The Thai government has updated the application process for long-term resident visas.

Key Points:

  • Individuals must now submit and receive approval for their LTR visa applications before they can apply for a work permit.
  • Once foreign nationals receive their LTR visa, they must immediately apply for their work permit through the LTR online portal. After authorities approve their work permit application, they must make an appointment with the Department of Employment to obtain their digital work permit.
  • LTR visa holders will not be allowed to begin working in Thailand until they have received their digital work permit from the Department of Employment.

Additional Information: Previously, LTR visa applicants could submit their visa and work permit applications simultaneously.

BAL Analysis: Foreign nationals should be aware of the LTR visa application process changes and plan accordingly. Individuals should expect increased waiting times throughout the LTR application process.

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