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    Phuket Immigration chief dodges long queue queries
    November 6, 2014


    Col Sunchai Chokkajaykij declined to answer questions about exhaustive delays at the immigration office in Phuket Town.

    Photo: Chutharat Plerin

    PHUKET: The Phuket Immigration chief has avoided answering questions regarding complaints from foreigners about slow service and long queues spilling out of the office in Phuket Town, with some foreigners having to return over several days in order for their applications to be processed.

    One foreigner reported to the Phuket GazetteGazette.

    Col Sunchai did not comment when asked about the lack of officers on duty at the office, and did not provide any other explanation for the long queues.

    He also declined to explain what would happen if a foreigner overstayed his or her visa because of the delay in passport processing.

    The reports of exhaustive waits at the immigration office in Phuket Town come as Col Sunchai faces increasing pressure to explain to Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong why a foreigner filed a formal complaint about immigration officers at the Patong branch extorting cash payments from foreigners for services that should be free.

    If the explanation fails to demystify the incident, the governor said he would launch an investigation (story here).

    Governor Nisit earlier this week confirmed that Col Sunchai had until today to file his report (story here
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