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Staying in Thailand just got a bit easier with LTR Visas

Staying in Thailand just got a bit easier with LTR Visas

Starting this month, wealthy expats will be given another option to live, work, and invest in Thailand via the upcoming Long-term Resident (LTR) Visa program which will allow those who meet the program’s requirements to stay in the country for up to 10 years. 

By The Phuket News

Sunday 4 September 2022, 03:41PM

The program aims to give expats a more streamlined way of staying in the country, doing away with many of the yearly and quarterly reporting requirements imposed on regular Non-B visa holders. Holders of an LTR Visa will also be eligible for several other benefits that are not given to regular visa holders.

What is the Long-term Resident Visa Program?

The LTR program is the Thai government’s latest initiative for attracting high-net-worth individuals and highly skilled workers into the country amid the rise of remote work. As Thailand is already home to multinational corporations and has an active incubator and startup community, the government hopes that the additional benefits given by the program will attract new ‘high potential’ residents who will not only bring technologies and skills into the country but also contribute to domestic spending, fueling Thailand’s post COVID-19 economic recovery. The government aims to attract at least one million wealthy or highly skilled individuals through this program.

What are the benefits of the LTR Visa Program?

The program provides qualified individuals and their dependents a stay visa in Thailand that will be valid for five years and extendable by another five, giving it a total validity period of 10 years. Holders will also be entitled to several benefits which can be split between tax and non-tax incentives. 

Tax Incentives:

  • Tax exemptions on all income generated overseas.
  • Discounted personal income tax rate of 17% per year for highly skilled professionals.

Non-Tax Incentives

  • Fast track services at airports.
  • Use of the one-stop service center for visa and work permit renewals.
  • Digital work permit.
  • Reporting of address every year rather than every 90 days.
  • Exemption from the 4:1 Thai-to-Expat employee ratio.

The Office of the Board of Investment states that LTR visas are available for five types of foreigners: Wealthy Global Citizens, Digital Nomads, Wealthy Pensioners, Highly Skilled Individuals, and their Dependents. Each type is subject to differing requirements. (See image gallery.)

Applying for an LTR Visa

Applying for an LTR visa involves numerous steps and meeting various prerequisites. It is important to keep in mind that this is not an expedited program, meaning it will take time for applicants to prove they meet the qualifications, submit the right documents, and then go through the formal review to get to a final approval. This can be complex. 

The documents required for each type of LTR visa vary; and even among applicants under the same category, requirements are considered on a case-by-case basis. To ensure the likelihood that your application gets approved, it is important to get the help of experts in the field who will check your eligibility, ensure that you meet all the criteria before applying and submit the correct applications.

Silk Legal is familiar with the complexities of this new program, on top of other visa programs, and can help you better understand what you need to do and the documents you need to submit to secure your LTR visa.

For any questions you may have about the program, please reach out to us at Our team will be ready to help you.

By Dr Paul Crosio


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Kurt | 19 September 2022 - 09:50:50

Seems the ltr visa program not has the start up as Government dreams about. Need help Thai experts to get your application approved ( a thai lawyer-money sucker). And in order not to fill out the normal application papers now you may fill out a pile of papers to prove you can be exempted of doing the normal paper stuff. And, all up to Official or you get in or not. Any time line?

Capt B | 19 September 2022 - 07:04:58

So, you moved to Thailand & invested your money in Thailand Real Estate to use as collateral for your Thai Business?
Thai Bank: "Transfer the tital of your house into your wife's name & we'll lend you as much as you want". Don't be fooled. Anywhere else, this would be easy.

BobTB | 04 September 2022 - 23:19:32

It would be helpful if you stated at the top of this article that I was reading an advertorial so that I didn't waste my time looking at it. It doesn't even say what the requirements for this new visa type are.


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