According to Immigration Act B.E.2522, a foreigner married to a Thai national is eligible to apply for a marriage visa in Thailand. The first requirement is for the applicant to have entered the country with a non-immigrant visa. The holder of the non-immigrant visa can then apply within 90 days of entering the country for a one-year extension to stay based on marriage. There are also financial requirements which must be met. Once the permission to stay has been extended, the visa holder is allowed to stay in the Kingdom for a full year without having to leave the country. The one-year permit to stay is renewable every year.
A marriage visa in Thailandis applicable not only directly in the case of a Thai spouse, but also in cases where another family member is a Thai national – although this is limited to the spouse, children, adopted children, the spouse's children and parents. To apply for a marriage visa there are certain requirements that the foreign applicant must meet which include:
The applicant does not have to be employed if the monthly income is sufficient and can be documented. Foreign wives of Thai husbands are not required to show a monthly income, but the Thai husband must show proof of having paid Thai income tax when the wife applies for an extension to stay based on marriage. A marriage visa provides the holder with a number of benefits which include:
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Additional information on Marriage in Thailand can be found in this article - Marriage In Thailand or in our Family Law section under Marriage In Thailand.