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As mentioned above I was successful at submitting an application for a special 30 day extension with embassy letter.Special thanks to ubonjoe for his steadfast belief that it was or soon would be poss

That’s why I didn’t believe it was real 😂

Thanks for posting, I for one think it sounds very encouraging that Thai Immigration & the US Embassy are at least speaking with each other about how best to move forward (and I'm British + just e

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"The Thai government has indicated to us that the above procedures are already in place" - Has anyone got one of these free "official extension stamps" yet? Or is this new news.

 

And it remains to be seen is whether people who used the COVID extension can get this too or not. 

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7 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

The are no free extensions and do not see anything in the info posted about one.

The only thing that is free is a permit to stay until September 26 under the ministerial notice that has been extended to that day.

That info from the embassy is very confusing and appears to not to be correct,

 

"You must go to any immigration office before September 11 and get a stamp in your passport that officially extend your Visa until the September 26 deadline. The stamp can be obtained at no cost. You must have this stamp, as the general Visa amnesty announcement will not replace this requirement".

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1 hour ago, lopburi3 said:

My reading is there is a new policy until Septermber 11 to provide access to obtaining official extension status for those currently on amnesty exemption which in turn will then allow an official extension of stay to be applied for.  For those not going that route but needing to stay past September 26 immigration will consider providing 30 extensions with embassy letter.

That appears to be the standard requirement of 15 days remaining on a visa exempt or tourist visa entry to apply for a 90 day non immigrant visa entry at immigration.

Immigration has no rule requiring that stamp that I am aware of for anything done at immigration.

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I believe they have determined amnesty is not legal stay status so status must be changed to allow using previous entry for extension.  Just as they seem to now have to put a stamp in passports for 90 day non reporting (even with amnesty we are considered late).  So this stamp would then allow normal extensions of stay to be obtained.

Yes it is a guess but seems to be new news.  🙂

 

Edit:  How was this OP information obtained?  I have not received any such email.

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18 minutes ago, greggraham said:

click here - hopefully that works. That part probably deserves its own topic too, a lot of people thought it was impossible that they would write those letters again. 

I got a letter from the Australian embassy but it didn't make any difference and was still refused to even be able to apply for an extension.

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19 minutes ago, FarFlungFalang said:

I got a letter from the Australian embassy but it didn't make any difference and was still refused to even be able to apply for an extension.

When did you get this letter ? Last i heard they were not giving them out.

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3 minutes ago, ndreamer said:

When did you get this letter ? Last i heard they were not giving them out.

I got it on the 31/07/2020.The weren't giving them out but gave me one because of extenuating circumstances.It was exactly the same as the first letter.It still didn't help as I've used my 60 extension and my office says they can only give one extension and to wait until 26th Sept to see what happens.

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