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Visa and Immigration In Thailand

Permanent Residence
In Thailand

Permanent Residence In Thailand - Juslaws & Consult

Permanent Residence in Thailand

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:

  1. Hold a valid passport issued by the country of their current nationality, along with a Thai non-immigrant visa permitting them to stay in the Kingdom for at least three (3) consecutive years.
  2. If the applicant is over 14 years of age, they must complete a criminal record check
  3. Must be able to pass the medical examination
  4. Viewing of financial, family, social status, employment, and educational background.
  5. Must be able to understand and speak the Thai language.

You must also be able to meet one of these categories to apply for Permanent Residence status in Thailand:

  1. Investment Category
    • In which an applicant must have brought at least 10 million baht into the country. (must provide proof of such investment monies coming into the country)
  2. Working / Business Category
    • Must be in the position of executive officer in a Thai company with at least 10 million baht capitalization and must have a monthly income of at least 50,000 baht
    • The applicant must have filed a tax return for the amount of annual income of 100,000 baht for the past two years
    • Must earn an annual income at least 80,000 baht per month for at least two years.
  3. Humanity Reason Category
    • The applicant must have a relationship with a Thai citizen or an alien who already possesses a residence permit either: – A legal husband or wife – A legal father or mother – A child who is under 20 years of age up to the application submission date and must be single
  4. Expert Category
    • The applicant must have graduated with at least a bachelor degree and possesses a special ability that is needed in order to benefit the country for a period of at least three years

Benefits of Permanent Residence (PR)

There are several benefits to having Permanent Residence (PR) in Thailand. Here are the most prominent ones;

  • Staying in Thailand without a visa or having to make 90-day reports or visa extensions.
  • Applying for an extension of stay for all non-Thai family members.
  • Buying property without having to transfer money from abroad.
  • Becoming a director of a public company.
  • Obtaining a work permit very quickly and without hassle.
  • Obtaining a permanent residence book and alien registration book.
  • Applying for Thai citizenship.

Extra Circumstances

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.

Permanent Residence Fees

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;

  • Prepare your PR application
  • Escort you to submit application and short interview with immigration officer
  • Prepare you for your full interview in front of the Panel
  • Schedule Thai Lessons to prep you for understanding and answering
  • Schedule Rehearsals 3 to 4 times on how to answers questions asked
  • Escort you to the Interview

PR Time Frame

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;
Submit Application
2 to 4 Weeks
3 to 4 months
18 to 20 months


Juslaws & Consult have years of experience with all types of visas and immigration issues including permanent residence in Thailand, plus in-depth knowledge of Thailand's immigrations laws and procedures. We provide wide-ranging services to individuals applying for visas and permit-to-stay extensions. Contact Juslaws & Consult for more information.


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