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Immigration officials have urged teachers not to worry about the visa and work permit crackdown on the island.
Over recent days, rumours have spread throughout the teaching community after a number of posts made on Facebook suggested Immigration Police had started raiding schools in Phuket checking that all foreign teachers have work permits and visas.
However, Immigration Inspector Tianchai Chompoo has moved to reassure foreign English teachers, reports the Phuket Gazette.
“Please do not worry right now. We have yet to receive an order from the Phuket Immigration Chief to crack down on school teachers” Immigration Inspector Tianchai Chompoo said.
This is despite an officer who is based at Immigration Division 6, which covers the majority of Southern Thailand, confirming to the Phuket Gazette that there has indeed been an order to raid schools in Satun, Patthalung and Trang to ensure that all foreign teachers have work permits and are not working illegally.
Inspector Tianchai went onto say that Immigration officials in Phuket currently have orders to target, register and legalise illegal migrant workers.
According to Inspector Tianchai, him and and his team are also now strictly enforcing the requirement for hotels and guesthouses to report details of all guests within 24 hours of check in.