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China-bound workers advised to keep visa valid: Labor Ministry

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China-bound workers advised to keep visa valid: Labor Ministry

Tanakorn Sangiam


BANGKOK, 13 October 2018 (NNT) – Thai workers traveling to China are legally required to verify the validity of their visa and invitation letter from Chinese authorities, said Deputy Department of Employment Director-General Suchat Pornchaiwiseskul. 

He said the department had received a report from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs about a case of two Thai workers departing Beijing, China, holding an invalid visa. 

Both were arrested and held in detention for 14 days at Beijing airport while trying to leave China. An initial investigation found out that they used to work in a beauty parlor in the Chinese capital and had their traveling expenses paid for by their employer and a request for a one-year work visa. 

Following a crackdown on illegal migrant workers by the Chinese authorities, the employer decided to send those workers back to Thailand, but they were arrested at Beijing airport with the invalid visa. They have already been deported to Thailand. 

The deputy department chief said some illegal workers had been tricked benightedly into traveling overseas and insisted that all Thai workers to China will have to apply for a work visa at the Chinese embassy in Bangkok and to receive an official invitation and permit letter from the Chinese authorities before traveling to China to work legally. 

He said all workers should verify the legality of the job offered and watch out for with job offers promising very high wages on social media. Jobseekers may contact provincial employment offices, or call Hotline 1506 ext. 2, or 02 245 6708-9 to enquire for more information. 

According to the Chinese immigration law, foreigners working or residing in China illegally will initially be warned and pay a maximum of 10,000 yuan in fine or be held in detention for 5-15 days, and may ultimately be deported and prohibited from re-entering China for the next 10 years.


-- nnt 2018-10-14

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