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VISA & WORK PERMIT
Foreigners who wish to work, conduct business or undertake investment activities in Thailand must apply for a Non-Immigrant Visa at the Royal Thai Embassies or Royal Thai Consulates-General.
The Non-Immigrant Visa Category “B” (Business Visa) is issued to applicants who wish to enter the Kingdom to work or to conduct business.
The holder of this type of visa is entitled to stay in Thailand for a maximum period of 90 days. Afterwards, it's required to apply for a one year extension of stay at the Office of the Immigration Bureau in Thailand.
Thai Education Visa (Non-Immigrant ED Visa) it's a kind of visa that can be issued for any foreign national who intends to stay in Thailand for the purpose of attending a recognized full-time educational course.
In order to be considered as a full time education course, students must attend classes for at least 100 hours per every 90-day of their visa.
In this regard, the applicant may need to be accepted on a full-time educational course, training program, or internship in Thailand. The school and course must be recognized by the Thai Government and the course must require students to attend classes for at least 100 hours for every 90-days.
The retirement visa (non-immigrant O-A visa) is available for foreigners 50 years old or older who have sufficient financial means to retire in Thailand.
The visa can be valid either for a single entry or multiple entries for a stay of 1 year in Thailand. The visa is renewable every year and the renewal process can be done inside Thailand.
Applicant must be 50 years old or older
Applicant must meet one of the following financial requirements:
deposit of THB 800,000 in a Thai bank account; or
monthly income of at least THB 65,000.
Other documents that may be required to be presented (e.g. Police Clearance and Medical Certificate).
Marriage visa (non-immigrant O) is a long term Thai visa issued to a foreign national who is married with a Thai citizen and meets the other requirements of the immigration bureau.
The Thai marriage visa holder is entitled permission to stay for a full year in Thailand without the need to exit the country. The visa is renewable every year and the renewal process can be done inside Thailand.
The Thailand Marriage Visa also allows the holder to work in Thailand when the visa holder is able to obtain a valid Thai Work Permit to go along with the visa.
Supporting documents to be submitted, but not limited to:
Copy of Marriage Certificate for spouse
Copy of passport and ID card of the Thai spouse (All copies must be signed by the Thai spouse)
Sponsorship letter from the Thai spouse
Applicant’s bank statement showing at least THB 400,000 or equivalent in other currencies for the past two months.
A work permit allows a non-Thai citizen to work and operate a business in Thailand. Once the foreigner has a non-immigrant visa, he may begin to process the work permit.
In order to apply for a work permit for a foreign employee, the company must have least two million baht fully paid-up registered capitalization for each work permit application. However, if the foreign employee has a Thai spouse, the registered capitalization may only be one million baht.
The entities above may be granted to maximum 10 work permits each. However, the BOI-promoted companies have special right concerning the issuance of work permit and visa for the foreign employee working on those projects as technical experts.
By obtaining a Permanent Residence in Thailand the foreigners are allowed to live permanently in Thailand, with no requirement to apply for an extension of temporary stay.
The main requirements for obtaining a Permanent Residence in Thailand are, but not limited to:
1. Hold a Non-Immigrant visa for at least 3 consecutive years on a 1-year visa extension basis up to the application submission date.
2. Another qualifications that the foreigner shall meet one or more of the following categories:
1) Investment category (minimum 3 - 10 Million Baht investment in Thailand)
2) Working/ Business category
Monthly incomes not less than 30,000 Baht (if married Thai for five years)
Monthly incomes not less than 80,000 Baht (if the foreigner is single)
Have been filing tax return for the amount of annual income of Baht 100,000 for at least 2 consecutive years.
3) Support a family or Humanity Reasons category: He/she must have relationship with a Thai citizen or an alien who already possesses a residence permit as the followings:
A legal husband or wife
A legal father or mother
A child who is under 20 years of age up to the submission date of application and must be single
4) Expert / academics category
5) Other categories
The Thai Immigration Bureau has specific quotas for all expatriates applying for residence per nationality and it has the power to define all regulations concerning permanent residency.