If you have resided in
Thailand for 3 years on consecutive 1 year visas with no defaults
like overstays and you want to reside in Thailand thereafter,
there is provision where you can apply for a residence permit. Foreigners with non- immigrant visas who have resided in Thailand continuously for three years (on 1-year visa extensions), may apply for permanent residency.
The media normally publish when the next issur will occur but
normally December for 2 weeks only.
Thailand allows approx 100 nationals from certain countries the
opportunity to apply. However we stress use the services of a
filing an application form. A fee of 5,000 ( 7,600 Baht
July 10th) for adults
and 2,500 Baht for each child must be paid as a guarantee.
Applicants for residency also need a working permit issued by the
Thai Ministry of Labour or Labour Office. Applicants may also be
subject to interviews so best have a lawyer. A residency allows an
alien to avoid the yearly visa renewals, and it also provides for
work permit renewal to occur on an annual basis. Also, an alien
with permanent residency status will be eligible to apply for Thai
citizen- ship after 10 consecutive years under this
WHAT YOU NEED:
Unbroken long stay visas for min 3 years
Police document from your country & certified from
your Embassy of no previous convictions
of house or property you own
Evidence of the good things you have done for Thai society
the above to be in Thai
Costs 2004 July 10th : Residence
permit 191,400 baht. If married to a Thai 95,700 baht.
If approved, a residence blue book is issued to the alien
& the fee is 1,000
Baht. The foreign resident must register the place of residence
in Thailand at the local Amphur Office and obtain a house card. 7
days after receipt of the residence certificate you then apply
for an alien book (red book) at the local police station. You must
re-register there every year, and the fee is 200 Baht.
If you wish to leave Thailand, you
must notify the Immigration Division prior to departure. They
issue you with an Endorsement of Departure, as this is needed when
you return. A residence permit remains valid if the alien
re-enters Thailand at least once a year. Before departure, you
must clear tax as well. A residence permit does not cover the
spouse or any dependents.
Children born in Thailand of
foreign parents have a legal status all by themselves. They are
not Thai citizens (even those born to a Thai mother and a foreign
father are not automatically Thai citizens - only those born to
Thai fathers qualify, regardless of the nationality of the
mother). Children of foreign parents, even if both are just
tourists, are not classified as tourists.To be considered legal
residents, children also donít need a residence permit.
Immigration officers say that those born in Thailand can stay
indefinitely without any formalities, until they leave the country
for the first time on a non-Thai passport. Those born in Thailand
do not need a residence permit but must be holders of a Thai birth
certificate. Processing takes about two weeks and usually is
handled by the hospital where the child was born. Birth
certificates are standard forms in Thai. Law offices have
English translations of these forms costing 200-400 baht
ENDORSEMENT FOR RE-ENTRY AND NON-QUOTA IMMIGRANT VISA
Aliens with permanent resident visas who wish to travel abroad: Submit
resident's book for endorsement before leaving bring passport to apply for a non-quota immigrant visa in order to
maintain your permanent residence in the country. You must return within a year of receiving the
endorsement otherwise you forfeit your permanent residence visa.
In the one year time period, you can enter and leave the country as many times as a non-quota immigrant visa permits.
1. Resident's book
2. Alien identification card
3. Passport or substitute document
4. Work permit (if any)
5. Three 4x6 cm. Photos
6. Application Form, T.M. 13; for those of Chinese nationality other
nationalities need 2 copies.
7. 1 copy of Application Form T.M. 22
8. 500 bath for endorsement fee, 500 bath for non-quota per
application. Subsequent applications can be made.
9. An alien must apply in person each time.
wanting Residency using a Company ]
STAY VISA FOR RETIREES: is 50 years outside Thailand
The Thai Government it seems wants
to attract long stayers but you can only apply for the new retired
visa outside the country. The age is 50 years and you cannot apply
in Thailand although we have been told you can apply in Bangkok
ONLY. . Thus they want: 1/. Retiress over 50 years of age; 2/.
People with health conditions 3/. Students and trainees & 4/.
Those attending sports training camps.
OVER 50: Can apply for an O-A visa in their own country
at the Thai Embassy. You can stay for 1 year with reports filed
every 90 days, after which you apply for an extension. You need
65,000 baht a month or 800,000 baht in cash in the bank here, no
criminal record & free of infectious diseases & have a
current medical certificate. Provision is also for spouses who
don't qualify for this visa who may reside with their husbands
with marriage certificate. A Residence Visa for Special Investment
Purposes, if approved by the Minister of the Interior will allow
senior citizens to live for an extended time if they invest in a
condo or buy government funds.
See more on [ Residency
Visas ] We now process 1 year visas.