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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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We were told that we need to photocopy every page in the bankbook that has transactions or updates. I only update that account book once a year, and never add or withdraw from it so there are only a few filled-in pages showing interest added or fees debited.

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I recently did my 1 yr. (with an agent) and I was in and out in less than 10 minutes.  90-day drive thru was moving swiftly.  Everyone I know who does online reporting says it’s currently working well.

 

No complaints!  
 

But then...I have NEVER had an issue with CM Immigration.  I’ve had a 4-5 star experience every time.

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10 minutes ago, Brightly said:

But then...I have NEVER had an issue with CM Immigration.  I’ve had a 4-5 star experience every time.

But you're using an agent.

How about for us folk that think they should do their jobs for the pay the government gives them, and don't want to participate in corruption?

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24 minutes ago, BritManToo said:

But you're using an agent.

How about for us folk that think they should do their jobs for the pay the government gives them, and don't want to participate in corruption?

Well, I'm not sure how much, if any, corruption a facilitator agent is involved in -- I know I, and the IO, are just happy that all is in order, and we can move along in an orderly fashion.

Then, it comes down to, how much is your time worth, and can you afford to have a surrogate take over for you....

My time is certainly worth a lot, and I certainly can afford 3000bt for an agent to make my annual Imm trip painless and worry free.

That your time isn't worth much, or that you can't afford 3000bt is sad. But, if you're just trying to make some kind of protest against those of us who use agents -- why not head for Portland and join the crowd of wackos....?

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5 hours ago, JimGant said:

Well, I'm not sure how much, if any, corruption a facilitator agent is involved in -- I know I, and the IO, are just happy that all is in order, and we can move along in an orderly fashion.

Then, it comes down to, how much is your time worth, and can you afford to have a surrogate take over for you....

My time is certainly worth a lot, and I certainly can afford 3000bt for an agent to make my annual Imm trip painless and worry free.

That your time isn't worth much, or that you can't afford 3000bt is sad. But, if you're just trying to make some kind of protest against those of us who use agents -- why not head for Portland and join the crowd of wackos....?

 Approx $100 USD to have someone help me fill out an easy to fill form and perhaps save me a few hours of getting out of the house?

 

I'm not lazy and having something to do in my retirement days is fine by me.... agent = no thanks...

 

Not so sure I'd call it corruption but I'm willing to bet that with using an agent there's definitely a brown envelope that gets passed under the table (in many cases).

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9 minutes ago, dingdongrb said:

Approx $100 USD to have someone help me fill out an easy to fill form and perhaps save me a few hours of getting out of the house?

25,000bht is the normal price for a retirement VISA agent in Chiang Mai.

That's nearer $1,000 than $100.

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2 hours ago, BritManToo said:

25,000bht is the normal price for a retirement VISA agent in Chiang Mai.

That's nearer $1,000 than $100.

What? I've got a friend that has been using an agent for years and it costs him 9k THB....

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Again, I submitted my online 90-day during this past holiday and got the approval last night. 

 

Unless you are already going to immigration for other matters, I can't imagine wasting the time and energy to go there to file in person. 

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11 hours ago, FolkGuitar said:

Assist ThaiVisa charges 7,000 baht for a Retirement Visa extension plus 4 Ninety-Day reports.

Best Friend Visa is 4900 Baht not including the 90 day reports which are not worth much.

 

11 hours ago, FolkGuitar said:

They don't get expedited service. They wait like everyone else. You can see them with their customers, sitting and waiting.

Not sure on that one.  I have seen agent and customer go straight to photo after a brief hello at the window, no waiting for queue number to come up, it seemed that the agent had submitted papers before customer arrived so it was all ready to go.  Might be different systems for different agents.

 

Yes after getting extension I have seen agent and customer waiting for ReEntry Permit processing.

 

Cheers.

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Any agent recommendations for converting to ED visa in country? Asking for a friend.

Send me a private message.

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2 hours ago, Dante99 said:

Best Friend Visa is 4900 Baht not including the 90 day reports which are not worth much.

 

Not sure on that one.  I have seen agent and customer go straight to photo after a brief hello at the window, no waiting for queue number to come up, it seemed that the agent had submitted papers before customer arrived so it was all ready to go.  Might be different systems for different agents..

Best Friends fee is 3000 for the extension -- the extra 1900 is the gov't's fee. If you want a re-entry permit, single or multiple, the Best Friends fee is 500. These fees haven't changed in several years.

 

Yes, Best Friends submits your paperwork to Immigration the day before you have to actually go to Immigration. Thus, on second day, you and the agent get chauffeured to the front door, head for the special counter spot to pick up your passport and take a photo. Ten minutes, tops.

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7 hours ago, JimGant said:

Yes, Best Friends submits your paperwork to Immigration the day before you have to actually go to Immigration. Thus, on second day, you and the agent get chauffeured to the front door, head for the special counter spot to pick up your passport and take a photo. Ten minutes, tops.

But a normal person cannot do that so to me that is special treatment and I am willing to bet that the IO is being handily compensated with a brown envelope.

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