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    What did the UK Bangkok consular team do in 2018?

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    73,282 British residents in Thailand (* stats of Ministry of Tourism and Sports Jan-Dec 2018).

    I'm sure somebody asked how many there were fairly recently.



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    18k Brits live in Pattaya? Seems high to me but WTF do I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    What did the UK Bangkok consular team do in 2018?
    Told all the long stay Brits here to fok off. No more Embassy verification of income.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy View Post
    18k Brits live in Pattaya? Seems high to me but WTF do I know.
    Where do they get there numbers from? I'm not registered with them and sure a lot more wont be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy View Post
    18k Brits live in Pattaya? Seems high to me but WTF do I know
    Come the new immigration money law, that should change to 18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    I'm not registered with them and sure a lot more wont be.
    Stats from Ministry of Tourism. You notify immigration with TM30?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Come the new immigration money law, that should change to 18.
    If people want to stay they will find a way round any new laws/ changes. The years multi entry obtained outside Thailand while maybe not ideal for some is still a way to stay.

    Anyway what's the official population of Pattaya thought it was only about 300k?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy View Post
    If people want to stay they will find a way round any new laws/ changes. The years multi entry obtained outside Thailand while maybe not ideal for some is still a way to stay.

    Anyway what's the official population of Pattaya thought it was only about 300k?
    "Pattaya is at the center of the Pattaya-Chonburi Metropolitan Area—a conurbation in Chonburi Province—with a population of roughly 1,000,000."

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    that's way too many dodgy Brits living here in LOS,

    I know at least 2 or 3, and they do fit the dodgy profile

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    Where do they get there numbers from? I'm not registered with them and sure a lot more wont be.
    Stats from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports; Jan-Dec 2018

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    "Pattaya is at the center of the Pattaya-Chonburi Metropolitan Area—a conurbation in Chonburi Province—with a population of roughly 1,000,000."
    Must have massively grown in last 10 years then as no way was population 1 mill or anywhere close to that in 2008.

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    Either somebody has learned to count or the numbers are wildly inaccurate, see this thread from TVF 2009 https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/296...attaya/page/2/

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    I know a few of the consular staff, and they are all grafters, working with limited resources. They do a lot more than the required job description limitations.

    The issue of verifying income was a ludicrous burden, and quite rightly rejected. Thai immigration sloped shoulders on that responsibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Told all the long stay Brits here to fok off. No more Embassy verification of income.
    That why they're selling the embassy and land, leaving the Brits to it.
    I blame Brexit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    That why they're selling the embassy and land, leaving the Brits to it.
    I blame Brexit
    Prime site in a prime location. Best to make some money out of it before it disappears under water. If Thai incompetence doesn’t flood Bangkok, climate change will.

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    So apparently 496 pissed-up Brits forgot where they left their passports and had to apply for emergency travel documents.

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    nope, 400 had them lifted by Noi with large hands and 5 o'clock shadow in the plaza

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    Quote Originally Posted by Airportwo View Post
    Where do they get there numbers from? I'm not registered with them and sure a lot more wont be.
    And wherever they get their numbers from, does it actually answer the question of what the Bangkok Consular team did?

    Some of those numbers shed light on their work, but just population / visitor numbers seems uninformative.

    One might even say misleading.

    I have the feeling that some work hard but that there's a lot of fat that could be trimmed.

    Local Thai staff seem to always have plenty to do and lots of contact with the customers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    And wherever they get their numbers from, does it actually answer the question of what the Bangkok Consular team did?

    Some of those numbers shed light on their work, but just population / visitor numbers seems uninformative.

    One might even say misleading.

    I have the feeling that some work hard but that there's a lot of fat that could be trimmed.

    Local Thai staff seem to always have plenty to do and lots of contact with the customers.
    Of course you are the expert on embassy staffing levels!
    You might recall when Hague was in charge at FCO, he increased the number of attaché posts. All about trade (arms sales?)
    Do you think he also increased the budget for admin staff?

    Fat could be trimmed? Now ther is no requirement for Embassy letters to support retirement visas, perhaps 0.5 admin jobs could be released? Or maybe some schmuck who was doing it in his spare time could concentrate on his proper job.

    You academics clearly have no idea how the real world works. Base your assumptions on ‘how busy the frontline Thai staff appear’ on your next visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Switch View Post
    I know a few of the consular staff, and they are all grafters, working with limited resources. They do a lot more than the required job description limitations.

    The issue of verifying income was a ludicrous burden, and quite rightly rejected. Thai immigration sloped shoulders on that responsibility.
    Agreed. One of the people working there really went out of her way to help me this year, with applying for Thai citizenship. -Despite not much help from the Thai Special Branch and UK Home Office.

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    The last time I was there, they were very helpful too. Absolutley no complaints from me.

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    Head of the comsular section, nice bloke used to drink in Jools back in the day, was a handy bloke no know. Couldn't get him to sack that obnoxious blond haired bitch that used to work there though!!!!

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    According to the UK Embassy Bangkok web page they manage:

    The British Embassy in Bangkok

    "The Embassy of the United Kingdom in Thailand. British Diplomatic representation. Information on consular services of the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Bangkok.

    Visa applications, passports, consular statements, legalisation of documents and more.

    "The work of the various sections of a British Embassy are:

    - Visa section: To process visa applications from locals/foreign tourists wishing to visit Britain."

    https://www.british-embassy.net/uk/U...dom-in-Bangkok

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    Brittles have a remarkable knack for getting hurt, jailed, or dead while in Thailand. It's fascinating to watch the lumbering creatures outside of their natural habitat.

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