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Turning a Thai tourist visa into a Thai work visa?

  • gannongm

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    I'm a U.S. citizen currently in Thailand on a 60 day tourist visa that I obtained before entering the country. I've been offered a job in Thailand and I understand that it is supposed to be illegal to take up any form of paid work while here as a 'tourist'. Is there some way for me to get a non-immigrant work visa without first returning to the U.S.?

    #1 Posted: 27/3/2013 - 10:12

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  • Captain_Bob

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    Depending on where in Thailand you are, go to the nearest Thai embassy/consulate. I got mine in Vientiane, Laos. Bring supporting documents e.g. letter of employment offer and company registration. Read requirements for Non-Immigrant-B visa here:

    Once you have this you need a work permit which you get from the Ministry of Labor. See

    #2 Posted: 27/3/2013 - 20:49

  • captainbkk

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    First make sure that your potential employee is in fact willing to support the paperwork for that work-visa. many are not.

    #3 Posted: 29/3/2013 - 08:15

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