Thai Permanent Residency

US Citizens

Obtaining a Permanent Residence Permit, also known as Residence Visa or Permanent Visa, in Thailand involves a complicated procedure. Nonetheless, the advantages of successfully getting one suffice the effort, time and money spent during the arduous process.

The Permanent Residence Permit allows you to stay in Thailand permanently without the need for a Visa. Moreover, it is another step on the road to acquiring citizenship, and a Thai passport.

This is an opportunity that the Thai government offers to only 100 people of each nationality every year. The applications usually take place in December. The committee initially evaluates applications for about 5 months, and then calls successful applicants for interview. Generally, the whole process can take up to a year.

For your initial information and guidance, we will provide you an outline of the qualifications, requirements and the procedure in applying for a Permanent Residence Permit in Thailand side by side our legal services to ensure your successful application.

Benefits
  • Buy a condo without having to transfer money from abroad.
  • You can become a director of a public company.
  • You can apply for an extension of stay for a non-Thai family members.
  • Stay in Thailand permanently without a visa.
  • Circumvent visa runs, red tape and extended stays.
  • Obtain a work permit quickly and easily.
  • Obtain a permanent residence book and alien registration book.
  • Improve your chances of acquiring mortgage financing.
  • Get one step closer to citizenship.
Qualifications

To become eligible to apply for Permanent Residency Permit, the applicant must meet any of the following criteria:

  • Must hold 3 consecutive 1-year visa extensions.
  • Must have a valid work permit for 3 years at the date of application.
  • Must earn 30,000 Baht monthly income (for those married with Thai spouse for 5 years) and 80,000 Baht monthly income (for those who are single).
  • Applicant must present 3 years of tax statements proving the above income

Application Guidelines
  1. A foreign national qualifies to apply for a residence permit if he or she has been permitted to stay in the Kingdom for a total of at least 3 years up until the date of application.
  2. The opening date for applications in each year varies, depending on an announcement by the Minister of Interior. Once the announcement has been issued, applications may be submitted up to and including the last working day of the year.
  3. For details concerning the opening date for applications contact either Section 1, Immigration Division 1, Sub-Division 1, Immigration Bureau (Room 301), Soi Suan Plu, Bangkok, Tel. 662 287-3117 or the Immigration Office of each Region, depending on the location of you domicile in Thailand.
  4. An application should contain a detailed explanation of the true and exact reasons of why the applicant is requesting a residence permit. This is for the applicant's own benefit; as such information will assist the relevant officials to make a more rapid decision.
  5. In addition, a number of documents need to be included with each application, in accordance with the category under which the application is submitted:
    • Business or employment purposes;
    • Investment purposes;
    • Experts or academics;
    • To support a family (wife and children) who are Thai citizens;
    • As a dependent of a husband or father who is a Thai citizen;
    • Accompanying a husband who already has a residence permit;
    • Retirement.
  6. Bangkok office where applications can be submitted:
    • Section 1, Sub-Division 1, Immigration Division 1, Immigration Bureau (Room 301), Soi Suan Plu, off South Sathorn road, Sathorn District, Bangkok.
    • You may check with the Immigration Office in your area if residing in other region of Thailand.
  7. The application fee is Baht 7,600 per person.
  8. The applicant must apply in person as the Immigration Bureau will require a set of fingerprints for the purpose of checking for criminal record.
Thailand Visas for US Citizens
1-Year Thai Visa Thai Retirement Visa Thai Marriage Visa
Thai Business Visa 90-Day Thai Visa Thailand Visas
Local Office Numbers:
Bangkok: 02-259-8100
Phuket: 076-326-322
Chiang Mai: 053-818-306
Pattaya: 03-300-8830
International Numbers:
US: 1-877-252-8831
(323)-482-1525
Thailand: +66 2259-8100
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