By Wouter van der Stichel
The Employment office of Chiang Mai under the guidance of Ruchuchai Potha
organized an information forum about labor and immigration laws and requirements
held at the Christian Outreach Centre Foundation Chiang Mai on 15 November 2012.
Representatives of the Immigration Department were Pol. Capt. Chutinut Na
Lampang and Pol. Sub.Lt Adirek Saojarem. For the Employment Office the speaker
was Khun Jaranya Sugandhajati. The event started at 8 30 AM, attracting a crowd
of 225 people.
After the brief presentations from the Immigration Office and Employment Office
respectively, regarding standard procedures and requirements, and the floor was
given to questions. The complexity of some questions also didn’t allow for an
immediate response. It was therefore decided to set up 2 Facebook pages where
all questions will be answered anonymously and in writing.
SUBHEAD: Tips from Immigration:
Always keep a full copy of your most recent passport status; this can facilitate
transfer of information when you lose your original passport.
Make an appointment upfront and queue online through the website www.
The door of the immigration office opens at 8 AM, you can take a plastic queue
card and wait for your number to be called when the queue machine is started.
The queue book which used to be there is no longer used or valid.
If there are a minimum of 30 applicants to be serviced at a location anywhere in
Chiang Mai, Lamphun or Lampang, the Immigration Department can do an outdoor
service at a location of your choice. Please submit a written request to the
Immigration Office to obtain this service.
Tips from the Employment Office:
A pension is available to foreigners who are working and paying taxes in
Thailand, provided that your employer has filed a request for this with the
appropriate social services. Make sure to check this with your employer.
When multiple employers are added to your work permit, make sure to check with
the Immigration Department regarding your visa extension next year, as they can
tell you which one of your employers needs to provide you with the supporting
documents. This is applicable especially to cases where a paid employment is
added to a volunteer visa. When an extension is requested, the visa class will
change from a Non Immigrant O to a Non Immigrant B and the supporting
documentation will have to come from the company that is paying you, no longer
from the initial NGO.
Please contact the Employment Office for any questions on 053 112744 ext. 19 to
20, until 6PM.
The local government offices do not hold any power regarding changing the law.
At best they can send their advice through to the central government, which they
do on a regular basis, keeping in mind the multiple questions and feedback they
receive from the foreign community on events such as this one.