FAQ on Thai Permanent Residence Permit
Updated on Friday 22nd September 2017
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With a fast developing economy and modern infrastructure Thailand is a place where many businessmen as well as natural persons want to settle. A Thai permanent residence permit must be obtained from the authorities if you decide to spend an indefinitely long period of time in Thailand. Our Thai lawyers have elaborated a concise list of answers to the most frequently asked questions concerning the application for a permanent residence permit in Thailand.
1. What criteria need to be verified for obtaining a Thai permanent residence permit?
If you apply for a Thai permanent residence you have to make proof of basic knowledge of the Thai language. Moreover you need to have lived in this country for the last three years.
2. Is it complicated to get a Thai permanent residence permit?
There are several categories of Thai permanent residence permits, depending on the reason which makes you apply for this authorization. If you apply for the permit because of humanitarian reasons, the conditions might be different from those imposed on people who apply for a permanent residence permit in order to conduct business in this country. One of our lawyers in Thailand can inform you on the requirements applicable to each category and help you start the application process.
3. Is there a list of documents required for the application?
In the application process you are required to provide a copy of your passport or ID and documents which can prove your stay in Thailand was longer than three years. After the payment of the application fee you can submit as well other supporting documents that can convince the authorities on the grounds for your application. A bank statement which can present your financial situation is also required.
4. When can I apply for a permanent residence permit in Thailand?
The standard application period for a permanent residence permit in Thailand is from October till December each year. Our Thai lawyers can keep you updated on the deadlines for your application.
5. What are the benefits of a permanent residence permit?
The permanent residence permit saves time and costs for those people who intend to stay in Thailand for long periods of time, or who decide to move in this country. When you have a permanent residence permit you don't have to apply for a visa each time when you enter this country and you benefit as well from supplementary rights such as the right to own a house and to be elected in the board of a Thai public company.
6. What authority receives the applications for a Thai permanent residence permit?
In order to start an application for a permanent residence permit you should address the Royal Thai Immigration Commission.
7. Is there a fee requiring payment within the application for a Thai permanent residence permit?
Yes. The authorities require that along the application you should pay as well a non-refundable fee of 7,600 Baht. An additional fee of 191,400 Baht is charged in case you obtain an approval to stay in Thailand on an indefinite period of time.
8. Are there more steps in the application for a Thai permanent residence permit?
After submitting the documentation with the authorities, applicants need to pass as well an interview in which they must provide information on their reasons to stay in Thailand. The interview will take place in Thai language.
9. What level do I need to have in Thai language in order to pass the interview for a Thai permanent residence permit?
The authorities do not require you to have a native level in order to qualify for the obtaining of a permanent residence permit. If you have difficulties in reading the questions an assistant from the Immigration Office will help you.
10. Is there a limit of how many persons can obtain a permanent residence permit in one year?
Yes. The Thai government imposed a cota of 100 persons per year from each country which can obtain a permanent residence permit in Thailand.
If you have more questions on the application for a Thai permanent residence permit feel free to contact our law firm in Thailand for further details and professional legal advice.