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90 Day Check In Farce!

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Reluctant to criticise Immigration, difficult job, ever increasing numbers, but yesterdays 90 day check in experience was a farce.

I arrived about 2.15, my ticket number meant there were about 40 in front of me. Waited patiently for an hour and a half, but noticed long periods when the ticket machine didnt move at all. What was happening was that some people of Asian extraction, I think Burmese , came in, made no attempt to take a ticket, walked straight to the desk and were dealt with immediately. Judging from the fact that they were made to place their thumbprint on the various forms, can only assume these people cannot read or write, therefore wouldnt be able to cope with queue system so for ease, the guys behind the desk just dealt with them there and then. I counted at least half a dozen of these situations, and of course, it naturally took longer for each one because their forms etc werent in order, hence the thumbprint routine.

By now it was approx 3.45. At this point a woman breezed in, went straight to the counter, and was holding something like 5 or 6 passports. As I was now feeling quite frustrated I approached her to suggest she was pushing in. Turns out from her accent she was an Aussie or Kiwi, and she said if you come in after 3.30, the ticket machine is turned off, so you just go straight to the counter and get dealt with!! In response to my somewhat frustrated suggestion that she was queue jumping she just smiled and said something like tough luck, pal, not my problem!!!

Perhaps in future we should all turn up at 3.45??!!

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Tuff call. Maybe you should have just got up and joined the rest people without number tickets and taken your chances. Don't think I would/could have been as patient as you, good job!

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Go earlier in the morning :whistling:

Earlier in the morning means more people, longer queue. Everybody knows that....except you it seems!!

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Go earlier in the morning :whistling:

Earlier in the morning means more people, longer queue. Everybody knows that....except you it seems!!

Me too. I think the early mornings are best :)

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Go earlier in the morning :whistling:

Earlier in the morning means more people, longer queue. Everybody knows that....except you it seems!!

Yes, because your strategy seemed to work so much better instead blink.gif

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:whistling:

I understand you're frustration, and I do sympathise with you, but if you think about it without being angry perhaps you will relise that your real problam was showing up at 2:15 p.m. and not at 9:00 a.m. to get a ticket for the queue then.

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I think your story stinks. I was there yesterday at the exact same time for my 90-day also. When I got my queue card there was also 40 ahead of me. But the numbers went so quickly that I was out of there in less than 20 minutes. A lot of the numbers called were for people that took queue cards then left. Almost every other number was a "no show".

There are always agents approaching the counter with many, many passports. Many of them are Chinese or Burmese. I observed a couple times in the past that these agents don't bother with queue cards. I noticed yesterday that one guy was handling all of them and there were two others handling the queue. I was amazed at how efficient the process was.

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I think your story stinks. I was there yesterday at the exact same time for my 90-day also. When I got my queue card there was also 40 ahead of me. But the numbers went so quickly that I was out of there in less than 20 minutes. A lot of the numbers called were for people that took queue cards then left. Almost every other number was a "no show".

There are always agents approaching the counter with many, many passports. Many of them are Chinese or Burmese. I observed a couple times in the past that these agents don't bother with queue cards. I noticed yesterday that one guy was handling all of them and there were two others handling the queue. I was amazed at how efficient the process was.

Sorry, are you calling me a liar? My story doesnt stink its true, so stop being so rude. I got there at 2.15 and waited over 90 minutes, OK? I am not an idiot, nor a liar, so stop being so damned offensive whoever you are.

My number was 528. When I got there the number was about 775, it went to 800 then started again at 500. At about 515 everything ground to a halt for the reasons I explained in my OP. You obviously werent there exactly same time as me otherwise you would have had the same experience.

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I don't understand why anyone puts themselves through this when one can mail it in or hire one of those queue savy agents to walk it in for you :huh:

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I think your story stinks. I was there yesterday at the exact same time for my 90-day also. When I got my queue card there was also 40 ahead of me. But the numbers went so quickly that I was out of there in less than 20 minutes. A lot of the numbers called were for people that took queue cards then left. Almost every other number was a "no show".

There are always agents approaching the counter with many, many passports. Many of them are Chinese or Burmese. I observed a couple times in the past that these agents don't bother with queue cards. I noticed yesterday that one guy was handling all of them and there were two others handling the queue. I was amazed at how efficient the process was.

Sorry, are you calling me a liar? My story doesnt stink its true, so stop being so rude. I got there at 2.15 and waited over 90 minutes, OK? I am not an idiot, nor a liar, so stop being so damned offensive whoever you are.

Relax. I didn't say you were a liar or an idiot. I got there at 14:15 also. I just had a much different experience. I was out in 15-20 minutes.

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I think your story stinks. I was there yesterday at the exact same time for my 90-day also. When I got my queue card there was also 40 ahead of me. But the numbers went so quickly that I was out of there in less than 20 minutes. A lot of the numbers called were for people that took queue cards then left. Almost every other number was a "no show".

There are always agents approaching the counter with many, many passports. Many of them are Chinese or Burmese. I observed a couple times in the past that these agents don't bother with queue cards. I noticed yesterday that one guy was handling all of them and there were two others handling the queue. I was amazed at how efficient the process was.

Sorry, are you calling me a liar? My story doesnt stink its true, so stop being so rude. I got there at 2.15 and waited over 90 minutes, OK? I am not an idiot, nor a liar, so stop being so damned offensive whoever you are.

Relax. I didn't say you were a liar or an idiot. I got there at 14:15 also. I just had a much different experience. I was out in 15-20 minutes.

You said my story "stinks". Thats not a nice word to use, as you are clearly implying a lack of truth on my part. If you dont intend to offend, dont use words like that, OK?

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Deep breaths, all, deeeeeeep breaths.

I can understand the OP's frustration.

I'm mailing in my TM47 on Thursday, for the first time.

I'll let all know how it turns out....

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I always go after 3pm and rarely have time to fill in a new form before my number is called.

Aren't the numbers for sign-ins different to the numbers for other things such as visa extensions? IE you are in a different queue. That's my memory anyway.

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