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What is the change? Immigration authorities are requesting police clearance certificates from visa applicants from 47 African countries.
What does the change mean? Affected applicants must obtain police clearance certificates in order to have their applications processed. The requirement applies to applications filed at the Immigration Bureau, the One-Stop Service Center and provincial immigration offices; it does not apply to companies under the Board of Investments, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, or the Department of Minerals and Fuels. Obtaining a police clearance certificate takes approximately 10 to 15 business days.
Additional information: Those who require a police clearance certificate must make an in-person appearance at the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok.
The countries whose nationals are affected by the new requirement are:
Analysis & Comments: The change will add an additional step to the visa application process for nationals of most African countries. Employers and employees should note that the process of obtaining the police clearance takes between 10 and 15 business days; employers may need to adjust timelines, and employees should manage their travel plans accordingly.
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