Workers from Myanmar, Laos & Cambodia allowed to be ship technicians

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BANGKOK, 30 July 2015 – The Department of Employment (DOE) will allow foreign ship workers to apply as technicians, in a move to deal labor shortages in the fishing industry.

According to DOE Director-General Sumet Mahosot, the new policy applies to workers from Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia who have already obtained work permits.

Employees who have acquired ship technician certificates issued by the government can apply for the position change via the Department Employment. The processing fee is 1,100 baht.

The processing fee is 3,100 baht for foreign workers who have completed their nationality verification or those contracted under a memorandum of understanding.

However, ship workers holding pink one-year work permits are still unable to upgrade their jobs, pending an executive order from the PM Office.