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Can Foreigners Live Permanently in Thailand?

It is possible for foreigners to get permanent residency and live in Thailand for as long as they would like. This residency is not going to require any extension and is very convenient for the individual who wish to choose Thailand as a place for permanent residency. In order to do so, one needs to follow the below conditions:

  • You need to hold a passport that is issued to your current birthplace, which was used to get a non immigrant visa in Thailand for 3 continuous visas with one year extension before the submission date
  • You need to meet the following requirements:
  • A. INVESTMENT: A minimum investment of 3 Million to 10 Million Thai Baht
  • B. BUSINESS: Monthly income of more than 30,000 Thai Baht if you are married to a Thai person for more than 5 years
  • C. BUSINESS: Monthly income of more than 80,000 Thai Baht if you are single
  • D. Filing tax returns for the annual income of more than 100,000 Thai Baht for more than 2 continuous years
  • Supports a family member in Thailand
  • A. A legal husband or wife
  • B. A legal father or mother
  • C. A single child that is less than 20 years old and is not single
  • Academics and professionals from certain fields
  • Other categories that meet immigration codas

Foregin individuals who are able to acquire permanent residency will be able to enjoy the following benefits:

  • The right to own condominiums without having to transfer the money from overseas accounts
  • The right to apply for naturalization citizenship programs
  • Thailand born children will be granted citizenship
  • Can serve as a managing director of companies
  • Can apply for residency for their family members who are not Thai

How to apply for residency:

At Ratchada law firm we will assist you to prepare all the necessary documents at least 1 to 4 months prior to the date selected for application submission which is usually every December. As soon as the date is announced we will submit your applications before the last working day of the year.

Once the date is publicly announced our lawyers at Ratchada Law Firm will submit all your documents and applications to the immigration bureau in Thailand. We will expect to get an answer by mid-may and the residency permits will be issued at around December.

Thai residency permission will never expire expect in the cancel that it is cancelled. If you leave in Thailand for 5 years, you will be able to apply to get Thailand’s Citizenship