ONE YEAR BUSINESS VISA
All foreigners who intend to work in Thailand must have a valid work permit before they start work. Once the work permit is obtained, foreign workers are eligible to apply for a one-year business visa in Thailand.
(1) The applicant must have been granted a non-immigrant visa (NON-IM) and obtain a valid work permit.
(2) The applicant must earn a minimum income as per nationality.
1. Countries in Europe (except Russia) and Australia, Canada, Japan, the United States of America minimum 50,000 THB per month.
2. South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and Hong Kong minimum 45,000 per month
3. Countries in Asia (except Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam) and South America, countries in Eastern Europe, countries in Central America, Mexico, Russia, and South Africa minimum 35,000 per month.
4. Countries in Africa (except South Africa), Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam minimum 25,000 per month.
(3) The business must have a paid-up registered capital of no less than Baht two million.
(4) The business must have submitted its financial statements as at the end of its fiscal year for the past two accounting years, and those statements must have duly been audited and certified by a certified public accountant or a tax auditor to prove that the business is sufficiently secure with actual and continuous operation.
(5) The business needs to hire foreign workers.
(6) The business must have a ratio of one foreign employee per four permanent Thai employees.
(7) The following businesses are exempted from the Criteria (3), (4), and (5), and the ratio of Thai employees specified under Criteria (6) is reduced to one alien employee per one permanent Thai employee:
(a) International trade business (representative office)
(b) Regional office
(c) Overseas company (branch office)
(1) The applicant submits the required documents and application at the Immigration office.
(2) The Immigration office will grant 30 days permission to stay during the consideration period. If the applicant needs to leave Thailand during this period, a reentry permit is required.
(3) After 30 days the applicant must return to the immigration office to get a one- year visa stamp in his/her passport.
(4) The reentry permit can be obtained once the visa is granted.
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