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We did our one-year renewals this morning, a month and a half late. Not too worried thanks to the visa amnesty. Same for our 90-day report. We arrived at 8:00am, (motorcycle parking is now across

Had a very similar experience last week.... Visa renewal and 90 day report.   Knew there was an amnesty til the 31st. Didn't want to wait til the last minute to avoid the then I'm sure huge crowd.  

Jomtein is the same.  I never have any complaints about their attitude or speed and efficiency of the service.  Certainly no sign that they don't want us here. 

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I did mine in CM, due 11th July. I use a Visa Agent, at my age well worth letting someone else do the heavy lifting.

I spent 5 mins with the Immigration Official seemed a pure civilian, much different from years back when you had to see a Police Major.

 

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@FolkGuitar

 

I thought that you would be labelled as 'visa expired' because your visa has expired on the day that you renewed it and you have to apply non-O visa all over again. Any other year would not work.

 

I am surprised that they didn't backdate to June 15 instead. Is it because we are allowed to have a 14 day expiry window before our visa is considered expired?

 

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18 minutes ago, EricTh said:

@FolkGuitar

 

I thought that you would be labelled as 'visa expired' because your visa has expired on the day that you renewed it and you have to apply non-O visa all over again. Any other year would not work.

 

I am surprised that they didn't backdate to June 15 instead. Is it because we are allowed to have a 14 day expiry window before our visa is considered expired?

 

Nothing 'expired' thanks to the visa amnesty, which now, by the way, extends into September. I got a bit worried when we were asked to fill out the papers about overstay penalties, but I guess that was just a formality. No one said a word. No one asked us why we waited. They just did the paperwork while we sat.

 

As far as back-dating... I'm VERY surprised. My insurance agent told me that they would, and needed me to contact him to adjust my health insurance dating. They DID back-date it, but to the 29th rather than the 5th. Why 24 days? No idea!

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1 minute ago, FolkGuitar said:

Nothing 'expired' thanks to the visa amnesty, which now, by the way, extends into September. I got a bit worried when we were asked to fill out the papers about overstay penalties, but I guess that was just a formality. No one said a word. No one asked us why we waited. They just did the paperwork while we sat.

 

As far as back-dating... I'm VERY surprised. My insurance agent told me that they would, and needed me to contact him to adjust my health insurance dating. They DID back-date it, but to the 29th rather than the 5th. Why 24 days? No idea!

Why would immigration ask you to fill up an overstay form if there is an amnesty?

 

Could they have put a black mark in your record in their computer?

 

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I did our 90 day reports online on Monday afternoon.  They were approved within an hour.  I know the local office processes them.  I figured they weren't busy at CM Immigration, but based on Gonzo's report, it seems like they're staying busy.

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8 hours ago, jonwilly said:

I did mine in CM, due 11th July. I use a Visa Agent, at my age well worth letting someone else do the heavy lifting.

I spent 5 mins with the Immigration Official seemed a pure civilian, much different from years back when you had to see a Police Major.

 

john

Heavy lifting?  

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9 hours ago, amexpat said:

Heavy lifting?  

Paperwork, I just provide one live body to see immigration official.

 

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Just a thought about ink colour:  I am guessing that it's only the signing that they require the specific colour for these days.  I always fill in the forms on the computer and print them out in black ink and have never had a problem to date.

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2 hours ago, Greenside said:

Just a thought about ink colour:  I am guessing that it's only the signing that they require the specific colour for these days.  I always fill in the forms on the computer and print them out in black ink and have never had a problem to date.

 

My wife never had a problem before either, Greenside. She has a favorite pen that she's used for years. But this year... or this Immigration agent... decided she needed to redo her entire application form, not just a signature.

 

I was quite surprised as so often I've been told 'only use black ink' on various documents that I've filled out. My 'favorite' pen happens to be blue ink, so I've always been aware of this sort of thing. I never heard word one from Thai officials before. Very odd...

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