PHUKET, THAILAND. Phuket Immigration Superintendent Sunchai Chokkajaykij issued a statement today warning foreigners staying in Phuket on an education visa but are not actually attending classes for possible cancellation of permits and deportation.
"We are now keeping a close eye on people staying on education visas. We have to make sure that those people are actually studying, not just staying here long term on the pretense that they enrolled in a course," he said.
The superintendent further mentioned that immigration officers will coordinate with language schools throughout Phuket to identify any students who fail to attend classes regularly adding that these absentee students are likely to be lawbreakers.
However, no mandatory minimum number of hours that any foreign student must attend each week is enforced by the immigration office as schedules depends on the school offering the course.
"They can set up their own class timetable," Sunchai said.
News Source: Phuket Gazzette