Immigration & Visa services in Thailand
Immigration laws in Thailand are strict for foreigners wishing to stay for a long period. There are several types of visas available depending on the purpose of your stay. Foreigners wishing to work must obtain a non-immigrant visa and a work permit while those who just want to stay in Thailand for a long period can apply for an Elite Visa or other non-immigrant visas such as investment or retirement.
How can I obtain a non-immigrant visa in Thailand?
Non-Immigrant Business Visas
Foreigners are required to obtain a non-immigrant business visa to conduct business or work in Thailand. The application for a non-immigrant business visa is usually done at a Thai embassy abroad before the entry of the foreigner in Thailand. The visa is usually granted for a 3-month period during which the foreigner would apply for a work permit and then extend his visa for a one-year period. Most foreigners already in Thailand with a valid visa (or within COVID-19 amnesty visa extension) can apply for a non-immigrant visa from Thailand without having to leave the country.
How can I obtain a work permit in Thailand?
Foreigners are required to apply for a work permit before they start working in Thailand. Thai laws have an extensive definition of the term “work” as “exerting energy or using knowledge whether or not in consideration of wages or other benefits.” Obtaining a non-immigrant visa is a prerequisite to apply for a work permit. Work permit holders are eligible to come to Thailand during the COVID-19 outbreak.
How can I obtain a Work Permit from the BOI?
BOI Work Permits & Visas
Companies which have obtained a promotion from the Board of Investment are exempted from the minimum capital requirement and number of Thai employees to support the work permit of foreign skilled employees. The application is made online through the e-Expert system and once approved, the visa and work permit are delivered at the same time within a couple of hours at the One Service Center for Visas and Work Permits.
How can I obtain an Elite Visa?
Thailand Elite Visa
The Thailand Elite Visa Program allows its members to obtain a long-term multiple entry visa from 5 to 20 years with a variety of privileges. There are seven program options for individuals and families with specific complimentary services and benefits. The main advantages of the Elite Visa program are:
• A long-term privilege entry visa allowing you to reside in Thailand throughout the visa validity
• A multiple entry visa with no minimum stay requirements
• Tax incentives for if you reside in Thailand
• Access to numerous benefits and discounts across Thailand
How can I obtain a visa to stay in Thailand?
Other Non-Immigrant Visas
Foreigners wishing to stay in Thailand for a long period can choose between several types of visas depending on their situation (mariage, retirement, dependant, guardian, investment, study, etc.).
The application for the relevant non-immigration visa is usually done at a Thai embassy abroad before the entry of the foreigner in Thailand. The visa is usually granted for a 3-month and can be extended and renewed annually at the immigration office. Foreigners already present in Thailand under a tourist visa are able to convert it into a non-immigrant visa at the immigration office providing that there is sufficient time left on their visas.
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