On July 8, 2014, the Thai Department of Employment issued guidelines for trade and investment activities that do not require submission of Notification for Engagement in Necessary and Urgent Work under Section 9, such as participation in conferences and seminars, attending trade fairs/exhibitions, business visits, and attending academic lectures. The new policy should make it simpler for foreign individuals to enter the country when participating in said activities.
On July 8, 2014, the Thai Department of Employment issued guidelines for trade and investment activities which do not require submission of Notification for Engagement in Necessary and Urgent Work under Section 9 (Form WP.10)1. The activities include:
The Department of Employment’s revision to the notification and work permit procedures concerning employees involved in the above-noted activities should ease some of the administrative burdens on companies and make it simpler for foreign individuals to enter the country when participating in or undertaking the above-noted activities.
With the revised procedures, companies’ in-house global mobility and immigration professionals, as well as external immigration professionals, need to adapt their processes and procedures with respect to sending employees into Thailand to participate in or undertake any of the above-noted activities.
Depending on the nature of the work activity in which the foreign individual is engaged, the above types of activity are regulated as follows:
Business travelers and their employers should take into account the changed procedures in respect of these activities and act in accordance with the new procedures so as to be compliant.
1 See (in Thai): http://wp.doe.go.th/wp/images/pr/pr080757.pdf.
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