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Thousands of Myanmar people could be living in Thailand with fake visas

A major scandal is brewing that suggests that the issuing of fake visas for Thailand in neighboring Myanmar is widespread.

Two men were arrested in Ayuthaya on Tuesday while attempting to extend their visas.

They were found to have bogus stamps but this was news to them. They said they had got the visas at the Thai embassy in Yangon and paid 6,000 baht for the stamps.

Meanwhile a local immigration chief in Mae Sot in Thailand’s north west has said that 69 Myanmar nationals have been found to have fake visas since June 27th in his area.

In another case a husband and wife who applied for visas at the same time were found to have one fake and one genuine visa.

The Thai authorities in Yangon are urgently in contact with the Thai foreign office to try and get to the bottom of what is going on.

The fake visas are not thought to just having been issued in Yangon – it looks as though they are being issued throughout the country.

Some estimates put the number of Myanmar nationals arriving on fake visas in Thailand as high as 20,000 people in the last three months, reported Thai Rath.

In our picture today a stamp shows a spelling mistake with the word utilized spelled “ulilized”.

Thai Visa / Thai Rath

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