A little bit about Thailand

Thailand or the Kingdom of Thailand was formerly known as Siam. It is the 20th most thickly settled country comprising 90% of Thai and 10% of Chinese origin. It is special in many sense, for one, it is one of the few monarchy countries left in the world. Chakri dynasty has ruled Thailand since 1782; it is currently headed by King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the ninth in the Chakri dynasty. He is the world’s longest reigning current monarch, reigning Thailand since 9 June 1946. Thai people have deep respect for their king, when foreigners witness such respect, they are baffled. From 1985-1996, Thailand witnessed a great economic boom and its stable economic and political scenario opened its gate to the world and development in the tourism industry transformed it into a sought after tourist destination. In 2006 a political turmoil took the country by storm, but it still maintained its impressive export performance and since has been an emerging economy.

A city full of reasons to smile

Thailand is popularly known in the world as ‘The land of smiles’. It has landed this title because of Thai peoples’ calm and affable nature. The country’s major religion is Buddhism with only a small section of society following Islam. Buddhism has had a big hand in shaping the Thai culture. The teachings of Buddhism can be glimpsed in every aspect of people’s everyday life. In Thai tradition, they give great respect to their elders and strive to learn from them. This dedication of the people is the reason that they have a high level of participation in education, and this in turn is resulting in flourishing private and public institutions. The country has always been called as Mueang Thai by its citizen. The word ‘the’ of Thailand means independence in Thai language.

Tourism contributes 6% to the country’s economy. It is rightly said that you should travel all over the world before visiting Thailand because once you come here you will keep on coming back. People can’t get enough of Thailand’s exceptional culture, the sunny weather and the beautiful soul of Thai people. This place has something for everyone. Thailand is popular among the tourists because of its stunning tropical beaches, beautiful, intricately designed royal palaces, ruins and Buddhist temples, Thai cooking and Thai massage. Thailand is unique in another way that it has a temple dedicated to tigers and the monks of the temple look after the tiger from the moment they are born and provide them protection from poachers.
The nightlife and vice trade is another reason for which the country is well known. Among the 10 million people living in the country about 400,000 are estimated to be sex workers. A complicated background of social factors combined with poverty and the allure of money has caused prostitution to flourish in Thailand.

Bangkok by Night


Socio-Political Scenario

Thailand is witnessed abrupt changes in power and political tensions for quite some time now. On 19th September 2006 Thai coup took place in which the Royal Thai Army organized a coup against the then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. This took place after a year of political crisis in which Thaksin, his allies and political opponents were involved. The upcoming elections were cancelled by the military, constitution was abolished, parliament dissolved, cabinet members and protesters arrested. Several causes for organizing the coup was identified, the junta issued a white paper after two months of the coup, stating corruption, abuse of power, lack of integrity, interference in the checks and balance systems, human rights violations and destroying the unity of the people among the reasons for the coup. After removal of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra a new constitution was established and successful elections took place in 2007 but the political problem which paved the way for the coup still persists. In 2008, protesters against the new Prime Minister who was a brother-in-law of Mr. Thaksin had occupied government buildings and airports and the government was once again dissolved.

In 2010 prolonged riots occurred against the Democrat-Party led government from National United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) also known as the ‘Red-Shirts’. It forced the Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve parliament and hold elections before 2012. The country was making economic progress during Abhisit’s rule, but faced a strong opposition from ‘Red shirts’ and the former Prime Minister Mr. Thaksin. They claimed that the government was not democratic and demanded to reform the Thailand’s constitution adopted after the 2006 coup.
Yingluck Shinawatra, younger sister of Mr. Thaksin and a member of Pheu Thai Party was elected as the Prime Minister after 2011 elections and became Thailand’s first women Prime Minister and it’s youngest in over 60 years. On 7th May 2014 she was removed from power as the constitutional court found her guilty of abusing power. Since May 2014 Thailand is being ruled by the military junta, which has expressed its intentions of ruling the county till 2016.

Getting a visa for your Thai Bride

Getting a visa for your Thai Bride

Fiancee Visa for your Thai Fiancee

When foreign men come from across the world to tour in Thailand, they are smitten by the attractive and friendly nature of Thai women. Often romances bloom between Thai women and men of other nationality. The men who are looking for a Thai girlfriend, are dating or are married to Thai women should pay attention to the immigration laws which will allow you to take your love to your country and settle with her peacefully. Start be knowing the immigration laws beforehand so that you don’t face any difficulties at the time of shifting to another country. Besides Thailand, marriages are also taking place in other countries where foreign men and Thai women meet. Where the couple resides depends on the nature of their jobs and their commitment and closeness to their family members in their respective countries. Sometimes the man takes his Thai bride to his country, but more often the foreign man may decide to live with his partner in Thailand itself., But even that can pose some visa issues.

Settlement Visa for your Thai Fiancee

Immigration laws are regularly revised. Recently UK and Thailand have made some changes in the immigration laws, which have made it more difficult for such marriages. There even has been cases where, though being married, the husband and wife were forced to live in separate countries and in another instance the wife had to leave the husband’s country for some family issues but when she returned, the government did not allow her to re-enter. So start looking into the matter seriously, so that this kind of situations does not arise in your case. The first thing that the immigration authorities search for is that if your partner is eligible for a visa. Does she has some past background which can deem her unsuitable for it.

The best option is to find an experienced the lawyer who will inform you the necessary steps to be taken and enlighten you on the immigration laws. You need to have financial stability and patience and follow what your lawyer suggests. Thailand laws may seem quite complex, but respect the system and it will result in resolving of your problem as soon as possible. There is more bad news on this front, as lately Thailand has tightened its visa rules allowing a maximum of 3 months to foreign nationals to stay in the country. This decision has been taken in the light of cases where foreigners are staying illegally in the country, after their visa has expired.

Your relationship should be strong. It will be tested and questions will be asked by the immigration authorities to check for the credibility of the relationship, they will not risk the woman to get stranded in a bad situation or you take home a bar girl just on the basis of a silly infatuation. You can apply for a travel visa for your partner which is easier to get, the chances of getting a visa for your partner will be easier if she is married to you, has a good job and belongs to a wealthy family. These problems might discourage your dreams of marrying a Thai bride or even bitter your relationship, if you already have a Thai girlfriend or bride. But have faith, because if your relationship is of substance and there is no reason to object, your partner will be granted a travel visa.

Thai girl for marriage
Anna from Thailand

Best Way to Bring a Thai Fiance

You can also apply for a spousal or marriage visa if you have been married to your partner for a long time, but the marriage has to be legal in Thailand. The performance of the Buddhist ritual for marriage does not make the marriage legal, for that you have to obtain the marriage certificate from the Thai registry office. Obtaining the marriage certificate requires clearance from your embassy. Once the clearance is authenticated by the Thai Ministry of foreign affairs and after registering the marriage in government registry office, you can easily get a spousal visa for your wife. This process may take time but it is essential to take things slow, so that it does not seem that the sole reason of the marriage is the attainment of visa.

For obtaining a spousal visa your partner needs to have a Thai passport and has to apply at the embassy for the issue of visa to your country. A list of documents will be handed over which are required to be presented. Be very sincere about this, and do not falsify any information in the hopes of getting the visa soon because it will not hasten the process but might result in rejection of the visa application. If the visa application is rejected, it can pose a serious problem and it will make it more difficult to gain acceptance for visa the next time. Don’t hide anything from the embassy, if you have come to Thailand looking for a bride, be honest about it and ensure that you get your passport by using the right method, so that you don’t land in trouble when you apply for your partner’s visa. Lastly, have patience because the government has imposed such strict laws only to safeguard the security of Thai girls so that they don’t get exploited in any manner.


Do It Yourself Fiancee Visa Package
authored by Immigration Attorney Maria Jones