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Phuket Immigration clarifies minimum income requirement for permit to stay for foreigners with multiple employers

Phuket Immigration clarifies minimum income requirement for permit to stay for foreigners with multiple employers

PHUKET: Phuket Immigration Deputy Chief Col Nareuwat Putthawiro today clarified that foreigners with multiple employers listed on their work permits need to satisfy the minimum income from the major employer only in order to qualify for a one-year extension to a permit to stay.

By The Phuket News

Friday 10 July 2020, 04:31PM

A foreigner waits at the information desk at the Phuket Immigration Office in Phuket Town. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

A foreigner waits at the information desk at the Phuket Immigration Office in Phuket Town. Photo: Tanyaluk Sakoot

The confirmation follows questions sent to The Phuket News from readers after Phuket Immigration Chief Col Narong Chanaphaikul on Tuesday invited foreigners who are concerned about their visa status ahead of the July 31 amnesty expiring to visit his office and have their extensions to stay renewed, or even have their 90 day reports filed.

“The minimum income requirement [for a one-year permit to stay]] needs to be met only from one workplace, that of the major employer, not by every employer listed on the work permit,” Deputy Chief Col Nareuwat told The Phuket News today (July 10).

Col Nareuwat explained that the minimum income required in order to be approved a one-year permit to stay varied, depending on the nationality of the applicant.

The minimum income required for foreigners from any western European countries, Australia, Canada, Japan, and the United States of America is B50,000 per month, he said.


“For applicants from South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the income required is B45,000 per month,” he added.

"For foreigners from any other countries in Asia [except  Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam – see below], as well as foreigners from Eastern Europe, Russia, South Africa, any country in South America or Central America, or Mexico, the income required is B35,000 per month,” Col Nareuwat said.

The minimum income required for nationals from any country in Africa (other than South Africa), or from Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam, the minimum income required to be issued a one-year permit to stay is B25,000 per month, he added.

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Sam85 | 12 July 2020 - 01:10:31

Ingenious idea !!  foreigners of Serie A, foreigners of Serie B and foreigners of Serie C, a real touch of genius !!

Kurt | 11 July 2020 - 11:45:51

Hm, Phuket Immigration clarifies nothing, just provide a sliding income scale. Why such a scale? Don't they all live, eat, shop, having the same monthly expenses on Phuket island? What is the thinking behind this? Scaling people racial-, country wise? 1st class, 2nd class, 3rd class, 4th class?

Wiesel | 11 July 2020 - 10:57:35

empty threat or why you are still here?

DeKaaskopp | 11 July 2020 - 01:29:03

Yup Edward,if you don't understand the reason behind it ,you should get out of Thailand asap.( Exactly as you propose in your comment)  But before you go,I will enlighten you. It has to do with the average money they earn in their home country.( Not sure about Singapore though).
Discriminatory ?  Oh dear !

Edward Reumann | 10 July 2020 - 21:22:17

The requirement for minimum income for foreigners does not seem to make any sense to me and is completely discriminatory. 
Why should they be a sliding scale, solely dependent upon which country you come from. Por is it determined that foreigners from Australia,  Canada, Japan and the US are expected to spend more? All the more reason for foreigners to get out of Thailand. 


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