Migrant workers given extensions to stay in Thailand

Migrant workers from Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam who are allowed to work in Thailand temporarily, have now been given an extension of stay while they apply for new visas and work permits.

Traisuree Taisaranakul, Thai Ministry of Interior spokeswoman was quoted by The Bangkok Post yesterday that the Ministry has issued two new related announcements granting special permission to these migrant workers to extend their stay and continue working legally in Thailand.

Taking effect retrospectively from October 1, the first announcement concerns workers from these four nations who are already in Thailand to continue living and working here until September 30, 2024, she said.

The second announcement, which came into effect on Tuesday this week, concerns a different group of migrant workers who are from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia and who live and work here under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Thai government and these three countries, she said.

Under the new announcement, these tri-nation migrant workers, whose stay is due to expire on December 31, 2023, are allowed to continue living here until April 30, 2024, she said.

Should they wish to continue working from June 1, 2024, to April 30, 2025, a work permit application must be submitted by their employer on their behalf, Traisuree said.

Children of these migrant workers who are aged under 18 are automatically allowed to stay, while those over 18 have 60 days from the day they turn 18 to apply for permission to work legally in Thailand, she said.

Thuch Dalin, General Counsel of the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok, said. “We applaud the Thai government for its initiative and also lowering visa fees to only 500 baht ($14.00), and we work closely with Thai government when it concerns our people here.”