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Post by Khun Paul » December 27, 2015, 10:41 am

It is interesting to note the last comment on the previous post, as if they can expedite for 1500 Baht then the wait is just a ploy to attempt to make the unsuspecting foreigner part with money for a service that in fact takes no more than a certain officers time in countersigning the paperwork and instructing the clerk to put on the stamp. I doubt if the passports ever leave the office.
Another way of conning money which in my book is blatant corruption , should that be said to me I will report it trust me.

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Post by Bandung_Dero » December 27, 2015, 11:07 am

FrazeeDK wrote:The wife and I went in to renew ours this last Wednesday (23 Dec).. Done by the older male officer. We arrived around 10AM, grabbed a queue card and were called to the desk within a minute. It took a bit longer than normal since he was training two interns in how to process the paperwork.. We had proper copies of everything; passport face page, original O-A Visa page, Arrival Card, Yellow book, map to house, lacking only the latest arrival stamp which they copied right away.. I gave exact change for the two extension applications (1900 baht apiece) and the officer told us to come back in about 2-3 weeks to get our Visa Extensions stamped.. At that time we'll apply for our Multiple re-entry permits.. The whole process took about 50 minutes.

BTW, he said if we wanted "expedited same day service" it would cost 1500 baht per applicant..
Very similar experience on the 25th, probably the same officer?
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Post by socksy » December 27, 2015, 1:44 pm

And he's the one who always did the countersignature with my applications before this 'under consideration' ball ache.
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Post by dingdong » December 27, 2015, 9:02 pm

It is interesting to note the last comment on the previous post, as if they can expedite for 1500 Baht then the wait is just a ploy to attempt to make the unsuspecting foreigner part with money for a service that in fact takes no more than a certain officers time in countersigning the paperwork and instructing the clerk to put on the stamp. I doubt if the passports ever leave the office.
Another way of conning money which in my book is blatant corruption , should that be said to me I will report it trust me. KhunPaul

This excerpt is from the Untied States Service for obtaining a Passport in a rush. $60 additional cost
"You can request expedited service by mail or apply in person. Generally, you will receive your passport in three weeks, or sooner, if you can show an urgent need. Expedited service will cost an additional $60, plus any delivery costs."

This excerpt is for obtaining a UK passport in a rush situation
"Cost

You’ll have to pay a non-refundable fee of £95 or the equivalent in local currency."

So what I can gather is that ALL Governments will put their hands into your pocket if you require a document in rush circumstances and not just the Thai Government Is this saying ALL Governments are "conning money which in my book is blatant corruption , should that be said to me I will report it trust me. KhunPaul"

Hope this helps
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Post by rickfarang » December 28, 2015, 1:53 am

I cannot comment on Udon Immigration (other than to say that we are blessed to have such an efficient and friendly office; aren't we lucky we don't have to go to the next province anymore?), but in the United States, it seems that the fee to expedite passport renewal is offered so that those who need an expedited process can get it, but those who do not really need it will not apply because of the extra fee.

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Post by wazza » December 28, 2015, 6:01 am

dingdong wrote:It is interesting to note the last comment on the previous post, as if they can expedite for 1500 Baht then the wait is just a ploy to attempt to make the unsuspecting foreigner part with money for a service that in fact takes no more than a certain officers time in countersigning the paperwork and instructing the clerk to put on the stamp. I doubt if the passports ever leave the office.
Another way of conning money which in my book is blatant corruption , should that be said to me I will report it trust me. KhunPaul

This excerpt is from the Untied States Service for obtaining a Passport in a rush. $60 additional cost
"You can request expedited service by mail or apply in person. Generally, you will receive your passport in three weeks, or sooner, if you can show an urgent need. Expedited service will cost an additional $60, plus any delivery costs."

This excerpt is for obtaining a UK passport in a rush situation
"Cost

You’ll have to pay a non-refundable fee of £95 or the equivalent in local currency."

So what I can gather is that ALL Governments will put their hands into your pocket if you require a document in rush circumstances and not just the Thai Government Is this saying ALL Governments are "conning money which in my book is blatant corruption , should that be said to me I will report it trust me. KhunPaul"

Hope this helps
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They issue receipts for those services for passport fast track.

Udon Immigration isn't ,and according to my latest Corporate Training I had on Bribery and Corruption, just 3 weeks ago, no receipt means its illegal. If my company was paying me for my passport and visa services and I paid the 1500 with no receipt. They could be charged, both in the US and UK if I claimed the 1500 on my expenses.

Even paying 1500 Baht for a " facility fee at an airport " etc is corrupt activity. but those who have commuted in Lagos, will know. No Pay, No Bag on Plane as you walk up the steps.

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Post by thalenoi » January 5, 2016, 1:11 pm

dingdong wrote:It is interesting to note the last comment on the previous post, as if they can expedite for 1500 Baht then the wait is just a ploy to attempt to make the unsuspecting foreigner part with money for a service that in fact takes no more than a certain officers time in countersigning the paperwork and instructing the clerk to put on the stamp. I doubt if the passports ever leave the office.
Another way of conning money which in my book is blatant corruption , should that be said to me I will report it trust me. KhunPaul

This excerpt is from the Untied States Service for obtaining a Passport in a rush. $60 additional cost
"You can request expedited service by mail or apply in person. Generally, you will receive your passport in three weeks, or sooner, if you can show an urgent need. Expedited service will cost an additional $60, plus any delivery costs."

This excerpt is for obtaining a UK passport in a rush situation
"Cost

You’ll have to pay a non-refundable fee of £95 or the equivalent in local currency."

So what I can gather is that ALL Governments will put their hands into your pocket if you require a document in rush circumstances and not just the Thai Government Is this saying ALL Governments are "conning money which in my book is blatant corruption , should that be said to me I will report it trust me. KhunPaul"

Hope this helps
Ding
No it does not help.
There is even more work involved for all parties for a second visit.
There is zero work involved for immigration to make your first visit the final one, it has been so for the 13 previous extensions. So this definitively is nothing else than corruption, I also noticed no document stating the extra 1000B was given last year, so now they upped this to 1500 :shock:

And yes, in my country passports are produced centrally and take 8 working days, but you can get it in 3 working days by paying 200 euro extra, no thanks, I will always provide 10 days in my schedule and I vistit Udon every week, it' just a waist of time if you need wait for your turn with your ticket.

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Post by hairyharry » January 5, 2016, 3:42 pm

Payment for express service is nothing new and certainly not restricted to governments. I don't understand the objections to it - you have a clear choice.

Theme parks such as Thorpe Park and Alton Towers do it - buy a fast track ticket and go to the front of the queue.
Pay extra for the front seat on the roller coasters.
If the fast track fee is published/advertised no problem for me. My choice, up to me.

I wish they did an official one at Non Khai on an out and in, rather than the under the radar taxi across and back. Queue and cheap or fast and pay. My choice, up to me.

They do one at Vientiane. An easy to obtain same day service if you are prepared to pay. Up to you. Wait/Overnight/ Entertainment or there and back in a day - financially about the same. Up to me.

The one I hate is the old passport to new visa transfer "fee". No gain for the punter - choice seems to be either tell the immigration officer where to stick it (risk making things difficult next time) or simply to pay (risk being taken for a mug). Not much choice. No clear benefit. But it's still up to me!

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Post by FrazeeDK » January 5, 2016, 7:00 pm

submitted our annual retirement visa extension on the 23rd of December with the officer stamping the regular "request submitted" and telling us to return around 21 January. However we had to go in Monday the 4th of January for our dated "90 day" check-in. Mr. 90 day looked at our "request submitted" and said, "go see the visa officer".. The extensions were done and the officer (the younger lady) processed them quickly and efficiently. We went back in today to get our Multiple re-entry permits.. Again, everything done as quickly as possible (they must have at least six mandatory stamps not including dates plus manual logging of the transactions) and the appropriate fee was asked for..

From both visits it impresses upon me the lack of automation in the process.. multiple copies, numerous official stamps, plus a few entries into the computer system.. It sure would be nice if they improved their processing with a scanner and a printed visa extension and re-entry permit that could be adhesive into the passport..
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Post by Peter USNR » March 23, 2016, 8:24 am

Can take action by filing an anonymous complaint to the National Anti Corruption Committee at the following address.

361 Nonthaburi Rd. (Sanambinnam Rd.)
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Post by Khun Paul » March 23, 2016, 5:43 pm

hairyharry wrote:Payment for express service is nothing new and certainly not restricted to governments. I don't understand the objections to it - you have a clear choice.

Theme parks such as Thorpe Park and Alton Towers do it - buy a fast track ticket and go to the front of the queue.
Pay extra for the front seat on the roller coasters.
If the fast track fee is published/advertised no problem for me. My choice, up to me.

I wish they did an official one at Non Khai on an out and in, rather than the under the radar taxi across and back. Queue and cheap or fast and pay. My choice, up to me.

They do one at Vientiane. An easy to obtain same day service if you are prepared to pay. Up to you. Wait/Overnight/ Entertainment or there and back in a day - financially about the same. Up to me.

The one I hate is the old passport to new visa transfer "fee". No gain for the punter - choice seems to be either tell the immigration officer where to stick it (risk making things difficult next time) or simply to pay (risk being taken for a mug). Not much choice. No clear benefit. But it's still up to me!

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The problem is that no-one least of all myself object to waiting, BUT not that long ago there was never a wait a Retirement Visa was stamped into the passport that same visit and returned duly completed. And for the life of me I have no idea why the wait now, unless internal investigations have uncovered a sinister side to the Immigration Office.

That is the real problem, double talk about checking disappears when money is produced so it is a SCAM nothing more nor less a way to get money for doing the job they are being paid for already. Understand for a new application but after years of same address etc. they are checking what. That I have not physically moved the house and that I have not committed a major international crime , beggars belief.

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Post by sometimewoodworker » March 23, 2016, 9:50 pm

Khun Paul wrote:
hairyharry wrote:Payment for express service is nothing new and certainly not restricted to governments. I don't understand the objections to it - you have a clear choice.

Theme parks such as Thorpe Park and Alton Towers do it - buy a fast track ticket and go to the front of the queue.
Pay extra for the front seat on the roller coasters.
If the fast track fee is published/advertised no problem for me. My choice, up to me.

I wish they did an official one at Non Khai on an out and in, rather than the under the radar taxi across and back. Queue and cheap or fast and pay. My choice, up to me.

They do one at Vientiane. An easy to obtain same day service if you are prepared to pay. Up to you. Wait/Overnight/ Entertainment or there and back in a day - financially about the same. Up to me.

The one I hate is the old passport to new visa transfer "fee". No gain for the punter - choice seems to be either tell the immigration officer where to stick it (risk making things difficult next time) or simply to pay (risk being taken for a mug). Not much choice. No clear benefit. But it's still up to me!

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The problem is that no-one least of all myself object to waiting, BUT not that long ago there was never a wait a Retirement Visa was stamped into the passport that same visit and returned duly completed. And for the life of me I have no idea why the wait now, unless internal investigations have uncovered a sinister side to the Immigration Office.

That is the real problem, double talk about checking disappears when money is produced so it is a SCAM nothing more nor less a way to get money for doing the job they are being paid for already. Understand for a new application but after years of same address etc. they are checking what. That I have not physically moved the house and that I have not committed a major international crime , beggars belief.
It seems that the staff tea fund was running low. There are still immigration offices where there is no wait, same day, retirement extension of stay and no "fast (tea) track"
If there were a genuine fast track system you would get a receipt for all money payed.
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Post by Peter USNR » April 11, 2016, 8:27 am

Peter USNR wrote:Can take action by filing an anonymous complaint to the National Anti Corruption Committee at the following address. I have filed a written complaint.

361 Nonthaburi Rd. (Sanambinnam Rd.)
Thasaai Distrcit
Amphur Muang
Nonthaburi, Thailand 11000

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Post by wazza » April 11, 2016, 11:47 am

Did you receive any feedback from your communications ??

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Post by pal52 » April 11, 2016, 2:52 pm

wazza wrote:Did you receive any feedback from your communications ??
Would be very difficult to get feedback if the complaint was anonymous Wazza

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