An Indian man twice deported and blacklisted from Thailand has been arrested a third time, using his third different passport.
Amarnath Jaiswal the Indian was picked Nov. 4 up as Immigration Bureau officers followed up on foreigners remaining the country following the end of Thailand’s visa amnesty.
Jaiswal, also known as Amar and Ama over his many stays in the kingdom, had entered Thailand last year on a tourist visa, supposedly for the first time. But his neighbors in Chumphon marveled at how well he spoke Thai and were all too willing to tell immigration police all about it.
Investigators ran Jaiswal through the Personal Identification Blacklist Immigration Control System and biometrics picked him out as the same man who had been deported in 2018 and 2014 for overstaying his visa by 453 days and working without a work permit, respectively.
He had entered Thailand in 2012 on a visa and stayed for two years. He was caught working without a work permit and deported in 2014 and blacklisted for a period set by immigration police.
Thailand’s current system of one-, five- and 10-year blacklistings did not come into effect until 2016.
Undaunted, Jaiswal made a new passport in 2015, this time falsifying his birthdate, and managed to fool immigration’s still unsophisticated technology into letting him in early that year.
On May 2016, immigration’s new hardline overstay and blacklist policy began. In August 2018, having overstayed his visa by almost 15 months, Jaiswal decided it was better to turn himself in than be arrested.
He was slapped with a three-year blacklisting, rather than the five years he would have received had he been arrested.
His ban ran through Aug. 2021 but, in 2019, Jaiswal got yet another fake passport and again managed to fool immigration into letting him again. A 10-year-to-life blacklisting now awaits him, along with a plane ride back to India.