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. 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:
Thai Immigration defines humanity reasons as - To grant approval for the residence permit 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 application fee for permanent residency is 7,600 Thai Baht which is a non refundable fee. However if the permanent residence is granted to the applicant, the amount 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 fees may vary from time to time so it is important to ensure and recheck this information again before proceeding.
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