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1 hour ago, FolkGuitar said:

 

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...

Yepper, same here, as I said I've used the same black pen for nearly 10 years and it's never been a question until just earlier this month when I renewed my extension.

 

If they are being critical on this they need to identify that on the list of requirements (or the form). It's just like the photo, is it supposed to be a white background or a blue one?

 

I truly think it irritates them when everything is being submitted correctly and they just want to agonize us by nit-picking at anything they can think of.

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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'm not sure that the "new rapid response" from immigration is due to anything other than nearly all the tourists are gone (along with various others who flew the "coup" when the leaving was good. The problem has always been too many people wanting different things all in a scrum. 

Will immigration take this time to rethink how to streamline the operation, now that they have plenty of breathing space? Hahahah...that was rhetorical. 😄

 

I also think, from my understanding, that certain times of the year are better than others. I'm up at the end of January and that seems to be notoriously busy, for some reason. 

 

The 90-days' report can be done online, as usual, so there is no reason to waste time going there for that or missing it. 

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1 hour ago, Trujillo said:

Will immigration take this time to rethink how to streamline the operation, now that they have plenty of breathing space? Hahahah...that was rhetorical. 😄

 

 

I think they have already made some process improvements over the past several months. I hope that they continue as it seems to work. But as you pointed out there is less folks due to COVID.

 

Improvements (in my opinion):

1) Added the 90 day reporting drive thru

2) Started up the online appointment process

3) Having folks out front checking for all the proper paperwork before you can enter the building

 

I think #3 is a big help as I cannot recall the number of times I have been held up in queue while someone in front is filling out a form or fixing the one they tried to fill out.

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I went tuesday fill in the form in black ink no problem but was asked for a year bank statement which I had. So is  year bank statement now required by all for non O retirement extension   

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13 hours ago, FolkGuitar said:

 

Our rapid service had only a little bit to do with fewer farangs. The place was pretty busy.

But thinking about the time we handed our paperwork over to the Immigration Officer until the time we received our stamped passports back... THAT was five times faster than ever! I remember being number 2 or 3 at Promenada (thanks to having line sitters,) seeing the Imm Officer within 15 minutes of opening, yet not getting our passports back until 11:30 or 12:00.  Now we saw the Officer at 8:30 and left with our passports at 9:15. That had nothing to do with fewer farangs.
We all remember surly Imm Officers making people jump through hoops. Now you don't even deal with them except to hand your paperwork through a small window, sit back down in the gallery, then receive your passport 20-30 minutes later through the same window. The Officer even said, as she handed back our passports, "Have a nice day!"
No... Things have definitely changed for the better.

One of the problems with Promenada is that for most of the time of their operation, they didn't have anyone on site able to give final approval after the initial Imm. Officer processed the retirement extension application.  Twice a day they'd run all the passports and applications back to the office near the airport for final approval.  

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I went there today to cancel my ED visa and to do my 90 day report. Neither of which was really necessary but wanted to make sure all was in order and it was a nice day. Got there about 2pm, was directed to the decontamination 'booth' and given a yellow sticker. 

 

Inside there were about 30 people but only one person in the que in front of me.  Long story short, ended up going to information, asked about 90 day reporting, he didn't seem to give two hoots if I did it or not. He just asked what I intended to do, I said go back to the UK or maybe Vietnam if I can.  So I did the 90 day report anyway, just walked around to the drivethrough window, no one else there. Got it done in about one minute by a very friendly girl.

 

All in all one of the breeziest encounters I've ever had with immigration. 

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10 hours ago, Marcous said:

I went there today to cancel my ED visa and to do my 90 day report. Neither of which was really necessary but wanted to make sure all was in order and it was a nice day. Got there about 2pm, was directed to the decontamination 'booth' and given a yellow sticker. 

 

Inside there were about 30 people but only one person in the que in front of me.  Long story short, ended up going to information, asked about 90 day reporting, he didn't seem to give two hoots if I did it or not. He just asked what I intended to do, I said go back to the UK or maybe Vietnam if I can.  So I did the 90 day report anyway, just walked around to the drivethrough window, no one else there. Got it done in about one minute by a very friendly girl.

 

All in all one of the breeziest encounters I've ever had with immigration. 

Thanks,good to hear drive through still available at airport immigration. 

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Most, if not all, fillable TM forms can be downloaded and saved as a PDF document.  Then when before you fill in the fields, change the default black text color of the font to blue.

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The last few times I have done my extension they have insisted I use blue ink. I assume this is so they can easily tell the original from the copies.

 

They bamboozled me this year because they didn't accept my 'copy' (black and white) of the original, but got me to also fill out the copy as an original in blues ink. So there are two originals, hopefully both the same.

 

I used to work in the public sector where a golden rule is that there can only ever be one original of a document. I guess in Thailand such rules do not apply.

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Now that they opened an immigration office in Promenada again I was able to do my 90 day reporting in less than 5 minutes. I'm sure that will change once more farangs find out about the Promenada office is backin operation.

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I was also at the Chiang Mai Immigration office in June to renew my marriage visa and 90 day report. I went through a temperature test then under a tent and sit for 5 minutes while my paperwork was checked. Then went to the entry where I had to sign some papers which stated about overstay. Went inside it was nearly empty. They also checked my paperwork at information. When my number was called they did my renewal in about 20 minutes. Then went on side of building for 90 day report which took less than 5 minutes. At that time we were told the 90 day reporting would be handled at Promenade starting in September. Spent about 45 minutes doing both my renewal and 90 day report. Excellent experience with Chiang Mai Immigrations. 

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On 7/23/2020 at 5:44 AM, jonwilly said:

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

 

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On 7/22/2020 at 6:17 AM, dingdongrb said:

which I have been doing using the exact same pen for the past 10 years

Nice one McGregor........😆

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