A long term stay in Thailand becomes every foreigner’s dream after being smitten with the natural beauty of the
Kingdom during his first, second or third visit in the country. The Land of Smiles, as Thailand is fondly called, spells a cast to every foreign visitor forcing the foreigner to come back for another visit or if not, to finally settle in the country. Just exactly why foreigners are so enamored of Thailand? There are myriad of reasons. The country’s tropical beauty, friendly people, world-renowned gastronomy and the low cost of living easily top the list. The country’s efficient public transportation system anywhere in the country facilitates convenience in traveling allowing the visitor to easily discover and enjoy the many wonders which the country has to offer.
There is also that exotic and mystic appeal typical of an Oriental country especially so for a Buddhist country like Thailand. These and among other things are the main draw for the influx of foreign visitors in the country. When you finally make that decision to visit or settle in Thailand for good, you would have to consider the Thai immigration rules and regulations pertaining to your entry permits. Indeed, you would need to procure the appropriate Thai visa to allow you to come and stay in Thailand.
According to Thai Immigration Rules and Regulations, there are several types of visa that a foreigner can choose from depending on his qualifications and purpose of their stay in the country.
Thai visas can be classified as:
This “30 day stamp”, also known as “Visa Exemption Scheme”, is not a visa; it is actually an exemption scheme to allow a foreigner of certain nationality to stay in the Kingdom without having to obtain a visa at the Thai embassy or Consulate before his departure to the country. This stamp is valid for 30 days and it’s stamped at the qualified foreigner’s passport at the passport control booth at the airport.
This type of visa is for a foreigner to be allowed to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand as a tourist for a period that is not longer than 90 days. You can apply for this Tourist Visa at the Thai Embassy of your current residence. Mostly, the Thai Embassy will grant you a Tourist Visa with a maximum period of 60 days. However, once you are already in Thailand and wish to stay longer, you can get an extension for another period of 30 days at a Thai Immigration Office. Moreover, this type of visa can be converted to another type of long term Non-immigrant Visa, except Non-immigrant B Visa.
This type of visa is good for a foreigner who wishes to enjoy their retirement in the Kingdom. You can get this Retirement Visa by submitting an application at the Thai Embassy of your current residence or at a Thai Immigration Office if you arrived in Thailand with a Tourist Visa. However, please be advised that retirement visa holders are not allowed to work or generate any income inside the Kingdom of Thailand.
This type of visa is granted to a foreigner who is legally married to a Thai citizen. However, in order to be qualified for this type of visa, that foreigner must be able to provide proof of financial capability. Just like the Retirement Visa, you may get this Marriage Visa form Thai Embassy of your current residence or a Thai Immigration Office in the Kingdom of Thailand. The holder of this type of visa is eligible to apply for a work permit when they are hired by a Thai company.
A foreigner who is hired by a Thai Company or has their own business in the Kingdom of Thailand may obtain a Business Visa by submitting required documents to Thai Embassy of their current residence or the nearby countries. Once they have entered into the Kingdom, a work permit must be obtained to go along with the visa in order for them to be legally working in the Kingdom of Thailand. Also see the option of a one year visa for Thailand on this website.
Apart from the aforementioned types of visa, they are several more types of visa that you may apply for, depending on, as aforesaid, your intention of stay and qualifications such as Educational Visa (Non-ED), Dependant Visa, Visa for Specialist, etc.
Our Legal Counselors and Attorneys are well practiced in this area and can provide you with the best strategy and solution for your Thai Visa acquisition. Please feel free to contact us for additional information or assistance you may require. Our legal consultation is free-of-charge and we are more than happy to assist you.