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Hi Everyone... foreign interns working in Thailand as part of an (unpaid) intership... Is an ED visa sufficient for this? Our lawyer says no and last few times we always got proper work permits which is rather cumbersome and costly. Other sources say ED visa is good enough for interns. Anyone has experience with this issue?
Basing your stay in Thailand on an assumption when your lawyer has already told you whats what is not going to turn out well for you.
To my knowledge if it is a real student doing an internship as part of their university requirements, they are still studying and not working, so their existing ED visa should be valid. Of course if their ED visa is for studying Thai, or martial arts, then the internship wouldn't be part of their studies...
So far we had 2 different cases: a) foreign student (chinese) studying in thailand (cmu). we were told we needed a student work permit (similar to work permit but easier to get) which is what we did. b) foreign student studying outside of thailand. apparently "regular" work permit is required which again is what we did. however other lawyers say ed visa is sufficient for both cases. doesn't seem to be clearly regulated.
As far as I know a foreigner working in thailand needs a work permit, whether he/she gets paid or not. Doesnt matter if its a student/internship
ED Visa for interns - if they are students - yes