Work Permit for Foreigners Working in a Representative Office in Thailand

One of the great advantage of setting up a Representative Office in Thailand is that it has less restrictions in obtaining a work permit for a foreigner. Unlike in a Thai limited company whereas the standard ratio is 1 foreigner to 4 Thai employees, the ratio for a Representative Office is 1 foreigner to 1 Thai employee.

A Representative Office can be granted up to 3 work permits depending on it characteristics and scope of activities in Thailand as below:

  1. To give advice in various fields related to goods or services distributed or rendered by the Head Office to the distributors or consumers, propagate information about the new products and services of the Head Office or providing reports to the Head Office about the business trends and development in Thailand, the Representative Office can be granted up to 2 work permits.
  2. To acquire goods or services in Thailand or doing quality control and inspection for such goods and services for the Head Office, the Representative Office can be granted up to 3 work permits.
  3. To source local goods or services in Thailand for the Head Office worth more than THB 100 million, the Representative Office can be granted more than 3 work permits although it still depends on the Work Permit Committee officer who will handle each case.

Work permit application process can be complicated if you do not know how to do it. Contact ThailandWorkPermit for more information and assistance in getting work permit for foreigners working in a Representative Office in Thailand.

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