correct buttons for the service they required. Over time they did away with the machine. 

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2 hours ago, Sparkles said:

 

 

 

 

What is required is a "whistle blower' who can tell us exactly what is going on because if this continues its just going to drive more to Agents aka "queue jumpers"

 

 

Another Visa Agent Basher.

Many expats are  happy to engage a Reputable Visa Agent etc etc for a Saloon Passage  at  Cmai Immgr Dept . where their Fee.s IMO are very affordable to most expats residing in Cmai

Your properstrous remark of a Whistle Blower to come forward is Ga  Ga Land  Tripe

If that concerned.  be the Whistle Blower yourself.

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9 minutes ago, worgeordie said:

,BUT I will never use an agent.

 

 

 

 

A golden rule

Never say Never😀

but if u wish  to be a DIY.

at Cmai Immgr Dept

that.s your choice

good luck to you

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3 hours ago, deej said:

A golden rule

Never say Never😀

but if u wish  to be a DIY.

at Cmai Immgr Dept

that.s your choice

good luck to you

NEVER, been doing them for over 15 years, myself.

regards worgeordie

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