Work Permit Possible On Retirement Visa ?
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Posted 2012-07-31 11:43:07
I didn't think it was possible to get a work permit if you had a retirement visa....
A friend of mine (English) recently got a job as a restaurant manager.......
i asked him about how obtaining his B visa / work permit went (having been through the process myself).
But, he told me that he still had his retirement visa and his employer simply obtained a work permit for him - he then showed me his retirement stamp and the work permit book...
So - Have the rules been changed ??
Posted 2012-07-31 11:54:11
What exactly did he show you? A 90 day visa entry or a one year extension of stay from immigration marked as retirement?
Posted 2012-07-31 13:58:11
It has always been possible to get a WP on a Retirement visa. It's just that most people don't know this.
Like lopburi says, it depends on your visa. One will be stamped "prohibited from work" and the other will not be.
Posted 2012-07-31 14:04:17
NO you are not allowed to work on a retirement visa regardless if their is a "prohibit from work" stamp with the retirement visa or not.
Posted 2012-07-31 14:37:45
The question still pending an answer is does he have an extension or a non-o visa.
With a non-o visa it is still possible to get a work permit. But not with an extension (normally).
Immigration and the labor department normally ignore those not permitted to work or no extension allowed stamps put on visas at some embassies and consulates.
Posted 2012-08-02 09:59:59
in his passport, he had a one year extension of stay from immigration marked as "retirement"
plus his work permit book.....
Posted 2012-08-02 10:04:48
One would not want to speculate too highly on how this was done I suspect. But normally Labor Office will not issue a work permit on such an extension of stay. There have always been a few exceptions. There has not been any change that we are aware of and am sure we would be aware of such as there are many retired who would like to legally work/volunteer.
Posted 2012-08-02 11:57:47
mess 7 - so how has this been done then ?
Its a well established company who definitely wouldn't do anything illegal.....
Posted 2012-08-04 13:59:15
I have a Non O Visa with retirement stamped on it. I have had four 1 year extensions on it and 4 work permits from three different provinces, so yes it is possible to get a work permit on a Non Immigrant O Retirement Visa.
Posted 2012-08-04 17:27:06
But were your extensions issued for retirement or for work? If for work, then it's a totally different situation than the one described in the OP. Also, did you have a Non Immigrant O visa or a Non Immigrant OA visa?
Posted 2012-08-05 15:08:13
An off-topic post has been hidden from view. This topic is about whether you can apply for a work permit on a retirement visa, not how to apply for a retirement visa.
Posted 2012-08-05 21:47:14
I just extended my retirement visa and and on paperwork it says prohibited from work on O-A , Retirement Visa and is stamped in my passport also!
Posted 2012-08-07 15:04:16
> There has not been any change that we are aware of and am sure we would be aware of such as there are many retired who would like to legally work/volunteer.<
Lopburi3, is it legal to do volunteer work charitable work while on a retirement visa or are these activities also prohibited? As I understand it from previous readings in the various forms of thaivisa.com, if one apllies for permanenet residency or for (the rare occasion of) citizenship, the immigration or rather the panels which interview you, do want to see that you have (in addition to paying your taxes) also done some volunteer charitable work.
Your amplification on this matter would be appreciated.
Posted 2012-08-07 15:10:32
Work requires a work permit regardless of pay. So technically you would be allowed work only if a work permit was issued. In some cases this seems to happen. That said most such work is done off-radar and people are unlikely to be subject to actions - but it is a very gray area and probably not what most would want to do.
As for PR or citizenship many charitable things can be done without actual work. Donating blood would be one obvious example - making charity contributions another.
Posted 2012-08-07 15:18:28
Note that when on retirement you do not qualify for PR or Thai nationality, as you are not working in Thailand. Not only paying taxes, but also working is a requirement.
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