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Rex (Admin)

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Expat volunteers in Chiang Mai denied visas in work permit standoff


THAIVISA.COM

http://bit.ly/2LHhrGe

Thu 2 Aug 2018, 10:24 am

The head of two foundations in Chiang Mai has revealed to Thaivisa that a standoff between the new head of the Chiang Mai labor office and the city's immigration department is causing trouble for up to a thousand foreigners who are volunteering at charities in the province.

Our source - who has asked not to be named - said that visas were not being issued because volunteers were being denied work permits.

He called it a standoff between the new head of the labor department and Chiang Mai immigration.

Thaivisa understands the labor department in Chiang Mai has not been issuing work permits for foreign volunteers, with immigration then saying "sorry, we can't issue you visas as you don't have a work permit", said the source.

He said this was causing serious problems for long term non-immigrant "O" volunteers and charitable foundations and that as many as 1000 foreigners are affected.?

 

-- Copyrigh?t Thai Visa News 2018-8-1
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TerryLH

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Re: Expat volunteers in Chiang Mai denied visas in work permit standoff
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2018, 05:32:05 PM »
Not very accurate reporting.  Immigration doesn't issue visas. 
A minor point, but you'd think the reporter would know enough about the subject to get it right.

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Re: Expat volunteers in Chiang Mai denied visas in work permit standoff
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2018, 04:41:46 PM »
Here is an excerpt from Siam Legal:


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Foreigners applying for a job or opening a business will require a Thai business visa. This can be best applied for before coming to Thailand. In addition, this type of visa can be extended to a long term visa which can be done either inside or outside the Kingdom of Thailand.

So which comes first the work permit or the business visa?
« Last Edit: August 03, 2018, 09:40:17 PM by Rex (Admin) »

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Re: Expat volunteers in Chiang Mai denied visas in work permit standoff
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2018, 04:57:48 PM »
I would guess the business visa.