Thailand: Less Restrictive Visa Process in Development

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By Michael Mackey

Dec. 22—Foreign companies that invest in Thailand will have an easier time getting work permits for their non Thai employees, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said in a recent national broadcast.

To this end, Regulation B.E. 2552 will be amended to allow more immigrant employees to work in foreign corporations' regional operation headquarters, the prime minister said, although he gave no time line as to when the amendments would be effective.

“The amendment increases this number to 10 with the option of requesting more permits as appropriate to the nature of the business,” Prayut said. Previously no more than five work permits could issued per regional headquarters.

“We will give special consideration to [regional headquarters] that reach a certain level in the payment of income tax to the state in the past year,” said Prayut.

To speed processing, immigrants will soon be allowed to obtain visas at Bangkok airports Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang.

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