If you have to apply for a Thai marriage visa or apply for a new marriage visa inside Thailand, this post will tell you exactly what you need to bring.
Applying for a Thai marriage visa is like renewing your driver’s license at the DMV, except:
- no one speaks English;
- you’re sweating through your clothes;
- no one seems to know what’s going on; and
- there’s a man grunting and groaning on the squatter with the bathroom door wide open—more about that part later.
Basically, this is how I feel every time I leave immigration:
In other words, I’m happy—but my spirit has been beat to an absolute pulp.
My goal with this post is to make your Thai marriage visa process a lot less painful then mine.
My Story—and Mistakes
What qualifies me to write about Thai marriage visas? I’ve had to apply for new marriage visas for the past five years. And over the years, I’ve made tons of mistakes.
One time I flew to Phnom Penh, Cambodia to re-apply for a marriage visa at the Thai embassy and it turned out I still had three months left on my visa.
I wasted roughly 20,000 baht on an airline ticket, hotel, and other travel costs. I did get to see the Khmer Rouge Killing Fields, but that just made the trip even more depressing.
Then there was that time I was told I had to leave the country because I unknowingly overstayed my visa. That night I drove to the Aranyaprathet-Poi Pet border for a visa run, something I did three times my first year in Thailand.
When I got to the Thai-Cambodian border city, the Thai immigration officer wouldn’t let me out of the country because the immigration officer in Bangkok voided my visa.
I had to drive back to immigration in Bangkok, and come to find out, they forget to tell me I had to fly out of Thailand—not cross a land border.
And that brings me to this year. This past week I told myself before walking into immigration that I would accept anything thrown my way.
Because honestly, the year I was told I had to leave Thailand, and I drove across the country only to be told I couldn’t cross the border, I was almost detained. And I don’t want that to happen again.
So I took it all in stride this year when they told me I didn’t have all the paperwork I needed. But I guess that’s just the way it goes.
You could have every single document on the immigration’s list, and they will want to see one more thing that you don’t have.
But alas, I made note after last week.
Thai Marriage Visa Requirements
To qualify for a Thai marriage visa you need to be married to a Thai national, and you need to show money in your Thai bank account.
You have two choices to prove funds.
Deposit 400,000 baht into a Thai bank account and get a letter from the bank stating your balance. The letter can’t be older than seven days from the day you apply at immigration.
Get a statement from your Thai bank stating that you have at least 40,000 baht going into your bank account every month.
Thai Marriage Visa Documents to Bring With You
When I first applied for my marriage visa in 2014, I had about five things on my list. Since then, my list has grown immensely.
Here it is, every document you need to bring to immigration to apply for your Thai marriage visa. Oh, and bring three copies of each.
- original and copy of your passport valid for at least six months
- copy of every used page in your passport
- copy of your TM.6 departure card
- two 2’’ x 2’’ passport-style photos taken within the last six months
- original and copy of your Thai marriage certificate
- your wife’s Thai birth certificate along with a copy of her Thai national identity card
- your children’s Thai birth certificates (if applicable)
- photos of you and your family in every room of your house, except the bathroom; you must have one photo of you and your family outside of your front door with the house number in the photo
- photos of you and your children at their school (if applicable)
- if your spouse owns the house you live in, copy of the house Blue Book with your spouse’s name in the book; if you have children, the children’s name must be in the book
- if you rent, copy of the house owner’s Blue Book, copy of the owner’s Thai national identity card, and copy of your signed lease with your name on it
- printed Google Map image of the general area of your house with drawn directions on how to get there from the nearest main road
- if you’re male, your Thai bank book and a letter of proof of funds from your bank: either 400,000 baht in your Thai bank account or at least 40,000 baht per month going into your Thai bank account consecutively for the past 12 months
- form ตม.7 (Tor. Mor. 7 or TM.7) visa application
- form คร.22 (Kor. Ror. 22) if married overseas
- form คร.2 and คร.3 (Kor. Ror. 2 and Kor. Ror. 3) if married in Thailand
Where to Apply for Your Thai Marriage Visa
Most people go to the Immigration Government Complex, aka Chaengwatthana (แจ้งวัฒนะ), in Bangkok to apply for their Thai marriage visa. But you could go to any immigration office in Thailand.
The easiest way to find a Thai immigration office close to you is to search “immigration office” on Google Maps.
Most provinces in Thailand have their own immigration office.
The Thai marriage visa costs 1,900 baht/$60. And you’ll get the results in 30 days.
What to Do Next
That wraps up my post on how to get a Thai marriage visa. Don’t forget to download those forms from the list and make three copies of each of your documents for safe measure.
Oh yeah, and about the man on the squatter. This year, after carrying my daughter back and forth between immigration and the bank twice, skipping lunch, and holding in my need to pee all day so I could finish my visa before immigration closed, I stormed into the bathroom outside of immigration with my daughter in toe. And there he was, sitting on the squatter–pushing.
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