The government earned about $4.8 million in the first six months of 2017 from work permits being issued to foreign workers.
Lieutenant General Kem Sarin, investment department chief at the Interior Ministry’s general immigration department, said the number of applications for work permits has increased compared with last year.
“The figures show the number of foreign labourers who have applied for work permits has increased to about 48,000, compared with 38,000 last year,” he said.
“Workers pay $100 for the work permit fee and a work permit must be renewed every year.”
Lt Gen Sarin said most of the foreign workers who had applied for work permits were Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino and South Korean nationals who worked at garment and shoe factories, as well as with construction companies.
In 2014, the Interior Ministry and Labour Ministry formed a joint-inspection committee to monitor companies that employ foreigners to take a more active role in enforcing the 1997 Labour Law as well as immigration laws.
These laws require all migrant workers in the kingdom to hold a work permit along with the appropriate business visa.
“This year, the joint-inspection committee has targeted about 3,000 private enterprises and factories who employ foreign labourers for inspection once every six months,” Lt Gen Sarin said.