What is the difference between a work permit and a work visa?

What is the difference between a work permit and a work visa?

Thailand is a country with a large number of foreign workers coming to work. In 2022, there were approximately 2.5 million work permit holders in Thailand, most of whom worked in the industrial, service and agricultural sectors. According to the law of Thailand Foreigners coming to work in Thailand must have Work Permit and Work Visa to legally pursue a career.

Work permit

A work permit (Work Permit) is a document issued by the Ministry of Labor allowing foreigners to pursue a career in Thailand. The work permit will last from 3 months to 1 year, depending on the type of work and employment needs. Foreigners who wish to work in Thailand must apply for a work permit to the Provincial Employment Office or Bangkok Employment Office Areas 1-10. There are 3 types of work permits:

  • Type 1 work permit allows you to work only in authorized positions.
  • Type 2 work permit allows you to work in many positions according to your field of study.
  • Type 3 work permit allows working in any position.

Applying for a work permit or Work Permit has the following steps:

  1. Applying for a work permit or Work Permit has the following steps:
  2. Pay the work permit fee
  3. Submit supporting documents to apply for a work permit, including:
    • Copy of passport
    • Copy of work visa
    • Copy of educational certificate
    • Copy of work certificate
    • Two 1-inch photos

The processing time for requesting a Work Permit will take approx. 7 days

Working Visa

A working visa is a document issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs allowing foreigners to enter Thailand to pursue a career. There are different types of work visas. Depends on the type of work and length of career. Types of work visas in Thailand such as

  • Non-B visas are visas issued to foreigners who wish to work in Thailand. The Non-B visa is valid for 1 year and can be extended for 1 year.

Applying for a work visa has the following steps:

  1. Apply for a work visa to the Thai Embassy or Consulate.
  2. Pay the work visa fee
  3. Submit supporting documents to apply for a work visa, including:
    • Copy of passport
    • Copy of educational certificate
    • Copy of work certificate
    • Invitation letter from employer in Thailand

The processing time for a work visa is approximately 15 days

Renewal of work permit and work visa

Foreigners with a work permit or work visa must apply for renewal before the expiration date of the work permit or work visa. The supporting documents required to apply for renewal are as follows:

  • Application form for renewal of work permit or work visa
  • Original work permit or work visa
  • Employment certificate from employer

Difference between work permit and work visa

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