March 10, 2014
Ongoing demonstrations demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra have been disrupting governmental services, including immigration processes, for the past few months. Although the One Stop Service Center (for foreign employees of companies whose registered capital or assets are more than 30 million baht) in Bangkok has mostly been able to work as normal throughout the unrest, both the Ministry of Labor and the Headquarters of the Immigration Bureau have had to relocate to temporary offices and have seen disruptions of work. The Ministry of Labor has now resumed normal services and opening hours at its own office, but the Headquarters of the Immigration Bureau is still working from its temporary office on the 5th floor of the Imperial World Ladprao building. Employers and foreign employees should note that its opening hours are reduced to 10:30am-6pm, which is resulting in long waiting times on most days.