Work Permits and Legal Assistance from The Right Office
The Right Office provides a full visa/work permit
processing for expatriates & families living within the Kingdom of
Thailand. We also provide full advice on the best possible manner of obtaining
the adequate visa for your particular requirements. Our experienced staff
work to make this process as comfortable as possible for our clients.
An overview of Immigration Law and practice in the Kingdom of Thailand:
Immigration into Thailand is governed by the Immigration Act 1979 and
is administered by the Immigration Bureau of the Royal Thai Police Department,
Ministry of Interior. To visit or work in Thailand, immigration requirements
must be met.
Types of Visas
A visa authorizes entry into Thailand for a specified length of time depending
upon the type of visa. At present, a visa may be issued to an applicant
who wishes to enter Thailand, in the form of a sticker or stamp in the
applicant's passport. The visa will include details of the type and class.
Each visa will show issue and expiry dates. It should be noted that the
stated time limit means the period within which the person may present
the visa for entry, and not the duration of stay in the country.
When entering Thailand within the given time frame, the immigration officer
will grant the relevant initial period of stay according to the type of
visa. For an extension of stay beyond that, application must be made at
an immigration office. If "NO EXTENSION OF STAY" is stamped
on the visa, an application for an extension of stay can still be made.
Each application is considered on a case by case basis.
A re-entry permit allows a foreigner to re-enter Thailand and use the
time remaining in the foreigner's visa. If a re-entry permit is not applied
for, the visa will automatically be cancelled although it has not expired.
If a foreigner leaves Thailand before the foreigner's visa has expired
and wants to return without a re-entry permit, the foreigner must apply
for another visa.
There are various visa categories issued under the Immigration Act. Each
category is restricted to the purpose for which the visa has been issued.
The rules governing each visa category must be strictly adhered to.
1. Diplomatic visas
2. Official visas
3. Non-immigrant visas
This is issued to a person who falls in one of the following categories:
a) official visitors
b) business persons
c) those arriving for investment related activities that have been approved
relevant government agency
d) those arriving for investment related activities under the auspices
of the Board of Investment
e) those visiting the country for study or observation
f) media personnel
g) missionaries belonging to missions that have been approved by the relevant
h) scientific researchers or lecturers at research institutes in Thailand
i) experts in arts and crafts
- family members of persons in categories (a) - (j)
- those working for state enterprises or for a public charity
- elderly persons
- those who formerly held Thai nationality
- those who need to obtain medical care in Thailand
- athletic coaches arriving to train Thai athletes
- those arriving to attend legal proceedings involving Thai courts
As pointed above, a business visa will be indicated as a non-immigrant
visa, class B. The initial period of stay in respect of a non-immigrant
visa is 90 days.
It must be noted that a non-immigrant visa is the only type of visa that
permits non-residents (other than embassy staff, consular staff or official
visitors) to be gainfully employed in Thailand. In addition to a non-immigrant
visa, an extension of the period of stay and a work permit must be applied
for and obtained.
4. Tourist Visas
The initial period of stay in respect of a tourist visa is 60 days. For
nationals of most countries, this can be extended for another 30 days
by an immigration office.
If the holder of this type of visa wishes to be gainfully employed in
Thailand and apply for a work permits, it is possible to apply to change
the status of this visa to non-immigrant.
5. Transit Visas
This type of visa is for transit passengers only. The initial period of
stay in respect of a tourist visa is 30 days. For nationals of most countries,
this can be extended for another 30 days by an immigration office. It
should be noted that this type of visa is rarely issued these days, as
a tourist visa is readily granted.
6. Non-quota immigrant visas
This type of visa is a re-entry visa for persons holding residency status.
Residence permit holders must ensure that they have a re-entry visa and
an endorsement in their residence book.
7. Courtesy Visas
Courtesy visas are given to visitors who hold diplomatic or official passports,
and who wish to stay in Thailand for 30 days but do not intend to work
in the country. There is no visa fee for a courtesy visa.
8. Visas on Arrival
Nationals of the following 97 countries require a visa upon arrival at
international airports in Thailand. The period of stay is 15 days. Holders
of such visas may apply at any Immigration Office in Thailand to delay
their departure for a short period, normally up to 7 days.
For more information specific to your needs, please contact