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Work Permit

Under Thai law, all foreigners wishing to work in Thailand must hold a valid work permit issued by the Ministry of Labor.


A Work Permit defines the locality, length of time permitted to work, category or nature of work, and the employer details.


Many foreigners will try to work in Thailand without a valid permit. We certainly do not recommend this as it consequently constitutes a criminal offense and penalties are quite severe.  Failure to comply with Thailand’s Employment regulations is punishable by fines and/or imprisonment. As a result, the Royal Thai Immigration Police will usually deport such foreigners.


Securing a work permit is a complex procedure where strict guidance applies. Therefore, you need to consult with a lawyer to assess if you are eligible to apply under Thai law to apply.


Our team can help you with your work permit application. We will check and submit all the relevant documentation required by the Thailand Labor Department on your behalf.

  • A company can hire one foreigner for every 2,000,000 Baht registered paid-up capital. Furthermore, one company shall only be allowed up to 10 permits. However, certain considerations apply in certain situations.
  • There are compulsory requirements for a minimum number of Thai employees per foreign employee depending on the status of the company. The standard ratio is 4 Thai employees to 1 foreign employee.
  • TAX and Social Security Funds are compulsory paid by every company. Therefore, companies that are not complying with the laws of the Business Development and Revenue Department are not eligible to apply for a permit for you.

The first step in the application process is to obtain the correct visa. In most cases, the applicant needs to apply for a Non-Immigrant Type “B” Visa. You can obtain this type of visa in your home country or in any of Thailand’s neighboring countries. This will allow the applicant to stay in Thailand for the first 90 days. This shall give ample time for the permit application to take place. It is then valid for up to one year and is renewable yearly.