Story Of My Thai Citizenship Application
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Posted 2007-05-18 22:33:28
For those who are interested, the application process for Thai
Citizenship in my case went as follows:
Late 2003 - Picked up the checklist from the Police Headquarters on
Rama 1 Road
January 2004 - Took all my documents to the Police Department, in what
I thought was a word perfect application. However, since I was
applying in January and this being a new tax year, my tax returns from
the three preceding years were not enough. An oversight on my part, so
waited until I got my most recent tax retirn PNG 91 for 2003
March 2004 - Try again. This time my application was successfully
lodged. Paid the 5,000 Baht fee. Got fingeprinted. Signed my name (in
Thai) on dozens of firms. Took two Thai witnesses and later my wife
plus kids to show that they were real. Took forms issued to me by the
police department to immigration and my disctrict office. Later went
back to pick up the completed forms and take them back to the police
April 2004 - Thai language interview at the Police Department
September 2004 - Invited to the Interior Ministry. Showed them my work
permit, passport, alien registration certificate and certificate of
residence. Then, I was shown into a room with around 40 people
watching me. I was given a microphone and asked to sing the Thai
National anthem and Phra Baramee (the one they play in the cinema).
Yes, really. Managed to keep a straight face. Got interviewed in Thai
- basic Q&A about my circumstances. Around the same time, a group of
three officials from the Interrior Ministry visited my house to see if
my domestic circumstances were as described on my application form
February 2006 - Got the good news that the then Interior Minister Khun
Kongsak had approved my application
March 2006 - Got a letter to notify me of the above
(September 2006 - military coup)
November 2006 - Got the good news that the King had countersigned my
December 2006 - One of the most memorable parts: the oath. Just
after the King endorsed my application, I was asked to report to the
police department in business attire, armed with a candle, a lotus
flower and an incense stick. I then had to stand with these in my
hands while clasped in a wai, in front of a Buddhist shrine, repaeting
an oath of allegance to King and country, and promising to be an
upright and law-abiding citizen.
April 2007 - Got the good news that the new Interior Minister Khun
Aree had announced in the Interior Ministry notices that a bunch of
applicants including me could now get Thai nationality
May 2007 - Got the paperwork and certificate from the Police HQ to
take to the disctrict office to get my ID card. Now I must return my
work permit, alien residence certificate and certificate of residence
to respective authorities as these are no longer needed. Now I can
apply for a passport
Told that my application was one of the faster ones these days.
Getting Thai Citizenship IS a pain in the arse - but look on the
1) Now I can own what I buy, land, house, etc
2) No need for a work permit, and no restricted occupations. I can now
drive a Tuk Tuk for a living if the going gets tough in the IT
3) Now I can get in free to the Grand Palace and pay the Thai rate for
4) I can own a business
5) I can get a Thai passport and visit countries like Laos and Vietnam
6) No need for that expensive old yearly Resident Return visa. No
limit to the amount of time that I spend out of Thailand without
losing my residency
7) I can use the Thai passport lane at the airport (shorter queues)
8) In my case, no need to give up my old nationality
9) I have a new Thai identity, forename and surname. Good for
travelling to places that dislike my country of origin
10) I think that I can even vote, although I am not sure who is worth
All you need to do is satisfy the following to apply:
Golden rules are:
1) Be patient and never get upset. The people that handle your
application do not make the rules and do not have any power over what
happens in the Interior Ministry
2) Get a coach. Not an expensive lawyer - just make friends with one
of the officials that handles your application
Posted 2007-05-18 22:41:26
Very Impressive First Post !
Posted 2007-05-18 22:52:59
you are one lucky bastard!
Posted 2007-05-18 22:58:03
Congratulations on your new nationality and also on the patience you obviously have (and needed) to have obtained it.
What, approximately, was the total overall cost?
And finally, and I don't mean to be rude, but I think you will still always be a farang to the Thai people, albeit one who can speak Thai fluently.
Edited by lungbing, 2007-05-18 22:59:03.
Posted 2007-05-18 23:17:31
Just curious, where are you registered at? I was told by the Police in Bangkok that I needed to apply for citizenship in the province my husbands house registration is located in. But, unfortunately, Surat Thani police are clueless. I was hoping to be able to try Bangkok, so am curious if you are Bangkok resident or not?
Posted 2007-05-18 23:20:11
congrats! well done, truly.
- you think the amount of taxes you paid in the years before the application was an issue?
- no written/reading test?
- how would you describe your spoken thai?
looks to me like heavily time-consuming, but not on the undoable side.
Edited by danone, 2007-05-18 23:22:38.
Posted 2007-05-18 23:21:54
this, by the way, you could have done with your residency permit already.
Posted 2007-05-19 11:30:38
this, by the way, you could have done with your residency permit already.you are one lucky bastard!
Having your Thai wife with you also works (at least for me)
And well done to the OP, getting PR is a (distant) goal for me (forget Citizenship, I'm unlikely to last that long ), maybe it won't happen as most of my current work is outside the Kingdom and so doesn't attract Thai tax.
Posted 2007-05-19 11:45:00
Haha..Cool. Congratulations. It's a very nice story. (The bureaucracy was unbelievable. )
Posted 2007-05-19 13:08:50
Not sure why you chose to go through all this humiliation ! But you obviously had your reasons !
If you are from Africa or the Indian Sub-Continent or such, then Thai citizenship may be regarded as useful.
But you kept schtuum on this.
But otherwise ... Why bother ?
1. You can buy land ... Ok.
2. You can drive a Tuk Tuk ... Yea Ok I guess.
3. Entry to the Grand Palace ... Ok if you go every weekend.
4. You can own a business ... Mmmm.
5. No comment.
6. So Bt 1,900 a year is a problem for you ?
9. Sounds like you are on the Lam.
10. Why would you want to vote ?.
Edited by naka, 2007-05-19 13:11:10.
Posted 2007-05-19 13:16:08
Sour grapes indeed.
Well done, not least for retaining a sense of humour in negotiating the bureaucracy.I'm sure you are a deservedly happy man.
Posted 2007-05-19 13:27:06
Jealous are we?
To the OP: Well done with that and I hope I can get there someday! Is there any chance you could give us anymore info about your application and situation, so we know how rich, charitable, old etc...... we need to become.
Posted 2007-05-19 13:32:16
dbrenn - how long had you been a permanent resident before making this application?
Posted 2007-05-19 13:34:19
I just see it how I read it.
Obviously someone from a poor nation would be more likely
to want Thai citizenship than someone from a rich country.
Disagree ... Then Do Tell.
Posted 2007-05-19 13:38:37
"Humiliation"? Sorry, I don't see whats humiliating about this . . . . .
Posted 2007-05-19 13:42:23
Why would they? A Thai passport isn’t going to open any more gates than what you had with any other poorer countries passports. Also the hassle and security of being on a non permanent visa in Thailand is the same for whatever nationality you are. Another reason is that poor people probably wouldn’t care that they can now own businesses and buy land as they couldn’t afford to anyway, but a rich person would be able to use this to their advantage if they wish or need to.
Posted 2007-05-19 14:32:21
If he is from Israel he can now visit the Muslim countries that were off-limits with an Israeli passport, such as Malaysia.
If he is American he can reduce his risk of trouble in whatever country has anti-US riots...
Posted 2007-05-19 14:48:11
To... the OP
Congrats and welcome to the Somtam Club ka, P'dbrnnn!
Posted 2007-05-19 14:55:08
Congrats! You have done one of the hardest things a foriegner can do here, well done!
Just one question. In the quote above you said that was one of the most memorable parts, in what way? How did you feel during the oath making process?
BTW Once you obtain Thai citizenship, does anyone know how you can lose it?
Posted 2007-05-19 15:44:25
Congrats! You did it, and you have showed your love for this country.
To anyone who can't stand it, Go and get an ice bath
Question? are you fluent in thai? or just enough for thais and you to understand each other while talking.
Posted 2007-05-19 15:54:51
Congratulations. That's quite a test of your Thai patience, but you passed with flying colours.
Posted 2007-05-19 16:07:14
For me it would be peace of mind to be able to rest comfortably each day not knowing where the curent rule are heading as you can not be sure what will happen next week let alone next year if you are on retirement or marriage visa's. Congratulatons on hanging in there calmly without getting too rattled by it all.
Posted 2007-05-19 16:09:54
I wish i could someday also become a Thai citizen, atleast i now know it is a possibility.
Can you please post some details like:
- how old you are?
- was there a minimum salary?
- how long have you been here?
- how long have you been a PR?
- how good is your Thai?
- when you went through the process were there many others doing the same thing?
P.S. Ignore the jealous posters saying stuff like "Who would want it?" and "Whats the big deal about owning land and a business?"
I bet if they could get Thai citizenship they'd jump at the chance.
Edited by dave111223, 2007-05-19 16:11:52.
Posted 2007-05-19 16:22:31
Congratulations and I expect your Thai family are as pleased as you are, well done.
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