Thai Work Permit: Application Process & Fees

A complete list of Thai Work Permit application process, requirements and fees.

What is the procedure for securing a work permit in Thailand?

You’ll need the following information if this is your first application. To begin, fill out an application for a Thai “B” visa. The following items are required by both the embassy and the labour department.

1. Personal information

– Evidence of your credentials (diplomas and transcripts)
– Resume or CV
– Photos that are no more than 6 months old (3cm X 4cm)
– Your criminal records in your home country (if required)
– Certificate of good health (your blood type and advanced syphilis check)
– Your most recent work permit’s tax return (if you had one before)

When you begin the application process, the Thai company must provide you with the following documents. It is best not to leave any papers out even if the Embassy does not need anything. The Labor Department and Thai immigration would later require these documents, and the job description is one of the most important pieces of information because it must fill a gap that no Thai can.

2. Employer/Company’s information

– Thai company’s registration copy on your job visa.
– The business’s VAT Registration Form copy- Phor Por 01
– The business’s VAT Certificate copy – Phor Phor 20
– Phor Ngor Dor 1 – Copy of Withholding Tax copy- Phor Ngor Dor
– Certified list of stockholders
– Filing for Social Security payments copy
– Thai business license
– Copy of the Thai business license

These documents are required by both the Thai embassy and the Thai Labor Department. After obtaining a Thai “B” visa, return to Thailand and apply for a work permit. Once you have the visa, the application process takes about 7 days for a typical company. If the company is a BOI business, the work permit application process takes less than 6 hours. If you are a teacher, you must send a copy of your school registration to the Ministry of Education.

Key Points

  • The procedure for obtaining a work permit in Thailand will be determined by your intention and line of business in Thailand.
  • Some Thai companies do not have the staff to process your work permit on your behalf, so they will only provide you with the required paperwork and leave it up to you to arrange your work permit.
  • If you’re considering working in Thailand, you should be aware of the requirements for obtaining a work permit for the position you’ve been offered.

How much does it cost to get a work permit in Thailand?

In Thailand, the majority of work permits are based on the length of the contract. The majority of job contracts are for one year only. It’s likely that your contract will be for 18 months, so keep in mind that your Thai visa will be extended along with your work permit, and you’ll need to visit both the Labor Department and Thai immigration.

Work permit fees include a permit application fee of 5xx baht, a 3-month work permit for 75x baht, a 3-6months work permit for 1,5xx baht, and a 6-months to 1-year work permit for 3,xxx baht.

Work permit substitution (5xx baht), change of job (1,xxx baht), change of employer (3,xxx baht), change of work address (1,xxx baht), and change or add conditions (150 baht) are some of the other fees for amendments.

The process of obtaining a work permit begins with obtaining a Thai Business Visa upon arrival in Thailand which you can use to apply for a work permit at the Thai Labor Department.

What is the foreign worker’s income tax rate in Thailand?

If you have a work permit in Thailand and are paying taxes, make sure the taxes you’re paying are right.

In Thailand, there are two groups of taxpayers. Those who are in Thailand as well as those who are outside of Thailand. If you live in Thailand for more than 180 days in a year, you are considered a permanent taxpayer and non-residents can only pay taxes on income received in Thailand if they spend fewer than 180 days in the country each year. This is necessary because they will inquire about your tax forms again when you renew your work permit.

Table of Thailand’s income Taxes

Taxable Income (baht) + Tax (%)
0-150,xxx – Exempt
150,xxx but less than 3xx,xxx – 5%
3xx,xxx but less than 5xx,xxx – 10%
5xx,xxx but less than 750,xxx – 15%
750,xxx but less than 1,xxx,xxx -20%
1,xxx,xxx but less than 2,xxx,xxx -25%
2,xxx,xxx but less than 4,xxx,xxx – 30%
Over 4,xxx,xxx – 35%

How to Extend Your Visa

When it’s time to renew your work permit, you’ll need the exact same documents you used to get it in the first place. A similar application process will be followed, with the only difference is that if you apply again after the first time, you’ll get a one- to two-year visa instead of a 90-day visa (as you would if you didn’t get a one-year non-immigrant visa before or after entering Thailand).

If you want to work legally in Thailand, you must first know about the work permit application process.

What will happen if I work in Thailand without a work permit?

It is illegal to work in Thailand due to Thailand’s Aliens Act. This is a violation of immigration laws, and while it may appear minor, it has far-reaching implications. Working without a work permit in Thailand can lead to deportation, here are some of the most common immigration laws.

Section 51: If you’re found working illegally in Thailand, you might face a 5-year jail sentence and a fine ranging from 2,xxx to 100,xxx baht. This would also have an effect on your visit to Thailand if you are deported after being detained. If you are caught working without a permit, you can seek legal advice.

Section 52: You will be arrested under Section 52 if you are not doing the job that your work permit allows you to do in Thailand. For example, a foreigner working in the construction industry in Thailand is restoring old properties as a cabinet maker, which is a prohibited occupation for foreigners.

Section 53: If you don’t have your work permit with you when asked for it, this is a common but usually minor problem. The fine is 10,xxx baht but all of these problems are minimal and can be quickly resolved by identifying and presenting the work permit.

Section 54: These laws are directed at companies that recruit illegal workers in Thailand without sufficient documentation. A fine of 100,xxx baht is the maximum amount that can be imposed.

What documents are needed when renewing your work permit?

The work permit must be renewed before the permit term expires, and the work is expected to be completed within a month of your application so it is best to plan ahead of time. In order to submit your tax certificate during the renewal process, you must also first obtain it from Thailand’s Revenue Department.

You’ll need to go to both the labour department and the Thai immigration department to renew your work permit in Thailand. They are the ones who are allowed to give permission to renew your visa for another year. The following documents must be submitted with the renewal of your company’s or employer’s work permit such as a copy of the Thai company registration on your work permit, as well as a copy of the business’s VAT Registration form Phor Por 01, a copy of the Thai business license as well as a copy proving that Social Security payments were made.

– Original Passport and copy of the front page, visa page and entry stamp
– Original Work Permit
– 3 – 3.4cm photos
– Recent Medical Certificate stating that you do not suffer from insanity or any mental health issues, Drug Addiction, and Alcoholism.
– Copy of Annual Audit (Latest)
– Copy of PND.91
– Copy of Company Affidavit & Shareholder’s list (updated at least 6 months)
– Copy of PorPor.30 (Last 3 months)
– Copy of Social Security Fund (Last 3 months)
– Copy of PND1 ( last 3 months )
– Your company approval stamp
– Your company license ( if any )
– Proof of your qualification
– Complete resume.

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