Foreigners who are legally married to a Thai national may apply for a Non-immigrant O visa based on marriage in Thailand.
You can apply to live in Thailand long term if you are married to a Thai or if you have a Thai child or children. The marriage visa for Thailand is issued at a Thai Embassy in your home country and it is normally issued as a single entry visa and valid for 90 days once you enter Thailand.
These are the documents need to start the process and will get you a single entry visa or a multiple entry visa. certain embassies want to see at least 100,000 THB in a Thai bank account to issue you with a multiple entry “O” visa or marriage visa. These do vary from embassy to embassy. Once you enter Thailand you have 90 days to extend this visa for 1 year and this process normally takes 3-4 weeks to complete. They will need the following documents for the extension for the visa.
- Copy of your passport;
- Copy of your Thai marriage certificate (both versions);
- Copy of your Thai wife’s ID card;
- Copy of your Thai wife’s Tabian Baan (House Papers)
- Copy of a map to your residence in Thailand;
- Copy of photos showing you and your wife together;
- Copy of your bank book showing 400,000 THB in your bank account;or
- Copy of your income showing 40,000 THB per month in income
As stated the process takes about 3 weeks and you would need to ensure once it is issued that you obtain a re-entry permit to ensure that when you leave Thailand and return that you do not invalidate the extended visa. With this extended visa you do not need to leave Thailand every 3 months to activate another leg of your visa. You only need to report your home address to Thai immigration every 90 days.
The process can be difficult so it is always best to speak to a lawyer in Thailand who can assist you with the extension process and the visa application. Speak to us online or in-person in Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Samui, Chiang Mai, or in Isaan.