Under Thai law, the foreign citizen must hold both working visa and work permit to involve in any form of business. Once entering Thailand with valid working visa, the foreign citizens could then apply for a work permit at designated branch of Department of Labour.
The application of work permit must be through an existing corporate, and it cannot be applied as an individual. Therefore, in order to obtain work permit, the foreign citizen must first find an employer in Thailand and follow the process accordingly. Condition required for Work Permit Application
For a company to apply for a work permit, the following must be fulfilled:
・The company must be a limited, public, or representative office format
・The company’s capital fund must be over 2 million THB per foreign employment
・Must have a valid VAT registration
・Capital fund must be fully proved
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Documents Required for Application of Work Permit
Every document must have a signature and stamp of the company’s representative, and for the advance application, 3rd person must fill in the application form and attach a Thai ID card or a passport.
Can be picked up at the Department of Labour (Toto 2)
2.Photocopy of a Passport
Photo, visa and entry permit pages
3.Transcript from Latest Academic Institute
Can be done at majority of hospitals
5.Photo (5 x 6 cm) x3
6.Company Organisation Chart
Under company registration documents
8.Company Location Map
9.Company Registration Documents
Prepare all the registered certificate for proof
Trade Permit, Factory Operation Permit, etc
11. Social Insurance Registration
12. Social Insurance Receipt
Most recent copy
13.Photocopy ID Card of the Company Representative
If foreign representative, passport and work permit must be presented
14. Other Employee’s Work Permit
Work Permit Application Steps Below is a step by step on the work permit application process. Note that there is a difference by making an advance application.
With Advance Application
Without Advance Application
Enter Thailand with working visa
Enter Thailand with working visa
Obtain a medical certificate from Thai hospital
Submit a form to the Department of Labour (Toto 2)
Report to the Department of Labour a Visa detail (Maataa 8)
With all the necessary documents, submit the work permit application form
Submit the application form
Obtain a work permit from the Department of Labour in person
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Q. Is it permitted to work for any company with a valid Work Permit and Working Visa?
A. Under “Foreign Capital Restriction” law, there is a restriction on the business which can involve the foreign citizens. Failing to obey so may result in maximum of 5 years imprisonment and/or 10,000 THB fine. If the business involves relation to Foreign Capital Restriction, it is important to consult professional advisors.
Business Restricted by Foreign Capital Restriction
Livestock Farming and Fishery
Thai Traditional Instrument Production
Silver Work and Manufacturing
Mediation Wholesale (excluding export)
Operation of Heavy Machinery
Architectural Construction and Engineering(excluding special methods)
Thai Traditional Doll Production
Religious Pot Manufacturing
Hair and Beauty Salon
Buddhism Product Sales
Silk Design Related
Law Related Business
Q. With work permit obtained, is it possible to work at office other than the one stated on the work permit?
A. Under the law, it is illegal to operate or engage in a business at an address other than the one stated on the work permit. The relocation without notifying the Department of Labour may result is heavy penalty.
Q. The foreign representative currently does not possess a work permit. Is it possible for this person to be a guarantor for application of work permit?
A. If the representative is a foreign citizen and does not possess a work permit, that person cannot be the guarantor for the application of work permit. A part-time foreign advisor who does not possess a work permit is also not eligible to be a guarantor.
Q. When quitting a company, what happens to the work permit obtained from the company?
A. It is important to obtain a certificate to prove that the work permit has been returned to the company, as this certificate is required for the application for another work permit. If the company refuses to issue a proof, make sure to take a photocopy of the entire work permit for the record.
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