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Thailand’s Immigration Police Crackdown on Foreigners Abusing “Non-Ed” Visas

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Tourist Police Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal talks to detainees after an Immigration sweep in Bangkok. – Photo Thai Rath

BANGKOK – Thailand’s Deputy Chief of the Tourist Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal, has announced a swathe of arrests, rooting out foreigners staying on study visas and then committing crime in Thailand.

He said that the Tourist police and immigration are working closely with educational establishments to root out foreigners abusing study or “non-ed” visas.

Surachet said that there is a cap of non-attendance of classes is being made. If a person with a study visa is absence from a course more than three times and it’s not explained, then that person will lose their student status and face expulsion from Thailand.

So far in the month of March four people have fallen into that category, reported Thai Rath.

In the latest crackdown Surachet said a joint operation with 191 special branch, immigration Police and several other agencies in Bangkok had resulted in arrests at 108 locations.

Forty nine of these were at educational establishments and 59 at private homes.

Maj Gen Surachet has been the front man for a series of crime busts and was in Dubai earlier this week arresting call center gangs in cooperation with the UAE police.

He said 123 arrests were made in a latest sweep that involved foreigners committing crime related to credit card, romance scams, fake cards, fake diamonds and drugs.

Seventeen people were arrested on overstay comprised of 9 Indians, 2 Pakistanis, 2 Cambodians and one each from Myanmar, China, Kenya and Egypt.

Yoo Guang,48, a Chinese national, had been staying illegally in Chiang Rai for 12 years. Also named were Chonburi residents Komon Dheep, 24, (3 years overstay) and Mandeep Singh, 27 (2 years). Virenda Vadev, 35, was on two years overstay in Bangkok. The last three mentioned were all Indian nationals.

A total of 91 arrests were made yesterday for illegal entry comprising 62 people from Myanmar, 14 Laotians, 4 Cambodians, 3 Vietnamese, 3 Indian, 3 Pakistanis and one each from Belgium and Australia.

Fifteen others were arrested – 5 Vietnamese, 3 from Myanmar, 2 Indians, 2 British, 2 Thai and 1 French.

In the five sweeps to date there have been 490 arrests.

Source: Thai Rath