An Egyptian man who created a life for himself in Pattaya was arrested for overstaying his visa for 10 years.
Ibrahim could not produce a passport, saying it was with a friend he could not contact.
A check at the Chonburi Immigration Office found he had entered Thailand a decade ago and never left. There were no records of him ever crossing a border checkpoint and no visas or extensions. He also had not obtained Thai permanent residency or citizenship.
He was prepared for deportation and a 10-year banishment from the Kingdom.