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Work permit rules revamp
Processed in order, reasons for declining will be given - Dej
by
Penchan Charoensuthipha

Rules for granting work permits to foreigners will be revamped. Labour Minister Dej Boonlong said the Labour Ministry would come up with clear guidelines for considering work permit applications. They would be considered in the order in which they were received, and officials would have to give reasons when they did not uphold them, to avoid corruption.

He had told Employment Department head Wanchai Phadungsupalai to rethink policy after complaints from foreign investors about delays and bureaucratic red tape. The Department says some 92,000 foreigners, mostly from Japan, Taiwan, China, the United States and India are working in Thailand. Some 32,000 people applied for work permits last year, but only 29,000 were granted.

Bangkok Post, April 19, 2002

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