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I'm from Finland and I'm coming to Thailand November the 14th, and I'm going to take a bartender course in Phuket starting November 28th and lasting until December 21st. I understand that I need a tourist visa for this, but what I'm asking is: If I get a job as a bartender for example in Phuket after the course, can I then upgrade my visa to a Non-Immigrant Visa and then get a Work Permit by visiting an embassy or some government officials while in Thailand?

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Perkele,as a finn for six years in Thailand on Finnish passport..

First thing I would tell you is to have at least 10.000 Euro in bank before consider a move.

Yes, you can get a work permit and extension of stay if you qualify.

First get a non-B visa from Helsinki with an invitation letter from a employer in Thailand

Then convert to to extension of stay together with your work permit with the following papers.

Extension of Thai Business Visa

The Thai "B" or Business Visa can be extended to a one year visa in country as follows.

The extension of the visa is normally based on employment and as such there are certain regulations governing the company who is employing you.

These are the regulations for the extension of the "B" Business Visa:

1. The business must be registered in Thailand.

2. The company must be capitalized to at least Baht 2 Million while operating fund must be at least Baht 1 Million.

3. The company must have a ration of at least 4 : 1 - Four Thais for every foreigner.

4. You must earn at least in accordance with the level specified for each nationality by the Labour Department.

Duration of the Extension

- One year at a time.

Documents required for the extension:

1. Application form (T.M. 7 )

2. Passport or document used in lien of passport and its copies .

3. The applicants 4 x 6 cm. photograph .

4. Extension fee Baht 1,900.-

5. The company letters certifying as follows ;

- Nature of business

- Reason or necessity in employing the applicant his / her position, salary and education background.

- Number of Thai and foreign employees.

6. Copies of work permit or receipt of work permit application.

7. Company's annual balance sheets.

8. The juristic persons Annual Income Tax Declaration Form (Form No.50) of the latest year and its receipt of payment.

9. Thai employees Monthly Income Tax Declaration Form (Form No.1 ) of the latest month and its receipt of payment.

10. The applicants Annual Income Tax Declaration Form (Form No.91) of the latest year and its receipt of payment.

11. The official letter that certify the registration of such juristic person.

12. Business Registration or Business License.

13. Value Added Tax Registration and list of share holders.

14. A map that indicate location of the Company.

15. For those who operate export business, the documentary evidence clarifying its export activities is needed.

16. For those who operate tourism business, the documentary evidence clarifying its total number of tourist that brought in by the company is needed.

Some Immigrations offices.

17. Picture of all the company's employees at work

18. Picture of all company's employees in front of the office with clear name of the company showing

N.B. In case of necessity , documents No.7 , 8 , 9 , and 10 can be substituted by the company letters stating its reason.

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Perkele,as a finn for six years in Thailand on Finnish passport..

First thing I would tell you is to have at least 10.000 Euro in bank before consider a move.

Yes, you can get a work permit and extension of stay if you qualify.

First get a non-B visa from Helsinki with an invitation letter from a employer in Thailand

Thanks for the answer, the thing is though, I dont have an employer ready, I'm planning on searching for a job after I finish my course, and I wouldn't be "moving" to Thailand full-time. Maybe work the winters, then come back to Finland or go someplace else for the summer.

I don't quite understand the 10.000€ part. But if I go to the embassy in Thailand, after landing a job, I can get these things sorted, or its not "too late" if I'm already there?

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Suspect there is very little chance you would find such employment (part time doing what any Thai can do) but if you did find legal work permit employment the paperwork could be taken care of inside Thailand (at labor/immigration) or perhaps with a quick exit next day return for a visa from a Thai Embassy in Laos/Malaysia (there is no Thai Embassy inside Thailand).

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