SMART Visa

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SMART Visa

 The SMART Visa is specially designed to encourage highly-skilled professionals and talents working or investing in the 10 targeted S-Curve industries, namely:

 1. Next-Generation Automotive    2. Smart Electronics
 3. Affluent, Medical and Wellness Tourism  4. Agriculture and Biotechnology
 5. Food for the Future  6. Robotics
 7. Aviation and Logistics  8. Biofuels and Biochemicals
9. Digital 10. Medical Hub

BENEFITS

  1. Visa validity up to 4 years.
  2. No work permit required.
  3. Gives legal dependents (spouse and children) of the SMART Visa holder the right to live and work in Thailand equivalent to SMART Visa holder.
  4. Extension of reporting of stay to Immigration Bureau: once every year (from once every 90-days).

PRICE

1. SMART Visa with 1 Year of Validity:          400.- USD

2. SMART Visa with 2 Years of Validity:        800.- USD

3. SMART Visa with 3 Years of Validity:     1,200.- USD

4. SMART Visa with 4 Years of Validity:     1,600.- USD

TYPE, QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS

The categories of people who are eligible to apply for SMART Visa are:

 

SMART "T" for Talents/Experts working for a company or a government agency

SMART "I" for Investors

SMART "E" for Executives

SMART "S" for Startups

SMART "O" for Spouse and Children

 

 

 

TYPE QUALIFICATIONS AND CRITERIA BENEFITS REQUIRED DOCUMENTS
SMART “T”

Talents/Experts working for a company

1. Having at least 200,000 THB/month salary (excluding additional compensation).

2. Holding a contract of employment or service with remaining time of at least 1 year or evidence showing cooperation with government agencies.

3. Certified to be highly-skilled and expert in the area of science and technology by Strategic Talent Center (STC). STC is established by the Board of Investment (BOI) and other key organizations to provide services in identifying available specialists or researchers in the field of science and tecgnology to support the private sector in conducting R&D and innovation activities. STC also provides a mechanisn which recognizes the qualifications of foreign experts who wish to live and work in Thailand. (In case of talents who work for government agencies, certification letter from relevent agencies need to be shown). 

4. Company/institute/research center employing the talent must be certified by relevant authorities such as National Innovation Agency (NIA) or Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) that it fits Thailand's 10 S- Curve businesses.

5. No criminal record in Thailand and country of residence.

1. Eligible applicant will be granted SMART Visa "T" no longer than the contract of employment/service (up to 4 years/time).

2. No work permit required for working in private companies or government agencies under the criteria of SMART Visa "T" but the visa holder must work in a specific business industry (10 S-Curve). Any further changes will need additional approval.

3. SMART Visa "T" holder must report his/her residence annually (from the usual every 90 days) at the One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit: OSS at Chamchuri Square or any Immigration Office countrywide.

4. Will be granted with Re-entry permit with unlimited numbers of entries into Thailand.

5. Legal dependents (spouse and children) of the SMART Visa holder enjoy same benefits and visa duration as SMART visa holder. Working is permitted for spouse and children ages 18 or above.

REMARK: Dependents must work in the position and company that have been approved.

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Talents/Experts working for a government agency

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SMART “I”

Investors

1. Individual direct investment of at least 20 million baht in a technology-based company of the target industries (10 S-Curve) in Thailand and maintain an investment amount not less than 20 million baht throughout duration of holding SMART Visa "I". 

2. Company of investor holding SMART Visa "I" must be certified by relevant authorities such as National Innovation Agency (NIA) or Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) that the company fits Thailand's 10 S- Curve businesses.

3. No criminal record in Thailand and country of residence.

1. Eligible applicant will be granted SMART Visa "I" (up to 4 years/time).

2. No work permit required for working in private companies or government agencies under the criteria of SMART Visa "I" but the visa holder must work in a specific business industry (10 S-Curve). Any further changes will need additional approval.

3. SMART Visa "I" holder must report his/her residence annually (from the usual every 90 days) at the One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit: OSS at Chamchuri Square or any Immigration Office countrywide.

4. Will be granted with Re-entry permit with unlimited numbers of entries into Thailand.

5. Legal dependents (spouse and children) of the SMART Visa holder enjoy same benefits and visa duration as SMART visa holder. Working is permitted for spouse.

REMARK: Spouse will have to work in the position and company that have been approved.

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SMART “E”

Executives

1. Having at least 200,000 THB/month salary (excluding additional compensation).

2. Holding a Bachelor degress with at least 10 years experience related to the career.

3. Holding a contract of employment or service in Thailand or outside Thailand (but assigned to work in Thailand) with a remaining time of at least 1 year.

4. Position at executive level (president, executive committee, etc.)

5. Company must be approved by the relevent authorities such as National Innovation Agency (NIA) or Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA) that the company fits Thailand's 10 S- Curve businesses.

6. No criminal record in Thailand and country of residence.

1. Eligible applicant will be granted SMART Visa "eT" no longer than the contract of employment/service (up to 4 years/time).

2. No work permit required for working in private companies or government agencies under the criteria of SMART Visa "E" but the visa holder must work in a specific business industry (10 S-Curve). Any further changes will need additional approval.

3. SMART Visa "E" holder must report his/her residence annually (from the usual every 90 days) at the One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit: OSS at Chamchuri Square or any Immigration Office countrywide.

4. Will be granted with Re-entry permit with unlimited numbers of entries into Thailand.

5. Legal dependents (spouse and children) of the SMART Visa holder enjoy same benefits and visa duration as SMART visa holder. Working is permitted for spouse.

REMARK: Spouse will have to work in the position and company that have been approved.

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SMART “S”

Startups

1. Having at least 600,000 THB in a Thai/foreign deposit account for not less than 1 year. With dependents, the account should have an additional balance of at least 30% (180,000 THB) per person and maintain the amount of not less than 1 year.

2. Health insurance is required throughout period of stay in Thailand for both SMART Visa applicant and dependents.

3. Approved to join the incubation/acceleration project or other similar projects of the relevant authorities such as National Innovation Agency (NIA) or Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA). The projects will have to fit the 10 S- Curve businesses of Thailand.

4. Applicants must establish their business in Thailand within 1 year from the date of issuance of stay permit, and the company must be certified by relevant authorities as belonging to the 10 S-Curve businesses of Thailand. Applicant must own at least 25% of the registered company share or designated as board of director of the company.

5. No criminal record in Thailand and country of residence.

1. Eligible applicant will be granted SMART Visa "S" for 1 year at initial application and 2 years extension once set up the business in Thailand that meets SMART Visa criteria.

2. No work permit required for working in private companies or government agencies under the criteria of SMART Visa "S" but the visa holder must work in a specific business industry (10 S-Curve). Any further changes will need additional approval.

3. SMART Visa "S" holder must report his/her residence annually (from the usual every 90 days) at the One Stop Service Center for Visa and Work Permit: OSS at Chamchuri Square or any Immigration Office countrywide.

4. Will be granted with Re-entry permit with unlimited numbers of entries into Thailand.

5. Legal dependents (spouse and children) of the SMART Visa holder enjoy same benefits and visa duration as SMART visa holder. Working is permitted for spouse.

REMARK: Spouse will have to work in the position and company that have been approved.

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SMART “O” Spouse and Children   (CLICK)

 

PROCEDURE

  1. Submit the completed requirements to the Royal Thai Embassy in Mexico.
  2. Applicant fills in form STM.6 with signature, induplicate.
  3. The Royal Thai Embassy forwards the application to the relevant authority.
  4. The relevant authority checks the eligibility and the documents of the applicant and inform the Royal Thai Embassy on the result.
  5. The Royal Thai Embassy informs the applicant about the result. If the visa is approved, the applicant has to make the payment for the visa fee and submit the receipt with his/her passport, along with corresponding requirements, to the Embassy for visa issuance. 

Thailand Embassy in Mexico

Adress: Paseo de las Palmas No.1610 Lomas de Chapultepec México D.F. 11000
Email: thaimex@prodigy.net.mx
Phone: (+52-55) 5540 4551, 5540 a 4529
Fax: (52-55) 5540 - 4817

 

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