The work permit is a booklet that must be requested by all foreigners intending to work or run a business in Thailand. Pursuant to the Working of Alien Act 2008, any foreigner working in Thailand must apply for a work permit. The term “work” is very widely defined as engaging in work by “exerting energy or using knowledge whether or not in consideration of wages or other benefits.”
A prerequisite to obtaining a Thai work permit is possessing a valid Non-Immigrant Visa that a foreigner can apply for at a Thai Embassy abroad prior to traveling to Thailand. Alternatively, it is also possible to convert an existing tourist visa to a non-immigrant visa at the Immigration Office in Bangkok without the need to leave Thailand.
The Labour Department is responsible for issuing work permits for foreigners in Thailand. A company applying for a work permit to support each of their foreign directors and/or employees need to meet certain criteria. In addition to the requirement for VAT registration to be done at the Revenue Department, the company must also comply with the following conditions to support each work permit.
Once submitted, the consideration of the application takes between 7 – 10 business days, after which the foreigner must personally appear at the office of the Labour Department to collect the work permit booklet. Our legal team would of course accompany you to the Labour Department for collection of your work permit booklet on the date specified by the Labour officials.