If you wish to hire or work in Thailand, it is important to be aware of the work visa and permit application process. As an Employer of Record in Thailand, we can hire your talent on your behalf in Thailand and take care of the visa sponsorship process so that you can focus on building your business. Whether you’re an individual or company, if you need to apply for a work permit in Thailand, see below for our up-to-date guide.
Thailand Work Permit
All foreigners working in Thailand must hold a non-immigrant visa and work permit. A foreign national must first secure a work visa, which is usually applied for in his/her home country. Once the foreigner has obtained a non-immigrant visa, he/she may begin the work permit application process. The most common type of non-immigrant visa is a Category B visa and is suitable for people who come to Thailand to teach, work in multinational corporations or take up other corporate jobs.
Other common non-immigrant visas for foreigners include:
- Non-immigrant Visa IB
- Non-immigrant Visa B-A
- Non-immigrant Visa O
- Non-immigrant Visa M
General Requirements for Thailand Work Permit
Thailand has a number of requirements that must be met in order by the employer and employee in order to process the work visa. As an employer, you will need to have:
- At least 2 million baht in capital (1 million baht if the employee is married to a Thai national)
- Four Thai employers per one non-Thai employee
If the hiring company is promoted by the Thai Board of Investment (BOH), it is exempt from these requirements and may hire foreign employees freely.
General Requirements for Employees in Thailand
Generally, the employee must hold a job offer and have the necessary skills, relevant experience and at least a bachelor’s degree to work in Thailand. Depending on the job, some positions require that applicants be at least 25 years old.
How to Obtain a Work Permit in Thailand
In order to obtain a Work Permit in Thailand, an application must be submitted to the Ministry of Labor in Bangkok, along with a certain number of required documents. BOI promoted companies may go to the One-Stop Service Center at Chamchuree Square in Bangkok.
Requirements for the Employee
Here is a list of documents required by individuals when submitting the work permit application:
- Original passport and copies of each page – Each copy must be signed by the employee
- Non-immigrant Visa
- Departure card TM.6
- Degree certificate with transcripts
- Education transcript
- CV – Describing in detail the applicant’s employment history
- Three passport sized photographs, each 5x6cm and taken in the last 6 months
- Medical certificate
Requirements for the Employer
The employer in Thailand must also submit a number of documents in order to process the work permit application for the foreigner, including:
- Commercial Registration Department Certificate
- Shareholders List
- Factor license, if applicable
- VAT certificate
- VAT filing
- Withholding Tax
INS Global: Your Partner in Thailand
Work permits and visas must be sponsored by a locally incorporated company, which can be a hurdle for many companies who wish to enter a new market. Whether you’d like to set up a local entity or need to access the market quickly through our PEO solution, we can help you in Thailand. Contact us today to learn more.