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BANGKOK 24 March 2019 18:40
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Which countries give permanent residence to foreigners?

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On 2/2/2019 at 7:11 PM, SuperTed said:

I have read through this thread hoping to see listings of PR requirements in various countries. There are only a few, a couple of which are wrong!

And there is no serious discussion of Thai PR. One poster says it is available after three years, another says it is available after five. Here is what ThaiEmbassy.com says:

“All applications for Thai Permanent Residency is processed by the Royal Thai Immigration Commission. The annual quota for granting permanent residency in Thailand is a maximum of 100 persons per country. The application period for Thai PR usually from October to the end of December of every year.

In order to apply to become a Thai Permanent Resident, you must meet the following criteria:

You must have had a Thai non-immigrant visa for at least three years prior to the submission of your application. Holders of multiple NON-Immigrant visas can not apply. You must have 3 consecutive yearly extensions in order to qualify.

You must be a holder of a non-immigrant visa at the time of submitting your application.

You must be able to meet one of these categories to apply for PR status in Thailand:

Investment category (minimum 3 – 10 Mil. Baht investment in Thailand)

Working/ Business category

Support a family or Humanity Reasons category: In this category, you must have a relationship with a Thai citizen or an alien who already posses a residence permit as a husband or wife; father or mother; or a guardian of a Thai child under 20 years of age.

Expert / academic category

Other categories as determined by Thai Immigration

You should note that the list of required documents for the application depends on the category under which the application is made.

Once your application for Thai Permanent Residency is approved, a residence blue book is issued to you. You must then register your place of residence in Thailand at the local Amphur and obtain a house card. A week after the receipt of your residence certificate you can then apply for an alien book (red book) at the local police station, which is the equivalent of the Thai national ID card. You must re-register there every year.

The Residency Permit itself never expires, unless revoked. To be able to leave the country and return to Thailand, however, requires you to apply for a re-entry permit (endorsement).

You can file an application to become a Thai naturalized citizen after holding Permanent Resident status in Thailand for 10 consecutive years.”
 

Any up to date details on the cost? Is 250,000THB in the ballpark?

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On 2/2/2019 at 11:52 PM, Jingthing said:

I'm only interested in nations that offer residency security to retired expats with programs that I can afford. That leaves out all of SE Asia except the Philippines that I have been to and don't think it's for me. 

 

This is a good example of what I mean by being able to narrow things down based on your own defined criteria added with research. I have very specific criteria that have different priority levels. For example I prefer a place that is very walkable but I can be flexible if there's affordable mass transit and taxis. There is no "perfect" place that has it all with no downsides, except perhaps if you're massively wealthy. 

Good day

Has anyone considered/investigated Portugal? I understand Lisbon cost of living to be similar to Bkk. Not sure about requirements for getting a visa.

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On 2/4/2019 at 11:28 PM, KittenKong said:

Portugal? Good food, good wine, good climate, good scenery, clean empty beaches, refined and civilised people, proper supermarkets selling things I want to buy at sensible prices, decent health care, decent public transport in built-up areas and decent trains between those areas. No idea about taxis.

 

I walked a lot in Portugal as the climate really encouraged me to do so. Here it's too hot and sticky.

 

If ever this Brexit nonsense gets settled I would consider moving to Portugal for the rest of my days.

KKong

Have you any information of the requirements to retire in Portugal?

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On 2/9/2019 at 6:33 PM, brokenbone said:

is infrastructure suited for driving scooter in portugal ?

 

Anyone considering retiring in a country is advised to visit first.  Even if only on YouTube to determine suitability.

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I became fed up with Thailand and got permanent residence, and later citizenship, in Australia. Unless you are seriously minted, you need to have a skill that they want, and it gets harder as you get older.

 

Worth considering for those who qualify - Australia is a beautiful and grand country, with a great lifestyle and clean air. I now spend periods of time in both Australia and Thailand. 

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Nonsense post removed, I think the op is actually asking a serious question.


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Although only a benefit to very dark-skinned expats, South Africa is cheap, with nice beaches, but a bit racist regarding 'white' people. 

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On 2/2/2019 at 9:05 AM, Boon Mee said:

 The food is indeed crap and the country more dangerous by far than LOS. 

All things considered, Thailand is the best option for retirement in SE Asia. 

Not everybody's experience, I am quite happy in the Phils

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has anyone been to both vietnam & philippines ?

more specifically which country has the least power-outs ?

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A lot of European countries to be honest. I heard that Montenegro, Malta, Greece and Cyprus have such programs especially it applies if you buy real estate there or invest in certain projects. For example you can read all the information about residency in Greece here.

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On 2/5/2019 at 12:24 PM, jmd8800 said:

Are you married to a person with permanent residency in VN? If so you've got at least 1 foot in the door. But I'd suspect a good number of people presently in Thailand and looking for a country to land in with PR are not married to someone with VN PR.

More like 1 foot in the grave.

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