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Thailand gets over 20 million international tourists each year in Bangkok alone. That number doesn’t even count people who are coming to live and work in the country long-term. If your company is planning international growth in Thailand, you will need to obtain work visas for any employee who will be living and working in the country on your behalf.

Types of work visas in Thailand

All international employees who want to work, conduct business, or invest in Thailand will need a non-immigrant visa and a work permit. The first step is applying for a non-immigrant visa “B,” which breaks down into further visa categories depending on the employee’s planned activities. Most international employees will need a non-immigrant visa category “B” (Business visa), as this is for expats who wish to work or conduct business in Thailand.

Bear in mind that Thailand imposes restrictions for international workers when it comes to certain professions. Therefore, it’s crucial to ensure that employees are engaged in work that aligns with the country’s legal requirements and is permissible for their status.

Other common visas include:

  • Non-Immigrant Visa IB: This is an investment and business visa issued to expats who want to work on investment projects that are intended to bring some kind of benefit to Thailand.
  • Non-Immigrant Visa B-A: This is a business-approved visa issued to qualified applicants that permits holders to stay for 1 year upon first entry.
  • Non-Immigrant Visa M: This is a media visa for journalists who want to obtain a work permit in Thailand for more than 3 months.

After securing a visa and a job offer, employees will need to go to the Ministry of Labor and apply for a work permit. Then, they can extend the term of their visa by 1 or 2 years.

In February 2018, Thailand introduced the SMART visa program designed to attract international experts, executives, entrepreneurs, and investors who wish to work or invest in the 13 S-Curve industries, which include: digital, smart electronics, automation and robotics, next generation automotive, among others. This visa is valid up to 4 years and a work permit is not required.

In September 2022, Thailand also introduced a new visa scheme offering long-term residence to certain global citizens, pensioners, work-from-Thailand professionals, and highly skilled professionals. To qualify for the highly skilled professional long-term resident visa, applicants must be experts in certain target industries, have more than 5 years of experience, and an annual income of more than USD 80,000 per year in the past 2 years. These requirements are reduced for certain education levels and eliminated if the professional works for Thailand’s government.

Requirements to obtain Thailand work visas

Thailand has numerous stipulations that companies and employees must meet to obtain a work visa. Employers will need:

  • At least THB 2 million in capital per international worker or THB 1 million if the employee is married to a Thailand national
  • To register the company
  • 4 local employees for every international employee hired

The only exceptions are if your company is promoted by the Board of Investment (BOI) and if your international employees meet the BOI’s minimum requirements. However, you must make a clear case on why your company needs to hire international employees to be exempt from the above rules.

Application process

The first step to getting a work permit is going to the Ministry of Labor in Bangkok. If your company is BOI-promoted, employees can go to the One-Stop Service Center at Chamchuri Square in Bangkok. Employers will also need to submit certain required documents along with the application, including:

  • Company Registration Department Certificate
  • List of the company’s shareholders
  • Factory license, if applicable
  • VAT certificate and filings
  • Withholding tax form
  • Social security payment filings
  • Employment contract

Employees also need to submit certain documents to get a work permit in Thailand. They must show their passport with signed copies of every page, a non-immigrant visa, departure card, university or college degree with transcripts, and any applicable certificates or licenses. Employees will also need 3 passport-sized photos taken in the last 6 months, proof of a marriage certificate if married to a Thailand national, and a medical certificate from the last 30 days.

Other important considerations

If employees apply for a B-type visa, their family members can apply at the same time. Parents, children under 20, and spouses are all eligible for the Non-Immigrant Visa “O” under the principal applicant’s sponsorship. However, employees will need to prove that they can support any family members joining them.

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THIS CONTENT IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL OR TAX ADVICE. You should always consult with and rely on your own legal and/or tax advisor(s). G-P does not provide legal or tax advice. The information is general and not tailored to a specific company or workforce and does not reflect G-P’s product delivery in any given jurisdiction. G-P makes no representations or warranties concerning the accuracy, completeness, or timeliness of this information and shall have no liability arising out of or in connection with it, including any loss caused by use of, or reliance on, the information.

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