How to Work in Thailand for Foreigners
A Stay in Paradise
Over the past few months, we’ve observed the world transition to from offline to online work. 9-to-5 work days are spent in the comfort of your own home. But what if that comfort included access to sandy white beaches, rays from the warm sun, and the vibrant culture of Thailand? Check out Alariss’s blog post on transitioning your life to working in Thailand, and all the necessary documents and know-hows.
A. Obtain a Non-Immigrant Visa for a Work Permit
To begin the process, your employer must request for you to be issued with a non-immigrant visa with the goal of applying for a work permit. You should apply for this visa within 30 days before you plan to depart your country. The Thai embassy or consulate will ask for copies of the registration documents and financial statements from the company.
You will need to keep in close contact with your employer during the initial stages of getting your non-immigrant visa. This will likely be the most time-consuming part of the process, so don’t get discouraged!
B. Apply for the Thai Work Permit
Once you land in Thailand, you can apply for a work permit in the country. You’ll need to provide the following:
- Scan of every page of your passport
- Your non-immigrant visa
- Thai departure/arrival card
- Your education degree
- Your transcript
- Your resume
- Three photos of yourself
Thai government officials may require these documents to be certified by your country’s embassy first. This is likely going to be the most difficult part of the application process, so expect this step to take a while!
C. Obtain a Tax ID Card
When the application for a work permit has been prepared, you also need to obtain a Tax Identification Card through your employer. On your tax ID card is the Tax Identification Number, which will be used for documents that need the tax identification number (TIN).
D. Obtain the Re-entry Permit
Exiting the country without a re-entry permit will invalidate your visa and work permit. Meanwhile, a re-entry permit allows you to exit Thailand before the expiration of the visa’s validity and re-enter the Kingdom, which is a huge advantage.
E. Renewing your Visa and Work Permit
You will be required to report to Immigration Police every 90 days. If you hold a re-entry permit, you can simply leave Thailand and renew your extension of stay after every 90 days.
Through renewing your visa and work permit, you are, for most intents and purposes, now considered a resident of Thailand. You are free to travel around Thailand and can come and go as often as you wish as long as you renew every 90 days. Congratulations, now go make your dreams a reality!