Long-term stay options in Thailand if you're under 50

Do you want to stay in Thailand longer than the usual 90 days you get with a tourist visa? you're tired of having to leave the country and come back again and you're not old enough for a retirement visa. What can you do to stay in Thailand legally if you're under 50 years old? Let's find out.

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Non-Immigrant O Marriage Visa

If you find the right Thai partner, fall in love, and plan to get married, it's all good news for you. With a Marriage visa, you can stay in Thailand long-term as long as you're married to a Thai citizen.

  • Best for: Spouses of Thai nationals seeking affordability and work opportunities.
  • Financial Requirement: Maintain a minimum balance of 400,000 Baht in a Thai bank account for two months prior to application or show a monthly income of at least 40,000 Baht.
    If you're a foreigner married to a Thai husband, you don't need to show your own income or any specific amount. Instead, you can rely on your husband's income, which may include a salary letter from his employer indicating a minimum income of 20,000 baht per month (15,000 baht per month if he is a civil servant
  • Benefits: Renewal yearly, can get Permanent Resident if you marry at least 2 years and live in Thailand at least 3 years
  • Duration: Renewable annually.
  • Work Allowance: Permitted, but a work permit is required.
  • Additional Notes: The Marriage visa offers flexibility for employment while maintaining affordability, making it an attractive option for those with Thai spouses.

Long-Term Resident (LTR) Visa

  • Best for: Professionals and individuals desiring a prolonged stay with fewer immigration obligations.
  • Financial Requirement: requires a minimum annual income of $80,000 for the past 2 years or investments in Thailand.
  • Benefits: Longer visa validity and streamlined immigration processes.
  • Duration: 10 years 
  • Work Allowance: Permitted, with a digital work permit required.
  • Additional Notes: The LTR visa caters to individuals with substantial income or investments, offering extended residency without the need for frequent visa renewals.

Elite Visa (Thailand Privilege Visa)

  • Best for: High-net-worth individuals prioritizing convenience and luxury benefits.
  • Financial Requirement: Upfront price ranging from 900,000 Baht to 2,500,000 Baht, depending on the selected visa category.
  • Benefits: Exclusive perks including VIP airport services and concierge assistance.
  • Duration: Options for 5, 10, 15 or 20-year stays (invitation-only).
  • Work Allowance: Not permitted under this visa category.
  • Additional Notes: The Elite Visa offers luxury benefits and minimal immigration obligations but comes with a higher upfront investment compared to other options.

Education Visa

  • Best for: You who is seeking an immersive cultural experience and a longer stay than a tourist visa allows.
  • Financial Requirement: Sufficient funds to cover stay in Thailand; concrete proof not mandatory.
  • Benefits: Opportunity to pursue studies, explore new interests, and enjoy life in Thailand.
  • Duration: Initial one-year stay, renewable for subsequent study programs.
  • Work Allowance: Not permitted.
  • Additional Notes: The Education Visa offers flexibility for exploration and learning, making it ideal for you keen on experiencing Thailand beyond its tourist attractions.

Non-Immigrant B Visa (Businee Visa)

  • Best for:This visa is for people doing business in Thailand, like entrepreneurs who want to start a company there or professionals who work in the country.
  • Financial Requirement: If you're starting a company, you need enough money to cover the setup costs and meet the government's capital requirements. If you're working in Thailand, you just need enough money to support yourself.
  • Benefits:With this visa, you can do business things in Thailand, like owning a company, running it, and doing business in the local market. You can also apply for work permits for yourself and your employees (if applicable).
  • Duration: Valid for one year from the date of issuance, with the option to renew annually as long as you continues to meet the visa requirements.
  • Work Allowance: Holders of the Business Visa are permitted to engage in business-related activities, including employment within their own company or with other businesses in Thailand. However, additional work permits may be required depending on the nature of employment.
  • Additional Notes: This visa helps make doing business in Thailand legal. To keep it valid, you need to keep up with the requirements, like staying in business or keeping your job. Make sure you follow all the immigration and business rules while you're in Thailand..

Permanent Residency

  • Best for: Those committed to establishing roots in Thailand and seeking freedom from visa constraints.
  • Financial Requirement: You need to have been on your current Non-Immigrant visa for three years in a row. If you're working, you must pay taxes on a monthly salary of 80,000-100,000 Baht. If you're married to a Thai citizen, the monthly salary requirement is 40,000 Baht.
  • Benefits: Permanent resident status with simplified immigration procedures.
  • Duration: Indefinite, subject to residency requirements.
  • Work Allowance: Permitted, but a work permit is required.
  • Additional Notes: You must speak Thai fluently. Permanent Residency offers a pathway to Thai citizenship and eliminates the need for visa renewals, providing a sense of permanence and stability.

Starting your journey to live in Thailand for the long-haul means thinking about money and what you want. Whether you care about saving money, making things easy, or staying forever, there's a way for you. Come talk to us at Thai Kru. We're experts at helping people from other countries figure out how to stay in Thailand and move here smoothly.

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