I can only give positive reports regarding Immigration over the last few years.
They try hard to make the onerous, 'bits-and-pieces-paperwork'......work.
90 day reporting is almost a pleasure these days.
I did my yearly extension on Christmas morning..Smooth sailing....The staff all wore red Superman 'T' Shirts...And big smiles. In and out in 20 mins.
But I hadn't gotten around to completing my yearly cycle by adding a multi entry visa until this morning. I'd had all the paperwork ready apart from dates...But with no plans to leave soon ........ it was just a, 'why not do it today?' whim that took me along to Soi 5.
Two things irked me.....(I'm at the easily irked age)......
If you're unlucky (and I was), someone can appear in front of you carrying lots of passports and papers. Now I thought these multi-entry stamps had to be applied for in person....But a smartly dressed lady took up about 6 of the queue numbers ahead of me....... and so I would wait to be seen six numbers later than I would otherwise have been.
The other thing that irked was again dependent on luck. And as the song goes...."If it wasn't for bad luck I wouldn't have no luck at all'
Waiting you'll notice the numbers seem to freeze for 5 or 6 minutes and then resume counting on ....until finally my number.......My blessed number flashes. Pushing old ladies out of the way and trampling over gout-ridden feet and cripples, I'm there in an instant.The forms are checked and kept......3800 baht is handed over, and the blessed number is handed back to me....All within a minute. And I'm told to, 'Wait back over there' with the recently trampled and disgruntled masses.
After about 40 minutes of observing, a pattern becomes discernible and the reason for the regular hiatus' made clear...... Passports collected are piled and passed in order, for scrutiny and a flurry of stampings by a succession of staff....Ending up at the desk of a remarkable woman who handles Multi-entry and another section's piles.
Here's the irk!
In order for her not to be inundated passports are processed in batches that are denoted by each hiatus. Your position in that batch is all important.
Your position can mean that as well as waiting for the people in-front to be seen....... depending on which batch you squeeze into you can also wait for the people behind you to be processed.
I think all told I was there an hour and a half.......Can't really complain. I get a multi-entry purely to save on passport pages and further trips to Immigration.
I can now relax for another year.
Unless a vengeful cripple, or old lady have me cornered and want to settle the account.
Edited by atlas2, 23 January 2018 - 11:03 AM.