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  1. OP - lucky you, in that both the US and Singapore Embassies will certify a marriage certificate. The British Embassy won't do this any longer. I just registered my UK marriage at Wattana in Bangkok and the process of certifying a UK marriage certificate for the khor ror 22 was a real pain, involving the following steps ... 1. Send the original marriage certificate to the FCO Legalisation Department in sunny Milton Keynes (after paying for the legalisation service using a credit card), for them to stick an apostille on the back verifying that the certificate is genuine. The apostille is a separate sheet of paper. The certified document then has to get sent back to you. If you can, have it sent to a friend or family member in the UK because ... 2. The certified certificate then has to be posted or taken in person to the Thai Embassy in London, for them to stamp that the FCO legalisation is genuine. If you go in person note that this isn't a wait and pick up service; it takes a couple of days. The Thai Embassy do accept postal applications from overseas in special circumstances but apparently you need to discuss with them first. Once stamped by embassy, the certificate is then either mailed back to you or you can pick it up in person. I had a pre-existing one-week trip back to UK coming up, so I sent the marriage certificate to FCO from here a few weeks before and it was waiting for me in UK on arrival. But I don't live in London and I couldn't get to London before Thursday that week. I went to Thai embassy on the Thu morning and paid for the docs to be posted back to my UK address by recorded delivery. I was leaving that weekend and assumed they wouldn't be sent back till the following week but luckily they arrived on Sat morning, so I could hand carry back with me. 3. Next step is to have the MFA certify the embassy stamp and the FCO legalisation. This requires both the certificate and the apostille on the back to be translated. Original and translations then have to go to MFA in Chaeng Wattana, which also takes a couple of days. 4. The district office also wanted to keep the original document but, as it was all scanned by them, we were able to get them to take a copy I'd prepared instead. If you don't want to take the risk that the original will be retained, then it's possible to request a copy of your UK marriage certificate from the General Register Office in UK. Of course that's an extra cost and extra time if you want to use that copy to send for FCO to legalise. On the bright side, the official was relaxed and helpful. Whole process took about 45 minutes. We were required to present only tabien baan, Wife ID card and my current passport. I also gave my pink foreigner ID card (I have PR). No copies. We also needed 2 witnesses; one we brought with us and the other was one of the staff in the district office (they'd previously said that if we didn't have witnesses it didn't matter because they'd provide them). I asked if I could have an extra copy of the khor ror 22 and the official said: "Don't worry - we'll give you 3 copies". Total cost prior to district office: I forget but probably around US$ 100 in fees etc Total cost at district office: THB 0 - all done for free.
  2. Not only that, they are stated to have had Por 12 carry permits, which are quite distinct from the general Por 4 license to own a firearm. It's usually very hard, if not impossible, for an 'ordinary' gun owner to get a Por 12 permit. Typically is is restricted to state officials or others involved in law enforcement or similar activities.
  3. Cash-strapped Foreign Office puts Bangkok embassy up for sale

    Most people it seems don't understand what an Embassy does. The Consular Services are a small part of the overall mix of trade representation, furtherance of bilateral relations, administration of regional aid programmes etc. However they are a very high-profile part of the mix, hence the common mistake in thinking that provision of services to British citizens in Country X is the main reason for having an embassy in that country. It is not. Thailand is a well-off country compared to most of its neighbours so there is, now, precious little need for any aid programmes, unlike back in, say, the 70s and 80s. Regional aid programmes in places like Nepal and Bangladesh used to be run out of Bangkok but I don't know if that's the case now. The reality is that the importance of Thailand, per se, to UK foreign policy is relatively low. Bangkok is still important from an intelligence perspective but that relationship/the general tenor of UK-Thai bilateral relations isn't predicated on having a large compound in central Bangkok. We're not living in the 1950's when Britain's influence in SE Asia was significant (Malaya, Burma). On a personal level I find it depressing that the Wireless Road compound is going to be sold and then doubtless transformed into another mall, following in the footsteps of the Imperial, Siam InterCon and, shortly, the Dusit. It also irritates me that more and more consular services are being outsourced or, even more inconveniently for expat residents, being brought back to the UK. But that's FCO / UKGOV policy, not the folk in Bangkok making the decisions.
  4. I don't see any 'pretend lawyers' here - just people looking to gather information and share experiences. I'm just about to start my application, having been down to see the SB guys in the latter part of last year. I've been living and working here, on and off (mostly on) since the late 1980s and all I know for sure is that, no matter what the rules say, their practical application can vary from year to year, place to place and for each individual, often for no discernible reason. Just because it says X on a government web site, or a lawyer tells you Y - that doesn't mean that's what will actually happen. As you rightly note "ever case is different", even though it shouldn't be.
  5. VW Scirocco: 2nd Hand and 6 months in ...

    A quick update ... 70,000 km on the clock now and still very happy with the car. There've been a few minor issues but I believe these are quite common, namely: 1. Sunroof curtain and roof head liner came unstuck. These can be sorted out by Diamond, around 3,000 or so per item and takes a couple of days (curtain on mine went about a year ago and roof head liner followed last month). 2. An ABS sensor failed. Replaced by Diamond. Forget how much. 3. Petrol filler cap lock failed. Replaced by Diamond. Forget how much. Have to see how things go now that the car is 6+ years old and getting into "things go wrong" territory. The biggest 'problem' is that I really like this car and it's great fun to drive (fast enough but not crazy), and I have no idea what I'd change it for, for the same sort of price 1-1.5 million, that would offer the same combination of looks, performance and relative practicality (it being a genuine 2+2 with usable boot space).
  6. Pleased to be able to report that I have been able to renew my E-Channel permit for a further two years. That said, it took three trips through Immigration at Suvarnabhumi to get it done. There was a glitch in the database that meant records for existing registered users were locked and couldn't be updated; the officers were very helpful but on first two trips out couldn't help. Another friend who is registered and now expired had the same problems. However on third attempt (coming in) they were able to do it with help from a tech, and now it's working as before. It really is one of the best practical benefits that PR holders who are frequent travellers can enjoy. I think I was among the very first to apply for renewal so hopefully the issue has been corrected. I only needed passport and blue book for renewal (again with caveat that passport must have, I think, two years remaining validity).
  7. Yep. It's got nothing to do with FGM. It's all about injecting body fat into labia to create a '3-D pussy' (the literal translation of the Thai for the desired outcome of the procedure). Hence the photo of syringes full of crud. It is misplaced if not defamatory to castigate the establishment in question for FGM. I'd post a link in Thai to one of the news stories out there, but it might be removed by a mod. Just Google the start of the headline and it will bring up the story: สบส.ยันภาพโฆษณา "จิ๋ม 3 มิติ" ขัดศีลธรรม
  8. Interesting that they asked for the No Conviction certificate. When I applied for PR, my application nearly came of the rails because I had an entry on the UK PNC (subsequently, I determined, because I used to have a Firearms Certificate). Immigration were quite exercised by the fact and an officer angrily accused me of trying to hide a criminal past. When I tried to explain that my PNC entry related to a Firearms Certificate, they told me it was not possible, because "in Thailand only police can own guns" (a non sequitur, and also incorrect, as now I not only have PR but also legally own a firearm in my own name). Their advice was: forget about PR, and just go straight to applying for Thai nationality, as that process, bizarrely it seemed to me, did not require the No Conviction certificate. I still find it surprising that it's not listed under the formal requirements.
  9. Yes, thanks as ever for your very thorough and informative replies.
  10. I'm sure you're right and that I'm suffering from "farangyouthinktoomuch-itis" ... However, I've been reading some of the informative TV threads on the whole subject of dual nationality (and thanks to you and Arkady in particular for the many informative posts - this being a good thread https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/883404-is-dual-citizenship-in-thailand-allowed) I also did a bit of quick searching in Thai and came across aJuly 2014 Q&A post on the web board of the Office of International Peoples’ Rights Protection at the Office of the Attorney General (there's a mouthful - let's say OIPRP), in which a Thai bloke marrying a Lao woman asked about dual nationality and mentioned that he’d heard the law was going to change and wouldn’t allow for Thais to hold two nationalities. I’ve cut out the bits about the marriage and the basic gist of what’s left is the OIPRP stated that, as long as the foreign country doesn’t prohibit two nationalities, it is permissible for a Thai to acquire a second nationality and keep the Thai one too. http://www.humanrights.ago.go.th/forum/index.php?topic=6735.0 However, I also see that the Nationality Act BE2508, referenced by OIPRP, also specifically grants the Minister of Interior power to revoke the Thai nationality of anyone who acquires Thai nationality by naturalisation if it appears that “there is evidence to show that he still makes use of his former nationality” – see Article 19 (2). Thai original here: https://mis.dopa.go.th/dopalaw/law_file/603_030320171110929758.03.pdf Translation: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwNib_gx9zYEaFRnOVpERmYzMTg/view So I guess that it all still comes back down to a) not getting caught using two passports and/or relying upon how a particular official feels if you do get caught?
  11. The percentage of Chinese applicants (or perhaps more correctly I should say applicants with Chinese names) is astonishing. Looks like 80-90%. Although it's heartening to see that Muhammed Ali also snuck in there. I keep thinking about applying for nationality. Applied for PR in 2008 and got that in 2012. In fact, while my PR application was meandering along, Immigration actually suggested to me that I should change tack and just apply for nationality. It's only the renouncing of citizenship that concerns me, particularly now that there's ever more computerisation of records. The UK's not the problem: it's if an immigration officer spots that you're leaving for a country for which you'd need a visa, as a Thai, yet don't have one. Since Caucasian dudes with a Thai passport are still - and likely will be for many years to come - a rare sight at the airport, greater scrutiny might be expected. Sure, the e-gate system usually removes that scrutiny, but it would be the rare occasion when the system is down and your passport gets processed manually that would worry me. Doubtless nothing would happen but if it did ... as we all know, the wheels of Thai bureaucracy turn slowly, but that's not to say that they don't turn. I suspect at the moment that the unofficial policy is 'turn a blind eye' as far as dual nationality is concerned.
  12. Looks like a pretty good deal for your average policeman. THB 23,890 for pistol, two 17-rd mags, a kydex holster and an uplula-type loader. And not having to press the trigger to field strip - great safety feature. Of course if the weapon fires when dropped at certain angles on a hard surface that's not good. In mitigation it passed all the mandated drop tests but then - like vehicle emissions testing - they can be gamed to pass. There would seem to be a problem with the design because SIG "has temporarily suspended shipment of the P320 from the factory while we ramp up to implement the changes" to remedy the issue. "This will include an alternate design that reduces the physical weight of the trigger, sear, and striker while additionally adding a mechanical disconnector." However the US mil-spec version isn't affected because it has a manual safety and - from the description of the 320SP coming to Thailand (see pic below) - it looks like this model also has the manual safety. I've read that the 'SP' designator actually reflects the initials of former police chief Somyot Phumpanmuang, one of the architects of the 320 contract when signed back in 2015.
  13. ContiRaceAttack Comp Endurance?

    @VocalNeal Thanks for that. I don't want a dry-only / race tyre. In some ways we're lucky here with the heat because it does mean no cold day tyre woes (been there, done all that in the UK). The Contis get some pretty good feedback and while clearly not designed to be a top performer in the wet, they seem able to cope. https://autobandentest.com/web/pages/motorcycle-tires/continental/contiraceattack-comp.endurance I've got Battlax on the FZ09 at the moment and they're okay but not great. Then again, I'd say the original FZ09 without traction control and ABS, slipper clutch etc, needs some respect in the wet no matter what.
  14. ContiRaceAttack Comp Endurance?

    Ahh. TV at its best! Thanks again for the input. I'll admit I don't know much about Continental tyres. 30 years of riding and its mainly been Pirelli, Metzler and Bridgestone. But I've been reading reviews of this specific Conti tyre and it gets praise as a tyre that's a good compromise between road and race, and for being good value for the type of tyre it is (which may of course not apply in Thailand). I don't really understand your "crap in the dry" comment, probably because I'm too arrogant. Again, a classic TV comment ... I ask a question, you don't answer it, and then I'm arrogant for pointing that out! Let me guess - I could just as well have asked "Has anyone tried Beer Lao Gold?" and you'd have replied "I would say get Chang just as good as many foreign beers and obviously easy to get - I'm already on my fifth"! Anyway, as one biker to another, have a good one nonetheless.
  15. ContiRaceAttack Comp Endurance?

    No ... but I want a tyre that's primarily designed for grip in the dry. Thanks. We could get into a loooooong debate here but let's just say I asked for input regarding a specific Continental tyre, so that's what would be most helpful.