Extension of my ED-visa

August 14, 2013

It was so nice, doing my 90-day reporting by mail and not having to go all the way to the immigration department anymore. When my ED-visa was first issued it was valid for one year, the maximum time possible, but unfortunately it ran out this week. So with only 2 days left on my visa I had to go to the immigration office once more.

75 people in the queue in front of me? That will take me 2-4 hours of my precious life.

75 people in the queue in front of me? That will take me 2-4 hours of my precious life.

I first arrived there on Tuesday around 11AM, just to find out that there were a total of 75 people waiting in front of me. From experience I now know that they can process about 25-35 people an hour meaning it would be 2 hours of waiting at least! Besides, at noon everybody takes a break for an hour so that would make the minimal waiting time 3 hours which is a bit too long for me. At that point I decided to go home and come back the next day at 8:30 sharp when immigration opens.

Directions, in Thai, to the immigration bureau since that is a lot easier than explaining my destination to a taxi driver.

Directions, in Thai, to the immigration bureau since showing a piece of paper is a lot easier than explaining my destination to a taxi driver.

With 15 people in line in front of me I can find some patience and wait.

With 15 people in line in front of me I can find some patience and wait.

It took some time before I got my queue number but at least there were only 15 people waiting in front of me. After about 40 minutes it was my turn to show up and after running up and down to the copy place, they wanted copies of almost every page, even from my re-entry permit, everything was in the hands of the immigration officer sitting in front of me.

Being there are 8:30 has its advantages: if you push yourself to the front when getting your queue ticket you will never have to wait long.

Being there are 8:30 has its advantages: if you push yourself to the front when getting your queue ticket you will never have to wait long.

From there on it took another 20 minutes before they actually handed me my passport back from I am happy to say that I do not plan to return to the immigration office for at least another 7 months. I should graduate in March 2014 so my visa got extended till then, even though the commencement will be in July. So far I have no idea how to bridge that gap but I’ll find something…

Visa extended till the end of March. That will mean I miss my commencement but at least no more trips to immigration till then!

Visa extended till the end of March. That will mean I miss my commencement but at least no more trips to immigration till then!

For questions/remarks you can contact me at: eric@stuckinthailand.com

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