Thailand Work Permit
||All aliens engaged in any kind of work
in Thailand must hold a valid work permit, issued principally
by the Department of Employment of the Ministry of Labor and Social
Welfare pursuant to the Alien Employment Act B.E. 2521 (A.D. 1978).
The term "work" is defined very broadly, covering
both physical and mental activities, whether or not for wages
or other remuneration. Working without a valid work permit even
for a day is a criminal offense.
The validity period of a work permit is governed by the holder's
immigration status, i.e. a work permit usually expires on the
last day of the period of stay allowed by immigration officials
as shown on the alien's visa. Aliens holding transit and tourist
visas are not permitted to work.
Getting a Work Permit - Work Permit Application
Required papers for a work permit
After you have your non-immigrant visa, you can now apply for a work
permit. Here are the papers generally required from the prospective
employee to start a work permit:
•copy of the picture page/identification
page of your passport (the one with your photo and passport
• your non-immigrant visa
• copy of the passport page with your current entrance
• copy of your entry card
• Copy of your degree or resume or transcript - sometimes
they require it be certified by your country's embassy (this
requires bringing your degree or resume to your embassy, declaring
it is a true and original document and then paying an authentication
• a doctor's certificate stating you are in good health
(this can be arranged quickly in Thailand and generally costs
less than 100 baht and usually does not required any actual
• 2 color, 4 by 5 centimeter photos (this is the photo
size used by most photo shops in Thailand for Visas. This is
not a Passport photo size which is different.
• Three to Five Thousand baht (depending on the length
of your work permit.
• Additionally, your employer will be required to submit
tax and legal documents concerning the nature of their business