A new electronic work permit system called the Single Window for Visa and Work Permit is being introduced by the Board of Investment (BOI) in Thailand. Once the new system has been implemented applications will need to be submitted online before an appointment is made at the One Stop Service. The process is expected to take approximately 3 hours and the online system will be available 24 hours a day. Foreign nationals will then be able to utilise this system to evidence their right to work in Thailand by obtaining a Digital Work Permit instead of a hard copy version. This can be done by registering and downloading the permit on the individual’s smartphone, with any status changes to their permit being reflected automatically.
Companies that are BOI registered must register online and complete a mandatory training workshop. This first come first serve training will initially allow for 2 representatives from each BOI registered company to attend. It is advised that these companies register for this training.
This new system will be introduced in stages starting from this month and is scheduled to be available for use from January 2018.