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Name: Alien Work Permit Act of 1978.
Country: Thailand
Subject(s): Migrant workers
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1978-07-08
Entry into force:
ISN: THA-1978-L-37397
Bibliography: Labour Laws (Revised 1994), 1994, International Translations Office, Bangkok, Thailand, pp. 85-94
Act on-line Act on-line, Thailand PDF PDF (consulted on 2010-02-15)
Abstract/Citation: Subject to specific exceptions, foreigners intending to work must have a permit. Certain occupations and professions may, by special decree, be prohibited for foreigners. To qualify for applying for a work permit, foreigners must have a temporary or permanent residence status. The granting of work permits is discretionary, but foreigners working under the Investment Promotion Act are immediately granted a permit. An employer may apply for a work permit on behalf of a foreigner, but the permit may only be issued upon his entry. Work permits are specific for a particular position and location and any changes are subject to notification and approval. Permits are generally granted and renewed on a yearly basis, but their duration depend on the length of the visa issued. Decisions to refuse, renew or change work permits may be appealed to a special Committee Considering Aliens. Violations against the Act are criminally sanctioned. Foreigners working in contravention of the Act may be imprisoned.
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