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The immigration authorities in Thailand have announced that foreign directors, who do not hold a Thai work permit, are not allowed to sign the company income tax and financial statement documents. Documents signed by a foreign director without a work permit may cause a delay, or refusal, of the application. No formal announcement was made but the changes take effect immediately.

“Document signing” is now considered a productive work activity, making a work permit mandatory. Under the new policy, if the foreign director of the company does not have a Thai work permit they may:

  1. Have a public notary outside of Thailand notarize the documents with a subsequent legalization at the Thai Embassy/Consulate in the country where notarization has taken place.
  2. Authorize a Thai national employee to sign the documents by granting the power of attorney agreement.

No source available at the time of writing this alert.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debra Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager, APAC:

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