Thai Permanent Residency is an option after you have been staying in Thailand for a few years. Once you are convinced that Thailand is for you then the Thai Permanent Residence certificate is an option however it does come with its own conditions as set by Thai immigration. These conditions have been listed below as there are a number of ways to qualify for the Thai Permanent Residence certificate. Once you have this status in Thailand you no longer need to worry about renewing your Thai visa every year.
The first condition for the permanent residence certificate is that you have to have lived in Thailand for at least three consecutive years with a non-immigrant visa. These could be a Thailand Business Visa or a Thai Retirement visa or more commonly the Marriage Visa for Thailand. The PR status is only offered once a year and there is a limit to the number of foreigners by nationality who may apply each year.
Having a permanent residence certificate has its advantages as listed below so it is well worth apply for it. The following would be the advantages of the permanent residency status:
There are a number of privileges with having a permanent residence certificate. As mentioned above there are numerous advantages to this. These privileges that you can now enjoy are as follows:
Note that there is a quota system for Thai Permanent Residency which is set by the Thai Immigration Bureau. These limit the number of applications each year. The current quota in Thailand is 100 applicants per nationality per year. You need to speak to a Thai immigration lawyer about your nationality quota as it works on a first come first served basis once a year if there are more than 100 applicants.
Note that the Thai Permanent Residency applications open once a year. You need to ensure that your application is completed and submitted before the end of its closing date which is normally mid-December. Thai Immigration will notify you of your application status by post and via your lawyer, if you have appointed a lawyer for your application. The results are published by the Thai government in the government newspaper the following year normally around December month. As you will note that the process takes about a year to complete.
The following would be the very basic qualifications for your permanent residence application under the Work category. This has been listed below:
Do you think you are qualified for Thai PR?
Speak to our immigration lawyer Thailand. If you have read the above and your answer is a resounding YES. Then you are best advised to start the Thai Permanent Residency application process as early as possible. This to ensure that all documentation is completed on time. You may start the procedure by calling us at G.A.M. Legal Alliance to speak with our Thai PR specialist at this number 02 611 2881 for an initial consultation. We shall be able to evaluate your qualifications and advise you to proceed should we think you are qualified.