Applying for and renewing teacher work permits in Thailand

The work permit application and renewal process

Mike, a teacher in South Thailand, takes us through the process of applying for your first work permit, renewing a work permit and also applying for the relevant visas.


There is hope

Postbox letter from Trevor

I am in my third year at the same government school. I have a TEFL certificate, but do not have a degree.


New law regarding work permits for teachers?

Postbox letter from Dara Quinn

Whilst at a job interview last week I was informed (by an international school) that if a person had no teaching degree they would not be issued a third work permit


Thailand, the sick man of ASEAN

Postbox letter from Russell

I relocated to Vietnam to see if the grass was any greener over there. Whilst I was in Vietnam at the beginning I wrote an article saying what a breath of fresh air it was from the idiocy of Thailand. But after one year I came to realize the grass was not that green after all.


Thailand's ill-timed implementation of the 'provisional permit'

Postbox letter from Ajarn Jim

When a foreign teacher's current 'waiver' letter expires, then that teacher must meet the requirements for the new 'provisional permit' if the teacher doesn't possess a teaching license.


Get your head out of the sand

Postbox letter from Ttompatz

Regarding 'so many hurdles' (ajarn postbox 28th March) Where is the surprise? The addition of the proof of English speaking ability (TOEIC/TOFEL/IELTS scores) by non native speakers was added to the list of basic requirements last October (and posted about on various teacher forums).


So many hurdles

Postbox letter from Fozzie

I am a non-native English speaker from Europe but I've been teaching here in Thailand for five years now and never had a problem with documents and being employed as a legal teacher. But now my school have told me that according to The Ministry of Education website (which I cannot check because the info in question is only available in Thai apparently) - I need to satisfy all of the following requirements.


No course and no refund

Postbox letter from Robert

I finally decided that I wanted to get my Thai teacher's license after teaching here for quite a few years. To this end I enrolled in the next "culture course " in Bangkok, paid 5,000 baht and steeled my resolve to get it over with.


Seven months and still illegal

Postbox letter from Mel

My school failed to convert the work permit and the non immigrant B visa into a "work visa". Now, I'm back on a tourist visa and they won't even pretend to feel any urgency


Teachers' licenses - laws and links

All the rules and regs regarding teacher licences

Many thanks to Ajarn Forum member, Stamp, for supplying the following links to information on the complex topic of teacher licenses - and how you can teach legally in Thailand.


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