What procedures need to be followed and what documents are required in applying for a work permit?

In order to employ each foreign employee, Thai company must meets these requirements;

1. Registered with 2,00,000 THB capitalisation; or 1,000,000 if the applicant married to Thai.
2. Employment of four full time Thai employees; registration with the Social Fund office is required.
Before applying for a Thai work permit, the foreign employee (the applicant) must obtain a Non-immigrant visa.
(For a company newly registered in Bangkok we can negotiate with the labour officer to allow your company to employ one Thai employee only for work permit)

Firstly, if the applicant does not obtain a Non-Immigrant visa they are required to obtain the approval letter from the Ministry of Labour (WP3) our team will assist you in this matter. The process takes approximately 7 days. Once approved the WP3 will be sent to the address of the applicant abroad together with supporting documents from the company.

The applicant needs to apply for the Non-Immigrant B visa at the local Thai embassy/ Consulate normally 90 days visa will be granted. The process takes 1-3 days.

After the visa is granted they must come to Thailand and apply for the work permit within 30 days after the WP3 is issued. The work permit will be issued within 14 days after the application is submitted.

To qualify for a Thai work permit foreign employee must meet at least one of the following requirements:

Working for an establishment with a registered capital of at least 2,000,000 Baht.

Working in an establishment, which has already paid income tax to the Revenue Department for the past 3 years not less than 5,000,000 Baht.

Working for an establishment, which engages in export business and has remitted Foreign currency of at least the equivalent of 3,000,000 Baht last year.

Working in an establishment, which employs 50 Thai employees. An establishment is allowed to hire 1 expatriate for every 50 Thai employees but not more than 5 expatriates in total.

Have a registered Thai limited company with a minimum of 2,000,000 Baht capitalization and VAT certificate.

Employee provided documents:

  • Passport - copies of every page. Each copy must be signed by employee.
  • Non-Immigrant Visa
  • Departure Card TM.6
  • Education degree (signed copy) *
  • Photos, three (3) in quantities which are 3*4 centimetres in size (not passport photos) with full face and taken wearing business attire (no hat and some jurisdictions require suit and tie). This must have been taken within six (6) months before the application for the Thai work permit.
  • Marriage Certificate (if married to Thai National). This includes the original and signed photocopies. Also include wife's Thai ID card, birth certificates of children, and household registration.
  • Withholding Tax PND 1 form and PND 91 form (if renewing work permit)*
  • Health certificate from Thai hospital state the blood group of the applicant and also showing that the applicant does not suffer from Leprosy, Tuberculosis, Drug addiction, Alcoholism, Elephantitus and Tertiary Syphilis.
  • Address of the applicant in the home country.

Employer Provided Documents::

  • Commercial Registration Department Certificate showing that the organization for which the applicant is going to work has been duly registered as a juristic person, giving the name of the Managing Director and/or Director, and its objections and registered capital.*
  • Shareholders List certified by the Commercial Registration Department.*
  • Factory License (if required) issued by Factory Department, Ministry of Industry.*
  • VAT Certificate - Phor Phor 20*
  • Corporate income tax form for the last 3 years (Phor Ngor Dor 51)
  • Social fund payment form for the last 3 months
  • List of foreign employees
  • Withholding Tax - Phor Ngor Dor 1 (if renewing work permit)*

* Thai government officials require that all documents to have the seal of the company stamped on every page and the true and authorized signature(s) of the Managing Director and/or Directors next to the seal. In addition, government officials have in past requested official copies of registration, shareholder, licenses and certificates to have been issued by their respective agencies within the past 90 days of your application for Thai work permit.

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