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Don't Care About a Thai Immigration Inspection?

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The title of this video may seem strange to some, the notion that you don't care about an Immigration inspection. Let me be clear, I do. The reason for the video is I was actually watching the film, The Firm with Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman over the recent holidays here in Thailand. I was sitting around, don't ask me why frankly, I really don't particularly like to watch movies and TV series about lawyers for a variety of different reasons, one being I don't really like to think about work when I'm off work but I hadn't seen The Firm forever and it was on in the place I was at and so I just said, "Oh, I will go ahead and get on through it." I had kind of forgotten I rather like that movie. Basically, for those who haven't seen it, it is about a tax lawyer, a young tax lawyer coming into a major law firm and there is a lot of cloak and dagger stuff that occurs. It is worth the watch if you are out there and you haven't ever seen it before, check it out. There is a great line, he is sort of attached to this designated mentor played by Gene Hackman within the firm. Believe me I have talked to a lot of lawyers over the years that have worked in big law firms and remain in big law firms and this kind of happens. You just kind of get put together with people. Sometimes your personalities don't exactly mesh. In this case it was it is kind of a fun almost kind of a buddy element, buddy cop - buddy lawyer if you will element in this film but there is a great scene where they are talking about the clients and again they are tax lawyers so about audits and things and Tom Cruise says to Gene Hackman, he says "So you're telling me you don't want our clients to get audited?" and Gene Hackman turns to him and he says, "I don't give a damn about an audit, I just don't want them to win." 

I was kind of thinking about that because we have clients that worry about getting inspected. We deal with Immigration inspections, it is not an uncommon thing; it is also not a particularly routine thing. We don't view it as particularly pedestrian, it needs to be dealt with but I just I kind of like the attitude of Gene Hackman where he said "I don't care about an audit so much as I don't want them to win", and that is at the end of the day what the issue is. When you are dealing with Immigration inspections especially in a Business Visa context, we see this a lot in our firm when we are dealing with Business Visa matters and maintenance of Business Visas, Corporate Compliance; maintaining companies for our clients here but you can also see inspections in, and we don't deal with this quite so much but we have talked about it a lot, O Marriage Visas you will oftentimes see inspections, especially house inspections. Those can cause a great deal of consternation and frustration we have found but when we have seen Labour Department inspections, Immigration inspections at premises of our clients’ businesses, when I saw that line I just kind of thought yeah that is kind of how I feel about it. 

We strive to maintain a high level of compliance with respect to our clients’ businesses especially from the context of the requirements associated with Immigration and making sure that those businesses and companies are maintained in such a way that you don't have an issue essentially when you get inspected. The inspection is I hesitate to call it pro forma, but it is essentially an exercise in undergoing just due diligence basically on the part of the Immigration Officer who is doing the inspection, so we deal with it. Again, it is not unheard of. I wouldn't exactly call it common place but it is not something I get too worked up over when I hear “oh, so and so is being inspected”, often times will assist may send somebody down to that given client's premises maybe to liaise with that Immigration Officer and usually again if everything is in order, it is really not something to be worried about but that line from Gene Hackman, "I don't care about an audit, I just don't want them to win", it is not really a win-lose thing in the context of an Immigration Inspection, it is more a compliance thing. If you are in compliance, there is nothing to worry about.