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I have never considered PR, not because I don't work or pay taxes, which I don't.

 

Thailand for me is the way I see it, my holiday destination, albeit it I have lived here for 4 plus years and renew the marriage extension annually.

 

I have a Thai drivers and riders license, the yellow book and a pink ID all of which I seldom use, the drivers license when requested at a roadside check of course.

 

Up until now I have been doing the 90 days at immigration, an hour 20 drive after we drop the kids off at school, it's in the same direction, my wife and I make a day of it, e.g. stopping and buying some fruit at the petrol service station and see the usual vendor, sister-in-law and might buy a lottery ticket as well.

 

Immigration takes 5 minutes as we are usually first in and out, then it's off to the mall for some Thai noodle soup while the wife looks around at Robinson and I look at the eye candy, then we head back to pick up the kids, I do have the option of doing it online or by post, and will probably opt for the online reporting as I did the TM30 not to long ago and found that to be easy, well sort of.

 

The above said, I really don't see the issue with all the reporting as much as it is a pain, but that said, if your organised and diaries everything, it's no different to reporting to your parole officer 🙂

 

When I get fed up of living my retired life in my holiday destination, in my big house, I will go back to where I came from, albeit it I will probably live in a shoe box, pay what it costs me to to raise and feed a family of 6 per month in rent and then have to look at finding money for food and everything else.

 

PR is for those that want it, not me, marriage extension will do me just fine, and if my marriage goes south tomorrow which it won't, there is always the retirement extension and all the foot loose and fancy free, well not so free, eye candy 🙂

 

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So what are the actual requirements? I see several things when I read up on it on various sites.  Can a retiree apply and qualify for it?  The work permit seems odd, as many countries have resident provisions; some require money, investment, marriage, etc.  Three of my friends (now deceased) did get their permanent canadian residency thing, each owned land, property built their house.  One of them had a hotel, and a Canadian wife.  The other two were just US citizens that retired to British Colummbia.

 

  Is that additional information below just extra they need to know, and the key is one must have that 3 year work permit at some point?

Qualifications

 

To become eligible to apply for Permanent Residency Permit, the applicant must meet any of the following criteria:

Applicant must present 3 years of tax statements proving the above income

  • Must hold 3 consecutive 1-year visa extensions.
  • Must have a valid work permit for 3 years at the date of application.
  • Must earn 30,000 Baht monthly income (for those married with Thai spouse for 5 years) and 80,000 Baht monthly income (for those who are single).

 

then I read:

  • In addition, a number of documents need to be included with each application, in accordance with the category under which the application is submitted:
  • Business or employment purposes;
  • Investment purposes;
  • Experts or academics;
  • To support a family (wife and children) who are Thai citizens;
  • As a dependent of a husband or father who is a Thai citizen;
  • Accompanying a husband who already has a residence permit;
  • Retirement.

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11 minutes ago, gk10002000 said:

the key is one must have that 3 year work permit at some point?

Yes

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29 minutes ago, ThaiBunny said:

Yes

I often wonder if the had the work permit previously but not currently, is a qualification?

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PR is absolutely worth it - read through this forum and see all the pain and suffering caused by ever tightening visa rule changes. None of them apply to PR holders, who can stay in Thailand forever.

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2 hours ago, gk10002000 said:

So what are the actual requirements? I see several things when I read up on it on various sites.

Retirement is no. Marriage if working and earning 50k baht a month.

The real requirements are here. Permanent Residency Requirements June 2019.pdf

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With a little foresight a PR is good because we won't always be young enough to do the 90 day reporting in person or feel the TM30 is not a big deal. We dont all want to hear about immigration raising the bar to keep out unwanted foreigners. We can apply for citizenship. It is a choice you dont have without PR. I asked my local police station what if I forget to stamp the red book every 4 years and was told there would be a small fine but I wouldn't lose the PR. It just makes life easier. 

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I have had mine for 17 years. Best 20K I ever spent.

 

Some raw officials in places like banks might not be completely aware of PR. That's where speaking the language fluently comes in handy.

 

For me mortgages, other loans were easy. Yes, if you leave you have to fork out 5,700 baht a year for multiple in/outs plus endorsement.

 

I have got round this recently by staying put!

 

I go to report my address about every 6 years and have a nice chat with the police about the Premier League. The chief supports Liverpool so he was in an especially good mood recently and even gave me change.

 

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