What are the benefits of marrying a Thai wife or husband?
First, The marriage visa lasts a whole year without the need to leave Thailand. It can be renewed in Thailand each year and also gives you the right to get a work permit here in the kingdom.
You and your wife can buy property in both your names.
You can get a work permit in Thailand based on your marriage visa.
You can get permanent residence or citizenship eventually in the kingdom.
Now you must be wondering how you can get one….
Well, first of all you must be married to a Thai.
Then you need to get the marriage certificate (ror kor 3) and registration (ror kor 2).
If you got married in a foreign country, make sure you go to your district office to report your marriage to get the appropriate documents (ror kor 22).
But you have to have some money in order to qualify for a marriage visa, you did not think it was so easy, right?
Now these are the steps to apply for the marriage visa.
So now your marriage visa is approved - congratulations!
But a marriage visa is just like any other long term visa. So here are some things to remember!
And what if you get divorced?
If you have a divorce with your Thai spouse (make sad face), you have to leave the country immediately in most cases, yes you heard that right.
So be sure to treat your wife right!
Can you become a permanent resident or a citizen?
In the case your marriage is successful (laughs), and you have had at least three extensions of the “marriage visa”, you will be able to apply for permanent residency status.
You can also get Thai citizenship if you have lived in Thailand for three years consecutively, have had three consecutive work permits from a Thai employer, have a minimum income of 40,000 baht per month, pay income tax and of course… remain married to a Thai citizen.
So How to find a Thai wife?
In Thailand, marriage is still an important thing and the divorce rate here is still low -- at only 39%.
As we always say at Baan Smile, learn a little Thai language, have mostly Thai friends, immerse yourself in the culture and your marriage will last a long time.