Basic Information for Thailand’s Visa & Work Permits
Visas are generally issued by Thai Embassies and Consulates for the purpose of your travel and stay to Thailand. Visas are typically valid for 3, 6, or 12 months and are the period during which you can enter Thailand. On arrival at one of Thailand Immigration checkpoints, the entry clearance officer will grant you a period of stay subject to the Visa type being used. (Know as your permission of stay). Visa validity is the period during which a visa may be used to enter Thailand. On the other hand, the “permission to stay” is granted by an Immigration officer on entry. To legally work in Thailand you need the correct Visa type to apply for a work permit.
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1.If I want to stay longer in Thailand, what should I do?
You can extend your permission of stay granted on entry at a local Immigration office in Thailand. The periods of extensions are subject to the method or Visa type used to enter Thailand. The extensions are issued dependant on the reason of the extension application and may be subject to meeting Immigrations financial requirements. Typically extensions may be granted for 30, 60, 90 or 365 days depending on the reasons.
2. What documents are required to get a Visa?
First, you need to check with your local Thai Embassy website and choose the correct Visa type for your reason to travel to Thailand. The availability of Visa types can vary from Country to Country.
The most common requested documents needed are:
- Your passport or travel document (with a validity not less than 6 months from the date of application).
- Completed your visa application.
- A photo ( 4×6 sized)
- Proof of your flight tickets
- Proof of financial resources
- Proof of accommodation in Thailand.
- The Visa fee
3. What documents are required to get a Work Permit?
In order to apply for a Work Permit, a foreign national must already be on a Non Immigrant type Visa or an extension of stay which permits the applicant to work, such as a Non Immigrant O Visa (for the reason of Thai Spouse), Permanent Residence Visa, Non Immigrant B Visa, or another type of Non-Immigrant O Visa permitting work. A foreign national cannot apply for a Thai Work Permit while on a Tourist Visa. A foreigner is only eligible to apply for a work permit as long as he/she has a formal job offer and an employer who can provide all the required documents for work permit. The job offer must also be for a role or occupation which is not prohibited to foreigners.
The most common specific documents needed:
- A copy of every relevant pages in your passport with each one signed by you.
- 3 passport sized photos (4 x 6 cm)
- A copy of your Non-Immigrant Visa and the original.
- Your departure card TM.6
- A copy of all related degrees/qualifications signed by you.
- A copy of any relevant transcripts, certificates or licenses signed by you.
- A copy of your CV should describe in detail your past positions and all previous employment length and location
- A medical certificate not older than six month from a recognised hospital in Thailand. It must state the applicant’s blood type and confirm that the applicant is of good mental and physical health (not suffering from leprosy, acute tuberculosis, elephantiasis, narcotic addiction or alcoholism).)
- A proxy to the person who is filing the application (it other than the applicant himself), including a 10 THB duty stamp
- If you are married to a Thai national you must supply a copy and original of your Marriage Certificate. All copies must be signed by you.
- Some documents may need you to be certified by your countries embassy, in order to be declared correct or original documents, (this can be done at your national embassy in Bangkok but may required you to pay an authentication fee). You may also be required to translate your documents into the Thai language.
4. How long does it take to get a Thai Visa?
Applications for an extension of stay from a local Immigration office in Thailand can be issued the same day or may have to be placed under consideration for up to 5-6 weeks. Applications for an extension of stay are also subject to meeting both the documentation and financial requirements (if applicable).