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Bangkok - Registration, Permits & Other Documentation
For expatriates wishing to work and live in Bangkok, the two main documents to secure are a Non-immigrant visa and a work permit. The processes for obtaining these permits are described in detail in Expat Focus' Thailand Country Guide. For additional and updated information on visa requirements, refer to Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs guidelines website.
The application and approval for a work permit is sequential – to obtain a work permit, expatriates must first apply and obtain a non-immigrant visa. Non-immigrant visas are obtained from a Thai embassy in your home country. Expatriates wishing to conduct a business in Thailand can apply for a non-immigrant B type visa at a Thai embassy outside Thailand. For all types of visa, it is important to have a letter of support (usually from your employer).
In most cases, it is the employer who applies for the work permits on behalf of the employee. Expatriates who wish to work on a voluntary basis (without drawing a formal salary) should note that missionary / voluntary work are in fact still employment and subject to a work permit. Busking is considered illegal in Thailand, and it is legally place in the same category as begging. The work permit is a small blue booklet. It is not advisable to engage the services of companies who claim to be able to offer 'visa' extensions for expatriates wishing to extend their stay in Thailand.
Expatriates should note that although there is no photo ID card issued for foreigners living in Bangkok, expatriates living in Bangkok should carry some form of photo identification. The best form would be your passport, and carrying a laminated photocopy of your passport is sufficient.
Apart from seeking assistance from your home country's consulate services in Bangkok, expatriates should not be turning in their passports to any other third party, particularly companies who 'offer visa extensions'. Expatriates would be wise to take note of these scams.
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