What is a Thai Child Visa?

Introduction: Embarking on the journey towards obtaining a Thai Child Dependent Visa is a crucial step for parents aiming to stay in Thailand long-term with their child. In this article, we will explore the intricacies of the Non-Immigrant O Visa (Thai Child), including the eligibility criteria, steps for application, visa validity, and the practical requirements involved. From establishing paternity rights to proving financial capability, we’ll guide you through the essential details to help you navigate this process with confidence.

Thai Child Dependent Visa: Keeping Families Together

There are many circumstances when a Thai Child Dependent Visa may help ensure that families remain together. It is one of many different types of Non-Immigrant O Visa and allows the holder to stay in Thailand long-term.

Family with half Thai child
Family with half Thai child

Eligibility and Purpose

Naturally, as the name would suggest, the visa is intended for a parent, a legal step-parent, or a legal guardian of a child with Thai or dual nationality. It is commonly used when parents are divorced, not legally married, or sadly when the Thai parent has passed away. In many cases, the foreigner will have sole legal custody of the child.

Challenges and Advisory

Obtaining a Thai Child Visa can be challenging because proving paternity rights can be complex if the mother or the mother’s family wishes to challenge a court ruling. As the future of the child and parent depends largely on the application for the visa being accepted, in our experience, we strongly advise that you use a professional visa company to represent you and ensure that you have all the necessary paperwork. If you are still on good terms with your Thai partner, this will make applying for the visa considerably easier.

Steps for Obtaining a Non-Immigrant O Visa (Thai Child)

Individual circumstances can vary when applying for a Thai Child Visa, so it is advisable to discuss your unique situation with us first. We can then tailor our advice for you accordingly. However, the most common scenario is that parents wishing to obtain a Thai Child Dependent Visa enter Thailand initially with a Visa on Entry 30-day exempt stamp (currently 45-day due to quarantine requirements) or with a 60-day Thai Tourist Visa.

Once you are in the Kingdom, you can begin applying for the Thai Child Visa in earnest. However, we would suggest being in dialogue with ourselves before travel to ensure that all paperwork is in place. It will mean that the application is more straightforward and reduces the chances of your application being denied. From our perspective, as we have a strong working relationship with the Thai Immigration authorities, we can discuss the matter on your behalf to increase the likelihood of the visa being granted the first time.

Validity and Renewal

As with several visas in Thailand, the initial visa will only be for 90 days, but you shouldn’t be alarmed or concerned by this. During the opening 90 days of your visa, Thai Immigration will ratify your application to check that you are bona fide. Once all checks have been completed and assuming that your circumstances haven’t changed, you will be granted a further 12-month visa. It means that the initial visa is valid for 15 months, and in month 14, you will need to begin the process of reapplying, which you will need to do annually.

Criteria for Eligibility

Of course, to qualify for a Non-Immigrant O Visa (Thai Child), you will need to prove that you are the child’s father (or mother) or that you have legally adopted the child. This can be proved by producing the child’s original birth certificate on which you are named as a parent or supplying a certified copy of the adoption papers. If the adoption took place overseas, for example, in the US, an official translation into Thai will be needed.

Establishing Residence and Documentation

Once you have proved that you have a legal right to the child’s wellbeing, you will then be required to establish where you will live as a family.

If you own the property (in your own name), you must produce a certified copy of the title deeds. If you are renting the property, you will need a copy of the lessor’s Thai ID card or their passport if the owner is a foreigner. You will also need a copy of the signed rental agreement. It is advisable that when you make the application, several months are remaining on the contract.

Photographic Evidence

Assuming that you have all the required documentation, you will also need to supply photographs of yourself and your child at the family home. The images need to be taken by another person and show the front of the property, and include the house or unit number. You should also have pictures taken of you being in other main rooms in the property, notably the bedroom, kitchen, living and dining areas. The images should be both recent and clear, and you should be easily recognizable in all photographs.

At Thai Visa Expert, we understand the importance of providing clear and recent photographic evidence of you and your child at the family home. It’s crucial to show the front of the property, as well as various rooms inside to depict a real family environment.

Proof of Schooling

As all parties are most concerned about the child’s welfare and best interests, you will then be required to prove your child’s education, assuming that they are of school age.

  • Provide a copy of your child’s house registration (Tabian Baan).
  • Ask the school to write a letter confirming your child’s enrollment, accompanied by a picture of yourself and the child standing next to the school’s sign, with the name of the school legible.
  • Supply further photos of the school name, school buildings and grounds, classrooms, and dining area.

Other Parent’s Information

The next part of the application can potentially be the most challenging, as you are relying on the cooperation of the child’s other parent, typically the mother.

  • The Thai Immigration Department will need a copy of her Tabian Baan, her Thai ID card and passport, and, where applicable, a copy of a marriage certificate.
  • If the mother has passed away, a copy of the death certificate will also be required.

Financial and Practical Requirements

Naturally, you will need to prove that you can look after the child financially.

  • Have a minimum of THB 400,000 held in a Thai bank account for two months (three for subsequent applications) before the application is submitted.
  • Provide an updated bank book and a supporting letter from the bank as proof.
  • Your passport must have at least six months left before it expires and two completely blank pages.
  • Supply signed copies of your passport, including the personal information page, any visas and extensions, and entry and exit stamps, along with your TM.6 (Departure Card).
  • Three passport-sized photographs will be needed, where you are wearing a collared shirt and not wearing any glasses or headgear, professionally taken against a white background.

Conclusion: Navigating the process of obtaining a Thai Child Visa can be complex due to various legal and practical requirements. Seeking professional assistance from a visa company with expertise in this area can greatly increase the likelihood of a successful application. It is vital to ensure that all necessary documentation and financial requirements are met to provide the best chance of securing the visa for a child’s long-term stay in Thailand. Keeping abreast of the current regulations and seeking tailored advice will be crucial for a smooth application process.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A Thai Child Visa is intended for a parent, a legal step-parent, or a legal guardian of a child with Thai or dual nationality. It is commonly used in situations such as divorce, when parents are not legally married, or if the Thai parent has passed away.

The most common scenario is that parents wishing to obtain a Thai Child Dependent Visa enter Thailand initially with a Visa on Entry 30-day exempt stamp or with a 60-day Thai Tourist Visa. It is advisable to discuss your unique situation with a professional visa company first.

The initial visa is for 90 days, after which, assuming your circumstances haven’t changed, you can be granted a further 12-month visa, making it valid for 15 months. Annual reapplication is required starting from month 14.

To qualify for a Non-Immigrant O Visa (Thai Child), you will need to prove that you are the child’s father (or mother) or that you have legally adopted the child. You will also need to establish the family’s residence and provide proof of the child’s education.

Applicants are required to have a minimum of THB 400,000 held in a Thai bank account for two months before the application, an updated bank book, a passport with at least six months left before expiry, three passport-sized photographs, among other documentation and photographs.

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