Work Permits For Foreigners

Work Permits For ForeignersIf you are going to be starting a business in Thailand then you will need to have a work permit to operate the business. Certain employment positions are not allowed to be held by foreigners in Thailand. The list of prohibited professions are as follows and listed on this website.

Recent law changes in Thailand had added high penalties for both the employers and individuals working illegally in Thailand. Before you start working in Thailand you need to apply and have the work permit in hand. some are of the belief that the business visa is a work visa and allows you to work in Thailand. This is incorrect. Speak to our attorneys in Phuket about obtaining a work permit for your business in Phuket if you are starting a business. The work permit application can take anywhere from 1 week to 3 weeks to be issued. Note that working is prohibited in Thailand until such time that the work permit has been issued.

The following documents are needed to apply for a Thai work permit:

  1. 3 photos – head and shoulders, size 2 x 2.5 inches
  2. Passport copy showing a valid Non-Immigrant Visa – each page signed
  3. School leaving certificate – translated into Thai and verified by Embassy. If an original English document no translation is required.
  4. Health Certificate – issued by a local doctor or hospital
  5. Employment contract
  6. Job Description
  7. Company Registration Document & Regulations
  8. Shareholder list
  9. Chart of Employees
  10. Map showing office/business location
  11. 2 photos of office/business
  12. Company Tax No., balance of previous year or letter confirming no tax
  13. Resume in English
  14. References – to show ability to perform job
  15. If the business is registered abroad – Company & Shareholder register
  16. Evidence as laid out by the new rules and regulations from June 2002


Call us today toll-free for more advice about starting a business in Thailand and how best to obtain a work permit in Thailand for your business. Walk into any of our offices in Thailand for more information and assistance.

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