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Thailand SMART Visa

The Thailand SMART Visa is a new type of visa designed to encourage highly skilled professionals and investors to support the development of Thailand’s targeted industries. SMART Visa is open to foreign specialists, executives, entrepreneurs and investors who want to work or to invest in the 10 S-Curve industries or targeted industries.

Thailand Smart Visa applications will only apply to the ‘S-Curve’ targeted industries:

First S-Curve Industries
  • Next-Generation Automotive
  • Intelligent Electronics
  • Advance Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Food Processing
  • High Wealth and Medical Tourism
The Five New S-Curve Industries
  • Digital Industry
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Aviation and Logistics
  • Biochemical and Biofuel
  • Comprehensive Healthcare Industry

 

Thailand SMART Visa Benefits and Privileges
  1. Visa validity up to 4 years (instead of the usual 1 year)
  2. No work permit required
  3. Extension of reporting of stay to Immigration Bureau – from every 90-day to every year
  4. The right of legal dependents (children who are older than 18 years old) of SMART Visa holder to live and work in Thailand equivalent to Smart Visa Holder (this benefit is applicable only to the holder of SMART Visa Type “T” only)
  5. Spouse granted permission to work without work permit requirement
  6. No re-entry permit required
Thailand SMART Visa categories and qualifications
Talent (SMART “T”)

Highly skilled professionals in the fields of science and technology

  • Minimum salary of no less than 200,000 Baht or equivalent per month (exclusive of other benefits and welfares)
  • Having an employment contract or service contract with an entity in Thailand with the remaining term of at least 1 year
  • Having expertise in science and technology relevant to the targeted industries and endorsed by a government agency (Except for experts who work for a government agency)
  • Employers in Thailand must be certified for being engaged in the targeted industries by a relevant government agency such as the National Innovation Agency (Public Organization) and the Digital Economy Promotion Agency. In case of employers being a government agency, the certification of being in the targeted industries shall be done by that agency.
  • Smart visa “T”, children have the right to work equivalent to the Visa holder.
Investor (SMART “I”)

Investors in companies using technologies in manufacturing or delivering services and being in the targeted industries

  • Directly investing in one or more companies in Thailand using technology as a base in manufacturing or delivering services and are in the targeted industries as an individual investor in the total amount of at least 20 million Baht
  • The investment must be maintained throughout the validity period of the smart visa.
  • The business to be set up or invested in must be certified as being the ones using technology in manufacturing or delivering services and being in the targeted industries by the relevant agencies such as the National Innovation Agency, Digital Economy Promotion Agency and National Science and Technology Development Agency.
Executive (SMART “E”)

Senior executives working in the companies using technology in manufacturing or delivering services and being in the targeted industries

  • Minimum salary of no less than 200,000 Baht or equivalent per month (exclusive of other benefits and welfares)
  • Holder of a bachelor’s degree or higher with at least 10 years of work experience in the relevant field
  • Having an employment contract with a company in Thailand or in a foreign country with an assignment to work in Thailand. The remaining period of the employment contract must be at least 1 year.
  • Holding a senior management position such as Chairman or Managing Director
  • The employing companies must be certified as being the ones using technology in manufacturing or delivering services and being in the targeted industries by the relevant agencies such as the National Innovation Agency (Public Organization), Digital Economy Promotion Agency and National Science and Technology Development Agency
Startup (SMART “S”)

Foreign startup entrepreneurs who wish to invest in the targeted industries in Thailand

  • Having a fixed savings account in Thailand or in a foreign country with a balance of not less than 600,000 Baht or equivalent and the remaining maturity term of at least 1 year
  • In the case of being accompanied by spouses and children, an additional amount of fixed savings of at least 180,000 Baht per person or equivalent is required.
  • Having health insurance policy covering the entire course of stay in Thailand for the applicants of the SMART Visa, and for the accompanying spouse and the children
  • Participating in an incubation or accelerator program, or a similar program endorsed by a government agency such as the National Innovation Agency (Public Organization), the Digital Economy Promotion Agency. The programs must also be in the targeted industries.
  • In case of not participating in an incubator or a similar program, the applicant must receive joint venture funding or endorsed by a government agency such as the Digital Economy Promotion Agency.
  • The applicants must set up a company in Thailand within one year. The business or investment activities must be certified as being in the targeted industries by relevant government agencies such as the National Innovation Agency (Public Organization), the Digital Economy Promotion Agency. The applicants must hold no less than 25% of the company’s shares or assume a position of a director of the company.
Others (SMART “O”)

Legal dependents such as spouse and children.

Foreigners wanting to apply for the Thailand Smart Visa will first need to apply for and obtain a Qualification Endorsement letter from the SMART Visa Unit. The SMART Visa Unit will check the application for qualification, and then submit to the relevant government agency for endorsement. The whole process will take around 30 working days.

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New Regulations for Visa Extension

New Regulations for Visa Extension
New Regulations For Visa Extension

Effective 29th August 2014, the new regulations for Visa Extension or temporary stay in the Kingdom of Thailand are:

  1.  Foreign Nationals entitled for visa exemption entering with Tourist status will be allowed only one extension per visit and will not exceed 30 days from the additional stamp expiry date.
  2.  Foreign Nationals who overstay more than 90 days will be forbidden from entering the Kingdom of Thailand from 1-5 years.

For more details please visit : https://bangkok.immigration.go.th  or call 1111

 

Registration of Alien Workers

Registration of Alien Workers

Following the political unrest situation in Thailand which caused division among the people, the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council has announced the policy to resolve issues and to return happiness to the people.

Mr.Komsan Ekachai, the Governor of Chonburi, said that Chonburi has been experiencing economic growth in such fields as agriculture, industry and  tourism, which have drawn a large number of both Thais and alien workers into the province’s workforce.

The Ministry of Labour and The Royal Thai Police have created an alien-workers supplying company, by asking the Ministry of Labour for registration of the company in order to clearly designate the channels through which alien workers are allowed to enter Thailand and prevent their illegal entry. In addition, a one-stop service system enables alien workers to register at each province’s employer offices. The system provides one-stop services for temporary stay in the Kingdom of Thailand to any qualified alien according to the Regulations of the Office of the Prime Minister Concerning the Establishment of the Visa and Work Permit Center B.E. 2540, as amended. There can be an extension of registration period upon request. After  the completion of the process, an alien worker will have ID evidence which can be in the form of an ID card that can be used when reporting to the registrar every 3 or 6 months so that their movement can be monitored.

Employers or proprietors with Myanmar, Lao and or Cambodian alien workers, both legal and illegal, must prepare a list of their alien workers for registration. An ordinary person has to bring a photocopy of their citizen ID card attached to the original. A juristic person has to bring a photocopy of their certificate of juristic person registration together with a copy of citizen ID card of their authorized signatory attached to the original. The documentation is to be submitted to the alien-workers supplying company in Chonburi, Pattaya, a municipal office, or a Tum Bon administration organization by 15th July 2014 at no expense.

For further information, please contact the Chonburi’s labour supplying office or call (038)398057 and (086)3398620 during normal working hours.

Thai Immigration Clamps Down on Visa Runs

Thai immigration clamps down on Visa runs

Immigration police have announced they are clamping down on tourists who remain illegally in Thailand. Some tourists exploit permission given to them to enter Thailand without a visa. Many foreigners enter Thailand without a visa and can remain up to 30 days at a time.

The clampdown does not affect holders of non-immigrant visas or holders of tourist visas who still have remaining entries permitted on their legal visas.

The crackdown aims at foreign visitors, particularly westerners, who do not hold a correct visa. They exit and immediately return to Thailand every 15 or 30 days to receive another stamp to extend their stay. A loophole aimed at helping short-term visitors allow foreigners from many countries to enter Thailand for between 15 and 30 days without a visa.

Read Full Article on Bangkok Post
https://www.bangkokpost.com/business/tourism/409403/thai-immigration-clamps-down-on-visa-runs.
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