Getting The Right Type Of Visa
How do I know what kind of visa to get for working or just owning property?
Tourist Visa: This is a 60-day Tourist Visa to Thailand that can either be a multiple or single entry and can be extended for up to another 30 days by means of a visa run. If you want to extend longer than 30 days, you can convert the visa to a Non-Immigrant Visa which will require you to go to the nearby city or country such us Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Non-Immigrant Visa: This is normally a single entry visa to Thailand valid for 90 days. Like the tourist visa, you can extend your stay by doing visa runs going to the border or nearby city/country. Obtaining a work permit and opening a bank account is possible.
One Year Non-Immigrant Visa: This visa is often a Multiple Entry Visa to Thailand valid for use for a period of 1 year. You are allowed to stay 90 days per entry which means, every 90 days, you will have to go to border and have your visa stamped at the immigration (visa run)
Business Visa: 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.
Marriage Visa & Retirement Visa There is no direct application for these 2 visa types, but don't worry, its not going to be a complicated process as long as you will meet the special financial requirements for the application.
How to obtain a Marriage Visa in Thailand?
You must simply be 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 easy as 1 2 3.
First step: You obtain a non-immigrant visa.
Next step: 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 anymore at all.