Denial of Thai Permanent Residency

Thai Permanent Residency Denied

Foreigners applying for a Thai permanent residency may have their status revoked if they have a criminal record or are found to violate the laws of public safety. There are also certain prohibitions involved once your permanent residency is denied, according to the Immigration Act.

Prohibitions in Granting Permanent Residency

Section 44 of the Immigration Act B.E. 2522 (1979) justifies the following reasons for rejecting permanent residency status:

  1. A person was ordered to imprisonment or punishment by Thai or foreign courts.
    1. This condition is exemptible if a foreigner had committed a petty offense, an offense through negligence, or an exempted offense under the Ministerial Regulation.
  2. A person was unable to earn income due to physical and mental incapabilities.
  3. A person is subject to being blacklisted under the Act or red notice of the Interpol.

Petty offenses may include obstruction of justice, indecent exposure, public intoxication, and assault in public. 

Causes of Permanent Residency Revocation

The Immigration Division has the right to revoke permanent residency status to any non-resident aliens if one of the conditions is met, as defined by Section 12 of the Act:

  1. Having no valid passport, travel document, or visa stamp to enter Thailand (1).
  2. Likely to jeopardize the public peace or safety of Thailand, or is a wanted person with an arrest warrant issued by a foreign government (7).
  3. Likely to engage in prostitution, human trafficking, drug trafficking, customs duty evasion, fraud, or any activity contrary to good morals or public order (8).
  4. Being prohibited from entering Thailand under the discretion of the Minister (10).

Consequences of the Revocation

After the revocation process is completed, you may be deported from Thailand and may face a ban on re-entry to Thailand, ranging from 1 to 10 years or a permanent ban, depending on the severity of the offense

Appealing to the Case

Section 22 of the Act may allow you to appeal to the Minister if your circumstance is not Section 12 (1) or (10). You have 48 hours to submit an appeal from the time of receiving the revocation order from the competent official. Once the appeal is submitted, the review will commence until a verdict is reached. If the Minister does not issue any orders within 7 days from the day of submitting the appeal, you will be able to continue living in Thailand as usual.


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