Keywords: Mazars, Thailand, Legal, SMART Visa, Thailand 4.0, NSTDA, NIA, DEPA
08 February 2018
- A visa for a maximum of four years
- No need for a work permit
- Notification of being in Thailand to the Immigration Bureau on a yearly basis instead of notification every 90 days
- No need for re-entry permits to travel in and out of Thailand
- SMART visa holders' family members will receive similar benefits, and be able to work in Thailand without a work permit
The SMART visa will be issued to foreigners working or investing in technology-based production activities and services, as well as in the 10 targeted (S-Curve) industries below:
How to Apply for the SMART Visa
Effective 1 February 2018, foreigners residing outside of Thailand or foreigners who are currently in Thailand can submit an application and all required documents to request an endorsement of qualifications letter from the SMART visa Unit at the One Stop Service Center in Bangkok, or a Royal Thai embassy or Thai consulate abroad. There are 5 categories for SMART visa applicants:
Once the applicant meets the qualifications, the application will be passed on to the appropriate government agency, such as the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), the National Innovation Agency (NIA), or the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), to verify and certify the applicant’s qualifications, then the applicant, the appropriate government agencies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Immigration Bureau, and the Department of Labour will be notified about the results of the endorsement of qualifications. All process will take approximately 30 working days from the date that the SMART visa officer receives all properly completed documents.
After obtaining the endorsement of qualifications letter from the SMART visa Unit, it will be valid for 60 days. The applicant must then apply for the SMART visa at a Royal Thai embassy or Thai consulate outside of Thailand, or if the applicant is already residing in Thailand, he must contact the Immigration Bureau at the One Stop Service Center in Bangkok to change his current visa to a SMART visa.