Thailand: Work Permit Process to Be Eased, PM Says

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By Michael Mackey

Dec. 16—Thai work permits will become easier to obtain, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told a Dec. 2 luncheon of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Bangkok.

“We are going to see how we can improve the situation,” the prime minister said.

The government is aware that changes to the current process and especially to its tight reporting requirements are necessary if the goal of bringing more international headquarters to the South East Asian nation is to be achieved, Deputy Prime Minister M.R. Pridiyathon Devakula told the luncheon.

“We are making the first move already,” Devakula said, noting that the current limited term of work permits will be significantly extended.

“It won't be a 90 days visa,” the deputy prime minister said. “It will be two years.”

In addition, the requirement that permit holders report to the government every 90 days will be dropped, and those reports required may be made by email or letter, ending the need to report in person.

Other reforms are in the pipeline, although Devakula was not yet ready to discuss them.

“Please wait for my second move in a month or two's time,” he told the luncheon.

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