Penalties for working illegally

I worked at a German-owned call center in Rawai for eight months. I have now quit that job because the company would not provide a work permit for me. I do not like breaking the law as I am married to a Thai and would like to continue living in Thailand.

When I started working at the call center, they told me that they would make a work permit for me only after I had worked there for one month and with good performance. I worked hard and sealed many contracts for the company. Compared with the 10 other employees, I was...

  • Asked on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 | 11:05 AM
    Straight and clear, Phuket.

If Immigration officers discover a foreigner working without a work permit, both the employer and the employee will be prosecuted, regardless of the contract between employer and employee. The employer will be fined between 10,000 and 100,000 baht. The employee will also be fined and deported within 30 days.

The Employment Office does not have the power to close companies illegally employing foreigners. However, the employee will be blacklisted, a record of which is kept at the Immigration Office.

The Employment Office has only three auditors, which are not enough to comprehensively check all illegal workers. However, cases can be reported to the Employment Office by calling 076-219660-1 between 8.30 am and 4.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

  • Answered on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 | 11:05 AM
    Janya Yingyong, Chief of Work Permit Department, Phuket Provincial Employment Office.
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