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I went in for my 90 day this past Monday (2 days ago) at 10:30AM. Really like the new location, great parking, comfortable both inside and out, good vibes, got my ticket and was done in less than 1 1/2 hours and did not mind the wait at all (walked around etc). I will use the nearby agency for my annual extension this year as they may need time to work out some of the bugs in the system. Only 3000baht, was told if I bring them my paperwork before 11:30am I will get my passport and extension by mid afternoon.

Not sure what all the bitching is about here?

Doug

3000 + 1900 methinks

An hour and a half to do a 90 day report. Glad you're happy about wasting your life thumbsup.gif

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I do all the paperwork incl providing photos etc?

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I do all the paperwork incl providing photos etc?

Until the online appointment system is back up & running, consider it a cost of living out in the sticks. Sure better than living in the concrete jungle thumbsup.gif

Best of luck!

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I just seek quality service by the agent; no stuff ups; fair pricing.

Am I seeking too much?

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Fang37 -- you've asked the question several times and have been monitoring the various threads on the forum to know that your choices are O.S. Thai Visa, Assist Thai Visa and the new guys on the block -- G4T, the outfit next door to the Prom. Imm. office. They all do a reliable job by all accounts. The first two will drive you to Imm. Prom. and respond to your emails to quail your fears and answer all your questions in advance. G4T doesn't have a website and I don't think they do emails, either, but you just show up at Imm. Prom. to their place in the morning before 10 am or so and they'll guide you thru the process. With all three, you should have your passport returned in the early afternoon after a morning visit to Imm. Prom.

Or, you can simply show up at Imm. Prom by 6 am. and I'm reasonably certain you'll get a queue ticket for a retirement extension for that day. We haven't seen any recent photos of early morning queues or heard any horror stories of anyone being turned away who was in the queue at opening time.

I plan to go out myself next week early to take a look. The lack of real boots-on-the-ground reports tells me that it really isn't as bad as people are making out.

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I'm really surprised no one has posted this yet. It's from Don Webb, who has the website "Don's Life in Thailand", a blog and sends out an email to people on his email list:

"I just came back from Immigration (Promenada Mall). Two things of interest.
1. There are now 35 chairs inside Immigration where you can enjoy the air conditioning.
2. When you walk in the front door, look to the right. A very large section of the wall has been removed. An employee told me they are extending Immigration to make it larger."
This type of first-hand info is much needed. When we had the special Saturday session for CLL/CEC a couple weeks ago they had us wait indoors and I noticed a new info desk inside the office and I wondered if they had the chairs inside the office during the week, too. Apparently, yes.
Also, the office expansion is consistent with what I was told by Marc, the Promenada manager during my interview with him in mid-Sept. He had indicated that wall would be removed and additional space, then used by a retail shop, would be turned over to Immigration to be used as an Imm. customer waiting area. This was reported in the CEC e-newsletter and picked up here on Thai Visa. He said it would be happening within four weeks and it looks to be on schedule.
Nice reporting Don!

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I went in for my 90 day this past Monday (2 days ago) at 10:30AM. Really like the new location, great parking, comfortable both inside and out, good vibes, got my ticket and was done in less than 1 1/2 hours and did not mind the wait at all (walked around etc). I will use the nearby agency for my annual extension this year as they may need time to work out some of the bugs in the system. Only 3000baht, was told if I bring them my paperwork before 11:30am I will get my passport and extension by mid afternoon.

Not sure what all the bitching is about here?

Doug

The "bitching" Musoka is an accumalation of frustration that CM is the only Immigration Office in Thailand where some find it necessary,especially the elderley,or those with cash to spare,to use an Agent for what should be a simple, clerical submission.No different than going to a bank to make a transaction.

This whole Agent v DIY has been rumbling on forever but please understand that many are cheesed off that they are virtually being forced to use an Agent rather than standing at in a queue at 5am for an annual extension ticket.

No one knows why CM expats have been virtually forced into this situation and we will probably never know.Nor will we know why a simple, standard residence letter costs 500 baht (no receipt) when other offices provide them at no charge.They average 30 letters a day x 500 baht,nice !

Tomorrow I will do my 90 day report,as usual, by mail for less than 50 baht,it will take 5 minutes, but an Agent will do it for you for 300 baht.

All a matter of choice but again how and why did it ever get to this and why have some sections of the media been told to not seek an explanation ?

Standing in line at5am is not new because of the move to this location, there was a early morning line at the old office as well. If you do not like paying 500 baht go to your embassy then it is 50 dollars at the US Embassy.

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Only given it a small amount of consideration in the past but it is getting to the point where we think we should be looking at alternatives, just in case it turns pear shaped here.

I know there is certainly a groundswell of people also looking at other options, again, just in case!

For the record, we love and would prefer to stay in Thailand - if!

We're not there yet, but there may come a day when I actually feel a need to fill out that US Citizen Information form offered by the US embassy.

I wonder what Thai officials will be tasked with dealing with the wives of farangs who are forced out of country, if that scenario ever plays out. I don't see that as an impossibility. One day it's like - moratorium on extension for foreigners for 'national security reasons', don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out farang. Bail (out) or jail.

I have been on this site for years and many have been complaining about how Thais do not want us here and in all of those years never had a problem extending my stay here.

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Fang37 -- you've asked the question several times and have been monitoring the various threads on the forum to know that your choices are O.S. Thai Visa, Assist Thai Visa and the new guys on the block -- G4T, the outfit next door to the Prom. Imm. office. They all do a reliable job by all accounts. The first two will drive you to Imm. Prom. and respond to your emails to quail your fears and answer all your questions in advance. G4T doesn't have a website and I don't think they do emails, either, but you just show up at Imm. Prom. to their place in the morning before 10 am or so and they'll guide you thru the process. With all three, you should have your passport returned in the early afternoon after a morning visit to Imm. Prom.

Or, you can simply show up at Imm. Prom by 6 am. and I'm reasonably certain you'll get a queue ticket for a retirement extension for that day. We haven't seen any recent photos of early morning queues or heard any horror stories of anyone being turned away who was in the queue at opening time.

I plan to go out myself next week early to take a look. The lack of real boots-on-the-ground reports tells me that it really isn't as bad as people are making out.

Yes Nancy I did my yearly permission to stay with the people few doors down I showed up at 1:30 in the afternoon was told no more numbers handed out I just walked down to the new kids on the block had all my paper work they checked it and pointed out I had forgotten to fill in a line (the girls out front at immigration had told me it was all in order). The new kids said yes they could help me. They trimmed my picture to the correct size told me to have a seat.

I did and then a girl came and told me to come with her I went they took my picture put my passport in to a machine. I guess they are using the bar code now and that was it all done by 2:15. Went for a movie and a bite to eat. Picked up my passport on the way out. That was at 6:30 the girls were still there. Also noticed there was about 5 girls working in the immigration office.

Total cost

Immigration 1,900 baht

Agent 3,000 baht.

total 4,900 baht

Last week a friend of mine from Pai came in to do his 90 day. Don't know why he didn't mail it he knows he can. He got there at 6:15 and said there was only 3 other people there. He thought it was a great improvement. A nice coffee shop open early and clean and nice rest rooms open early. Nice seating outside.

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I'm really surprised no one has posted this yet. It's from Don Webb, who has the website "Don's Life in Thailand", a blog and sends out an email to people on his email list:

"I just came back from Immigration (Promenada Mall). Two things of interest.
1. There are now 35 chairs inside Immigration where you can enjoy the air conditioning.
2. When you walk in the front door, look to the right. A very large section of the wall has been removed. An employee told me they are extending Immigration to make it larger."
This type of first-hand info is much needed. When we had the special Saturday session for CLL/CEC a couple weeks ago they had us wait indoors and I noticed a new info desk inside the office and I wondered if they had the chairs inside the office during the week, too. Apparently, yes.
Also, the office expansion is consistent with what I was told by Marc, the Promenada manager during my interview with him in mid-Sept. He had indicated that wall would be removed and additional space, then used by a retail shop, would be turned over to Immigration to be used as an Imm. customer waiting area. This was reported in the CEC e-newsletter and picked up here on Thai Visa. He said it would be happening within four weeks and it looks to be on schedule.
Nice reporting Don!

That is good news. Also interesting is that Don finally figured out a way to leave the food court at TOPS in KSK. tongue.png

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Actually, this is at least the second time that Don has been to Imm. Prom. The Prom. shuttle van leaves from a hotel near his new home. Trouble is, the shuttle van doesn't start until mid-day, so I don't expect we'll be getting any early morning Imm. reports from Don, but he'll probably be turning in more reports on the remodeling project if I know him. He found the food court at Prom.

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Only given it a small amount of consideration in the past but it is getting to the point where we think we should be looking at alternatives, just in case it turns pear shaped here.

I know there is certainly a groundswell of people also looking at other options, again, just in case!

For the record, we love and would prefer to stay in Thailand - if!

We're not there yet, but there may come a day when I actually feel a need to fill out that US Citizen Information form offered by the US embassy.

I wonder what Thai officials will be tasked with dealing with the wives of farangs who are forced out of country, if that scenario ever plays out. I don't see that as an impossibility. One day it's like - moratorium on extension for foreigners for 'national security reasons', don't let the door hit you in the butt on the way out farang. Bail (out) or jail.

I have been on this site for years and many have been complaining about how Thais do not want us here and in all of those years never had a problem extending my stay here.

I have also been around for a few years. I have also never had a problem extending my stay in the past.,

Now however the online booking system no longer works, I have had to use an agent for the first time but that was special circumstances, they were next door to immigration and the cheapest by a long way, and they got the job done quickly and efficiently.

I would prefer not to have to spend that money and would prefer to do it myself. Do you have a secret that you can share that would not involve an early morning queue or the use of an agent?

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I will be closing this topic out shortly and beginning a new one since the dust has settled and the new site and information has matured. This topic was a learning curve on the new location and as such lot of uncertainty and complaining so a fresh start is in order.

As promised - Immigration Promenada One Stop Service v2

//Closed//

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