In an effort to increase tourism and boost the economy, Thailand grants 10-year visas to attract wealthy and highly skilled professionals, retirees and nomadic workers to the country.
On January 18, 2022, the Thai Cabinet approved the new changes, and the same was confirmed by Rachada Dhnadirek, the Deputy Government Spokesperson.
An overview of what the new visa changes for Thailand include
Dhnadirek informed that the new regulations for Long Term Residence (LTR) visas in Thailand have been submitted to the Cabinet in the form of two drafts by the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Labor of Thailand.
These changes were made with specific types of foreign travelers in mind. People with deep pockets, retirees who want to relax, people who can work from anywhere, as well as highly qualified professionals.
The official announcements of the acceptance of the new regulations will be made soon by the two ministries which submitted the drafts to the Cabinet.
How it works?
According to the proposal submitted by the Interior Ministry, 10-year visas can be granted to up to four family members, including children up to 20 years old. Long-stay visas will initially be valid for up to five years and can then be renewed for another five years. Applicants will also have to pay 10,000 baht as an annual fee.
Travelers who plan to work during their stay can apply for a work permit after receiving their visa. The qualifications of families and travelers who can apply for this long-term visa have yet to be confirmed by the Board of Investment.
Additionally, foreigners staying in Thailand on LTR visas will also need to confirm their residential address once a year. If you change your mind, you can also apply for a change of visa type later, with the help of the Immigration Office.
The proposed changes according to the Ministry of Labor will allow travelers to work as soon as they receive their visa and apply for a work permit, without waiting for the permit to arrive. Work permits will last up to five years and can be renewed later.
Anyone caught breaking these rules will have to give up their visa and work permit.
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