Thailand has over the years become a hot spot in Asia for retirement, as the cost of living is low, crime levels are far lower than in Europe and the weather is great most days of the year. Many people see Thailand as an excellent place for retirement. The application process for a retirement visa in Thailand is pretty straightforward. Over the years, however, this has become a rather confusing subject to many due to the inconsistency in the immigration processes. Allow our legal team at Harwell Legal International to guide you through the process. With our help, your retirement visa is within reach.
Types of Thai Visa
- Valid for 60 days
- Can either be a multiple or single-entry
- Can be extended for up to another 30 days by means of a visa run
- Can convert to a Non-Immigrant Visa
- Valid for 90 days
- Single entry
- Can be extended your stay by doing a visa run going to the border or a nearby city/country
- Obtaining a work permit and opening a bank account is possible
One-Year Non-Immigrant Visa
- Valid for 1 year
- Multiple Entry
- Allowed to stay 90 days per entry
- Have to go to the border and have visa stamped at the immigration (visa run) every 90 days
Marriage Visa and Retirement Visa
There is no direct application for these 2 visa types. The process required special financial requirements for the application and you must simply married to a Thai National. Otherwise, if you want a Retirement Visa in Thailand, you need to be 50 years old or above.
The process is as follows:
- Obtain a non-immigrant visa
- Convert the non-immigrant visa to either Marriage Visa or Retirement Visa
These are the visa types that will allow you to stay in Thailand for the whole 1 year (renewable) without going to the border or not leaving the kingdom at all.
This visa is specially designed for people who want to do business legally in Thailand. It is also known as Non-Immigrant Business Visa. You can get a work permit, and open a bank account however you still need to do a visa run every 90 days.
Permanent Resident Visa
To qualify for this visa, you must have stayed in Thailand for 3 consecutive with the one-year visa extensions. If you are married to a Thai for 5 years, you must be earning 30,000 Baht/month. If you are single, at least your monthly income should be 80,000 Baht. You just simply present your three years of personal tax statements proving the above-stated income requirements to qualify for a Permanent Resident Visa in Thailand.