How Do I Become A Permanent Resident in Thailand?

How Do I Become A Permanent Resident in Thailand?

Few people would argue that it isn’t becoming increasingly difficult to live in Thailand long-term. This puts many long-term residents in an awkward situation as they may have no family and no home to return to in the UK. The Thai Retirement Visa now harder to not only obtain but also to renew and with the current strength of the Thai Baht expected to continue, the problem looks like it is here to remain, at least for the foreseeable future. If you are a long-term resident of Thailand, you may want to consider becoming a Permanent Resident (PR).

The Advantages of Being a Permanent Resident

  • You can live permanently in Thailand
  • No longer have to apply for a visa or visit Immigration every 90 days
  • Can buy land in your own name
  • Easier to work in Thailand

What Do I Need to Become a PR?

  • Held Non-Immigrant Visa for at least 3-years
  • You must match at least one of the following criteria:
  1. Have invested at least THB3-10 million in Thailand
  2. Support family in Thailand
  3. Be an academic expert or an expert in business
  4. Specific categories that are regarded as exceptional cases by Thai Immigration

Once you have PR you will receive a “Blue Book”, and you must register your place of residence at the local Amphur. After one week you can then apply for the equivalent of a Thai ID card which is available to non-Thai nationals. PR never expires unless the Thai authorities revoke it.

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We can assist you with any UK or Thai Visa, including PR. So, if you would like more information, call us on +66 (0)80 102 2328, +66 (0) 38 420 313 or +44 (0) 20 8133 8059, email us on: or alternatively contact us via our website.

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