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When is the Best time to Apply for Permanent Residence in Thailand?

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As the title of this video suggests, we are discussing Permanent Residence in the Kingdom and we are making this video at a time when the "window" as it is called for Permanent Residence application is drawing to a close. 

Generally speaking the window will open, in the past it was usually only open for about a month, and then it would close and then you can't apply for PR until the next cycle when the window opens again. This year, under this regime, they opened the window back in the middle of the summer, as I recall it was mid-July they opened the Permanent Residence window; it has been a long duration of the window being open.

The thing to take away from this video is people often ask me they say, "Well, we will apply, I will do it later." PR and Immigration matters with some folks often times come up as an afterthought.  Now I understand. I am an Immigration Attorney. I think about this stuff all the time but other folks, they don't really think of these things because it may just not be in their immediate priority list if you will. The question of when to apply for PR and the issue of the window being open are two things that need to be discussed together and the reason I say this is simply having the window open is not the time to apply. You need to be getting this stuff ready long before that happens. Documentation is also an issue because there are issues resulting from documentation expiration or the validity of a given document for example police clearances etc., certified copies; the Immigration apparatus will only accept such documentation within specified periods of time. 

The thing to take away from this video is it is probably a good idea to go ahead and start earlier on compiling a PR application rather than dealing with the matter later. So the thing to take away from this video is if one is applying for PR or thinking of doing it, simply waiting for the window to open is probably, I won't say too late, for example if they do what they did this year and it opens midsummer again, Yes, in theory you can get everything together and file before the filing deadline or I should say the window closes at the end of the year. But I think it is still a better idea to get started on this earlier because doing so allows one to get documentation, get stuff reviewed, understand what they need to get on file before it becomes a deadline race. For example one may need some documents that they just didn't think was relevant and it will come up during the latter phases of the process and they simply won't be ready for it and you are dealing with a looming deadline. It is probably a better idea to get a Thai Permanent Residence application processing; I shouldn't say processing but get the preliminary started earlier rather than later.