On April 3, 2023, Chiang Mai Immigration Office, Royal Thai Police and CMU signed an academic MoU on alien control that includes services for aliens and foreigners with a short- and long-term residential permit, supervision and prevention of law violation.
Professor Dr. Pongruk Sribanditmongkol, CMU President, expressed his delight at the collaboration and explained that currently CMU has about 37,000 students and is responsible for 1,700 foreigners. It is therefore the university’s priority to provide them with supervision and facilitation by adopting the International Relations Supporting System (IRSS). It is a web-based application accessible through a CMU IT account developed by the International Relations Division to facilitate the application process for visas and work permits and issue certificates in English automatically. This has allowed the university to collect relevant data and systematically supervise foreigners within its responsibility to ensure legal compliance.
Pol.Col. Sarawut Wathe, Superintendent of Chiang Mai Immigration, extended his congratulations on this collaboration and stated that after reopening, Chiang Mai has become a destination for both short- and long-stay visitors – students, tourists and pensioners. As the Chiang Mai office currently has the highest rate of stamp requests in the country, there needed to be a strategic change in service provision and supervision, and agreements with the main educational institutions have been made to establish protocols to prevent unexpected events and to increase measures in random inspections for residential permits. After the signing, the Superintendent led the immigration team to conduct a random inspection at CMU Language Institute.