The command clearly states that the grace period for the Foreign Worker Management Royal Decree B.E. 2560 will end on 31 December 2017. Meanwhile, the centers handling migrant worker employment services will be open from 24 July to 7 August to provide employers with an opportunity to convert existing illegal migrant workers to legal migrant workers. Once their employment is confirmed, the worker will then proceed with the citizenship verification process before obtaining a valid work permit.
He explained that workers who have entered Thailand legally with a valid passport and work permit will receive the welfare from both the compensation and social security funds. As for workers from Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia whose employments have temporarily been waivered, their employer will register the workers using the pink cards issued from registration. Once the workers are registered in the social security system, they too will receive welfare from both the compensation and social security funds.
For online applications, the Ministry of Labor has planned to launch the service in the 2018 fiscal year, which will allow migrant workers to submit online applications around the clock. The system will link with the Social Security Office’s database, whereby the Department of Employment will share information of legal migrant workers so that the Social Security Office can register them as an insurer.
There are 101 centers providing services for migrant worker employment, and the Ministry of Labor estimated that each center will be able to accommodate 1,500 migrant workers each day.