The SMART Visa is the initiative of the Royal Thai Government (Order of the Ministry of Interior dated 30 January B.E. 2561 (2018), starting from 1 February 2018) aiming at encouraging highly-skilled professionals and talents to work or invest in the 10 targeted industries, namely:

  • Next-generation automotive
  • Smart electronics
  • Affluent, medical and wellness tourism
  • Agriculture and biotechnology
  • Food for the future
  • Robotics
  • Aviation and logistics
  • Biofuels and biochemicals
  • Digital
  • Medical hub.

Five categories of SMART Visa are:

Talent

EligibilityRights & Benefits
Science and technology expertsMinimum monthly salary of 200,000 BahtEmployment contract from a S-Curve company with a minimum of one-year
remaining
4-year visa, but not exceeding the contract termNo work permit required for working in the endorsed company90-day Immigration reporting extended to one-yearNo re-entry permit requiredSimilar benefits extended to spouse and children

Investor

EligibilityRights & Benefits
Minimum investment of 20 million BahtInvesting in technology-based companies in targeted industriesMaximum 4-year visaNo work permit required for working in the endorsed company90-day Immigration reporting extended to one-yearNo re-entry permit requiredSpouse and children granted permission to stay in ThailandSpouse granted permission to work without work permit requirement

Executive

EligibilityRights & Benefits
Minimum of Bachelor degree and 10-years work experience in the fieldMinimum monthly salary of 200,000 BahtEmployment contract from a S-Curve company with a minimum of one-year
remainingHigh-level executive position heldWorking for a technology-based project within a targeted industry
1-year visa issued and renewable for 2 years if requirements are metNo work permit required for working in the endorsed company90-day Immigration reporting extended to one-yearNo re-entry permit requiredSpouse and children granted permission to stay in ThailandSpouse granted permission to work without work permit requirement

Startup

EligibilityRights & Benefits
Fixed deposit of 600,000 Baht with a maturity term of one-year and upwardsHealth insurance policy holderParticipating in an endorsed incubation, accelerator or similar program,
obtaining joint-venture status, or being endorsed by a relevant government industryMust setup a company in Thailand within 1 years with at least 25% ownership in, or being
a board member of a company in the targeted industries
1-year visa issued and renewable for 2 years if requirements are metNo work permit required for working in the endorsed company90-day Immigration reporting extended to one-yearNo re-entry permit requiredSpouse and children granted permission to stay in ThailandSpouse granted permission to work without work permit requirement
  • Others i.e. legal dependents such as spouse and children. 

Followings are benefits and privileges provided by the SMART Visa:

  • Visa validity up to 4 years (instead of the usual 1 year)
  • No requirement of work permit
  • Extension of reporting of stay to Immigration Bureau – every year
  • The right of legal dependents (spouse and children who are older than 18 years old) of SMART Visa holder to live and work in Thailand equivalent to Smart Visa Holder (this benefit is applicable only to the holder of SMART Visa Type “T” only)
Smart Visa Thailand

Procedures for Applying for Qualification Endorsement

The applicant can submit an application for qualification endorsement for SMART Visa at One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit (OSS) in Bangkok or, alternatively, lodge their documents at the Royal Thai Embassies and the Royal Thai Consulate-Generals.

After having received complete documents, OSS will coordinate with related agencies to verify and certify the qualifications of the applicant.

The related agencies will notify OSS of the results of the verification.

OSS will notify the applicant, the Immigration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the relevant agencies of the result of qualification endorsement application.

The total processing time frame is 30 working days from the date of OSS’s receipt of complete documents.

Visa Issuance

Once notified by OSS, the applicant can apply for SMART Visa at the Royal Thai Embassy or the Royal Thai Consulate-General located in the country of the applicant’s nationality or residence or having jurisdiction covering the applicant’s country of nationality or residence. If the applicant resides in Thailand, the applicant can apply for SMART Visa at the Immigration at the OSS.

Validity of visa multiple entries, with validity of visa of 1-4 years.

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