Wednesday, March 3, 2010

My Visa Renewal @ The Thai Immigration Office

I went to the new Thai Immigration Office last February 26, Friday to renew my visa because it was due to expire on February 28, which fell on Sunday. I woke up at 5am and left the house at 6am. It opens from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Mondays thru Fridays only except official holidays. I arrived there at 9am already due to traffic and because I had to find the place, knowing that it is indeed a challenge to travel around the place you aren't familiar and specially if you're in a foreign country wherein you couldn't speak and understand their native language.

From my place, I took the bus #26 and went off at Chatuchak Mochit by the MRT station and cross the footbridge on the right side, then got bus #52 which will pass by the TOT and CAT (Thailand's Telephone companies) on the left side of the road.

I was dropped off in front of the CAT. Just beside this building is the street sign Chaengwattana Soi 7, the street that I was looking for going to the new Thai Immigration Office. From there, I took the motorcycle (back ride) which cost me 20.00 baht.

This is the new Immigration Office building, of course I didn't have the courage to take photos inside the building because for sure they won't allow me to and if I insisted, they may put me in jail (laughs). The new building is beautiful, clean, huge and extravagant, it looks like an airport to me hehehe.

So when I got there, I didn't need to stand in line because there weren't many people that time. Although, I had my qeue number but I didn't wait very long to be served.

The requirements they're asking from me were as follows:
♥ Passport
♥ Photocopy
-1st page of passport (the one with the photo)
-last travel visa sticker
-the page which has the last stamped (due date)
♥ Medical certificate (from my doctor stating that I'll have my 90 days not to travel because I am 8th months pregnant)
♥ 1 pc. ID picture
♥ 1,900 fee
♥ Accomplished visa extension application form (this form will be given at the immigration office)
♥ Identification card (will be surrendered at the entrance gate in exchange of the guest ID)

Two applicants were served ahead of me, that was quick and easy. The immigration officer told me that I won't be able to get a 90 days visa according to my medical certificate which was dated December 28, 2009. If I was going to use it I'll only be given 30 days and I'll be back again on March 28. They based their counting of 90 days on the day stated in my document I submitted to them. The immigration doctor guaranteed that if I'll come back on Tuesday which was March 2, Tuesday and with my updated medical certificate, they will give me 90 days and that I won't even have to pay one day penalty (which is 500 baht) as my visa expiration was on the 28th.

March 1 was a legal holiday in Thailand and that day was scheduled for my pre-natal check up. I was happy because they were very accommodating and concern about my situation.

I went down stairs and ate at the Immigration canteen. I ordered pad thai or their own version of stir fry noodles with shrimps (40.00 baht); a plate of four kinds of fruits (pineapple,melon,guava and papaya for only 20.00 baht); and iced cold chocolate drink (15.00 baht).

On March 2, 2010, Tuesday, I went back to the Thai Immigration office with my sweetheart. I had my complete documents with me and they stamped my passport stating that I have a 90 days visa extension. They only asked me to pay 1,900 baht for that and I am so happy. I found out from them that the fee is still the same whether it is a 30, 60 or 90 days extension. Plus, they didn't ask me to pay the penalty of one day. Thank God! I stated there in my application that I will change my visa from tourist to student before it expires so I will be able to stay longer.

My sweetheart took a picture of me inside the car, in front of the new Thai Immigration Office :D

I felt so relieved and happy about my visa renewal. It only took me 30 minutes to process my papers.


Elektra said...

Job well done! Mission accomplished with a SMILE :)

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