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Work permits for top tier Thailand Elite Card members

Caitlin Ashworth

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In an effort to give the economy an extra boost, the government will discuss adding work permit privileges for top tier Thailand Elite Card members who invest a minimum of $1 million USD in Thailand.

The scheme will draw more investment to Thailand, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, or TAT, governor Yuthasak Supasorn. While the types of investments are up to the members, the government recommends property investment. The property sector was hit hard during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Thailand Elite members are on Elite Visas for 5 to 20 year stays. The website says the goal of the program is to “encourage more tourists to come over and stimulate the Kingdom’s bustling tourism industry, as well as to attract more foreign capital to boost the economy.”

There are 9 membership categories for the Thailand Elite Card. Members get privileges like expedited immigration lines at the airport and limousine pickup at the airport. Only those in the top tier categories, costing 1 to 2 million baht, plus a minimum investment of $1 million USD within 1 year, will be eligible for the new work permit.

Member applications have been at a record high over the past 2 months with a monthly average of 300 to 500 applications, according to Somchai Soongswang, the president of Thailand Privilege Card which operates the Thailand Elite Card scheme.

In August and September, 200 applicants were approved each month. Before the pandemic, only 100 memberships were approved per month. It takes 15 to 45 days to have the membership approved. Members must be screened through the Immigration Bureau, and some also need to pass additional screening through national intelligence agencies.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    Paulo Triesma

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    I have more than a million is assets in Thailand and they won’t even recognise my existence as a retiree stuck abroad. I would not trust them as far as I could throw them to be honest. There have no loyalty to their word.

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    Gary

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    When can O-A retirees with current visas return? Bangkok is looking at the future but has forgotten the present.

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    Jason

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Judging by your comments, I think you highlight the divergent perspectives on this pandemic and the Thai Governments’ response.

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    So what EXACTLY do you claim Thailand told you that you would get in return having ” more than a million in assets” here, that you suggest Thailand has broken it’s word over?

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    EdwardV

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    I’ve never seen the benefit of the Elite card, at least not to justify the cost. To me, it’s paying extra for something I can get at a cheaper price. Is Thailand not going to let me come and invest anyway? Seems like nothing more than a very expensive status symbol.

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    James

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 12:23 am

    I don’t get it.

    At the moment it costs 500,000 Baht for a five year Elite-visa and 1,000,000 baht for a 4 x 5 year via (20 years total).

    If you then have to invest 1,000,000 dollars to get a work permit then why would you as if that was spare cash then you wouldn’t need a work visa as you wouldn’t need to work especially in hot and sticky Thailand?

    Plus there is no guarantee what the situation will be in five years’ time in Thailand as it is not a stable country politically.

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    Whiro

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Elite visa holders who can afford to put up 1 million $ TO WORK IN THAILAND? They must be joking ! This is a lot stupider than STV they are offering to rich Chinese who want to stay away from CCP.

    I say it loudly. Before anything, Thai immigration must let retirement visa holders (with all that cash sitting in Thai banks) return first. If I were one of them, I would be withdrawing cash out of my account real soon.

    Few hundred elite visa applicants per month? That’s not gonna help. That’s nothing. Thai people need ordinary tourists who pour cash into all parts of local communities. It is freaking obvious to everyone except for the idiots who keep on coming up with all these idiot ideas.
    It’s simply sad.

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    hk ppl

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 11:50 am

    why thai government stupid like that?
    who will want work if have $1 million USD in Thai?

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      ch ppl

      Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 3:13 pm

      Made my day! Absolutly correct!

      Thai logic in a nutshell

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    Waverider

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Wow, clutching at straw’s aren’t we tat,
    Who want to work here ?
    If farang want to work go home the pay it much better & it’s cooler.
    This the place where hospital s can charge what they want, to help stimulate the economy, hypocrisy.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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Following the arrest of 3 journalists from a Myanmar news agency and 2 activists, who all face deportation and charges for entering Thailand illegally, the Thai government says they’re looking for a “humanitarian solution.”

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