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How To Apply Work Permit At Ministry of Labour in Thailand

Work has been busy. I have not had the opportunity to do a follow-up post after my first story. I have obtained a Non-Immigrant B visa at Royal Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Read more about it here. I flew in to Bangkok, Thailand the very next day.


Office of Foreign Workers Administration (Work Permit), 1st floor

 After entering Thailand with my Non-Immigrant B visa, I was required to make a trip to Ministry of Labour for work permit application. I was accompanied by a staff from the Visa and Work Permit agency appointed by my employer.

The agency prepared some paperworks in advance. From my end, I prepared:

  • Passport with TM.6 Card
  • Medical Certificate (Read here)
  • Photographs size 3 x 4 cm with suit attire and white background
  • Government Fee THB 3,100 (paid by my employer)

Ministry of Labour’s office is located at Din Daeng. It took us less than half an hour by car, from Silom Road. The agent parked quite far from Ministry of Labour’s office, due to lack of parking space.

I thought that my presence was quite redundant. But law has it that applicant must collect the work permit in person. For my previous application, I only turned up at One Stop Centre at Chamchuri Square, about 10-15 minutes before for collection.

Basically, at work permit’s office at 1st floor, I was asked to sit and wait, whilst the agent handled the necessary paperworks submission. After submission, he was told that we’ll be called in 1-2 hours time.

Well … waiting begun.

We were called in one and a half hours time. I was required to sign on some documents, and on the work permit itself.

The agent told me that if documents were prepared and submitted in advance, the wait would have been shorter. But this time, there were some documents ‘not ready’ (not sure from which party).


Little blue book

Important to check accuracy, especially spelling

  So, work permit obtained. And next step would be on visa extension. I learnt to be ‘jai yen yen’ (be patient), so I’ll just wait till someone approaches me again, I guess.

My Non-immigrant B visa allows me to stay for three months till Jan 2016. Thereafter, my visa will need to be extended up to one year.

Will write about that when it happens.


Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

2 thoughts on “How To Apply Work Permit At Ministry of Labour in Thailand

  • Patrick Metcalf

    Office to renew the work permit is on the SECOND (2nd) floor.

    • Notyourtypicaltourist

      Hi Patrick,

      I am not sure whether ‘renewal’ of work permit is located on the same floor as application/collection of new work permit.

      For the latter purpose, I remember that it was at the First Floor.

      Thailand uses the European system of floor numbering. In Thai, what Americans call the First Floor is the Ground Floor, and what Americans call the Second Floor is the First Floor, so on …

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