Cabinet extends foreigners’ work permit to 2 years
Good news to all foreign workers in the Kingdom!
Foreign workers’ temporary work permit, or the pink card, is extended from one year to two years. Pink card is given to Myanmar nationals who are living and working in Thailand.
Below is the complete news article published on National News Bureau of Thailand website.
“Cabinet extends foreigners’ work permit to 2 years
The Cabinet has approved the extension of the work permit for foreign nationals to two years while giving employers four months to bring their workers to apply for the document.
Director-General of the Department of Employment Arak Prommanee revealed that Cabinet approval has been granted to the proposal of the committee in charge of foreign labor management policies to have the life of foreign workers’ temporary work permit, or the pink card, extended from one year to two years.
As a result, workers whose permits will expire on March 31, 2016 will be allowed to stay in the Kingdom for two more years, pending the nationality verification process. To apply for the new permit, employers will be required to take their foreign employees to report themselves at registration spots designated by the Department of Employment within 120 days from April 1.
The Cabinet also assigned the Department of Employment to adopt regulations in support of the permit extension within 120 days, with consideration to be given to the prevention of foreign labor shortage, national security, prevention of permanent residency, assurance of workers’ protection and establishment of an efficient management system.”