Complaints of Overcrowding at Immigration’s Migrant One Stop Service

 | Tue 27 Mar 2018 08:10 ICT

CityNews – Chiang Mai Provincial Employment Office clarified overcrowding issues at the immigration One Stop Service.

In past few days, there has been growing reports on the overcrowding of the immigration One Stop Service (OSS). The OSS is a temporary migrant registration centre in compliance with the new executive decree on foreign workers announced in June 2017 prescribing that employers be fined 400,000-800,000 baht for every foreign employee working illegally as well as facing possible jail time. Workers are required to report in person at the centre between February and March at which users are complaining about sluggish service procedures.

On March 27th, Phornpawee Wichit of the Chiang Mai Provincial Employment Office revealed that as the deadline for migrant registration is coming up at the end of this month, and there have been a growing number of workers and employees converging at the centre with about 500 to 2,000 applicants each day. The centre has been providing a 24 hours service since March 20th with queues starting around 7.30am daily. Phornpawee reported that the officers will notify the applicants if they have to wait many hours, and will suggest them to return home before coming back on the next day. She added that the issue is that many workers travel long distances and cannot afford to travel back and forth so many insist on spending over night at the centre.

A report from Chiang Mai Provincial Employment Office on March 25th revealed that there are 80,085 names on the list with 45,163 migrants already having completed the registration and 34,922 workers left on the list. Phornpawee added that applicants are encouraged to apply the basic paper works online via For more information please call 0 53 112 911 4 or Lind: @doecmi