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Name: Immigration Act of 1979.
Country: Thailand
Subject(s): Migrant workers
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1979-02-24
Entry into force:
Published on: Government Gazette, 1979-03-01, Vol. 96, Part 28, Special Issue, p. 45
ISN: THA-1979-L-37411
Bibliography: Government Gazette, 1979-03-01, Vol. 96, Part 28, Special Issue, p. 45
Act on-line Act on-line www.thailaws.com, Thailand PDF PDF (consulted on 2010-02-15)
Abstract/Citation: Enumerates certain general requirements for the right of entry, including carrying a valid passport with a visa and having a smallpox vaccination. The Minister of Interior has the discretionary right to decide to grant or refuse certain foreigners or groups of foreigners the right of entry. Temporary passage is allowed without a passport for certain categories of persons. Persons with special status - including their private servants - are almost fully exempted from the application of the Act. The Act regulates in detail how to handle transports that may contain illegal foreigners. The Act specifies when, for how long, and on which conditions temporary stay is allowed. Immigration for permanent residence is , with some exceptions, restricted to a yearly maximum of 100 persons from each country and 50 persons who have no nationality. The right of stay is evidenced by a residence certificate. Foreigners (including women and children) may be detained for investigations on suspicion of violations against the Act. The Immigration Commission, established pursuant to the Act, has the discretionary power to decide on most matter relevant under the Act including appeals of certain decisions. Offences against the Act are criminally sanctioned and non-authorized foreigners may be deported.
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