This category is granted only by the Ministry of Interior, Bangkok, Thailand through the Thai Diplomatic Missions or Consulates-General abroad to foreigners who wish to seek permanent residence in Thailand. In this respect the application needs prior approval by the Immigration Division of Thailand. The quota for nationals of each country is of 200 persons per annum. In order to obtain the visa, one must apply within the first 6 months of the year, stating the name and address of a guarantor during the applicant's stay in the country. A health certificate, a criminal record, bank/financial statements must also be submitted with the application.