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Where should I keep my work permit?

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Hi All,

 

I work in Phuket, my HR department held on to my Work Permit (WP) for me for  5 months. They recently gave it back to me to hold onto since I moved to a new office just down the road - they said it's better if I keep it in case the Immigration Officer comes to check.

 

I nearly had a bit of a scare the other day because I thought I had lost it, so I would really like to leave my WP at home. I've also been told if the immigration office comes I should tell him to speak to the HR manager first before showing him or saying anything. 

 

Would it be better to leave my WP with HR in the office close to mine or can I just leave it at home? 

 

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! 

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If I remember correctly, WP should be physically located at the place of work.

Either you can keep it with you or give it to HR - your choice.

 

 

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3 hours ago, varun said:

If I remember correctly, WP should be physically located at the place of work.

Either you can keep it with you or give it to HR - your choice.

 

 

Yea I recall being told the same thing, thank you for your input. Would be great to hear other thoughts/opinion! 

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You should have it at your place of work whenever you are at work. So if you don’t want to carry it around you should keep it at work.

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41 minutes ago, elviajero said:

You should have it at your place of work whenever you are at work. So if you don’t want to carry it around you should keep it at work.

Some people believe the nonsense which has been repeated in this thread that it has to be physically kept at your place of work. This is not the case at all. It may make sense to keep it at work in case there's some kind of inspection (highly unlikely) but if you're working off-site you may need it too. Why would anyone want to hand over essential documents to their employer like some trafficking victim? It's very thin and lightweight so why not keep in whatever bag you carry to work?

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2 hours ago, edwardandtubs said:

Some people believe the nonsense which has been repeated in this thread that it has to be physically kept at your place of work. This is not the case at all. It may make sense to keep it at work in case there's some kind of inspection (highly unlikely) but if you're working off-site you may need it too. Why would anyone want to hand over essential documents to their employer like some trafficking victim? It's very thin and lightweight so why not keep in whatever bag you carry to work?

Agreed.
 

The simple fact is that you can keep it anywhere, but the labour department can visit any place of work at anytime and if you are there working they can/will insist on seeing the actual WP. 

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2 hours ago, edwardandtubs said:

Why would anyone want to hand over essential documents to their employer like some trafficking victim? It's very thin and lightweight so why not keep in whatever bag you carry to work?

Thank you for sharing your opinion, I do appreciate it. My concern is precisely that it is very thin and lightweight meaning it can be easily misplaced! Could you please elaborate how it makes me a 'trafficking victim' if I hand over my WP to the HR dept? I can access it whenever I need as I did in the past. I only work at once office everyday as well 🙂

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In 27 years have never been asked to show it. Leave it at home, Keep the number with you.

 

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We were always told keep it at work in case of inspection required. Make sure it’s secure.

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5 hours ago, elviajero said:

Agreed.
 

The simple fact is that you can keep it anywhere, but the labour department can visit any place of work at anytime and if you are there working they can/will insist on seeing the actual WP. 

Yes. Apparently, under the letter of the law, your employer should have it ready to display to any labour department random visit. Whether such visits ever happen is another question - guess it depends on any scrutiny/concern of the labour department officials of the business's legitimacy. I keep mine in the care of my employer - they 'lend' it to me should I need it for any of the needs that may arise (banks accounts, driver's licence etc).

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