Immigration is one of the primary concerns for any contractor hoping to start working in Thailand. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Thai work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer.
The Thai Work Permit, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Thailand is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue.
As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Thai Work Permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Thailand infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the Thai immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Thai Embassy directly.
Umbrella companies can also help you attain a Non-Immigrant B Visa which is necessary before you can apply for the Thai Work Permit.