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Move to Thailand from UK

Move to Thailand from UK

Like many other individuals, if you are planning to immigrate to Thailand from the UK, you are recommended to obtain legal assistance. You can rely on the legal services of our lawyers in Thailand if you are seriously thinking about relocating from the UK. Our experienced lawyers will guide you regarding your needs in Thailand and they can also help you in choosing a suitable Thai visa.

What visas does Thailand offer?

If you are seeking to move to Thailand from the UK, you must obtain a visa first. Please find below a general guide to Thai visas:

  • Study visa: if you are planning to relocate to Thailand for your studies, you should apply for a non-immigrant ED visa. Under this visa type, you will be able to study, participate in projects, or conduct a work-study tour in Thailand;
  • Work visa: if you are interested in working in Thailand, you should apply for a non-immigrant B visa. Under this visa type, you will be able to conduct business, work as an English teacher, or sports coach, or take part in a non-curricular internship. Those individuals seeking to work in Thailand can also apply for a SMART visa, but it is only available for specific fields;
  • Retired individuals: if you are aged above 50 years and looking to retire to Thailand, you should apply for a non-immigrant O-X visa. However, you must fulfill the financial requirements set by the Thai authorities to get this visa.

You can rely on the legal services of our lawyers if you want to get any of the visas described above. In addition, our lawyers will help you to move to Thailand from the UK.

Main ways to obtain Thai residency

British citizens who want to relocate to Thailand can apply for residency in the following ways:

  • study;
  • employment;
  • family reunion;
  • business/investment.

If you need support in choosing the best option for you, do not hesitate to ask for the support of our Thai law firm.

Employment-based immigration to Thailand from the UK

You must apply for a Thai work visa at the embassy in the UK if you want to move to Thailand based on employment. Nevertheless, a stay visa is also required in order to lawfully work and reside in Thailand, regardless of the type of work visa you hold.

The Department of Employment handles work visa applications in Thailand for UK and nationals of other countries. The validity of the work permit is for the whole term of your employment contract or one year.

Once your application for a work permit has been approved, you can begin working. However, if you want to stay in Thailand for an extended period of time, you have to apply for an extension of stay at the Immigration Bureau. You have the right to a one-year extension of stay, beginning on the day of arrival in Thailand and lasting a year. You can then stay for an additional 3 years, at which point you can apply for a permanent residency permit.

Immigration to Thailand from the UK based on employment is often the choice of those seeking to obtain permanent residency.

Our lawyers in Thailand can advise on when to start the immigration procedure based on the type of permit you seek to obtain.

Moving to Thailand from the UK based on family reunion

Marriage is one of the simplest ways to relocate to Thailand from the United Kingdom. However, one can also apply for a family reunion visa to join members who are established in the country.

In the case of moving with your wife/husband, you must apply for a Thai marriage visa if you are married to a Thai national and wish to travel with your spouse. The duration of this visa is 90 days.

If you enter Thailand on a marriage visa and want to stay for an extended period of time, you must first acquire an extension of stay. After, in order to leave and return without losing your visa, you must apply for a re-entry permit.

Should you decide to apply for this type of visa, you can use our legal services in Thailand for a correct procedure.

How to obtain permanent residency in Thailand as a UK national

If you have decided to immigrate to Thailand permanently, after 3 years of legally living here, you can apply for permanent residency. You must apply at the local Immigration Office for a permanent residency visa in order to secure your permit.


You also need to apply for a resident certificate in Thailand. The application process may be completed at the local immigration office or the embassy in the UK. Anyone who resides in Thailand is granted a residence certificate. The document verifies the legal status of your residence and also serves as proof of your legal address in this country.

Access to Thai citizenship

After being a permanent resident of Thailand for 5 years, you can apply for Thai citizenship. However, if you meet certain requirements, you can also qualify for a Thai passport sooner. Marriage is the fastest way to obtain citizenship as a British national or as a citizen of another country. Please address our Thai lawyers for support in applying for Thai nationality.

Why is moving to Thailand a good choice for a UK citizen?

Thailand is the second-largest economy in Southeast Asia, and the cost of living here is cheaper than the other countries. Being a UK resident, you can teach English because it is an easy option to find, but you must obtain a work permit to work in Thailand. If you plan to immigrate to Thailand from the UK along with your children, then you do not need to worry about their schooling. Thailand has many international schools with programs varying from British GCSEs and A levels to the International Baccalaureate.

If you plan to relocate from the UK, then Thailand seems like a good option because it has an excellent employment rate. This country also covers the schooling of your children by offering a British style education. Above all, Thailand is an emerging spot for tourists because of its beauty and cheap living costs. If you are ready to enjoy all these benefits in one country, you can trust the legal services of our Thai attorneys. They will help you throughout the process of relocation.

You can get guidance from our lawyers regarding the necessary documents for the submission of visa applications. The key documents consist of a passport, birth certificate, medical record, financial statement, health insurance, and UK criminal record check. However, the visa process also requires additional documents that vary depending on your purpose of travel to Thailand.

Immigrants in Thailand

As the economy of Thailand is boosting, the number of immigrants is also increasing in this country; please find below the number of immigrants in Thailand:

  • at the level of 2023, there were between 3 and 4 million expats living and working in Thailand;
  • out of these, an average of 41,000 were British citizens, most of them relocating here for retirement;
  • Thailand is the 17th preferred country to move to for British citizens.

Contact our law firm in Thailand if you are interested in relocation from the UK. Our lawyers will provide a step-by-step guide to the aspirants interested in immigrating to Thailand from the UK. As a foreigner, if you are interested in opening a company in Thailand, you can get legal help from our seasoned lawyers in this regard also, because opening a company from scratch in a foreign country can be complicated.