Cabinet extends stay for unregistered migrant workers

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BANGKOK, Jan 15 – Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday agreed to grant an additional three-month grace period to illegal migrant workers to stay in the kingdom so that they could complete their registration process.

Government spokesman Tossaporn Serirak said the cabinet agreed with the proposal of the committee on migrant worker management to allow illegal migrants from Myanmar, the Lao PDR and Cambodia who have not yet registered legally, as well as their children aged below 15 years old, to stay in the kingdom for three more months.

The cabinet’s decision, according to the spokesman, will allow illegal migrant workers to proceed with their requests for temporary passports or certificate of identity from their country of origin.

Under the three-month period, Mr Tossaporn said, they are permitted to enter Thailand legally and can still work with the same employers.

Mr Tossaporn added concerned agencies will have to follow the proposal of the committee on migrant worker management as the cabinet resolution took effect today.