Work Permit

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Why buy work permit through The Thaiger?

We are experienced in arranging work permit applications. We know where and how to effectively get your application for a work permit. For additional details or support you may need, please feel free to contact us.

What is a Thai work permit?

The work permit is a legal document specifying the position, current occupation or job description of a foreigner and the Thai company in which he operates. It also acts as a license for foreigners inside Thailand to carry out a job or an occupation. A foreigner has to apply for a work permit to legally work in Thailand. Your employer will take care of this since most of the necessary documents are company-related documents. You will need to complete the other necessary documentation such as the medical certificate, photographs, and proof of degree obtained. Once you get to Thailand with the Non-B visa, these will be taken and submitted to the Ministry of Labor and will take 10 business days for the Ministry to issue the work permit.

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How to apply for a Thai work permit?

In Thailand, the work permit process will depend on what you are going to do. The method is not the same for every profession, such as for a journalist and a teacher. Below, we have included the basic steps about the process.

Choose the visa type

Choose the visa you wish to apply

Select work permit type

Select the work permit you want to obtain

Collect documents

Collect the required documents

Submit the documents

Submitting the application to the Thaiger

Wait for notification

Wait for for the approval of application

What are the thai work permit categories?

The Thai government categorized jobs to evaluate which are ok and which are not for foreigners who wanted to work inside the country. They are worried that foreigners would take the jobs away from the locals, and so they found those jobs to be exclusive only to Thai citizens.

Work permit category A

This category refers to work in the fields of Agriculture such as rice farming, salt farming; Service Business such as accounting, farming animals, architecture, brokerage & auctioning, building industry; and Commercial Business such as land trade, internal trade in local agricultural products.

Work permit category B

Industrial & Handicraft like rice milling, flour, sugar, pharmaceuticals, and wood carving; Commercial such selling of foods, drinks, antiques & fine arts; Service Industry like Hotel, tour agency, and photography; Utility Services like water, electricity, land and transportation.

Work permit category C

Export, wholesale trading not listed in categories a and b, retailing of machinery, equipment, and tools, and manufacturing of animal feeds, textiles, glass wares, and ceramics are all permitted activities for foreigners. It is also acceptable to sell products that encourage Thai tourism. Make sure the job description you’re sending isn’t forbidden when applying for a work permit, otherwise, you won’t be able to see your work permit for a long time.

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I used to have to go to the Ministry of Labour to apply for my work permit, but now it appears that the Thaiger’s partners can handle everything online.

Mark T.


Alot of people try to work in Thailand with out a work permit, however, reading the information from the thaiger, it seems like the government will approve anyone work permet as long as you meet the requirements

Paul Charleston


Good information about work permits, not sure how you can get a work permit online, but will give it a go anyways.

Thomas redman


Work Permits can be a very long and tiring process, its best to let other people handle the heavy-duty work first, before steeping in the final procedures.

Patric Marshal


Can my employees apply for their own work permit or will the company apply for the work permit?

Scott N.


Apply for you work permit and visa in one go, the Thaiger and their partners have made it possible for me to make the move to Thailand.

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What are the types of work permit?

Those looking to work or already employed in Thailand need to understand that the country has three major types of work permits. Each category refers to various fields of work and the length of the job.

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WP1 application stands for work permit foreign workers who have never applied for a work permit before or for those who wish to reapply for the work permit because of its expiry.

The applicant is domiciled in the Kingdom of Thailand or is allowed to remain temporarily in the Kingdom of Thailand under the Immigration Law (non-immigrant Visa).

Key Points:

  • Have never applied for a work permit before
  • Re-apply for the work permit because of its expiry
  • Must have residence in the Kingdom

WP3 application for a WP, WP stands for work permit, is an authorization letter for the employers applying for a work permit before entering the Kingdom of Thailand for foreign workers.

Upon receiving the letter of approval, the employer shall send a letter to the alien to apply for a non-immigrant visa from the Royal Thai Embassy and, within 30 days of receiving the letter from the employer, the alien shall apply for a work permit with the documentation as shown in the letter.

Key Points:

  • Authorization letter for the employers before foreigners can enter the Kingdom
  • Application for a non-immigrant visa from the Royal Thai Embassy
  • Shall apply for a work permit with the documentation as shown in the letter

The WP.11 also known as temporary work permit, is a type of work permit must be obtained for someone who is not planning to stay in Thailand for a long time.

Foreigner must be in the country for specific reasons or short business engagements such as attending a seminar or meeting or buying items for export, and who is not going to work for a registered Thai company. It is granted to foreigners engaged in “work that is urgent and necessary nature” and for a brief period of time.

Key Points:

  • Known as temporary work permit
  • For someone who is not planning to stay for a long time
  • For foreigners engaged in “work that is urgent and necessary nature”

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Finally got my work permit, thanks to the Thaiger. I was afraid the process will be painful and complex, but the team make it so easy. All I had to do was apply online, provide the documents, and they do the rest! Such a professional team.

Top tip: Go to work without worrying about what to happen if the immigration caught you without a permit to work.

Why choose The Thaiger?

We have ample experience with all forms of visas and immigration issues, including work permit applications in Thailand, as well as a comprehensive understanding of Thailand’s immigration laws and procedures.

Individuals applying for visas and permit-to-stay extensions may take advantage of our number of services.

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Work permit exemptions and special treatment cases

Some positions and occupations don’t require a work permit.

Members of the diplomatic corps or consular missions

Members of diplomatic corps or consular missions do not need a work permit to do their job in Thailand.

Representatives of member countries and officials of the United Nations and its specialized agencies

Representatives of member countries or officials of the United Nations or one of its specialized agencies.

Person under agreement

Performing duties on missions in Thailand under an agreement between the Thai and a foreign government or international organization.

Person to perform duty or mission

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Person with special permission

Those who have received special permission from the Thai government.

Foreigners with urgent and essential nature

Foreigners who temporarily enter Thailand to conduct any job of any “urgent and necessary nature” for a duration not exceeding 15 days but in compliance with immigration laws may be exempted from the work permit for this period of time. A written note, signed by the foreigner and approved by his employer and acknowledged by the Director-General, must be issued.

Person under BOI-promoted project

Under Investment Promotion Law, although your work permit application is still pending, you may start working. You must apply your work permit application within 30 days of the Board of Investment’s approval. Within seven days after receiving the notice that you have been approved by the BOI, the Labor Department will issue your work permit.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Applying Work Permit

Please note that a bachelor’s degree isn’t a training requirement for the 4 Week TEFL course; however, a bachelor’s degree (any major) is normally needed to obtain a non-immigrant B (Business) visa and work permit. A non-immigrant B visa and work permit is normally required to work legally as a teacher in Thailand.

To secure a work permit in Thailand, a foreigner needs an initial visa, which is a non-immigrant visa. The non-immigrant visa must be obtained before entering Thailand.

Once the foreigner has a non-immigrant visa, he may begin to process the work permit. The work permit process would take 7 business days to accomplish.

The fee for a Thai Work Permit changes depending on the duration of the permit: Thai Work Permit for up to three months: 750 Thai Baht.

Thai Work Permit between three to six months: 1,500 Thai Baht. Thai Work Permit longer between six to 12 months: 3,000 Thai Baht.

Tourists are not allowed to work in Thailand. If they want to, they need to have their visa changed into a Non-Immigrant B Visa. This visa is typically the one issued to foreigners so they could engage in business or employment purposes inside Thailand. It comes on 90-day single entry, or on 1-year multiple entry.

Since the cancellation of the visa effectively makes you having to leave the country on the same day, it is important to apply for an extension of stay right after the previous step. The extension will allow you to stay in Thailand for additional seven days.

If a foreigner leaves a job for whatever reason, they need to hand back the work permit to the labour department and the visa that goes with that work permit becomes invalid. You then have to leave the country to obtain a new visa at a Thai embassy or consulate in the neighbouring countries.

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