Hiring Thai Foreign Workers to Work in BC, AB and the Yukon
(Updated: April 2013)
An overseas employer may recruit Thai workers by either hiring a private recruitment agency or by contacting the Department of Employment to act on their behalf. There are more than 200 authorized private recruitment agencies in Thailand willing to cooperate with the employers in the recruitment process.
A Thai worker may also contact employers directly and then report to the Department of Employment together with employment contract as certified or seen by the Thai Authorities before they can plan departure for work. In AB, BC and the Yukon, the Employer must contact the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Vancouver (see authorization process).
According to the Recruitment and Job-Seeker Protection Act, B.E.2528 (1985) and B.E. 2537 (1994) section 50 “Any overseas employer or the representative is prohibited to select and recruit the employee in the Kingdom for working overseas directly , unless such an employer or the representative has authorized any overseas recruitment agency or the Department of Employment to recruit thereof”
Channels of Recruitment:
At present, there are 5 legal channels for Thai workers to go overseas for employment:
1. Through private overseas recruitment agencies
Employers can seek employees through recruitment agencies licensed by the Department of Employment. With permission by the DoE, they can dispatch Thai workers to work with foreign employers under the Recruitment and Job-Seekers Protection Act B.E. 2528 (1985) Recruitment license is issued by the Director-General of the Department of Employment. According to this act, a license for an agency is valid for 2 years.
2. Through the Department of Employment
An overseas employer who wishes to employ Thai workers may recruit Thai workers by authorizing the Department of Employment to recruit workers for them free of charge. The job-seekers are responsible for paying expenses of air-tickets, appropriate visa, Overseas Worker Welfare fund fees and any other travel related costs.
3. Through Self Arrangement
Any Thai workers having employment contract with the overseas employers through personal connections must report to the Overseas Employment Administration Office together with certified or seen employment contract at least 15 days prior to departure. Likewise, anyone extending their contract and wishing to make a visit home must also report to Overseas Employment Administration Office.
4. Through Local Employers who send their employees to work overseas
5. Through Local Employers who dispatch their employees to be trained abroad
The Department of Employment and relevant Thai Authorities will determine whether the employment arrangement meet satisfactory standard. Criteria used in the approval process include, but not limited to:
- Salaries paid to Thai workers must not be less than the minimum wage rate in the host country.
- A return air ticket, adequate food, and accommodation must all be supplied at the employer’s expense.
- Fringe benefits available to Thai foreign workers must not be lower than those available to host country’s workers of the same category.
- A one year employment that must be guaranteed independently of any future contracts that may be negotiated between the employer and the employee. The employee’s right to return to Thailand at the end of the contract period, or to take vacation in the host country must also be guaranteed.
An employer in AB, BC and the Yukon wishing to hire Thai workers must go through an authorization process with the Department of Employment in Thailand (through the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Vancouver). Under Thai law, workers from Thailand must have a firm offer of employment from a foreign employer before they are permitted to travel to the destination country to fulfill their contracts. As such, Thai authorities, the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Vancouver, must obtain the proper documents from the employer.
Here are the steps to be taken to receive authorization from the Department of Employment:
1. First:, prepare the following documents:
1.1 Employment Contract – between the employees (Thai workers) and the employer is required. The contract of employment must be an original (no photocopies) and must specify in full detail all the employment conditions. (see sample of Employment Contract)
1.2 Valid Business License of the employer/company
1.3 Labour Market Opinion (LMO) – from Service Canada approving the hiring of the Thai foreign workers.
1.4 Copy of Employees Passport(s)
1.5 Power of Attorney – to authorize private recruitment agencies or the Department of Employment to recruit workers and to apply for visas. This should be typed on your company letterhead, stating your assignment of power of attorney.
1.6 Demand Letter – to private recruitment agencies or the Department of Employment. This document shall state the type of required workers, the nature of work, number of workers required and their qualifications and working conditions. This should be as detailed as possible and must include the number of workers required for each position, plus wages
and other benefits. The work conditions stated in the demand letter must meet minimum standards (outlined above).
Remarks: In case the recruitment is arranged through personal connections (between employer and employees), the documents in 1.5 and 1.6 can be omitted.
2. The next step: is to have all the above documents notarized by a notary public. In addition to having these documents notarized, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Authentication for them. In order for documents that have been notarized in AB, BC or the Yukon to be recognized in foreign jurisdictions such as Thailand, the notary seal and signature must be authenticated by the appropriate authorities for your province.
2.1 If your business is in Alberta, then you will need to obtain a Certificate of Authentication from Alberta Justice.
Deputy Provincial Secretary's Office
Room 111, 9833 - 109 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2E8
2.2 If your business is in British Columbia and your document was notarized by a notary public, then you will need to obtain a Certificate of Authentication from:
If your document was notarised by a lawyer, contact:
The Law Society of British Columbia
845 Cambie Street
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 4Z9
Tel: (604) 669-2533
Toll-free within B.C. 1-800-903-5300
If your document was notarised by a notary public, contact:
The Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia
Suite 1220-625 Howe Street
Box 44, Vancouver BC V6C 2T6
Tel: (604) 681-4516
Fax: (604) 681-7258
In Victoria, please contact
Order in Council Administration Office
Ministry of Attorney General
Attention: Authentication Clerk
1001 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC V8W 2C5
2.3 If your business is in Yukon and your document was notarized by a notary public, then you will need to obtain a Certificate of Authentication from:
Contact Corporate Affairs
307 Black Street, 1st Floor, Whitehorse, Y1A 2N1
Tel: (867) 667 - 5314
Toll Free (In Yukon): 1 – 800 – 661 – 0408 local #5314
Fax: (867) 393 - 6251
3. The next step: is to complete the legalization form. Please note that the legalization form, the LMO and copy of Employee’s Passport(s) do not need to be notarized or authenticated.
4. The final step: is to send in the documents for legalization by the Royal Thai Consulate General in Vancouver.
Please send both the original and a photocopy of all the documents to the Consulate. You may send them by courier, providing the courier account number so that the documents can be returned once processed. If you do not wish to use a courier, you can send a return pre-paid envelope by XpressPost or Priority Post with the documents so that we may return them to you.
Fee: $15.00 CAD per stamp (money order only, payable to the "Royal Thai Consulate General")