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Caitlin Ashworth

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If you’re looking into getting a visa, be careful what agency you choose. A Bangkok visa agent was arrested for allegedly forging visa extensions. Reports say the woman was charging thousands of baht for the fake extensions.

The 33 year old woman Thai media reports as Sukanya has a shop in northern Bangkok advertised as a visa agency. A Burmese woman paid Sukanya 13,000 baht to extend her Non-LA visa. The stamp stated the woman was permitted to stay in Thailand until March 2021. The Burmese woman later realised the stamp was fake and reported it to the Immigration Bureau on July 30.

Police say Sukanya admitted to faking the stamps. Apparently she would sometimes issue real extensions to avoid getting caught. Police say her services started at 5,000 baht. Police did not report the name of the visa agency.

The Immigration Bureau suspects there are others posing as visa agents and they are investigating, Thai media reports.

Earlier this month, an American man and a Thai woman were arrested for allegedly issuing fake visas under the Bangkok company Thai Visa Centre. After the news got out, the company posted on Facebook saying that all of the visas are official and obtained through immigration.

“Immigration has already checked all of our visas, and concluded that they are NOT fake. So please don’t be concerned, all of the statements in the news are ‘alleged.'”

SOURCE: Thai Visa

 

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    Ralph Stern

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Oh yes, not the first or not the last one . There are so many of the visa that farangs can buy ,that is fake handle, another type of business that going on for years. Different type of one year visa that they pay a service for a “runner” taking care of it.

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    Perceville Smithers

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    This offense will cause a visitor a lot of trouble at the airport. Imigration/Passport Control ONLY accepts cash for overstaying and depending on the length of your visit, it might exceed your amount on-hand,withdrawal allowance or exceed available funds.

    The penalty should be stiff for this type of offense.

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    Katrina Davidson

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    There are a lot of so called visa agents advertising right now who say no worries if on amnesty, just pay us and all will be good. Ed visas with no study and volunteer without ever seeing the charity.

    There is no visa to go on legally from Amnesty for many here who have outside income. Coupled with the “get lost by 26th, we don’t want you” message from government and you have a perfect storm for scammers.

    Unfortunately, none of this money goes to official government pockets to be dispursed and help provide relief for the Thai people. Would be nice if immigration made a 3 or 6 month visa for those stuck here and want to stay. Charge around 20k and use it to help improve the situation for Thais suffering due to COVID.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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