All foreigners working in Thailand must have a work permit at all times. A Thai work permit is a blue book that authorizes a foreign national to work in Thailand. It provides information relating to its employees, such as the company, the position, the place and the associated period of validity. The Thai Ministry of Labor is the government agency responsible for issuing this type of permit.
If the foreigner is currently outside of Thailand, the Thai work permit application process can be divided into two stages.
First step: visa for non-immigrants from Thailand, category “B”
The foreigner needs a category “B” non-immigrant visa or a business visa for Thailand as a condition for applying for a Thai work permit. It can be a single entry valid for three months or multiple entries valid for one year, issued by the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate.
The essential documents for the Thailand visa application are as follows:
Passport or travel document valid for at least 12 months
Thai visa application form
Recent passport photo
Evidence of sufficient funding of THB 20,000 per person and THB 40,000 per family
Letter of approval from the Ministry of Labor (this is a WP2)
Administration of Thai company registration of a rental company in Thailand (such as Thai company registration, certificate and all financial documents)
Copy of old Thai work permit and income tax (if applicable)
Second phase: Thai work permit
After approving the Thai “B” non-immigrant visa application, the next step is to apply for a Thai work permit from the Office of the Foreign Workers Administration, which is part of the Thai Employment Department, Ministry of Labour.
But first, it must be proven that he/she meets the qualifications of Thai law. He/she must reside legally in Thailand or can stay temporarily in Thailand and is in good physical and mental health. It is strictly forbidden for people suffering from tuberculosis, syphilis, leprosy, elephantiasis, drug addiction and alcoholism to have a work permit in Thailand.
This permit can only be issued if the applicant is going to exercise a profession appropriate to his education and skills. There are also 39 professions reserved for Thai. These professions are provided for by Royal Decree B.E. 2522 and its violation is punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of 2,000 to 10,000 THB.
The Thai work permit application must be accompanied by the following conditions:
Recent photo taken in the past six months (best taken with a suit and tie)
A certificate signed by Thai employer stating the need to hire a foreigner
Applicant’s certificate of studies and work experience file
Medical certificate issued within the past six months proving that he is free from one of the prohibited diseases
Passport and certificate of permanent residence and foreigner’s certificate
Company or company location map
If the request is approved, it will in most cases be issued with a maximum validity of one year. The validity period may be shorter if the requested period does not exceed one year. The Thai government has introduced a new two-year work permit. It is available for some Thai companies that meet the financial requirements for business income.