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BANGKOK 17 December 2018 10:49
WebGuy

Work Permit issuance in process - Can I start working?

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Hello,

 

My company already submitted the wp issuance request, however, our target for having me started working on 15th December looks unachievable.

 

Is there an option to start working before the wp gets issued i.e. while it is in process to be issued?

 

Many thanks

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By law, no. You won't get any formal permission to start working until the WP is issued.

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By law no, but I havent heard of one bad report from people who Started months before a wp was handed over.  It seems the made up law by organisations is that you'll be fine.  At your own risk of course.  In the current climate I wouldn't risk it. Actually I stopped working in Thailand a while ago due to all sorts of administrative difficulties, this issue, one of them. 

 

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Didn't stop my company from expecting me to work. Although they start my pay day from date of my NonB stamp in my passport. Its a bit grey area as WP takes a 2-3 weeks once applied.

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I also thought that a foreigner can work 2 weeks without a wp if the wp issuance is in process.

 

Anyone else heard something about this?

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1 hour ago, WebGuy said:

I also thought that a foreigner can work 2 weeks without a wp if the wp issuance is in process.

 

Anyone else heard something about this?

No more than a bar story.

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15 minutes ago, Colabamumbai said:

Keep the WP in your possession, it belongs to you not the company. 

When you go to the labour office to sign it pick it up and stick it in your pocket.

Your company/school will tell you they 'must' keep it. ( BS )

Make a copy and sign it and give that to them.

Just make sure you don't lose it.

It must be in your hands when/wherever you are working.

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The WP office will ask for a deposit to begin the process. Once you have the receipt, you can start to work.

This has always been the case for me for 9 years and is confirmed by the WP office.

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I will be employed as an expert and BOI need to approve my work position.

The WP issuance has been taking too long and our goal was that I start working on 15th December.

The company hired an agency to deal with this process and this is why I am wondering if I can start working earlier.

 

3 minutes ago, thequietman said:

The WP office will ask for a deposit to begin the process. Once you have the receipt, you can start to work.

This has always been the case for me for 9 years and is confirmed by the WP office.

The WP and visa extension request will be applied for online and one start one stop is involved. Not sure where I could get a receipt from.

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According to the law you need a work permit to work, so if you start working without having one you are acting illegal. Of course your local labour office might not enforce this law, but you never know.

If the head of your local labor office writes a paper for you which clearly states that he allows you to start working while they are processing the work permit for you, it's probably ok, but other than that you should not start to work.

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1 hour ago, thequietman said:

The WP office will ask for a deposit to begin the process. Once you have the receipt, you can start to work.

This has always been the case for me for 9 years and is confirmed by the WP office.

Legally not correct.

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1 hour ago, stevenl said:

Legally not correct.

However, in reality ............ true.

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I'll try to find some workaround. Will talk with the outsourcing company that deals with this and let you know if something worked out. Ta

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