For foreigners planning on working in Thailand, one needs to check the procedure and process of obtaining a Thai work permit. As in any Asian countries, a non-Thai national will not be allowed to work in Thailand without the proper work permit. Applying for a work permit in Thailand is required for skilled professionals or even as a foreign employer. Working without a valid permit in Thailand may result to arrest or imprisonment, large amount legal fines and/or deportation to country of origin.
Such penalties are aimed at discouraging any foreign national from engaging in business or work without going through the process of work permit application and issuance. As a general rule, the company or business entity seeking work permit for their foreign workers or employees must have at least two million baht fully paid registered capitalization. For foreign business entities registered and operating in Thailand should have at least three million baht capitalization per foreign employee they are applying for work permit.
Thai local and foreign funded companies can have a maximum of 10 work permits for foreign workers, except for BOI-promoted companies which may be issued work permits based on project requirements and approval of the Board of Investment.
For foreign workers applying for work permit in Thailand, a non-immigrant visa should be obtained first as the initial requirement in the work permit process. The following step-by-step procedures apply with the assumption of a worker already having a nonimmigrant visa:
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