Many foreigners who have l ived in
Thailand for some time would ideally like to
enjoy the benefits of obtaining a permanent
residence permit (“permit”). Below is a
brief description of the benefits associated
with holding a permit and the applicable
requirements and procedure to obtaining one.
The foreign individuals who obtain the permit
enjoy the following benefts.
1. Permission to Permanently Reside in Thailand
Foreign permit holders are allowed to live permanently in
Thailand without obtaining a further visa, work permit, etc.,
authorizing that person to do so.
Note, however, that foreigners working in Thailand are still
required to maintain a work permit (as their permission to
work in Thailand as opposed to reside) but are not required
to renew their visa each year as normally would be the case
without the permit.
2. Permission to Obtain Local Financing
Normal ly, when foreigners in Thai land purchase a
condominium unit, they are not legally allowed to fnance
that purchase locally (i.e. 100% of the purchase price must be
remitted from abroad).
Permit holders are, however, exempt from this requirement.
Like Thai citizens, permanent residents are allowed to seek
out local fnancing for the purchase of condominiums through
banks, fnance companies, etc. in Thailand.
3. Apply for Citizenship
Obtaining a permit is a prerequisite for foreigners who wish
to apply for Thai citizenship. Foreigners may apply for Thai
citizenship after holding a permit for fve consecutive years.
4. Family Members’ Residence Permit
Once the foreigner obtains the permit, his spouse, children,
and parents become qualifed to apply for their own permit
(see Humanity Category below).
5. Children Born in Thailand Acquire Thai Nationality
When either of the parents of a child born in Thailand is a permanent resident that child automatically
obtains Thai nationality at the time of birth.
Requirements for Obtaining a
The following are the requirements of
obtaining a permit. Note that these rules are
subject to frequent change and that a current
list of the requirements may be found at:
The foreigner must have held a non-immigrant visa and have
resided in Thailand for at least three consecutive years on the
same non-immigrant visa at the time of application.
The foreigner must qualify under one of the following
five categories. Note that each of the five categories has
different requirements regarding required documentation to
be submitted and applicable application fees.