I'm currently working in Phuket, and my school is going through the application process for a work permit for me. Today they told me that the immigration office told them they couldn't issue me with one because I already hold a Songkhla work permit. This old permit was from a job that I finished just under a year ago, but I wasn't aware at the time that I needed to do anything to cancel my old one. I never heard anything about it from the school or the agency I was working with at the time.
To make matters worse, I'm currently frantically searching for the work permit, but I've moved a few times and I can't find it at the moment. It might turn up, but let's assume for now that I have lost it.
What are my options in this situation? My current Non-B visa expires on the 26th of September, so I would VERY much like to avoid another trip to Penang and to have my new work permit by then so I can extend my current visa.
Am I going to have any trouble cancelling the old work permit? How do I go about doing that? Seeing as I've lost it, AND the fact that I haven't even been working at the school it's tied to for nigh on a year, I'm panicking a bit.
I got my offices mixed up. I meant the labour office, not the immigration office.
I was working for an agency at the time I received the Work Permit - I stopped working for them last October, and worked at another school in the same city until March this year when I moved to Phuket and started my current job in June.
When I finished working for them, I asked them about the work permit, the agency told me that I didn't need to worry, and that I could just stay on my extended visa. I now see that they were very wrong, and that they should have cancelled my work permit and I should have left and re-rentered the country.
That extended visa expired in March this year - the job I worked between October and March seemed happy with me simply saying I didn't need a visa, and never even offered to get me a Non-Immigrant B. I've since gotten another non-imm-B visa with paperwork from my current job.
It's a bit of a mess really, partly because that first agency was wrong, and partly because of my own naievity and lack of knowledge about the system here, and just assuming I was OK on that original extended visa.
On the website of the Ministry of Labour, Department of Employment, Office of Foreign Workers Administration you can download the cancellation forms.