Integrity Legal

23rd May 2009

There are many immigration options for those wishing to stay in Thailand on either a full time or part time basis. The Immigration option most familiar to short term travelers is the Thai visa exemption which allows a non-Thai national entry into the country without obtaining a visa. Many people who enter Thailand on a visa exemption believe they are actually on a visa. In reality, they have been granted lawful presence in Thailand without a visa.

Map to Thailand Immigration Bureau

Thai Education Visas

An Education visa in Thailand is very useful as a long term visa option particularly in light of the proliferation of affordable Thai schools that offer assistance in applying for a Thai ED visa. The major downside to the ED visa is the fact that there is no automatic right to work inherent to the visa. Also, the ED visa does not accrue time necessary to obtain Thai Permanent Residence.

Thailand Retirement Visa

A Thailand retirement visa is very useful for those who fit the criteria set forth under Thailand Immigration Law. One of the major criterion for obtainment of a Thai retirement visa is that the applicant be at least 50 years old at the time of application. Another requirement is that the applicant meet the minimum financial threshholds determined by the Thai Immigration Bureau’s internal regulations. A positive aspect of the Thai retirement visa is the fact that one holding such a visa does not need to go on “border runs,” every 90 days. However, a person present in Thailand on a retirement visa will not be able to secure a Thailand work permit.

Thailand Business Visas

As discussed in previous posts, a Thai Business visa is a very flexible option for those wishing to remain in Thailand in order to work, invest, or conduct business negotiations. The visa itself does not confer a right to work, a Thai work permit is still a necessity, but a work permit is usually easy to obtain where the visa holder has secured legitimate employment or has registered a Thai company.

Thailand Other Visas

The Thai “O” Visa, the “O” stands for other, is a designation for a visa that does not really fit into any of the aforementioned categories. The “O” visa is used for Thailand Family Immigration especially where a foreign spouse of a Thai national wishes to reside in Thailand. For those present in Thailand on an “O” visa, there may be some difficulty securing a work permit if the visa is not based upon filial realtionship to a Thai.

Thanks for Reading,

For information on US Immigration from Thailand please see:

multiple entry visa

Fiance Visa Thailand

Marriage Visa Thailand

US Embassy Bangkok

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