Immigration to Thailand

Updated on Thursday 02nd September 2021

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There are many people interested in immigration to Thailand from all over the globe due to many reasons. Depending on the country of origin the procedure and requirements for relocation might differ in great measure. With a very international population, Thailand accommodates yearly an increasing number of foreigners who decide to move to this country. Our attorneys in Thailand can offer you legal assistance in the preparation of your application for Thai visa and residence permit.

Who needs a Visa for Thailand?

Thanks to the existing bilateral agreements signed between Thailand and other countries, citizens from 55 states, including most of the European countries, do not need a visa in order to enter the Thai territory. However, these provisions apply for temporary stays for no longer than 30 days, and for people whose main purpose in coming to Thailand is tourism. 

If you are planning for immigration to Thailand and stay in this country for a long period of time, you will need to fill an application for obtaining of a non-immigrant visa. There are particular visa types configured for each category of relocation purpose. A person who wants to move in Thailand to invest in the country will apply for a B (business) visa, students for ED (education) visa. One of our Thai lawyers can help you fill the application and indicate to you the Thai authorities you need to address for the obtaining of your Thai visa. 

Kinds of visas in Thailand

Thailand offers diplomatic, official, tourist, sports, business, research, religion, education, transit, investment through ministry and other types of visas. The visa system of Thailand is divided into three categories. People of the first category need to apply for a visa before immigration to Thailand. The people of the second category may obtain a visa on arrival at international airports in Thailand or at some immigration border checkpoints. While the third category includes those people who are mostly from developed countries and exempted from Thailand visa requirements. These people are allowed to visit Thailand as tourists for not more than 30 days. The ministerial law defines nine types of visas, some of which are issued to individuals who wish to relocate to Thailand for permanent residency, some types of visas are only issued to holders of diplomatic passports and the remaining types of visas are issued to those aspirants who enter in Thailand for a temporary stay.

Different Thai visa holders are entitled to different rights in the kingdom depending upon their stay. The visa fee varies accordingly, so please get in touch with our Thai lawyers for details about this matter and personalized Thai immigration services.

Business visa

You will need to obtain a business visa if you want to do business legally in Thailand. This visa is also called a Non-immigrant business visa. With this visa, you can open a bank account and get a work permit but you still need to do a visa run every three months.

Non-immigrant visa

This is a single entry visa valid for three months. You can extend your stay just like a tourist visa. After obtaining a non-immigrant visa in Thailand a person can open a bank account and obtain a work permit. However, Thai authorities also offer one year non-immigrant visas with multiple entries. It is valid for 1 year, with this visa you can stay up to 90 days per entry by having your visa stamped at the immigration authority every 90 days (visa run).

If you want to immigrate to Thailand, you can trust the services of our Thailand lawyers. They will help you to obtain the appropriate visa as per your relocation plan.

Tourist visa

For those individuals who temporarily want to relocate to Thailand, a tourist visa is an option for them. This is a 60 days visa that can either be based upon multiple or single entry. You can extend the term of this visa to another 30 days utilizing a visa run. But if you want to extend the term more than 30 days, you will be required to convert the tourist visa into a non-immigrant visa.

Thai elite visa

This is a long-term visa categorized under Privilege Entry Visa, which allows residency in Thailand along with benefits. This visa could be for businessmen or investors who fly in or fly out of Thailand several times a year, retirees who do not want to deal with the complicated visa regulations, or those digital nomads who do not want to do visa runs regularly. So, you can immigrate to Thailand for a long period between 5 to 20 years depending upon the package you choose in exchange for a membership fee. The Thai elite visa is a 5-year renewable visa that allows multiple entries. It also offers an extendable stay of 1 year per entry.

Permanent relocation in Thailand 

The following step in your relocation, after the obtaining of a visa, is to apply for a permanent residence permit in Thailand. The requirements include registration with the Immigration Bureau, for which you must prepare a copy over your passport, and a prof that you already obtained a non-immigrant visa. You will have to pass as well an interview, which will check your knowledge of Thai language and some background information concerning your identity.

There is a limited number of applications which receive approval each year, so it is recommendable to start your application early. After you obtain a residence permit in Thailand, you will receive a red book, which is the equivalent of an ID card in Thailand. You might need to show as well that you have found accommodation in this country and that you have enough financial means to sustain yourself in Thailand. 

Feel free to interact with our Thai law firm in order to start your application for a residence permit in this country, based on which you are allowed to relocate to Thailand

Requirements after visa issuance

To carry out the plan of immigration to Thailand, an individual must possess a copy of a recent bank statement of US$700 and if it is a family that is immigrating to Thailand, the copy of a recent bank statement should be US$1500. Those individuals who immigrate to Thailand under the Tourist Visa Exemption Scheme must possess adequate cash of approximately US$600 while a family must possess an approximate amount of US$1200. 
The amount could be in any major currency and if anyone fails to comply with this requirement, he/she will be denied to enter Thailand at the port of entry by the Thai immigration authority.

Our law firm in Thailand provides its legal services to the people throughout the process of immigration. If you are ready for immigration to Thailand, you can rely on our legal services.

Thai elite visas issued in Thailand (2018)

The following statistics show the number of Thai elite visas issued in 2018 by type:
  • Thailand issued 56% elite easy access visas in 2018;
  • The Thai elite residence program provides options of 5, 10, and 20 years privilege entry visas to applicants with a range of VIP benefits;
You can contact our Thailand law firm without any hesitation if you are interested in any type of Thai visa program. We will provide our legal services throughout the process of your immigration to Thailand.