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The Thai Immigration Office in Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Thailand

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing the Thai Immigration Office in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

This is often used by Border runners up in that province who are using it oftentimes to gain another Visa exemption stamp or perhaps for those who are Non-immigrant Visa holders in Thailand looking to get another 90-day stamp in their passport arising from a Non-immigrant Visa sticker; a 1-year Non-immigrant Visa sticker.

The Immigration Office in Chieng Rai  is located at 117 Moo 10, Tambon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphur Mae Sai,  Chiang Rai 57130.

Something to keep in mind with respect to Thai Immigration Offices throughout the Kingdom. Different offices are going to have different ways in which they process things and they may even have slightly varying evidentiary requirements for documentation associated with the meeting of various elements to grant a visa renewal or a visa extension. What does this mean? Well a lot of people ask me "why does one office do things differently from another office?" Well they do that because although the Immigration law is uniform, various Immigration Offices have different administrative discretion if you will, to determine how best to carry out the functions of the law. For example in Mae Sai, or I should say in Chiang Rai specifically at that Immigration Office, they may have a certain way in which they want to see certain types of documentation pertaining to support documentation or evidence of a relationship in association with an O Marriage Visa in Thailand. They just may have certain requirements that may be substantially different from an Immigration Office down here in Bangkok or from an Office in Koh Samui for example.

So it varies office to office and we find that this variance is a result of not only the administrative discretion, certain offices have just gotten into a way of doing things where they want to see their applications in a certain way so they can efficiently process them, but there is also something of a substantive discretion that is associated with these offices because again they are operating under the plenary power of Thailand. It is Immigration Law. It is not like a legal case that goes before a Court; that is a different thing. That is adjudicated differently. They are looking to make sure that the underlying policy of the Immigration law is being fulfilled and for that reason they are granted some degree of discretion with respect to determining documentation associated with various applications for visas and extensions here in the Kingdom of Thailand.