Every foreign employee must have
A Thai work permit application form containing the job role, a map representing the location of the place of work and a brief explanation as to why the company appoints a foreign employee.
A valid passport with a signed copy of all pages, and
a non-immigrant visa for non-permanent residents
a residence permit and an alien book for permanent residents in Thailand.
A duly signed copy of the applicant's Curriculum Vitae as a proof of educational qualifications.
Six passport-size photographs
A recent (not older than six months) medical certificate from a well-known hospital stating the blood group of the applicant and that his mental and physical health conditions are normal and is not suffering from leprosy, acute tuberculosis, elephantiasis, narcotic addiction or alcoholism.
A proxy to the person who is applying on behalf of the applicant including a 10 THB duty stamp.
A license copy if required.
If the applicant has married a Thai national, the following documents are required when applying for the work permit.
A copy marriage ceritificate
Identity card and hosuehold registration of the spouse
A copy of every page of the passport
Commercial Registration Department Certificate that proves that the company is a registered juristic person, director's name(s), the objections and capitals registered.
Factory license, if any
Witholding Tax if it's a work permit renewal application
If the workplace is located in Bangkok, the application must be filed at the Ministry of Labor or else, it should be filed at the province’s Department of Employment or at the province’s city hall.
Foreigner who temporarily enter Thailand abiding by the immigration laws, to perform an urgent work for not more than 15 days, are exempted from having a work permit for this period of time. They are required to receive a notification in writing which must be duly signed by the foreigner and endorsed by the employer and accepted by the Director-General. If the foreigner is engaged in BOI-promoted project (Investment Promotion Law), he can immediately start working after having applied for the work permit. The work permit application must be filed within 30 days after the consent of the Board of Investment. Upon the receipt of the notification of the approval of this employee from the BOI, the work permit will be issued by the Labor Department within seven days.
However, about 39 occupations in total cannot be practiced by foreigners. These occupations include shoe and hat making, wood carving, labouring or agricultural work, architectural work, the casting of Buddha images, tour guide of conducting guided tours, legal or litigation services, shop assistant, cutting or polishing jewellery, garment making, street vending, auctioneer, haircutting, beauty treatment and so on.
|The permit itself (also in case of extension):
a. Up to three months validity
b. Between three and six months validity
c. Between six months and one year validity
d. Renewal for one year or more
3,100 THB plus the amount exceeding one year
|Replacement of a permit||500 THB/book|
|Change or add job description||1,000 THB/time|
|Change or add employer||3,000 THB/time|
|Change or add a location or place of work||1,000 THB/time|
|Change or add other conditions||150 THB/time|
|Suspension of work permit||100 THB/time|
As soon as the Revised Working Act of 2008 is enforced, an additional fee of 10,000 THB will be charged by the labor Department when a company hires a foreign employee who lacks skills or specialization.
If all the required documents are properly in order, the Labor Department is likely to take only seven days to issue the work permit in Bangkok, and almost two months to issue the work permit in Phuket. Once the work permit is issued, an employee belonging to a non-BOI company can start working On the other hand, an employee of a BOI company can start working immediately while the issuance of the work permit is still pending.
In case the job role and/or workplace would change, the employer must promptly report these changes within 15 days. If the employment agreement ends after a certain period of time, the foreign employee must return his work permit or will be charged a penalty fee up to 1,000 THB.
If a foreigner is found working illegally in Thailand without a work permit, he/she will be penalized with three-months imprisonment and/or fined with an amount of 5,000 THB. Foreigners who practice prohibited activities in Thailand, they may be imprisoned for up to five tears and/or fined between 2,000 to 100,000 THB depending upon the severity of the case. Additionally, the employer will also be punished with three-years imprisonment and/or fined with 60,000 THB.