Expats welcome online visa extensions?

The Immigration Bureau unveiled its online visa extension (e-extension) service on yesterday, billed as making the method much less messy for expats and vacationers who need extra time in the country.
Pol Gen Damrongsak Kittiprapas, the nationwide police chief, said the e-extension would improve visa services by permitting visitors to lodge their requests online.
The move is expected to reduce back corruption in the system, masking the whole process together with the payment of fees. It will scale back the time to course of the application from one hour to 3 minutes, Damrongsak mentioned.
According to the bureau, over 200,000 expats try to prolong their visas annually for reasons including holidays, teaching jobs, study or family issues. Withheld growing number of candidates has drawn concern concerning the time-consuming and inefficient nature of the method.
The service will be piloted first for expats living or working in Bangkok, who can file their functions on-line at the official website. However, ultimately, they want to show up in individual on the IB workplace on Chaeng Wattana Road, similar to the old system.
And as before, having travelled for nevertheless long it takes through Bangkok’s appalling visitors, applicants must wait in line, as ordinary, for an unspecified time, to get their visa stamp. In Bangkok, this will still imply that the method will take all day unless you occur to live on Chaeng Wattana Road..

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