New app for ex-pat’s 90-day reporting
The “OSS Foreigner” app is coming, and you will be able to use it for 90-day reporting, according to the Secretary-General at the office of the PM.
Dr. Kobsak Pootrakool says the planned app can be used for all immigration reporting, including 90-day reports, adding that typing in the required data and uploading a selfie will accomplish the same result as filling out paperwork at the local immigration office but without having to make the trip there.
Dr. Kobsak has been given responsibility for sorting out the TM30 debate and says the immigration app, called OSS Foreigner, is nearly complete and should make all those who live and work in Thailand feel more welcome and make compliance easier and more convenient.
The TM30 form, and its companion, the TM28, have been a source of expat displeasure over the past five months since the immigration department decided to enforce a little-used 1979 law that required foreigners to report their whereabouts if they had stayed overnight at an address different from their registered address.
This latest move comes as part of a wider program to make Thai public services more efficient, with Dr. Kobsak making the announcement while outlining plans for all Thai government departments to embrace digital technology by as early as 2022.
Meanwhile, the Deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak is championing a programme to improve Thai public services for both Thai citizens and foreigners.
“The government’s new approach to IT and digital technology is designed to deliver a smarter, easier service as part of the Thailand 4.0 economic model.”