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Had to look up "chevrettes". HappyJoe -- you really live up to your name if you enjoy eating outside, sitting on wooden stools next to the goats. Well, the weather was mild yesterday. Did you try the fresh goat milk? It's good.

Indeed I write here in a language that is not my native. So I make regular exercise to understand unfamiliar words.
Try to occasionally. It is beneficial for the maintenance of our intellectual faculties.
Chevrette = cute little goats
PS. Thai canteen is on the ground floor inside, away from the goats. The food is OK. We can meet saleswomen and other local staff whose smiling face is nice to see.

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Was there 2 days ago to get a tourist visa extension , some impressions and thoughts:

- first, why oh why is this office so far away from the city ? while i am sure 95% of the people going there live in chiang mai this office should be inside the city , driving there and back was a pain in the ass.

- i arrived late , around 2pm , got lucky and still got a number , notice that people that arrive after me have been told that no more numbers and come back tomorrow.

- they call us in really fast - there were 3 officers for the tourist visa extension and they called 3 numbers together every time so that part was going really fast .. but...

the processing was really slow , i talked to a a girl who was waiting there from 10am(!) and still didn't get her passport from the processing ,

then at around 16:20 they started calling out names to pick up the passport , i would say they call all the names in around 20 min , so me and the girl who came at 10am in the morning left around the same time.

so obviously they are still not organized , while they have 3 officers collecting passports and documents they lack man power in the processing department.

overall , not too bad - arrived at 14:00 and left at 16:30 to the long drive back to chiang mai in the heavy rain.

few extras:

- if you plan to fill up any forms there - bring a pen with you , unlike the old office i didn't saw any pens around and had to ask to barrow one.

- hopefully they will get soon an electronic thingy that shows up cue numbers , they don't one at the moment and you need to pay attention to the guy calling up numbers , if you go for a while and come back you have no idea where you at without asking around.

- the copy store is efficient and quick. 6 baht for all the copies , just like in the old office.

- didn't try the coffee.

- did i mention i really hate the fact its so far away from the city?

It is probably far away because they got a good deal from Promenada and don't care about people having to travel to get there- not their problem.

I think they have to send the passports to the old office to be processed.

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Had to look up "chevrettes". HappyJoe -- you really live up to your name if you enjoy eating outside, sitting on wooden stools next to the goats. Well, the weather was mild yesterday. Did you try the fresh goat milk? It's good.

Indeed I write here in a language that is not my native. So I make regular exercise to understand unfamiliar words.
Try to occasionally. It is beneficial for the maintenance of our intellectual faculties.
Chevrette = cute little goats
PS. Thai canteen is on the ground floor inside, away from the goats. The food is OK. We can meet saleswomen and other local staff whose smiling face is nice to see.

I presume you mean the food court, not the canteen. It's where the locals eat, so got to be OK. I always use food courts if available.

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Location is not a big problem, wherever you live, but having to send passports back to the airport office for approval is ridiculous!

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I presume you mean the food court, not the canteen. It's where the locals eat, so got to be OK. I always use food courts if available.

Exactly, for a light meal and spend time watching people. I recognized a few working at the immigration office also. Food court seems a better term that canteen I wanted to use with second degree rolleyes.gif

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So for retirement extension still need to arrive 5 am, at Prom, for same day service? And is the officer for multiple re-entry stamp also at Prom?

Agree that new location has nothing to do with the 'customers'. This is not a commercial operation but rather a govt buro-cracy decision.

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Yes, the desk for re-entry permits is now at Promenada.

When I was there last Friday I talked with someone who arrived at 5 am to do a retirement extension. He was No. 1 in line. He said the second person didn't arrive until 6 am, and then more starting coming -- about four or five more between 6 - 6:30 am. So it looks like you're OK if you arrive at 6 am if you want to be seen in the morning. That will give you time to get a re-entry permit in the afternoon since your passport won't be returned until after lunch.

It really doesn't make sense that the passports and paperwork have to go back to the old immigration office for final approval. I hope this is a temporary situation.

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Retirement visa extensions?

Definitely a Prom job?

Change in documentation requirements cf last year?

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Location is not a big problem, wherever you live, but having to send passports back to the airport office for approval is ridiculous!

Well I guess this is only one head honcho and he prefers to stay at the old office and he won't delegate ,a very Thai thing .Why are we still, successfully, sending mail ins to the old office ? Where are the

extra staff that supposedly were coming from Bangkok ? Why is there less space to wait than the old address ? No electronic number signs ?

The whole (part) move has been a complete shambles. but not unexpected.

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The online queue site is currently down http://www.chiangmaiimm.com/th/2011-11-25-13-53-13/285--queue-online.html

Does anyone know whether this is permanent or temporary, and when it might be up and running again?

You could try emailing the address shown on the bottom of the homepage but based on past experience a response is highly unlikely, but maybe worth a shot,

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i hope it back soon , i dont want go there 5 am with my litle boy again for 60 day extension

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Just a wee warning...fio...

Had a wander down yesterday to our local Prom and noticed a lot of the "sweating masses" lounging about outside ...err smoking...and some sitting under the NO smoking signs.

Just for as said info...its a 2000 Baht Fine....awaiting...so....u2y....

I have always had a multi O visa which I prefer since it gives me a no excuse reason to leave LOS every 90 days...so only ever visit Imi when I need a confirmation for a new DL...every..5 years..thats often enough......

Next joli (90 days) in Sept will be Singapore and Sentosa wi the family...ye ha...."Slings" are us....

I'm new to this. What you're saying is that if you leave the country every 90 days ahead of the need to "report" then you don't have go thru the reporting hassle?

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Just a wee warning...fio...

Had a wander down yesterday to our local Prom and noticed a lot of the "sweating masses" lounging about outside ...err smoking...and some sitting under the NO smoking signs.

Just for as said info...its a 2000 Baht Fine....awaiting...so....u2y....

I have always had a multi O visa which I prefer since it gives me a no excuse reason to leave LOS every 90 days...so only ever visit Imi when I need a confirmation for a new DL...every..5 years..thats often enough......

Next joli (90 days) in Sept will be Singapore and Sentosa wi the family...ye ha...."Slings" are us....

I'm new to this. What you're saying is that if you leave the country every 90 days ahead of the need to "report" then you don't have go thru the reporting hassle?

If you consider the cost of leaving the country every 90 days and getting re-entry permits less hassle than doing a 90 day report ,by post,online, in person, then it's definitely the route to go.

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Just a wee warning...fio...

Had a wander down yesterday to our local Prom and noticed a lot of the "sweating masses" lounging about outside ...err smoking...and some sitting under the NO smoking signs.

Just for as said info...its a 2000 Baht Fine....awaiting...so....u2y....

I have always had a multi O visa which I prefer since it gives me a no excuse reason to leave LOS every 90 days...so only ever visit Imi when I need a confirmation for a new DL...every..5 years..thats often enough......

Next joli (90 days) in Sept will be Singapore and Sentosa wi the family...ye ha...."Slings" are us....

I'm new to this. What you're saying is that if you leave the country every 90 days ahead of the need to "report" then you don't have go thru the reporting hassle?

The sentence from the immigration website - "Notification of staying in the Kingdom over 90 days" If you don't stay in the country for more than 90 days consecutively then it is not required.

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