Advantages of Permanent Residence in Thailand
Source: thaivisa.com 2006
It allows the holder to live permanently in Thailand, with no requirement to apply for an extension of temporary stay.
In addition to the permanent residence book, an alien registration book will be issued, which is the equivalent of the ID card held by Thais.
A permanent resident can have his/her name included on a house registration document.
Obtaining a work permit is easier for a permanent resident than for a non-resident, but you still need to have a work permit if working.
A permanent resident also has a number of other privileges such as, for example, being able to:
(a) buy a condominium without being required to transfer money from abroad;The annual quota for granting permanent residency in Thailand is a maximum of 100 persons per country. The Interior Minister is responsible for issuing the announcement each year that the quota is open for submission of applications, usually from October to the end of December.
The Immigration Commission has the power to define all regulations concerning permanent residency. The Immigration Bureau is the agency that handles all procedures concerning permanent residency applications.
Qualifications of an applicant:
1. An applicant must have received permission for yearly stays in Thailand on a non-immigrant visa for at least of three years prior to the submission of an application for permanent residency. Holders of multiple NON-Immigrant visas can not appy. You must have 3 un-broken yearly extensions in order to qualify.Documents required
The list of required documents depends on the category under which the application is made.
Application for a residence permit - 7,600
The Thai Immigration Bureau has recently (october 2003) announced quotas for all expatriates applying for residence permits at 100 persons per nationality. All foreigners may qualify to apply for a residence permit if he/she
1. Holds a passport of his/her current nationality, which was granted a Non-Immigrant visa and the individual has been permitted to stay in Thailand for at least 3 consecutive years on a 1-year visa extension basis up to the application submission date.Submission period for the Residence permit applications
The applicants can submit the applications once a year. Normally, the opening date for the applications is in December, we recommend to prepare the required documents 1-2 months earlier. Once the date is announced, the applications can be submitted until the last working day of the year.
The results will be announced in May 2004 and the residence permits will be issued in December 2004.
If approved, a residence blue book is issued to the alien. The foreign resident must register the place of residence in Thailand at the local Amphur Office and obtain a house card. 7 days after receipt of the residence certificate you then apply for an alien book (red book) at the local police station. You must re-register there every year, and the fee is 200 Baht.
The Residency Permit itself never expires, unless revoked. To be able to leave the country and return at will, though, you need to apply each year for a re-entry permit (endorsement) at 1,000 baht (multiple entry). If you don't leave Thailand, you don't need to have an endorement done.
Also, you must present yourself at the police station covering the area where you are resident once every five years for a stamp in your book.
An alien with permanent residency status will be eligible to apply for Thai citizenship after 10 consecutive years under this classification.