One Stop Service for Myanmar workers in Thailand

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Workers from Myanmar sort shrimp at a wholesale market in Mahachai, in Samut Sakhon province, Thailand, in July 2017. Photo: REUTERS

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population issued a statement yesterday in regards to the issuing of Certificate of Identity (CI) cards to Myanmar workers in Thailand.
According to the statement, Myanmar workers working in Thailand holding temporary residence cards or work permits (TR-38), also known as “pink cards”, have been issued with a Certificate of Identity (CI) in CI stations since 3 March. Thailand opened One Stop Services to process applications, issue visas and work permits at the stations since 1 September.
CI Stations were opened in Chiang Mai, Nakhon Sawan and Songkhla towns on 15 September, where Thailand also opened One Stop Services in those stations.
The Ministry’s statement said that in addition to the six CI stations in Samut Sakhon (Mahachai) 1 and 2, Samut Prakan, Mae Sai, Mae Sot and Ranong, three more stations were opened in Chaing Mai, Nakhon Sawan and Songlkhla.
Workers applying for a CI will have to apply at a counter operated by Counter Services Co., Ltd in the nearest CI stations with a TR-38 or temporary Myanmar passport or document issued by the Thailand labour department indicating the specific CI station in which they want their CI issued, said the statement.
Counter Services Co., Ltd will assess the applicants TR-38 or temporary Myanmar passport or document issued by the Thailand labour department. A fee of 300 bahts need to be paid.
Counter Services Co., Ltd will issue a receipt that includes the CI station issuing the CI, the appointed date to conduct the process, a token number and a contact phone number in both Thai and English. The information will also be sent to the worker’s mobile phone by SMS.
Workers are required to conduct the process on the appointed date without fail and responsible officials will issue the CI and foreign worker identification card. Once these are issued, relevant Thai departments will conduct a One Stop Service of medical examination, issue visa and work permit at the CI Station it is learnt.
A total fee of 2,650 baht to 3,100 baht that includes a visa fee of 600 baht (only up to 31 March 2018), a document fee of 100 baht, a work permit fee of 550 baht for half a year or 1,000 baht for a full year, a medical examination and health insurance fee of 1,600 baht needs to be paid to relevant departments in Thailand. Those who are currently holding a CI need to prepare proof of citizenship and apply for an ordinary passport before the CI expires, it is learnt.—Myanmar News Agency

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