A work permit will allow you to work and operate business in Thailand as an employer or a skilled professional. Working without a Thai work permit can cause severe consequences. Foreigner who are caught working without a work permit will be punished with a fine or imprisonment.
Work permit application may depend on the hiring company’s registered capitalization.
Business entities may apply for up to a maximum of 10 work permits. However, BOI-promoted company’s are an exception from the regulations above. Thailand Board of Investment is authorized to grant promoted companies special rights concerning the issuance of work permits and visas for foreign employees working on projects as technical experts.
Applicants must first have a non-immigrant visa. It is recomended that applicants acquire such visas prior to your arrival in Thailand.
Employee provided documents:
*Thai government officials may require these documents to be certified by your country’s embassy. Authentication fees are required. They may also require you to translate these documents into the Thai language from your foreign language.
Employer provided documents:
*Thai government officials require that all documents to have the company seal stamped on every page and authorized signature(s) of the Managing Director and/or Directors next to the seal. Government officials have been known to requested official copies of registration, shareholder, licenses and certificates to have been issued by their respective agencies within the past 90 days of your application for Thai work permit.
**There must be four full-time Thai staff per every one foreign employee.**
Job description should requires skills that a Thai is not likely to possess in order to obtain a work permit. It is up to The Labor Department to approve your work permit.
Once approved the Labor Department will issue a receipt stating your return date for receiving your work permit book.
You must appear in person with your passport to sign the Thai work permit book in the presence of the Labor Department staff. The Labor Department puts a stamp in the back of your passport at the time of receipt.
Once approved you will only be allowed to work at the noted company and location. A new application must be made if you change employers or work place.
**It is your responsibility to return your work permit to the labor department within 10 days of termination.**
Your company or employer must apply for a Thai taxpayer identification card. This ID card has a tax ID number which you will need to list on tax documents.
Thai work permit is only valid until the date stamped in your passport to leave the country (extension of stay date). A re-entry permit you obtain expires when your “extension of stay” expires. Leaving Thailand without a re-entry permit will cause your Visa and work permit to be canceled.
Prior to your work permit expiration you will need to renew your stay in Thailand, after doing so you can renew your Thai work permit. If you have an unexpired multiple-entry visa, all you have to do is go over the border and then return. If you cannot obtain your extension inside Thailand, you will have to get a new non-immigrant visa from a Thai Embassy or Consulate abroad. If your visa has expired you will be required to go to a Embassy or Consulate outside of Thailand to obtain a new visa.
Reporting your Stay every 90 days is required on a long term extension of stay, reports are made to Immigration Police every 90 days.