Thailand retirement visa is the common term for Non-Immigrant OA-Long Stay Visa. This type of visa is valid for single entry or multiple entries and entitles the holder for a one year stay in Thailand. It is renewable every year and can be processed inside Thailand.
Marriage registration is explained below. In order to get married in Thailand as a foreigner you first have to check the marriage requirements of Thailand. Then you have to also check the documents needed for your letter of affirmation or letter of no-impediment which gets issued by your Embassy in Bangkok. Below is a brief outline of marriage laws in Thailand as well as the marriage registration process.
Before you get married in Thailand you will first need to prove that you are single. Each Embassy in Bangkok has their own procedures to verify that you are single so that they may provide you with an affidavit for the Thai government showing your status. Note that Embassy procedures do change so check with them first.
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Islamic countries tend to be more difficult to obtain the letters of affirmation from until their Western counter parts. Some Embassies will only issue a letter of affirmation if you are marrying another Muslim and others start the process in their own home countries and not in Bangkok. This is a brief breakdown of the most common nationalities in Thailand.
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These are a list of basic questions that get asked from time to time and this should not be a substitute for proper legal advice. Always speak to an attorney in Thailand if you wish to have more information and see what your options are in Thailand. The reality is that if you get married to a Thai there are no benefits to it in Thailand as the laws are complex and not always foreigner friendly. These would be typical situations.
Same-sex unions in Thailand is not allowed even though many have been advocating for its legalisation. Thailand is still very conservative in this regard and even though there has been much discussion over the years in government it has not made much progress.
Muslim marriages do occur in Thailand and there is also a growing number of converts to Islam in Thailand. Many simply want an Islamic marriage without the registration however obtaining a visa on this type of traditional marriage will not get you very far. In order to get married in Thailand you will have to obtain a letter of affirmation from your local Embassy in Bangkok to start the process.