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Retirement extension - latest from Phang Nga

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5 hours ago, auntyedna said:

Oh yes!!  They had a TERRIFIC time!  But having dealt with govt departments when I was working as an engineer, I am only too aware of how doors slam shut around you if you lose your rag or act British.  I was even told by one Thai colleague, when I was suffering breach of contract from a govt department, that it is considered "impolite" to refer to the contract!  So yes - sickly smile around gritted teeth - they handled me to their satisfaction... but I got my extension.

I get it. This happens a lot over in this country. At the end you got your extension, so nothing more is needed. Good for you!

However, my immigration officer do not handle me like a football, and he knows that.

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Please clarify what this means:  Passport copies showing TWO double pages per sheet of A4, despite no photographic reduction, will be REJECTED.  They only accept one double page per sheet. Does that mean each single page in the passport must be photocopied separately, as opposed to the two adjacent pages together? If so, what a waste of paper! I'm hoping Chonburi Immigration is not so wasteful. I never had the issue in several years of extensions at Chiang Wattana in BKK. 

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Posted (edited)

And what about health insurance for retirement ( O-A ) Visa extensions ?

As you did not mention it , I think it is not needed ....?

Last year it was not necessary ...

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What does 'act British' mean?

 

Not to refer to the contract...? why have a contract?

 

We all know the rules and know they can be interpreted differently by each Immigration Office. We also know that each Immigration Office has its own way of doing things.

Experience has shown me to 'over prepare ', in exactly the same way as I used to have to for and during an Aviation Authority regulatory compliance audit.

It also showed me, each regulatory authority auditor had their own interpretations of the rules and that would likely change with auditor.each

 

I also found out, the best way of demonstrating compliance was to offer a solution before the audit and see how that floated with the auditor. Then we should know we were 'singing from the same hymn sheet '. A lot to be said for 'running it up the flagpole'. Satisfy the auditor and satisfy the regulations. Satisfy the Immigration Officer and get your extension. As I just did...

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16 minutes ago, CM Dad said:

For more than thirty years I always prepared all of my own documents for Thai Immigration.  This year, for the first time, I used an agent.  The entire process was so quick and so smooth that I would never even consider dealing with Immigration any other way from now on.  We arrived at a pre-booked time, went to a side entrance, entered an office in the rear of the building, presented all documents and my passport, had my information entered into the computer, took a photo, had the passport stamped, received a smile, and was done in less than ten minutes.  The agent handled the financial transaction.  Afterwards, the agent took me back home.  It was the briefest and most pleasant time I have had at any government office anywhere in the world.

Which IO - which agent - what category extension - what fee?

Thanks for the report but without the above details it is of little practical use.

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What a horrifying experience. 
 

Thank goodness that there are people who do your extensions for you for a small outlay. 
 

🥂 🏖

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