What goes on under the table at Chiang Mai Immigration

your say September 04, 2018 01:00

If anyone is still under the mistaken opinion that the present government is cracking down on corruption I would advise they take a day trip to the Chiang Mai Immigration to revise their opinion.



Dealing with a section of society that has little recourse to justice (foreigners), and bearing in mind that these people are dealing with a division of the police force, there is a determined effort made to reduce and restrict the flow of customers into the office on a daily basis so that frustrated and defeated applicants revert to the professional palm-greasers. 

While queuing from early morning and waiting hours in the hope of getting an appointment often bears no result, long-term stayers needing marriage or retirement extensions are well aware that Bt5,000 over the counter to a “visa agent” almost certainly results in a next-day rendezvous with the uniformed agent that we were previously told was far too busy to squeeze them in this week. Perhaps the counter-corruption agency would like to take a good look at what passes over these specific counters and see what share of the Bt5,000 stays with the agency and what passes on, or should I say under the table, to induce immigration to let in all and every customer that the agency produces while refusing the ordinary public the option to get through the door.

Lungstib