Gov’t Renews Expat Permanent Residents Quota for 2020

Tourists practice social distancing as they wait to extend their visa at Immigration Bureau in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, March 27, 2020. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP

BANGKOK — Immigration authorities on Tuesday confirmed an annual quota for foreigners that could be granted permanent residency in 2020.

The order signed by PM Prayut Chan-o-cha and published on Royal Government Gazette keeps its quota of no more than 100 successful applicants from each nationality. The figure rises to 50 for stateless persons.


Domestic administration department official Venus Sisuk said the cap is a routine regulation that has been followed every year.

“This is in accordance with the Immigration Act which permits a number of foreigners from each nation to be granted permanent residency each year,” Venus said.


Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the quota for stateless persons as 150. In fact, it was only 50. We regret the error.