Noppadon Ployudi, Head of Office of Employment Phuket, revealed that the board of minister allowed the Office of Employment nationwide to extend the nationality verifying procedures of the Laos, Burmese and Cambodian labors work permit will expire in January and February 2010 and permit them to stay in the country temporary. These group of foreign labors have to fill the Nationality Verifying Form to get the new work permit by February 28th , 2010. During the verifying process, the labors are also allowed to work in the country.
In addition, Noppadon said that there were 64,000 foreign labors registered at the Office of Employment Most of the labors are Burmese and 5,090 of them got the nationality confirmation by the Government of Burma. The office has given 2 years work permit to 267 of the nationality verified labors so they can work in Phuket for 2 years. After the work permit expired, they have to extend their passport for 2 more years and once they work in Phuket for 4 years, the Government of Thailand and their homeland government will make a decision about their working status together.