My Thai fiancee and her family don’t want us to marry because she is not allowed to own property in Thailand

U.S. Immigration Legal Advisors in Bangkok, Thailand answers frequently asked complex American Visa questions

Question: My Thai fiancee and her family don’t want us to marry because they have been told that if she is married to a foreigner, I am an American, she is not allowed to own property in Thailand. Can this kind of primitive law really exist?

Answer by U.S. Immigration Legal Advisors in Bangkok, Thailand: Two decades ago this was the law in Thailand, but it has since been repealed as it prejudicial to Thai ladies. It is currently illegal for foreigners to own or control land in Thailand. Property purchased by a wife during a marriage is considered community property of the marriage, therefore if your wife purchases property during your marriage you will be required to sign a document at the land office wherein you will state that the property is your wife’s sole and separate property and not community property of the marriage. This process has been set in place to compensate (as it is the intent of the Thai government to not allow foreigners to own or control land in Thailand) for the repeal of the law that disallowed Thai ladies married to foreigners from owning property.

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