A foreigner holding a Thai non-immigrant visa for at least three consecutive years may apply for permanent residence in Thailand. Applications must be submitted between the beginning of October to the end of December every year. The annual quota for granting permanent residency in Thailand is a maximum of 100 persons per country.
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
You must also be able to meet one of these categories to apply for Permanent Residence status in Thailand:
There are several benefits to having Permanent Residence (PR) in Thailand. Here are the most prominent ones;
Inorder for Thai Immigration to grant approval for the permanent residence application, the immigration commission will take into its consideration the applicants' qualifications in terms of income, assets, knowledge, professional expertise, relationship with a Thai citizen, national security, personality, health, the understanding of Thai language, and other appropriate conditions due to current economic and social surroundings, and government policy.
After accepting an application for permanent residence, Immigration officials will grant a 180 day extension of stay from the date the application was submitted. Additional 180-day extensions are granted until the result of the application is announced.
An interview with an Immigration officer is required, which will include a test of the applicant's spoken and written understanding of the Thai language.
The government application fee for permanent residency is 7,600 Thai Baht which is non refundable. However if permanent residence is granted to the applicant, the government fee payable is 191,400 Thai Baht, unless the applicant is a minor under the age of 20 in which the fee is 95,700 Thai Baht. The government fees may vary from time to time so it is important to ensure and recheck this information again before proceeding.
Please note that professional fees are not included in the amounts mentioned above. Professional Fees can include the following services;
Getting PR can take a substantial amount of time. In the last 5 years the time frame has been reduced significantly but it still is a concern. Here is what to expect;
2 to 4 Weeks
3 to 4 months
18 to 20 months
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