Living and Working in South East Asia

Working in Thailand

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If you like Thailand so much and decide to stay a bit longer, but your finances are running low or you all partied out and bored at home like me, there might be a job waiting for you somewhere in Thailand.

I myself found employment in Chiang May and I am working now full time since November 2015.

Depending on your language skills or qualifications such as English Language teacher, chef or Hotel Manager, there are actually plenty of jobs available for foreigners. Don’t expect a European salary though.

First thing to do is search for a company that A) needs your specific skills and B) is entitled to employ foreign nationals. Such a permit is being issued for instance by the Board of Investment (BOI).

A good place to search for possible employers are groups on Facebook or craigslist.

Needless to say that there are plenty of doubtful offers.

When you agree employment with a company, the company will notify the relevant departments about their intention to employ you. They will receive approval (or not), once approved, you will have to visit one of the neighboring countries’ Royal Thai Embassies, for instant Vientiane, and you would there apply for the relevant Visa, which for the BOI would be a Investor Business Visa (IB).

The company would give you all the paperwork you need, you just have to visit the Consulate and bring your passport and some pictures. In Vientiane, it would take two working days in order to receive your Visa. Please read more about the Royal Thai Consulate in Vientiane here.

Certainly you can arrange all that in your home country before you travel to Thailand.

Once you received the Visa, the company would apply for a work permit. I will write about this later in my blog.

By the way, it’s not a good idea to work illegally in Thailand, if you get caught, you will be imprisoned, you will have to pay a fine and arrange your travel arrangements back to your home country out of jail and you end up on the black list for at least 15 years.

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