Smart Visa

Smart Visa

The SMART Visa program has been designed to attract highly skilled science and technology experts, senior executives, investors and startups in the following industries:

  • Next-Generation Automotive
  • Smart Electronics
  • Affluent, Medical and Wellness Tourism
  • Agriculture and Biotechnology
  • Food for the Future
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Aviation and Logistics
  • Biofuels and Biochemicals
  • Digital
  • Medical Hub
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Human Resource Development in Science and Technology
  • Environmental Management and Renewable Energy.

There are 5 types of SMART Visa, applicable to different categories of persons respectively:

  • SMART “T”: Highly skilled technical professionals
    • Science and technology experts
    • Salary ≥ 200,000 baht/month
    • Employment contract or service contract in Thailand with remaining validity term ≥ 1 year
    • Employing companies being in the targeted industries
  • SMART “I”: Investors
    • Minimum direct investment of 20 million baht
    • Investing in companies using technology in manufacturing or delivering services and being in the targeted industries
  • SMART “E”: Senior executives
    • High-level executives such as Chairman or Managing Director
    • Holder of Bachelor’s degrees or higher with work experience ≥ 10 years
    • Salary ≥ 200,000 baht/month
    • Employment contract or service contract in Thailand with remaining validity term ≥ 1 year
    • Working for companies using technology in manufacturing or delivering services and being in the targeted industries
  • SMART “S”: Foreign startup entrepreneurs
    • Fixed deposit of ≥ 600,000 baht with the remaining maturity term ≥ 1 year
    • Health insurance
    • Participating in an endorsed incubation, accelerator program or a similar program/or obtaining joint venture with or being endorsed by a relevant Thai government agency
    • Must set up a company in the targeted industries in Thailand within 1 year with at least 25% ownership or being a board member
  • SMART “O”: Spouse and children of holders of the other types of SMART Visa.

Each of these 5 SMART Visas come with a list of benefits, such as maximum 4 year permission to stay, one year check ins at immigration instead of 90 day reports, work eligibility for spouses and children without the need of work permits, and no re-entry permits necessary.

Application process:

One can apply at the One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit (OSS) in Bangkok or the local Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate General. OSS coordinates with other Thai government agencies to verify the qualifications. Once verification is passed, BOI will issue an endorsement letter. The applicant can use the endorsement letter to apply for the SMART Visa from OSS or the local Royal Thai Embassy/Consulate General.

The entire process for the qualification endorsement will take 30 working days from OSS’s receipt of complete documents. The applicant can convert a non-immigrant visa to a SMART Visa or renew a SMART Visa at OSS.  The conversion and renewal will follow the same requirements and procedures as those for the first-time application.

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