A Marriage Visa in Thailand is officially referred to as:
“1-Year Extension of Stay Based on Marriage”
- A Marriage Visa in Thailand may be issued to an Expat who is married to a Thai and meets all requirements of the Thai Immigration Bureau.
- Entitles the holder to stay in country for a period of 1 year.
- Renewable annually. The renewal process may be done in-country (requirements for the renewal still apply).
- Allows the holder to work in Thailand if the visa holder is able to obtain a valid Thai Work Permit.
Note: The Marriage Visa in Thailand is attractive to potential employers because they only need to apply for the Expat’s Work Permit.
Applicants must be married to a Thai national and provide the following documentation: a) Marriage Certificate b) “Affirmation of Freedom to Marry” may also be required from the Expat’s embassy in Thailand
Must meet the financial requirement c) Security deposit of THB 400,000 in a Thai Bank Account for more than 2 months prior to the visa application; or d) Monthly income or pension of at least THB 40,000.
An affidavit from the foreign embassy or consulate is required as proof of the income, or; e) Combination of the Thai bank account and yearly income of at least THB 400,000 in total.
Supporting documents as proof of the security deposit in a Thai bank account are as follows: – Updated bank book or passbook; – Bank letter stating that the money had been deposited to the bank account from an overseas source for not less than 2 months.
Other documents that may be requested:* a) Police Clearance b) Medical Certificate * Not normally required if a visa application is submitted inside Thailand. The Thai embassy or consulate may request these documents before issuing the visa.
The Thai Marriage Visa application can be processed either in Thailand or your home country. It is important that you give proper attention to the requirements and other factors surrounding the entire procedure to eliminate possibility of unsuccessful visa application. (Please Note: There is no direct application for the Thailand Marriage Visa). The basic guidelines when applying for a marriage visa are as follows:
- Applicant must obtain a 90-Day Visa or a 1-Year Non-Immigrant O Visa from the home country or country of residence prior to submitting application for the Thai Marriage Visa. (The 90-day Non-Immigrant visa may be obtained from countries near to Thailand.)
- Following issue of the Non-Immigrant Visa, the applicant must travel to Thailand to activate the Non-Immigrant Visa.
- Applicant must prepare all needed documents for the conversion of the Non-Immigrant O Visa to the Thai Marriage Visa.
- The Visa Extension will take place within the final 30 days of the 90-day permit to stay.
- The Visa Extension Application should be submitted to the Thai Immigration Office together with all necessary supporting documents.
- The normal processing period for issuance of the Thai Marriage Visa is 4 to 6 weeks.
Expats with a visa exemption stamp or a tourist visa may apply for a Thai Marriage Visa if they have already met the requirements for the non-immigrant O visa and for 1-year extension visa applications. This can be done at the immigration office in Thailand.
Visa holders must report their current residential address to the Thai Immigration Office every 90 days. Address registration can be done either: (a) by mail; (b) in person at the Thai Immigration Office; (c) assignment of an agent to do this on your behalf through a Power of Attorney. If the Thai Marriage Visa Holder is not in Thailand when the report is due, the counting of the 90-days begins from the re-entry date to Thailand.
If there is a need to leave or return to Thailand during the year of the Thai Marriage Visa validity, a multiple re-entry permit is required to avoid visa cancellation. Multiple entry permit is not required if the Expat does not plan to travel outside of Thailand during the period of visa validity. If the Expat requires to travel overseas and return to Thailand, a re-entry permit can be requested at the nearest Thai Immigration Office or at the international airport before leaving Thailand.
The Thai Marriage Visa is valid for a year and renewal is subject to the same requirements as the initial application. It is important to note that the required security deposit must be in the bank account for at least 3 months prior to visa renewal application.
If there is a divorce, the validity of the Thai Marriage Visa will end, and the individual must leave Thailand immediately. In some cases, individuals may be allowed to stay in the country until the Thai Marriage Visa expires.
TSL Thailand Contact Information:
For more information about applying for a Visa or requesting our Legal Services, please visit the TSL Thailand Contact page.
Or you can contact us by phone:
International: +66 84-361-2818
In Thailand: 087-595-4918 or 02-168-7734