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Archives for July 2011

Minimum Salary for Foreign Employees for Work Permit and Visa Extension

Today Thai Work Permit Expert got a very useful question regarding Minimum Salary for Foreign Employees for Work Permit and Visa Extension.

What is the minimum salary for an expat in Thailand to be able to extend his visa?

When a foreigner has a work permit in Thailand, he is able to extend his permit of stay in the kingdom to one year (or what most people call one year visa). However, there is a schedule of different monthly salaries earned by different nationalities that the National Police Bureau of Thailand used to determine if they will extend the expatriate’s permit of stay.

  • Countries in Europe (except Russia and eastern Europe), Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada and Japan – Baht 50,000
  • South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong – Baht 45,000
  • Countries in Asia (except Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam), Eastern Europe, Central America and South America, Mexico, Russia and South Africa – Baht 35,000
  • Countries in Africa (except South Africa), Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam – Baht 25,000

Our Thailand work permit page has information about Thailand’s work permit rules.

For any questions about work permit and visa extension for expats in Thailand, contact MSNA.

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Thailand BOI Promotion Process

Thailand BOI promotion process certificate is not that easy to get if you do not have experience of getting BOI promotion or accounting background. Here is how MSNA will make it simple for you to get your Thailand BOI promotion certificate.

  1. MSNA will do the hard part of the BOI Promotion process for you. We will work with you closely in preparing the application forms and gathering all the supporting documents. We basically will ask you a lot of questions and fill out the application forms for you. For the forecast and accounting related numbers, we will prepare them and have your approval before we use them in the application.
  2. Once we get the application ready, we will submit it to the BOI.
  3. Within the next few days, we will confirm with the BOI when we can do the presentation of the project for them. They may need us to submit more documents.
  4. Within 40 days (40 days for projects of not more than 80 M Thai Baht, 60 days for 80 – 750 M and 90 days for more than 750 M) after all additional documents are received by the BOI, these will happen:

• The BOI will inform us in writing whether they approved the project within 7 working days from the decision date, detailing the conditions, privileges and benefits granted, if approved. The notification of approval will be sent to us with a form of promotion acceptance for us to fill out.
• Upon receipt of the BOI letter approving the project, we must reply by completing the form of promotion acceptance and sending it back to the BOI within one month. If we want to have any changes or special conditions or privileges, we have to request for it at the time.
• In order to receive the investment promotion certificate, we must set up the new company within six months of accepting the approval, and submit all of the following documents to the BOI (all of which we will arrange for you):
– Application form for promotion certificate
– The memorandum of association
– The certificate of business registration
– A certificate stating the registered capital, a list of directors indicating those empowered to bind the company, and the address of the head office
– A list of the shareholders and their nationalities
– A document showing the transfer of funds from overseas, or a certificate of investment from overseas issued by the Bank of Thailand for foreign investors
– A joint venture contract, licensing agreement, technical assistance contract and/or technology transfer contract (if any)
– Form of utility and manpower requirements.

• The BOI will issue the investment promotion certificate after receipt of all specified documents, and the promoted company must follow the conditions laid out in the Certificate.

Note: You can apply for BOI even if your company has already been set up in Thailand.

Read Thailand BOI Promotion page for the incentives and eligible activities.

Here is information about process to register a limited company in Thailand.

For more information about doing business in Thailand, visit

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