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Canadian expat, 64, faces deportation from Phuket for visa overstay
Phuket Gazette

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Canadian expat James Nelson (left), 64, talks with Capt Angkarn Yasanop of Phuket Immigration at his apartment in Kathu. Photo: Kritsada Mueanhawong

PHUKET: -- A 64-year-old expat from Canada will be deported from Thailand after being caught in Phuket after overstaying his visa by three years.

James H Nelson was arrested in Thung Thong yesterday afternoon.

“Officers approached him and asked for his passport. He said he didn’t have it because he had sent it to the Canadian embassy in Bangkok to be renewed,” explained Capt Angkarn Yasanop of Phuket Immigration.

The officers escorted Mr Nelson to Phuket Immigration Office in Phuket Town, where they checked the Immigration national database and found that Mr Nelson last entered the country at Phuket International Airport on a tourist visa on July 22, 2010.

“He was allowed to stay in the country until November 20, 2010,” Capt Angkarn said.

“Mr Nelson accepted that he overstayed his visa. He has been charged with illegally staying in the country and will be sent to Bangkok to be deported,’ he added.

Source: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket_news/2013/Canadian-expat-64-faces-deportation-from-Phuket-for-visa-overstay-21515.html

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-- Phuket Gazette 2013-07-02

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At least he screwed 3 years out of immigration. Now time to face the punishment. Thought there was a Max 20,000 baht fine for this.

Yes, max 20k fine + deportation if they want to make an example of him, which it seems they do.

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At least he screwed 3 years out of immigration. Now time to face the punishment. Thought there was a Max 20,000 baht fine for this.

Yes, max 20k fine + deportation if they want to make an example of him, which it seems they do.

if one gets to the airport without getting caught by immigration first then there the 20.000 applies if arrested like that he will get the bill a 500 Thb per day that's what i've been told

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At least he screwed 3 years out of immigration. Now time to face the punishment. Thought there was a Max 20,000 baht fine for this.

Yes, max 20k fine + deportation if they want to make an example of him, which it seems they do.

if one gets to the airport without getting caught by immigration first then there the 20.000 applies if arrested like that he will get the bill a 500 Thb per day that's what i've been told

It's 500 THB per day overstay up to a MAXIMUM of 20k . . . as he's 3+ years on overstay, I would guess he'll get the maximum.

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And this is why you don't risk overstay.

Is this also a blacklisting offense?

I wonder who reported him to immigration for them to come and find him, and why?

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Lets hope he has 20,000 + the cost of a ticket back to Canada or he will be enjoying an extended stay in BKK!

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At least he screwed 3 years out of immigration. Now time to face the punishment. Thought there was a Max 20,000 baht fine for this.

Yes, max 20k fine + deportation if they want to make an example of him, which it seems they do.

if one gets to the airport without getting caught by immigration first then there the 20.000 applies if arrested like that he will get the bill a 500 Thb per day that's what i've been told

It's 500 THB per day overstay up to a MAXIMUM of 20k . . . as he's 3+ years on overstay, I would guess he'll get the maximum.

you're right he could also be facing a serious jailtime with so long overstay

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pay 20000..you get deported..you can come back the next day..a stamp goes in your passport and on the computor...

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pay 20000..you get deported..you can come back the next day..a stamp goes in your passport and on the computor...

This only works if you have the money to pay the fine and the plane ticket, if not it's a one way trip to IDC

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Canadian in a bit of overstay trouble in Phuket
Naraporn Tuarob

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James Nelson in custody.

PHUKET: -- Canadian James H Nelson, 64, was arrested yesterday evening at Lake View Apartment in Thung Thong when he could not produce his passport, which he claimed had been “sent to an Embassy for renewal”.

Less than convinced by the answer, Pol Capt Angkarn Yasanop, took Nelson to the Immigration Office in Phuket Town.

There, a check in the Immigration database showed that Nelson came to Thailand on September 22, 2010, and was stamped in for two months. That was the most recent entry in the record.

Faced with the data, Nelson admitted that he had overstayed in Thailand for more than two and a half years. He was sent to Thung Thong Police Station to be charged with being in Thailand illegally.

Mr Nelson is listed in Linked In as Account Manager for a company called Thailand Direct Real Estate but it is understood that he is, effectively, broke.

He faces a fine and expulsion from the country, and may possibly also be barred from returning.

Source: http://www.thephuketnews.com/canadian-in-a-bit-of-overstay-trouble-in-phuket-40571.php

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-- Phuket News 2013-07-02

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At least he screwed 3 years out of immigration. Now time to face the punishment. Thought there was a Max 20,000 baht fine for this.

Cheaper to have stayed legally if he had the "retirement" visa money requirements.

As for Capt Angkarn Yasanop of Phuket Immigration, he looks like he should still be in school. blink.png

Same reasoning applies to many bar ladies ! whistling.gif

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