Getting a Thai marriage visa process starts here with a marriage visa for Thailand. Being married to a Thai can be a boon if you wish to stay in Thailand for extended periods. Your marriage will now allow you an extended stay which is renewable yearly. Thus allowing you to stay in Thailand for good.
This also allows you to stay and work in Thailand provided that a valid Thai Work Permit can be obtained to go along with the visa. This is an advantage to your employment prospects as the employer would only have to worry about the procurement of work permits.
Thai Marriage Visa
If you are married to a Thai national then you can apply for a Thai marriage visa also known as the Thai Non Immigrant “O” at an Embassy for a marriage visa for Thailand. Depending on the Embassy this can be between an overnight process or up to five days. Each Embassy has its waiting period for the application.
Most Embassies in the Asian region tend to be about 2-3 days to have this issued. The Thai embassy needs all the needed documents for the application process.
The Thai Embassy may need extra information. This is where you have applied many times for the Thai marriage visa.
Sometimes, they might deny your application and issue you with a tourist option if they think that you will not extend it in Thailand. Once this has been issued to you, you will need to extend this in Thailand. This becomes more complicated and takes on average 3-4 weeks to complete.
Marriage Visa Requirements
To have the extension, you need to prove that you can show 400,000 THB in a Thai bank account. This money has to be in your name. You can also show that you have an income into your bank account locally of at least 40,000 THB per month. Speak to our immigration lawyer about what income and deposit Immigration will accept as proof of income.
The rules for the extension do change from time to time in Thailand and you will need to provide not only proof of income, marriage but also a map of your apartment or house where you are living in Thailand.
This does not allow you to work in Thailand. You will need to apply for a Thai work permit if you wish to work. This also holds for the Thai retirement visa. You cannot work in Thailand without a valid work permit.
Thai Marriage Visa Application
When you apply at the Thai Embassy or Consulate for a marriage visa. You must meet the requirements of the Thai embassy or consulate where your application was submitted.
When you apply at the Thai embassy you need to provide them with both the fancy marriage certificate the Thai government issued and a signed copy of the multiple page marriage certificate. Note that both must be submitted to the Embassy.
- Legally Married to Thai – This is substantiated through a Marriage Certificate
- Financial requirement – Also this is met through any of the following means:
- – THB 400,000 in a Thai Bank Account for 2 months before the application; or
- – THB 40,000 per month in income
- Police Clearance*
- Medical Certificate*
*There have been recent rule changes, so speak to us online.
You will need to report your address every 90 days after the visa has been extended. Failure to report your address leads to a fine of THB 2,000 for late or not reporting. If you are leaving Thailand and wish to return then you will also need to ensure that you have a re-entry permit. If you leave Thailand ensure that you have a re-entry permit or your visa will be invalided once you leave. You would have to start the process again once you return.
Marriage Visa for Thailand
Once completing the required documents for your application, you may lodge your marriage visa application at the nearest Embassy or consulate in your home country. If you are not ready to apply for the marriage as some requirements are missing, you can always obtain an initial application called Non-O which is valid for 90 days.
You can extend this to a 12-month visa but at least 3 weeks before it expires. If you have satisfied the requirements for the marriage visa, this can be extended into one year.
You can apply for a Thai “O” or marriage visa if your wife is Thai. To obtain this, you need to meet or exceed the requirements for this as set out by Thai Immigration. Ensure that you have a copy of your Thai marriage certificate to submit as a renewal or new application.
This is the basic information which you would need to know when you renew your marriage status in Thailand. Speak to a lawyer about the requirements for the marriage application as well as the process for the renewal.
When you apply for a marriage visa then you need to complete the application forms for this. These are the basics of the application form. Take proper advice as rules do change and you need to keep up to date with these changes.
If you have a tourist you can convert to a marriage visa while in Thailand. You need to speak to a lawyer about this conversion. There is a time limit to these changes as the conversion process takes time.
Here is the basic overview of the application in Thailand. If you need more information about the financial requirements for this then speak to us online. The financial requirements can be a deposit or monthly income so take proper legal advice.
Of course, you would need to maintain your marriage with your spouse that it will remain valid. If you plan to get separated. The visa validity will be forfeited and you will have 7 days to leave the country. You will be allowed to stay in the country until the expiration of your current extension. This is another requirement in maintaining your status.
You can obtain a multiple-entry visa if you are going to be leaving an entering Thailand numerous times a year. They are however very difficult to obtain. If you plan to live in Thailand the whole time a single entry will do. But, in case you would need to leave Thailand for any reason, then you would need to obtain a re-entry permit first at the nearest Immigration Office before leaving the country so it does not get canceled.
You would now need to notify the nearest Immigration office concerning your residence every 90 days. If you are not in the country when the report is due, then you wouldn’t need to. Ask us today.
As noted you need to apply for a re-entry permit if you have an extended marriage or extended retirement visa in Thailand. Without the re-entry permit, you will cancel this when you return to Thailand.
If you have any questions about living in Thailand then speak to us when you apply for your retirement visa. If you are going to retire in Thailand then speak to us about your shipping as well. There are several issues to consider when you retire in Thailand. These are the issues:
If you are going to apply for a spouse or a retirement visa. You will then need to open a bank account first. Most banks will not open a bank account without the correct status.
When you live in Thailand you might want to buy or rent a car. You may take out insurance on the car. You will need to have a driver’s license for this to occur. See the application listed above if you plan on living in Thailand
It is always a good idea to have a last will and testaments drafted in Thailand. This covers all your local property.
Moving to Thailand can be difficult with Thai Customs and other procedures. Speak to us about how best to move to Thailand after your application has been granted. Moving will always be an issue when you are going to live on your marriage status while in Thailand.
Thai Retirement Visa Services
Sometimes applying for a Thai marriage visa proves to be a daunting task especially when procuring and following all the required documents and procedures. If you wish to proceed with the application hassle-free, it would be best to enlist the services of a law firm to assist you with the application. Call us today toll-free or speak to us online about your retirement in Thailand.
You can also walk into our offices in Bangkok for more information about your plans in Thailand. The marriage visa for Thailand has been explained above and should you need more information about the marriage visa for Thailand you can speak to us online or send us an email.
Thai Marriage Visa Frequently Asked Question
Can I stay in Thailand if I marry a Thai?
Yes. You can live in Thailand when you marry a Thai national if you meet the annual financial requirements. The initial marriage visa is for three months. During that time you need to extend the visa by showing that you meet the financial requirements annually. This visa is good for one year.
How do I get a Thai marriage visa?
You will need to obtain a Thai marriage visa from the Thai Embassy or Consulate or convert your current visa inside Thailand to the Non-immigrant “O” visa which is the Thai marriage visa. The visa is valid for 3 months and you will need to extend it to 12 months once inside Thailand.
Can I stay in Thailand for 1 year?
If you are married to a Thai then you can obtain a Thai marriage visa and extend this visa in Thailand for 12 months if you meet the financial requirements. You will need to prove that you have 400,000 THB in a Thai bank account and that you are legally married.
What is an O visa for Thailand?
The non-immigrant “O” visa in Thailand is also known as the Thai marriage visa. This is however not true as the “O” stands for ‘Other’ which means it can also be used for other purposes. These tend to be for visiting your Thai family in Thailand.
What are the financial requirements for the Thai marriage visa?
The financial requirements for the Thai marriage visa is that you hold at least 400,000 THB in a Thai bank account for at least 3 months before the visa extension. You will then need a letter from the bank to state this with your updated bank book.
Thai marriage visa requirements 2020?
The Thai marriage visa requirements for 2020 is that you will still need to show 400,000THB in a Thai bank account which has been there for at least 3 months. You also need to show your marriage registration, hand drawn map to your house and photos of you and your Thai wife together.
Thai marriage visa extension?
You will need to ensure that you start the marriage visa renewal early to show at least the 2 months of your 400,000THB in a Thai bank account. The 3rd month, while the visa is processed you will need to show the updated bank book again. Marriage certificate, location map and family photos again.
Thai marriage certificate?
The Thai marriage certificate comes from the Amphurs offices or District Office where you live. There are two. The certificate type marriage certificate and a multipage one. Both are issued to you in the Thai language. When you apply for a marriage visa you have to produce both.
Thai marriage visa from the UK?
They do not issue multiple entry marriage visas in the UK at present. They will only issue a 3 month visa and ask you to extend the marriage visa in Thailand for 12 months. These rules do change however if you staying for longer than 3 months then apply for the extension.