Proposed Changes to Visa and Work Permit Rules ‘Get Positive Response From Junta’

 | Wed 8 Oct 2014 15:44 ICT

CityNews – Proposals to amend Thailand’s visa and work permit regulations have received a positive response from the junta, The Nation reports today.

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The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking has proposed amendments including the separation of work permit regulations for unskilled migrant workers and foreign investors, in order to provide more support for investors, the report said.

Kalin Sarasin, secretary-general of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, told The Nation that a meeting between the interior minister, the Labour Ministry, the Immigration Bureau, the Foreign Ministry, the Tourism Authority of Thailand and other parties was held last month.

This has already led to some changes, he said, including an improved procedure for work permit applications and an online option for 90-day reporting. However, to the best of our knowledge at CityNews, the latter has yet to be implemented and no timeframe has been set for it.

Entrepreneurs who wish to visit Thailand for a meeting or exhibition will no longer need a work permit, foreign teachers can now apply for a maximum two-year visa, and those visiting to receive medical treatment will be granted a permit to stay for 60 to 90 days, with an extension possible, the report said.