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Today's mobile applications are helping organisations maintain
immigration compliance.
By Jennifer Baillie-Stewart
In this globally connected age, executives from practically
every industry are searching both domestically and
abroad to source the best talent they can fi nd. In fact,
sourcing talent from another country has become
imperative: According to a 2017 study from the Council
of Global Immigration, 74 per cent of CEOs feel that
obtaining work visas in a timely, predictable, and fl exible
manner is critical to their business objectives.
Yet, securing employees from overseas can be a
complicated and costly endeavor as nations constantly
change their immigration rules, regulations, and
requirements. In response to this diffi culty, there is a
growing trend of government authorities leveraging
technology-especially mobile applications-in
immigration processing. Some regions and countries
are moving forward faster than others. Consider the
following four examples:
1. Thailand: Digital work permit. Starting in January,
Thailand's Board of Investment (BOI) launched a new
system to manage online work permits and visas for
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BOI-registered companies. Initially launched in Bangkok,
Chang Mai, and Phuket, the new Single Window for
Visa and Work Permit System will expand nationwide in
October 2018.
The new system allows foreign national employees to
receive digital work permits instead of the physical work
permit booklets currently issued. With mobile platforms
on both Android and iOS devices, the initiative aims to
provide all foreigners with a copy of their work permit
on a mobile device. The digital work permit will be
shared with immigration authorities for re-entry visas. In
addition, employers and representatives will have access
to the portal to submit applications via the mobile app,
allowing applicants to receive updates and copies of the
fi nal documents.
2. Singapore: Work pass card. In September 2017,
Singapore's immigration authority, the Ministry of
Manpower (MOM), introduced the SGWorkPass mobile
app to accompany the country's new work pass card.
With the free app, stakeholders now have a more reliable

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