Business Visa (Non-Immigrant B)

For a foreigner to work or conduct business in Thailand, he needs to apply and obtain a Business Visa (Non-Immigrant B). What exactly is a Business Visa? Who can apply/who has to apply for a Business Visa? What documents are needed to process your application for a Business Visa? What are the time frame and cost of the application? Stay with us, we have all the answers.

What is a Business Visa?

A Business Visa (also called Work Visa, Non-B Visa, Non-Immigrant B Visa) is a legal or official authority issued by the Government that grants an alien or foreign national the right to conduct business activities, attend a meeting, investigate business opportunities and ventures in another country. Importantly, the activities engaged in by a foreigner visiting a country on a Business Visa must not involve labor or gainful employment. A Business Visa contains details of the kind of business which the foreigner is permitted to engage in the country. Thai Business Visas become effective from the date of issuance.

How does it work?

The first time you apply for a non-b visa, you are required to do so from your home country, ATa-services will help you prepare all the required documents remotely to speed things along.

The initial visa lasts for 90 days, at which point ATa-services will work to secure a work permit to extend the visa for a year. Foreigners who overstay (without authorization) may be subject to arrest, prosecution, and a ban for a term of years.

Importantly, after obtaining the Business Visa, to remain on the right side of the law, foreigners must report to immigration every 90 days.

  • As a business owner

ATa Outsourcing will help you set up and apply for Non-b visas for your employees, freeing up your time so you can focus on your business without having to worry about your workforce.

  • As an Employee

ATa Outsourcing will support and walk you through the process of obtaining a visa on behalf of your company so you don’t have to worry about fees, appointments, or paperwork.

Who can apply for a Business Visa?

Employers who wish to have their employees represent them at business meetings, conferences, training, and other project going on in other lands can apply on behalf of their employees. Only employees whose aim for travel is to participate in tasks that cannot be considered work or gainful employment can apply for a Business Visa. A Business Visa will be denied to a foreigner whose intention is to engage in activities under the list of those proscribed under Thai law. These activities include Auctioneer, Labouring or Agricultural work, Wood carving, Garment making, Shoe and Hat making, Legal services, and Architecture, etc.

Types of Business Visa

  • Single-entry Visas:

    With a Single-entry Visa, leaving Thailand without obtaining a permit for re-entry terminates the Visa

  • Multiple entry Visas:

    With a Multiple-entry Visa, you have the right of ingress and egress to and fro Thailand as much as you may desire


Documents needed to process your application for a Business Visa

Time Frame

The processing time of an application for a Business Visa usually depends on whether the application is made in person or by mail. Where the application is made in person, it usually takes about 5 business days. Whereas, where the application is made by mail, it takes at least 15 business days.

The Cost

For a Single entry, the non-refundable fee is USD 80 while it is USD 200 for multiple entries. This fee is payable only in a money order made payable to the “Royal Thai Embassy”.


When you get your Business Visa, you must be aware of its expiry date. In case you stay in the country after the expiry date, you will be on ‘overstay’ and it will come with a fine penalty (up to a ban to enter the country). We recommend you take note of the expiry date as the top priority.


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