|Workers search for information about the labour market at a job centre in Binh Dinh Province. The Thai Labour Ministry and the Viet Nam Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs plan to send Vietnamese labourers to Thailand in the first quarter of 2016. — VNA/VNS Photo Anh Tuan
BANGKOK (VNS) — Vietnamese migrant workers in Thailand are allowed to register for temporary work permits at the country's provincial labour departments from December 1 to December 30, according to the Thai Ministry of Labour.
The ministry said on Monday that the 30-day expansion for Vietnamese guest workers (excluding their companies) aims to help them obtain visas, check health conditions, pay health insurance bills and acquire one-year work permits in Thailand.
Eligible workers are those who have original passports and work contracts with their employers, and their last legal entrance into Thailand was before August 10, 2015.
The ministry said Vietnamese workers involved in domestic help, construction, fisheries and hospitality are subject to the one-year work permits.
Arak Pommanee, director general of the Thai Labour Ministry's Employment Department, pledged another extension of 30 days if the registration fails to be completed on schedule.
The Vietnamese Embassy suggested workers who entered Thailand after August 10 should return home to go through the necessary procedures for legal employment in the country.
The Thai Labour Ministry and the Viet Nam Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs plan to send Vietnamese labourers to Thailand in the first quarter of 2016.
All the information is on the Vietnamese Embassy's website at vietnamembassy-thailand.org or facebook.com/VNEMBKK, and the Vietnamese Consulate General's website in Khon Kaen at vietnamconsulate-khonkaen.org. — VNS