The Thailand Elite programme was created in 2003 according to Article 17 of the Immigration Law (B.E. 2522). The programme is controlled by the Thailand Privilege Card company limited (TPC), a 100%-owned company under the Ministry of Tourism and Sport under the Budget Procedures Act B.E. 2502 (1959).
The goal of Thailand Elite is to promote Thailand to foreigners by issuing special residence visas with the right to settle in Thailand for up to 20 years.
Many benefits at the airport and in the country are bestowed upon applicants to make members feel privileged over the length of their stay in Thailand.