How long can I work legally at a school while they sort out visas and work permits, etc?

We put this question to some Thailand teachers on social media. As one teacher was quick to point out - legally, you can't work a single second of time without the correct visa or a work permit. However, as another teacher said - I would allow a maximum of three months. You're allowed to work on your single entry non-B visa, as long as the company can prove your work permit is in process. Another teacher kind of agreed by saying - legally you can't work without a work permit, but we all know that's unrealistic as many schools like to stall the process to make sure you've got what it takes to become one of their teachers. I'd also plan for three months.

Back to the main list



Featured Jobs

NES Grade 3-6 Teacher for July/August Start (45-50K)

฿45,000+ / month

Bangkok


Native English Kindergarten Teacher

฿50,000+ / month

Bangkok


NES English Teachers

฿350+ / hour

Bangkok


NES English Teacher

฿43,000+ / month

Bangkok


Kindergarten Homeroom Teachers

฿55,000+ / month

Bangkok


High School Math and Science Teachers

฿53,000+ / month

Nong Khai


Featured Teachers

  • Md.


    Bangladeshi, 36 years old. Currently living in Bangladesh

  • Saeid


    Iranian, 34 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Md


    Bangladeshi, 31 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Mutya


    Filipino, 39 years old. Currently living in Saudi Arabia

  • Sela


    Filipino, 24 years old. Currently living in Thailand

  • Laika


    South African, 26 years old. Currently living in Vietnam

The Hot Spot


Renting an apartment?

Renting an apartment?

Before you go pounding the streets, check out our guide and know what to look out for.


Contributions welcome

Contributions welcome

If you like visiting ajarn.com and reading the content, why not get involved yourself and keep us up to date?


The dreaded demo

The dreaded demo

Many schools ask for demo lessons before they hire. What should you the teacher be aware of?


Teacher mistakes

Teacher mistakes

What are the most common mistakes that teachers make when they are about to embark on a teaching career in Thailand? We've got them all covered.


Can you hear me OK?

Can you hear me OK?

In today's modern world, the on-line interview is becoming more and more popular. How do you prepare for it?


Need Thailand insurance?

Need Thailand insurance?

Have a question about health or travel insurance in Thailand? Walter van der Wal from Pacific Prime is Ajarn's resident expert.


Will I find work in Thailand?

Will I find work in Thailand?

It's one of the most common questions we get e-mailed to us. So find out exactly where you stand.