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My experience at the old immigration office


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Yes, another immigration topic. smile.png However, there has been very few reports of current experiences at the old office which handles extensions based on work/business/teacher/marriage and decided to dedicate one to that.

I had an appointment for Monday at 9:30AM, probably one of the last that could get online appointment before shutdown. Arrived at 9:10AM, showed my queue card and was ushered directly to the IO's desk in the far back. Waited for 5 minutes for her to come to the desk, then 10 minutes checking all my documents and work permit details and making all the stamps. Then waited 1 hour 10 minutes for the photo and my passport returned to me. The IO is the lady with the short cropped, military style hair and very pleasant person to work with. She was a bit amazed that I haven't been out of Thailand in 21 years and laughed when she saw my arrival/departure card. The waiting area was about 3/4 full so not very crowded.

I met a colleague who was there for a reentry permit and we had a chat. BTW, this is the only case you can get a reentry permit at the old location and that is at the same time you get your annual extension there. He went Friday morning at 4:30AM and wasn't called until 4:00PM! That is why he came in Monday for the reentry as the officer allowed it due to the late processing of his extension.

Another odd thing. I've always gotten my annual extension based on work then get my work permit renewal. He says he has had to do it the other way around due to change of rules a few years ago. That is, he gets his WP renewed then to immigration. Really strange as we work in the same facility. Immigration always requires a copy of my WP and scan through the original and were satisfied.

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I saw this building directly across the street from immigration, the location where the large Thai restaurant was. Anyone know what it is for? I had this fantasy that it was the new immigration office ... then I came to my senses. biggrin.png

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I live out in the sticks in Lampang province and for the past 3 years have been using the online queue to make an appointment reservation for my marriage extension.

Since this service has been terminated for the most ridiculous reason I might add (too many farang complaining they couldn't get a reservation) or so I read on this forum. I'm wondering about this year. I'll suck it up leave the house at 3am with the wife drive in to Chianger to arrive at imm by 4:30 but the thought of being told after all this that marriage extensions are full for the day and to come back tomorrow has me on slow boil.

I'd like to hear any members experiences with marriage extensions (arrivals at immigration and finishing times) now that the online queue system has been terminated.

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I live out in the sticks in Lampang province and for the past 3 years have been using the online queue to make an appointment reservation for my marriage extension.

Since this service has been terminated for the most ridiculous reason I might add (too many farang complaining they couldn't get a reservation) or so I read on this forum. I'm wondering about this year. I'll suck it up leave the house at 3am with the wife drive in to Chianger to arrive at imm by 4:30 but the thought of being told after all this that marriage extensions are full for the day and to come back tomorrow has me on slow boil.

I'd like to hear any members experiences with marriage extensions (arrivals at immigration and finishing times) now that the online queue system has been terminated.

I'm not as far out as you are, although my house borders the Lamphun/Lampang border. Personally, with the drive and all, I'm just going to bite the bullet and hire an agent next year. I've already been in contact with a couple and have received quotes. It's a little pricey, but when I weight that against the amount of frustration I generally deal with each time I visit that outhouse they call an office, the agent will be worth the price of just staying cool, calm, and collected, and letting someone else do the legwork and paperwork. I'm just completely tired of the BS. dry.pngbeatdeadhorse.gif I give up: "Uncle!"

And ditto on "Thank for the report Tywais."

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I live out in the sticks in Lampang province and for the past 3 years have been using the online queue to make an appointment reservation for my marriage extension.

Since this service has been terminated for the most ridiculous reason I might add (too many farang complaining they couldn't get a reservation) or so I read on this forum. I'm wondering about this year. I'll suck it up leave the house at 3am with the wife drive in to Chianger to arrive at imm by 4:30 but the thought of being told after all this that marriage extensions are full for the day and to come back tomorrow has me on slow boil.

I'd like to hear any members experiences with marriage extensions (arrivals at immigration and finishing times) now that the online queue system has been terminated.

I'm not as far out as you are, although my house borders the Lamphun/Lampang border. Personally, with the drive and all, I'm just going to bite the bullet and hire an agent next year. I've already been in contact with a couple and have received quotes. It's a little pricey, but when I weight that against the amount of frustration I generally deal with each time I visit that outhouse they call an office, the agent will be worth the price of just staying cool, calm, and collected, and letting someone else do the legwork and paperwork. I'm just completely tired of the BS. dry.pngbeatdeadhorse.gif I give up: "Uncle!"

And ditto on "Thank for the report Tywais."

My thoughts are running in the same direction connda, I just thought I'd give one go on the just show up method this year and see how painful it was.

It's not so much the money for the agent although it is a little pricey as you say, I just hate being forced to go that route.

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My Gf who works at the hotel near the airport told me it will become a Spa

Finally! This place really needs a spa.

(Thanks for the report, Tywais.)

Yeah,...That's what Chiang Mai needs,..Another Spa.!?!?!?!

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"BTW, this is the only case you can get a reentry permit at the old location and that is at the same time you get your annual extension there. "

What about permanent residents, does any one know if the endorsement and reentry are done at the old office?

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I live out in the sticks in Lampang province and for the past 3 years have been using the online queue to make an appointment reservation for my marriage extension.

Since this service has been terminated for the most ridiculous reason I might add (too many farang complaining they couldn't get a reservation) or so I read on this forum. I'm wondering about this year. I'll suck it up leave the house at 3am with the wife drive in to Chianger to arrive at imm by 4:30 but the thought of being told after all this that marriage extensions are full for the day and to come back tomorrow has me on slow boil.

I'd like to hear any members experiences with marriage extensions (arrivals at immigration and finishing times) now that the online queue system has been terminated.

I'm not as far out as you are, although my house borders the Lamphun/Lampang border. Personally, with the drive and all, I'm just going to bite the bullet and hire an agent next year. I've already been in contact with a couple and have received quotes. It's a little pricey, but when I weight that against the amount of frustration I generally deal with each time I visit that outhouse they call an office, the agent will be worth the price of just staying cool, calm, and collected, and letting someone else do the legwork and paperwork. I'm just completely tired of the BS. dry.pngbeatdeadhorse.gif I give up: "Uncle!"

And ditto on "Thank for the report Tywais."

I really think we are all being herded in that direction. I wonder why? why? why? must be an echo in here.

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I live out in the sticks in Lampang province and for the past 3 years have been using the online queue to make an appointment reservation for my marriage extension.

Since this service has been terminated for the most ridiculous reason I might add (too many farang complaining they couldn't get a reservation) or so I read on this forum. I'm wondering about this year. I'll suck it up leave the house at 3am with the wife drive in to Chianger to arrive at imm by 4:30 but the thought of being told after all this that marriage extensions are full for the day and to come back tomorrow has me on slow boil.

I'd like to hear any members experiences with marriage extensions (arrivals at immigration and finishing times) now that the online queue system has been terminated.

I'm not as far out as you are, although my house borders the Lamphun/Lampang border. Personally, with the drive and all, I'm just going to bite the bullet and hire an agent next year. I've already been in contact with a couple and have received quotes. It's a little pricey, but when I weight that against the amount of frustration I generally deal with each time I visit that outhouse they call an office, the agent will be worth the price of just staying cool, calm, and collected, and letting someone else do the legwork and paperwork. I'm just completely tired of the BS. dry.pngbeatdeadhorse.gif I give up: "Uncle!"

And ditto on "Thank for the report Tywais."

My thoughts are running in the same direction connda, I just thought I'd give one go on the just show up method this year and see how painful it was.

It's not so much the money for the agent although it is a little pricey as you say, I just hate being forced to go that route.

Agreed. And I too feel as though I'm being 'forced' to go that route to. There are pretty much only two options for those applying for yearly extensions now: Option 1: show up at Zero-Dark-Thirty, hope you get a queue ticket after your 1 or 2 or 3 hour drive in from the boondocks, and then expect a full days wait to get processed (or possibly be asked to return the next day); or, Option 2: hire an agent.

Best of luck if you opt for Option 1. Let us know how it goes. thumbsup.gif

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Drive a friend visiting to the old office today office as he was converting to Non Immigrant O.

Arrived around 2,00pm and there were only 5 cars in the front car park and 1 motorcycle, no one waiting outside, and less than a handful of people in the open air coffee shop annex out the front.

Went into the office proper and heaps of uni students who must be on work placements or something as all they seemed to do is take selfies (apparently the university course does not cover the part about signage indicating no photos) and them escort people to the immigration officers desk and then stand there either learning or blocking fans, I am not sure.

Anyhow, filled in the paperwork, looked like there were maybe 6 real clients there, no problems with seating, lodged paperwork, escorted by student, fan blocked, photo taken and we were out within 40 minutes....and that was a drop in with no appointment. Quickest and easiest I have ever seen it in there, saw only one uniformed immigration staff, just a few with identifiable polo. Did not see Dragon Lady (who I always look out for and in the past has always been good to me).

Quite a pleasant experience all in all.

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