New form required of foreigners

13 Apr 16

THAILAND

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Thai immigration authorities are now requiring a new form called a “Record of Foreign Information” for certain applications. The purpose of the form is for foreigners to provide additional personal details about themselves.

What does the change mean? The form is required for foreigners applying for visa extensions or re-entry permits and when reporting stays of longer than 90 days.

  • Implementation time frame:  The policy took effect Friday.
  • Visas/permits affected: Visa extensions, re-entry permits, 90-day reporting.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals in Thailand.
  • Business impact: Foreign employees should be aware that authorities are requesting significant additional personal information, including bank account numbers, emergency contacts, vehicle details, social media presence, email address and places frequented.

Background: The government has indicated that it is requiring the form for national security reasons and in case of emergency. It must be lodged at the One Stop Service Center or Immigration Bureau.

BAL Analysis: The form must be submitted by each individual passport holder submitting an application and provides authorities with more details about foreign nationals in Thailand.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Thailand. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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