Thailand Permanent Residency: An Overview

| January 10, 2014 | Immigration
Thailand Permanent Residency: An Overview

Section 40 of the Immigration Act of 1979 allows foreigners who have been granted non-immigrant visas to apply for permanent residency in Thailand. Generally, the factors taken into account in granting permanent residency to a foreigner are his or her income, property, knowledge, professional skills, and family status in relationship to any Thai nationals. Furthermore, […]

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Validity of Marriage Under Thai Family Law

| December 20, 2013 | Divorce, Family Law, Marriage
Validity of Marriage Under Thai Family Law

According to Section 1495 of the Thai Civil and Commercial Code, any marriage that violates the conditions of marriage causes a marriage to be invalid. However, the Code provides that only a court judgment may determine a marriage to be invalid. Sections 1496, 1497. Therefore, an important issue that must be addressed concerns legal standing. […]

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Rules and guidelines on how a foreign company may set up its own Representative Office in Thailand

Rules and guidelines on how a foreign company may set up its own Representative Office in Thailand

Previously, we discussed the main characteristics and features of the Representative Office according to Thai law, including its main purpose and the activities in which it is allowed to conduct. In this article, we will address the rules and guidelines regarding how a foreign company may set up its own Representative Office in Thailand. Generally […]

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Kert Stavorn’s Presentation to UN Employees Retiring in Thailand

Kert Stavorn’s Presentation to UN Employees Retiring in Thailand

Siam Legal’s managing partner, Kert Stavorn, was invited to speak to a group of United Nations employees Tuesday regarding legal considerations for foreigners retiring in Thailand. He spoke for over one hour concentrating his presentation on the following issues: retirement visas, owning property in Thailand, fund remittance and taxes, estate planning, and investing. On the […]

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The Thailand Real Estate Investment and Property Law Forum 2013

The Thailand Real Estate Investment and Property Law Forum 2013

Asia Business Connect held the “Thailand Real Estate Investment and Property Law Forum 2013″ conference at the Bangkok Convention Center last September 19th to September 20th. Mr. Kert Stavorn, a partner at Siam Legal International, gave a presentation regarding “Contract Strategies and Legal Concerns in Sales/Property Contracts for the Real Estate Business” and also sat […]

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Guide to the Representative Office in Thailand

Guide to the Representative Office in Thailand

The Representative Office is an important form of business organization in Thailand since it helps to facilitate the import and export of goods by foreign companies. A Representative Office is characterized by the following features: It does not receive any revenue from providing services It cannot receive purchase orders or make sales or negotiate business […]

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Service Businesses Which Foreigners May Operate Without A Foreign Business License

Service Businesses Which Foreigners May Operate Without A Foreign Business License

According the Foreign Business Act of 1999, foreigners are required to obtain a Foreign Business License before they may operate “other types of service businesses, except for those specified by Ministerial Regulations”. This provision in the law has generally restricted foreigners in Thailand from operating all types of service businesses except for those that are […]

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Specific Business Tax in Thailand

Specific Business Tax in Thailand

Businesses in Thailand that provide goods and services are generally subject to the Value Added Tax (VAT), which is an indirect tax and is levied against the value received or receivable from the supply of goods and services. However, certain types of businesses under the Revenue Code are subject to the Specific Business Tax (SBT), […]

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Export and Import Licenses in Thailand

Export and Import Licenses in Thailand

The import/export business appeals to many foreign entrepreneurs in Thailand because it is a line of business that is not restricted by the Foreign Business Act of 1999. This means that a foreigner can engage in an import/export business without a 51% Thai shareholder or without having to apply for permission from the Thai government. […]

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Buying Out an Existing Business in Thailand

Buying Out an Existing Business in Thailand

Buying out an existing business, rather than starting one from scratch, is one possible option for foreign entrepreneurs in Thailand. One advantage for foreign entrepreneurs who choose to buy out an existing business is that the immigration and work authorization procedures may be smoother than if they started a new business. Foreign entrepreneurs must officially […]

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