OPINION – Thai government making it hard to live and work in Thailand

This is a letter from a concerned expat who has been working, legally, in Thailand, for a quantity of years however says that now it’s getting close by unimaginable for a lot of law-abiding, tax-paying expats to obtain a brand new visa. Re-printed with permission.
I wanted to talk about a main problem that’s taking place in Thailand concerning people’s visas. I see that nobody is talking about this subject and it’s actually frustrating.
Basically everyone who was residing in Thailand for yearsssssss with correct work visas, paying tax each month and so forth, misplaced their jobs because of Covid-19. Since then, they misplaced their work visas and utilized for (so-called) Covid visa extensions instead.
So now Unusual is opening up again, however very slowly, the federal government need to kick out all the original people who have been working here earlier than. Right now corporations can’t give out many working visas as it’s not busy sufficient and not much money going round.
They are not allowed to use for some other visas because of their previous visa beforehand, they’re not allowed to increase the covid visas, apply for education visa, nothing.
People thought “Ok, I can leave the nation and are available again the next month and examine out again”. Nope. They at the moment are refusing anybody who was in Thailand earlier than Covid because they were right here for too long… Basically treating them like criminals even though they paid taxes for years and did every thing by the book correctly. If Covid hadn’t occurred, everybody would nonetheless get to stay as normal… so why get rid of them?
My boyfriend has been a diving instructor for 10 years in Thailand, that is his residence. He doesn’t have a home wherever else, and his country, Slovakia, is true subsequent to the warfare zone. He can’t find any proper visa places to help, unless shopping for a enterprise visa which costs A LOT of cash.
Why is the system so bad? Why are they wanting to kick out half of the expats right here and refuse them entry in the occasion that they attempt to come again, when all they (the Thai government) desperately need is tourism and money.
I would actually recognize if you mentioned this on the show. Effortless need to provide you with a brand new Visa process for people who worked here and lost their jobs.
BTW, I stay on Koh Tao, and mainly the whole island shall be leaving quickly due to this monstrosity.
I look forward to your response..

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