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BANGKOK 13 November 2018 11:59
webfact

Big Joke going after his own incompetent men: Chiang Mai immigration under fire

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Just bring back the online appointment service implemented a few years ago. It was not perfect,  but very helpful for people knowing how to plan in advance.

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Have been using immigration in Chiangmai for 16 years … there have been highs and lows … but more highs.

Been twice in the last 10 days to the new building … there are obviously some problems in the new venue … the obvious bottle neck being the 1 (sometimes 2) guys sitting outside the front door who hand out the appointment tickets and checks all documentation for everyone that visits (except for TM30) .. this is an area for attention that could result in an immediate improvement in efficiency.

I like the new 'Happy Queuing' App for iOS & Android … works well … recommended.

I like the new mini food court around the back.

I'd like to see someone being on duty during lunchtime 12:00-1:00 to answer question of new arrivals on what to do … even if only to clarify where they should wait.

I like the air conditioning … seemed to work well even with the large crowd waiting and with the front doors open.

Appreciate the extra car parking on the opposite side of the road even though it cost Baht20 … 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

The new chief of immigration has responded to claims that Chiang Mai immigration is a mess. 

Ok!  If Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal follows though on this, I'll shut up and Big Joke becomes my official Thai hero! 

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4 hours ago, Just1Voice said:

In all honesty, in the 10 years I've been dealing with CM Imm, only once have I ever had a problem, and that was a minor one.  I've learned which are the best days and times to go for both my 90 day and yearly.  Yesterday I merely chalk up to new facility "jitters", but it was nothing serious.  And today, from the time I got out of the car, till the time I had my new 90 day, was less than 5 minutes. I have scanned color copies of my passport, 4 pages to a sheet of paper, as well as all relevant documents.  Once had a guy there tell me that if everyone did theirs the way I do mine, their job would be much easier, and faster.  But then, I've always been something of a fanatic for keeping things organized and neat. 

 

why do you need more than a TM47 for a 90 day report

 

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If there is no dismissal, there is never a change in this country's civil servants!

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4 hours ago, trainman34014 said:

'Big Joke' needs to put a Senior Officer in charge at Chiang Mai with the same sort of gusto as he displays himself when dealing with matters

"Big Joke needs to put a Senior Officer in charge at Chiang Mai with the budget and authority to make the types of radical changes needed to solve the over-crowding problem.  There have been more foreigners to process than they have the personnel and facilities to process and this has been known for years, put the problem has been ignored and dismissed.  It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that if you're turning away people seeking extensions of stay every single day - you have a problem!  Perhaps that will change now.  Only time will tell......

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

Big Joke going after his own incompetent men

Finding incompetence won't be much of a problem but when the dust settles will there be anyone left?

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The only ill taste I’ve had with CM Immigration was when I used to classify reason for stay ‘In Support of Thai Wife and Family’. My 700,000 in the bank was not good enough even though the required amount was, and still is 400,000. They also wanting a emobossed letter from the embassy to endorse my yearly salary also. 

 

So so tell me, was I just being singled out, or was / is that normal ? 

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More often Big Laugh reminds me of a song by Jimmie Dale Gilmore:

"You're Just a Wave, Not the Water"

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I be the weird one .

 

Man has been in this position for less than a month.

 

What exactly qualifies him to comment how it should be done or what has been wrong ?

 

i really do not see him lasting for long time when all he does is step on peoples toes. 

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1 hour ago, suave said:

For the past few years in Chaing Mai we would have to arrive at the Imm office 4 or 5am if we were doing a retirement extension or you might not get in that day and would have to do it all over again the next day.  I don't know what time the placeholders show up with a fist full of passports (visa agents) get there, they were always there before I got there.  if you got there after 5am you would not see an agent before late afternoon and for a while they were only giving out 20 numbers per day, not sure if they increased that or not, now in Phuket.  If you wanted to get an address certificate for buying selling a car or such then you would have to put it in and wait a month, but that was free, or go next door to the agent and pay B500 and get it the next day.

Only 500 baht for the certificate of residence. Chiang Mai female immigration low rank officer who deals with those certificates of residence may just then be pulling a fast one, for next day service 1000 baht she asked from me, I even demanded a receipt from them, she went out and bought a cheap non official one. I made sure they placed the immigration seal on it. Maybe i’ll send the Big Joke a copy. 

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