Thailand: Board of Investment Launches Online Portal for Work Permit Applications
Companies that are certified by the Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) and employ less than ten foreign employees must begin using the new online system immediately. BOI certified companies with ten or more foreign employees have until October 1, 2012 to move to the new system.
The Board of Investment of Thailand (BOI) is implementing a new online portal, known as the e-Expert System, for the filing of work permit and visa applications. The new system will be mandatory for BOI certified employers filing initial and renewal applications. There are no changes to the standard work authorization application process for non-BOI certified companies.
Effective immediately, BOI certified companies with less than ten foreign employees are required to register for the system and start using it to file applications. These companies should contact their Fragomen representative for assistance in the registration process.
BOI certified companies with ten or more foreign employees must register and use the system by October 1, 2012.
BOI certified companies are those engaged in approved priority projects in accordance with the BOI’s investment promotion policies.
The BOI expects that its new system will facilitate the approval of applications through electronic file sharing with the immigration and labor departments.
Fragomen worked closely with Dej-Udom & Associates Ltd. (Bangkok) to prepare this alert. It is provided for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Global Immigration Services or send an email to APCCInitiations@fragomen.com.