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Fee to Legally Work in Thailand

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Cambodian migrant workers queue at the Thai-Cambodia border checkpoint near the border town of Poipet. New regulations are aimed at making it easier for them to work in Thailand. KT/Chor Sokunthea

Cambodian migrant workers in Thailand will have to pay 950 baht (about $27) to receive a travel card or Overseas Cambodian Worker Card (OCWC), the Labor Ministry announced yesterday.
 
From September 26, workers will be able to apply for the documents, under a bilateral agreement signed in July, Labor Minister Ith Samheng said in a statement released by the ministry.
 
“Cambodian workers and Thai employers can request a passport or a Cambodian workers travel card and OCWC, via an online system operated by the Thai government…and from three places in Thailand: Big C Lardprao shopping mall in Bangkok, the Zeer Rangsit shopping mall in Pathum Thani province and at the Tesco Lotus supermarket in Chon Buri province.”
 
Ministry spokesman Heng Sour told Khmer Times yesterday that the new identification cards would ensure that the 380,000 Cambodians now working in the country on the semi-legal “pink cards” would become fully legal workers in Thailand.
 
“We asked the Thai authorities to make sure that those Cambodian workers who have passports can use them legitimately, without continuing to hold pink cards anymore,” he said.
 
“But the Thai side doesn’t allow our workers to apply for a passport directly from Cambodia. They require those who hold pink cards that are recognized by the Thai government to request their own passports through the online system, and then they will receive a passport issued by Cambodia…they can then legally stay in Thailand for four years.”
 
He added that there are more than 536,000 Cambodians working in Thailand, in various degrees of legality. According to some experts, the number may be closer to one million.

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