The Problem With Being ‘Legal’

A friend of mine, recently emailed me with the story of his troubles after changing jobs and since reading it I’m thinking that the benefits of being legal (ie having a work permit) are few and far between. Read on for the full story.

I will describe my painful Friday afternoon trying to fix my visa issue.

This morning, the lawyer called me to tell me that the immigration officer had made a mistake with my visa when I came back from Singapore. He told me to go to Suan Phlu to fix it at the immigration headquarters.

I arrived at immigration headquarters after lunch and explained the problem for 15 minutes, the officer told me that I needed to leave the country and pay the overstay for one and a half months. I complained that I had already gotten a new visa from Singapore and that there was a mistake. He replied that he couldn’t do anything because my work permit from the previous company was not cancelled. I had to go to the

2 Comments so far

  1. Elemmaciltur (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2005 @ 3:33 pm

    Gawwwwd, that sounds horrendous! I’ve never actually have to deal with bureaucracy in Thailand yet, but living in Germany at the moment gives me a taste of the rigid German bureaucracy.

  2. Ben Harris (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2005 @ 4:32 pm

    Any ideas I had about changing jobs evaporated upon reading it.

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