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The Alien Occupation Act, adopted in 1973,
updated in 1978, and amended almost yearly, requires all
foreign nationals working in Thailand to obtain a work
permit prior to starting work in Thailand. Note that the
definition of work applies to voluntary, unpaid work as well
as paid work. Section 8 of the Act stipulates that while a
prospective employer may file an application on the foreign
national's behalf in advance of commencing work, the work
permit will not be issued until the foreign national has
entered Thailand in accordance with the immigration laws.
The work permit is initially valid only for the period
that the foreign national's non-immigrant visa permits them
to remain in Thailand. The work permit is subject to renewal
in accordance with the renewed or extended visa. For foreign
nationals who are holders of a Residence Permit, the work
permit can be renewed annually. The Labour Department will
in principle grant an initial duration of one year for the
work permit. A work permit must be renewed before its expiry
date or it will automatically lapse. Applicants for work
permits may not enter the Kingdom as tourists or transients.
Work permit applications must be made with proper care
and attention to maximise the chances of a permit being
granted and to minimise delay. Our team have
extensive experience in the application and maintenance
process and have an excellent working relationship with the
Labour Department, ensuring a very high success rate.
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