Thai permanent residency applications for 2020
Good news for long term expats living and working in Thailand. According to the RTY9 news website, the Thai cabinet has authorised the Ministry of Interior to begin receiving Thai permanent residency applications for 2020. While no date has been set to begin receiving applications, we expect that immigration will be able to start accepting applications from May 2020 onwards until the end of the this year.
Traditionally the window for applications have only been open in the last few weeks of December each year, and in some years, the window for accepting applications hasn’t opened at all. So this news report is positive news for expats living in Thailand who want to lay down some permanent roots here.
Based on reports we have been receiving from people who have contacted our website, applications are taking around 18 to 20 months to process, which is about as fast as you’ll see in Thailand. There basically isn’t a better time to apply for Thai PR than right now if you are looking to stay in Thailand forever without further visa and other administrative hassles.
Applying for Thai PR isn’t as difficult as many people think, so it is worth considering it. For a guide on how to go about applying, please see our guide on Thai permanent residency here.
Remember also, if you are married to a Thai citizen and living and working in Thailand, you can skip this step and apply for Thai citizenship. Check out how you can do that here.