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NorthernJohn, I've already reported in the previous Imm. Prom thread about how a friend of mine was able to go into Imm. Prom on what she thought was simply a trial run to find the place and instead submit her documents at 2:30 pm when she saw the Imm. officer for retirement extensions sitting at his desk not doing anything. She had previously had her documents checked at the desk out front and everything was in order and she had just gone in the office to find the desk and tell him she'd be back in the morning. He said he could take the documents now, but she'd have to come back tomorrow afternoon for her passport with the approved extension.

She was OK with this because it meant she could take the free shuttle again to pick up her passport rather than paying a couple hundred baht for transport and showing up at zero-dark-thirty to get a queue number.

I think it helps to be elderly, female, and look like someone's kindly and slightly scatter-brained grandmother. (she's not scatter-brained, it's just something we older woman do as a bluffing technique)

I mentioned her in my report. I was hoping for some other input on it.

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I have had a very smooth re extension of O-A - retirement visa - or whatever the correct term is to date.

This year I am succumbing to the pressure. I am joining the expats who hire the services of a visa agent.

I resent it but that is the part of the price of being an expat.

If they have indeed cancelled on line booking, I will be joining you. Not for me hanging around from 4am in hope of obtaining one of the few tickets.

I wonder though how they are able to do so many on the same day when only 20 appointments are possible?

Is there a requirement to provide proof of residence when using an agent- anyone?

Yes ts part of being an expat in CM, and only in Chiang Mai, and still no explanation why ???????????.Phuket,Hua Hin,Bangkok,Pattaya no hassle.CM is the chosen one.

A retirement extension,if correct paper work is provided, is a 10 minute exercise for an officer.I've previously done 7 of them.never took any longer.

You would think that some one on this forum has a contact in Immigation to get the real reason but dont hold your breath.

Maybe the visa agent sponsor could give us the drum.

I've been waiting for a visa agent to answer my question, but I'm not holding my breath any longer.

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you can do tourist visa extensions here, correct? and when do you suppose is the best time to come? early in the morning or afternoon when the place has cleared of many people. When do they stop taking visa extension applications?

and finally, i am reading people talking of agencies and tourist visas. does this mean i can pay an agent to get a new tourist visa for me?

You can only get a new TV outside Thailand, so doubtful. Some used to, but it was a scam using fake stamps- not a good idea.

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you can do tourist visa extensions here, correct? and when do you suppose is the best time to come? early in the morning or afternoon when the place has cleared of many people. When do they stop taking visa extension applications?

and finally, i am reading people talking of agencies and tourist visas. does this mean i can pay an agent to get a new tourist visa for me?

You can only get a new TV outside Thailand, so doubtful. Some used to, but it was a scam using fake stamps- not a good idea.

Possibly they are referring to converting a Tourist Visa to a non-immigrant Visa which can be done within Thailand. Or extending a tourist visa for 30 days.

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I went to Immigration Promenada today to file a 90-day report since the on-line system still refuses to let me proceed past the first page. I can successfully file a 90 day report on-line for Hubby, but no joy for me. I guess they must like to see me out there. (Yes, I know I can mail a 90 day report, but it's been a couple weeks since I visited Promenada -- a.k.a. "The Happiest Place in Chiang Mai" and I was missing the place). I arose at 5:00 am so I stood a chance of snaring a tuk-tuk from my side of town before the morning rush hour started. In previous trips, I've found it difficult to engage a tuk-tuk after 6:30 am.

After the usual hair-raising morning journey across town, I arrived at Imm. Prom. around 7:30 to find several neat, orderly queues.

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This is the queue for retirement/medical extensions at 8:15 am! The fellow on the end, with the white hair arrived at 7:45 am. Ahead of him are three stools with personal possessions "holding" the place for regular customers. At the head of the queue are young Thai women -- visa agents with Power of Attorney forms from their clients. Three other people arrived after the fellow with the white hair before the officers came out to distribute queue cards for the day.

Just before 8:30 am, something interesting happened. All the Thai visa agents placed their POA forms on the first stool and left the queue. The Immigration official proceeded to hand out queue cards to all the "retail" customers in the queue, carefully reviewing documents and passports. The fellow with the white hair received queue card No. 4 -- much to his amazement. In all, 7 or 8 queue cards were distributed to every "retail" customer before the visa agents returned to the queue to claim queue cards. Even so, there were queue cards remaining. Not all 20 were distributed at the morning opening.

The think the visa agents delayed claiming a queue card because they had to call their clients to tell them what time (approximately) to come to Immigration for their interview. Clients can't arrive quickly, so there's no point in getting a low number queue card. The agents could tell that they weren't going to go thru all 20 queue cards that day -- and they probably hadn't been chewing thru all 20 queue cards on previous days' openings either.

So, it looks that if you arrive at, say 7 am, there's a very high probability that you'll receive one of the coveted 20 queue cards for a retirement extension for the day. Imm. Prom. is far from the point that visa agents are taking all 20 queue cards.

In other news, Immigration is allowing the customers to wait indoors. There are chairs inside the office -- with the officers working thru a noise level that I, personally found rather distracting, and they've opened up a waiting area next to Immigration, in the mall, by knocking out a portion of the wall and installing a door:

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The aircon wasn't on, probably because the mall hadn't opened yet, but it was better than waiting outdoors. There is a TV screen on the wall and the senior Imm. officer on duty today confirmed that eventually they will display queue numbers on that TV screen. Meanwhile, it's dicey to listen for queue numbers in the new waiting room. It's not bad for 90 day reports, because that desk is right outside the new waiting room, but there's no way you'll hear the announcements for retirement extension queue numbers.

So, it appears that slowly, slowly Immigration Promenada is making improvements.

For whatever reason, they haven't used all 20 retirement/medical queue cards at opening the past three times I've been there, although people probably do get turned away if they come much past 9 am.

The indoor waiting area is a big, big improvement. I hope they get several queue number display boards up and running soon -- both in the new waiting room and in the actual office. People coming in with new queue numbers interrupted the officer processing 90 day reports several times, not aware that their queue number was a long way from being called.

Ultimately, it would be very good to have a supervisor on duty at Promenada who could sign off on retirement extensions, so people didn't have to wait around for hours and hours after their "interview" with the officer. And, it would be fantastic to bring back an on-line queue so people didn't have to arrive before opening to stand in line or suffer from the nervous tension that strikes some because they have to come a distance and want to know they'll be able to take care of business in one day.

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I went to Immigration Promenada today to file a 90-day report since the on-line system still refuses to let me proceed past the first page. I can successfully file a 90 day report on-line for Hubby, but no joy for me. I guess they must like to see me out there. (Yes, I know I can mail a 90 day report, but it's been a couple weeks since I visited Promenada -- a.k.a. "The Happiest Place in Chiang Mai" and I was missing the place). I arose at 5:00 am so I stood a chance of snaring a tuk-tuk from my side of town before the morning rush hour started. In previous trips, I've found it difficult to engage a tuk-tuk after 6:30 am.

After the usual hair-raising morning journey across town, I arrived at Imm. Prom. around 7:30 to find several neat, orderly queues.

attachicon.gifImmigration Retirement Queue 8.15 am 19 October 2015.JPG

This is the queue for retirement/medical extensions at 8:15 am! The fellow on the end, with the white hair arrived at 7:45 am. Ahead of him are three stools with personal possessions "holding" the place for regular customers. At the head of the queue are young Thai women -- visa agents with Power of Attorney forms from their clients. Three other people arrived after the fellow with the white hair before the officers came out to distribute queue cards for the day.

Just before 8:30 am, something interesting happened. All the Thai visa agents placed their POA forms on the first stool and left the queue. The Immigration official proceeded to hand out queue cards to all the "retail" customers in the queue, carefully reviewing documents and passports. The fellow with the white hair received queue card No. 4 -- much to his amazement. In all, 7 or 8 queue cards were distributed to every "retail" customer before the visa agents returned to the queue to claim queue cards. Even so, there were queue cards remaining. Not all 20 were distributed at the morning opening.

The think the visa agents delayed claiming a queue card because they had to call their clients to tell them what time (approximately) to come to Immigration for their interview. Clients can't arrive quickly, so there's no point in getting a low number queue card. The agents could tell that they weren't going to go thru all 20 queue cards that day -- and they probably hadn't been chewing thru all 20 queue cards on previous days' openings either.

So, it looks that if you arrive at, say 7 am, there's a very high probability that you'll receive one of the coveted 20 queue cards for a retirement extension for the day. Imm. Prom. is far from the point that visa agents are taking all 20 queue cards.

In other news, Immigration is allowing the customers to wait indoors. There are chairs inside the office -- with the officers working thru a noise level that I, personally found rather distracting, and they've opened up a waiting area next to Immigration, in the mall, by knocking out a portion of the wall and installing a door:

attachicon.gifImmigration Indoor Waiting Area 19 October 2015.JPG

The aircon wasn't on, probably because the mall hadn't opened yet, but it was better than waiting outdoors. There is a TV screen on the wall and the senior Imm. officer on duty today confirmed that eventually they will display queue numbers on that TV screen. Meanwhile, it's dicey to listen for queue numbers in the new waiting room. It's not bad for 90 day reports, because that desk is right outside the new waiting room, but there's no way you'll hear the announcements for retirement extension queue numbers.

So, it appears that slowly, slowly Immigration Promenada is making improvements.

For whatever reason, they haven't used all 20 retirement/medical queue cards at opening the past three times I've been there, although people probably do get turned away if they come much past 9 am.

The indoor waiting area is a big, big improvement. I hope they get several queue number display boards up and running soon -- both in the new waiting room and in the actual office. People coming in with new queue numbers interrupted the officer processing 90 day reports several times, not aware that their queue number was a long way from being called.

Ultimately, it would be very good to have a supervisor on duty at Promenada who could sign off on retirement extensions, so people didn't have to wait around for hours and hours after their "interview" with the officer. And, it would be fantastic to bring back an on-line queue so people didn't have to arrive before opening to stand in line or suffer from the nervous tension that strikes some because they have to come a distance and want to know they'll be able to take care of business in one day.

Well if I've learnt anything of late, it is that Nancy is the most patient, informative and helpful person in CNX.

Three cheers for Nancy!

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Thank you for the detailed report, Nancy.

It was reportedly a bit tricky at the beginning of Promenada, but it seems, as expected, everything is moving on. At "thai pace", maybe, but this is the pace we, all, have to learn about and adopt here in Thailand, happy fellow long-stayers, to enjoy our days at their best.

Happy days to all.

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great new nancy thanks , for the heads up wife and i are heading there in the morning . early to get spots for both 90 and extension , so maybe that was for a monday , surprise but you never know , so ill be there at 5am ,lol shades of old and i will report if this is still the case as you did .

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i need to go old immigration for a 60 day extension thai child in november , what time you think is good for get extension before lunch time ?

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I went to Immigration Promenada today to file a 90-day report since the on-line system still refuses to let me proceed past the first page. I can successfully file a 90 day report on-line for Hubby, but no joy for me. I guess they must like to see me out there. (Yes, I know I can mail a 90 day report, but it's been a couple weeks since I visited Promenada -- a.k.a. "The Happiest Place in Chiang Mai" and I was missing the place). I arose at 5:00 am so I stood a chance of snaring a tuk-tuk from my side of town before the morning rush hour started. In previous trips, I've found it difficult to engage a tuk-tuk after 6:30 am.

After the usual hair-raising morning journey across town, I arrived at Imm. Prom. around 7:30 to find several neat, orderly queues.

attachicon.gifImmigration Retirement Queue 8.15 am 19 October 2015.JPG

This is the queue for retirement/medical extensions at 8:15 am! The fellow on the end, with the white hair arrived at 7:45 am. Ahead of him are three stools with personal possessions "holding" the place for regular customers. At the head of the queue are young Thai women -- visa agents with Power of Attorney forms from their clients. Three other people arrived after the fellow with the white hair before the officers came out to distribute queue cards for the day.

Just before 8:30 am, something interesting happened. All the Thai visa agents placed their POA forms on the first stool and left the queue. The Immigration official proceeded to hand out queue cards to all the "retail" customers in the queue, carefully reviewing documents and passports. The fellow with the white hair received queue card No. 4 -- much to his amazement. In all, 7 or 8 queue cards were distributed to every "retail" customer before the visa agents returned to the queue to claim queue cards. Even so, there were queue cards remaining. Not all 20 were distributed at the morning opening.

The think the visa agents delayed claiming a queue card because they had to call their clients to tell them what time (approximately) to come to Immigration for their interview. Clients can't arrive quickly, so there's no point in getting a low number queue card. The agents could tell that they weren't going to go thru all 20 queue cards that day -- and they probably hadn't been chewing thru all 20 queue cards on previous days' openings either.

So, it looks that if you arrive at, say 7 am, there's a very high probability that you'll receive one of the coveted 20 queue cards for a retirement extension for the day. Imm. Prom. is far from the point that visa agents are taking all 20 queue cards.

In other news, Immigration is allowing the customers to wait indoors. There are chairs inside the office -- with the officers working thru a noise level that I, personally found rather distracting, and they've opened up a waiting area next to Immigration, in the mall, by knocking out a portion of the wall and installing a door:

attachicon.gifImmigration Indoor Waiting Area 19 October 2015.JPG

The aircon wasn't on, probably because the mall hadn't opened yet, but it was better than waiting outdoors. There is a TV screen on the wall and the senior Imm. officer on duty today confirmed that eventually they will display queue numbers on that TV screen. Meanwhile, it's dicey to listen for queue numbers in the new waiting room. It's not bad for 90 day reports, because that desk is right outside the new waiting room, but there's no way you'll hear the announcements for retirement extension queue numbers.

So, it appears that slowly, slowly Immigration Promenada is making improvements.

For whatever reason, they haven't used all 20 retirement/medical queue cards at opening the past three times I've been there, although people probably do get turned away if they come much past 9 am.

The indoor waiting area is a big, big improvement. I hope they get several queue number display boards up and running soon -- both in the new waiting room and in the actual office. People coming in with new queue numbers interrupted the officer processing 90 day reports several times, not aware that their queue number was a long way from being called.

Ultimately, it would be very good to have a supervisor on duty at Promenada who could sign off on retirement extensions, so people didn't have to wait around for hours and hours after their "interview" with the officer. And, it would be fantastic to bring back an on-line queue so people didn't have to arrive before opening to stand in line or suffer from the nervous tension that strikes some because they have to come a distance and want to know they'll be able to take care of business in one day.

Thanks for the report.

That being said if I remember correctly you were told that last year they processed over 5,200 That is more than 20 a day. Perhaps it is just not this time of year when people choose to retire here. Some where there has to be a pile up of people if those figures are correct. The on line registration unless they change it will not even help half the people who apply.

Maybe they will have another officer to handle them. The officer could also handle the Visa agents that have a proven record of correct paperwork. This would greatly improve the system. this officer could also take walk in's when none of the on line or Visa agents are there. Make them qualified to help in any area would be the ideal situation.

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i need to go old immigration for a 60 day extension thai child in november , what time you think is good for get extension before lunch time ?

This extension would be handled at the old office near the airport, at least at this time. You should probably arrive around 6:30 am to get a queue number.

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I went to Immigration Promenada today to file a 90-day report since the on-line system still refuses to let me proceed past the first page. I can successfully file a 90 day report on-line for Hubby, but no joy for me. I guess they must like to see me out there. (Yes, I know I can mail a 90 day report, but it's been a couple weeks since I visited Promenada -- a.k.a. "The Happiest Place in Chiang Mai" and I was missing the place). I arose at 5:00 am so I stood a chance of snaring a tuk-tuk from my side of town before the morning rush hour started. In previous trips, I've found it difficult to engage a tuk-tuk after 6:30 am.

After the usual hair-raising morning journey across town, I arrived at Imm. Prom. around 7:30 to find several neat, orderly queues.

attachicon.gifImmigration Retirement Queue 8.15 am 19 October 2015.JPG

This is the queue for retirement/medical extensions at 8:15 am! The fellow on the end, with the white hair arrived at 7:45 am. Ahead of him are three stools with personal possessions "holding" the place for regular customers. At the head of the queue are young Thai women -- visa agents with Power of Attorney forms from their clients. Three other people arrived after the fellow with the white hair before the officers came out to distribute queue cards for the day.

Just before 8:30 am, something interesting happened. All the Thai visa agents placed their POA forms on the first stool and left the queue. The Immigration official proceeded to hand out queue cards to all the "retail" customers in the queue, carefully reviewing documents and passports. The fellow with the white hair received queue card No. 4 -- much to his amazement. In all, 7 or 8 queue cards were distributed to every "retail" customer before the visa agents returned to the queue to claim queue cards. Even so, there were queue cards remaining. Not all 20 were distributed at the morning opening.

The think the visa agents delayed claiming a queue card because they had to call their clients to tell them what time (approximately) to come to Immigration for their interview. Clients can't arrive quickly, so there's no point in getting a low number queue card. The agents could tell that they weren't going to go thru all 20 queue cards that day -- and they probably hadn't been chewing thru all 20 queue cards on previous days' openings either.

So, it looks that if you arrive at, say 7 am, there's a very high probability that you'll receive one of the coveted 20 queue cards for a retirement extension for the day. Imm. Prom. is far from the point that visa agents are taking all 20 queue cards.

In other news, Immigration is allowing the customers to wait indoors. There are chairs inside the office -- with the officers working thru a noise level that I, personally found rather distracting, and they've opened up a waiting area next to Immigration, in the mall, by knocking out a portion of the wall and installing a door:

attachicon.gifImmigration Indoor Waiting Area 19 October 2015.JPG

The aircon wasn't on, probably because the mall hadn't opened yet, but it was better than waiting outdoors. There is a TV screen on the wall and the senior Imm. officer on duty today confirmed that eventually they will display queue numbers on that TV screen. Meanwhile, it's dicey to listen for queue numbers in the new waiting room. It's not bad for 90 day reports, because that desk is right outside the new waiting room, but there's no way you'll hear the announcements for retirement extension queue numbers.

So, it appears that slowly, slowly Immigration Promenada is making improvements.

For whatever reason, they haven't used all 20 retirement/medical queue cards at opening the past three times I've been there, although people probably do get turned away if they come much past 9 am.

The indoor waiting area is a big, big improvement. I hope they get several queue number display boards up and running soon -- both in the new waiting room and in the actual office. People coming in with new queue numbers interrupted the officer processing 90 day reports several times, not aware that their queue number was a long way from being called.

Ultimately, it would be very good to have a supervisor on duty at Promenada who could sign off on retirement extensions, so people didn't have to wait around for hours and hours after their "interview" with the officer. And, it would be fantastic to bring back an on-line queue so people didn't have to arrive before opening to stand in line or suffer from the nervous tension that strikes some because they have to come a distance and want to know they'll be able to take care of business in one day.

Thanks for the report.

That being said if I remember correctly you were told that last year they processed over 5,200 That is more than 20 a day. Perhaps it is just not this time of year when people choose to retire here. Some where there has to be a pile up of people if those figures are correct. The on line registration unless they change it will not even help half the people who apply.

Maybe they will have another officer to handle them. The officer could also handle the Visa agents that have a proven record of correct paperwork. This would greatly improve the system. this officer could also take walk in's when none of the on line or Visa agents are there. Make them qualified to help in any area would be the ideal situation.

Yes, I know -- the numbers don't add up. CM needs to be doing more than 20 retirement extensions per day to equal the number of retirement extensions that are granted in one year. In recent discussions with several parties, Col Rutjapong, the head of CM Immigration has said he intends to put more manpower on processing retirement extensions when the demand warrants it.

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What would be useful is a survey and a poll to estimate how many expats are in Chiang Mai on retirement visas and what months they apply to have them extended. This would give us a clue to the numbers that immigration need to process on each working day.

I roughly guess the figure should be a least 60 to make this realistic.

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What would be useful is a survey and a poll to estimate how many expats are in Chiang Mai on retirement visas and what months they apply to have them extended. This would give us a clue to the numbers that immigration need to process on each working day.

I roughly guess the figure should be a least 60 to make this realistic.

CM Immigration already has this data. I haven't seen it broken down by month, but I have seen a chart for 2014, broken down by nationality. In all of 2014, CM Immigration handled 5226 retirement extensions. If you do the math, you'll see that's more than 20 per working day, keeping in mind there are many holidays.

Persumably, the number of 5226 per year is now higher but I seriously doubt that it's 60 per day -- more like 30 per day, tops.

As I said in my post -- the last three times I've been at the opening bell for Imm. Prom, they haven't distributed all 20 tickets for the retirement/medical extension queue.

What is needed are more TV posters who are willing to do the boots-on-ground work and show up at Imm. Prom. at 8:15 am to observe and report, like I do every couple weeks.

It seems there are too many people who just stay behind their keyboard and speculate. Or wander past Imm. in the middle of the day and take a quick gander, rather than coming early and actually watching what's going on for a time.

Incidentally, most times I go there, I spend at least 400 baht on transport, too. Plus, I'm not normally an early riser. Surely some TV regular likes to get up early and lives near Imm. Prom.

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I went to Immigration Promenada today to file a 90-day report since the on-line system still refuses to let me proceed past the first page. I can successfully file a 90 day report on-line for Hubby, but no joy for me. I guess they must like to see me out there. (Yes, I know I can mail a 90 day report, but it's been a couple weeks since I visited Promenada -- a.k.a. "The Happiest Place in Chiang Mai" and I was missing the place). I arose at 5:00 am so I stood a chance of snaring a tuk-tuk from my side of town before the morning rush hour started. In previous trips, I've found it difficult to engage a tuk-tuk after 6:30 am.

After the usual hair-raising morning journey across town, I arrived at Imm. Prom. around 7:30 to find several neat, orderly queues.

attachicon.gifImmigration Retirement Queue 8.15 am 19 October 2015.JPG

This is the queue for retirement/medical extensions at 8:15 am! The fellow on the end, with the white hair arrived at 7:45 am. Ahead of him are three stools with personal possessions "holding" the place for regular customers. At the head of the queue are young Thai women -- visa agents with Power of Attorney forms from their clients. Three other people arrived after the fellow with the white hair before the officers came out to distribute queue cards for the day.

Just before 8:30 am, something interesting happened. All the Thai visa agents placed their POA forms on the first stool and left the queue. The Immigration official proceeded to hand out queue cards to all the "retail" customers in the queue, carefully reviewing documents and passports. The fellow with the white hair received queue card No. 4 -- much to his amazement. In all, 7 or 8 queue cards were distributed to every "retail" customer before the visa agents returned to the queue to claim queue cards. Even so, there were queue cards remaining. Not all 20 were distributed at the morning opening.

The think the visa agents delayed claiming a queue card because they had to call their clients to tell them what time (approximately) to come to Immigration for their interview. Clients can't arrive quickly, so there's no point in getting a low number queue card. The agents could tell that they weren't going to go thru all 20 queue cards that day -- and they probably hadn't been chewing thru all 20 queue cards on previous days' openings either.

So, it looks that if you arrive at, say 7 am, there's a very high probability that you'll receive one of the coveted 20 queue cards for a retirement extension for the day. Imm. Prom. is far from the point that visa agents are taking all 20 queue cards.

In other news, Immigration is allowing the customers to wait indoors. There are chairs inside the office -- with the officers working thru a noise level that I, personally found rather distracting, and they've opened up a waiting area next to Immigration, in the mall, by knocking out a portion of the wall and installing a door:

attachicon.gifImmigration Indoor Waiting Area 19 October 2015.JPG

The aircon wasn't on, probably because the mall hadn't opened yet, but it was better than waiting outdoors. There is a TV screen on the wall and the senior Imm. officer on duty today confirmed that eventually they will display queue numbers on that TV screen. Meanwhile, it's dicey to listen for queue numbers in the new waiting room. It's not bad for 90 day reports, because that desk is right outside the new waiting room, but there's no way you'll hear the announcements for retirement extension queue numbers.

So, it appears that slowly, slowly Immigration Promenada is making improvements.

For whatever reason, they haven't used all 20 retirement/medical queue cards at opening the past three times I've been there, although people probably do get turned away if they come much past 9 am.

The indoor waiting area is a big, big improvement. I hope they get several queue number display boards up and running soon -- both in the new waiting room and in the actual office. People coming in with new queue numbers interrupted the officer processing 90 day reports several times, not aware that their queue number was a long way from being called.

Ultimately, it would be very good to have a supervisor on duty at Promenada who could sign off on retirement extensions, so people didn't have to wait around for hours and hours after their "interview" with the officer. And, it would be fantastic to bring back an on-line queue so people didn't have to arrive before opening to stand in line or suffer from the nervous tension that strikes some because they have to come a distance and want to know they'll be able to take care of business in one day.

Thanks for the report.

That being said if I remember correctly you were told that last year they processed over 5,200 That is more than 20 a day. Perhaps it is just not this time of year when people choose to retire here. Some where there has to be a pile up of people if those figures are correct. The on line registration unless they change it will not even help half the people who apply.

Maybe they will have another officer to handle them. The officer could also handle the Visa agents that have a proven record of correct paperwork. This would greatly improve the system. this officer could also take walk in's when none of the on line or Visa agents are there. Make them qualified to help in any area would be the ideal situation.

Yes, I know -- the numbers don't add up. CM needs to be doing more than 20 retirement extensions per day to equal the number of retirement extensions that are granted in one year. In recent discussions with several parties, Col Rutjapong, the head of CM Immigration has said he intends to put more manpower on processing retirement extensions when the demand warrants it.

Maybe they have left as we are not welcome in Thailand as a few posters here like to trumpet on occassion but of course they have nothing to backuptheir statement other than the tired reframe of the rules keep changeing. It will be interesting to see how it goes in Dec. when I have to do my extension. My 90 day report a few days ago was seamless one hour from leaving home to return and I have my own transport

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