A long-term resident visa, commonly referred to as a non-immigrant “O-A” visa, is one that Thailand issues to foreigners who plan to retire or live there for an extended period of time. It can be renewed annually and is good for up to a year.
To be eligible to apply for this visa, you must fulfill the following criteria:
1. 50 years of age or older.
2. possess a passport with at least one year of remaining validity.
3. possess a clean criminal record.
4. Have at least 800,000 Baht (about $25,000 USD) in your Thai bank account for at least three months prior to applying, or earn at least 65,000 Baht (roughly $2,000 USD) every month, or a combination of the two.
You must also supply the following documentation in addition to fulfilling these requirements:
1. filled out the visa application.
2. two photographs the size of a passport.
3. issued no more than three months prior to the application, a medical certificate.
4. Check for criminal activity in your country of origin or current residence.
Once you have these documents in hand, you can apply for a visa at a Thai embassy or consulate in your country of residence or where you currently reside. You must register your address with the immigration office within 24 hours of your arrival in Thailand.
You should be aware that the long-term resident visa does not permit you to work in Thailand. You must submit a separate work permit application if you want to be able to work.