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  1. A great way to stump people who want to see your visa and last entry into Thailand is to go without renewing your endorsements beyond a year, e.g. banks when applying for a credit card. They will usually not understand what PR is, no matter how many times you explain, and will keep on asking for your valid visa.
  2. Probably not. Although the guidelines say that applicants need to be free of criminal record, this is not explicitly defined and may be interpreted as not having a criminal record involving a prison sentence or such like. When I applied, I asked Special Branch, if I would be disqualified, if I committed a traffic violation, resulting in a criminal record, such as drunk driving or similar, during the application process and they said no without enlarging on it. As always, your best course of action is to go along and ask SB about your situation. Take along all your docs, passport, PR books, tabien baan, WP, as they always like to see those to give you an assessment of your eligibility.
  3. Gun Laws in Thailand

    In the past reports suggested that they distributed shotguns to volunteers in the South. Distributing assault rifles seems to be upping the ante. Shotguns are only effective up 50 metres or so loaded with the 00 buckshot they issue and these were pumps with a tube capacity of 5-7 rounds. 5.56mm assault rifles are effective up to about 450 metres and are particularly effective at longer ranges, if fitted with a combat scope which the US military now issues to every GI. They are also very effective close combat weapons and can be used on full auto with a 30 round magazine but it doesn't say how many rounds were issued to each volunteer. They is no shortage of 5.56 ammo knocking about in Thailand, either sold illegally by military armourers or even reloaded. Some registered .22lr assault rifles are illegally converted to 5.56mm with a new barrel and upper receiver which is five minute job with the right .22 and the right conversion parts. Have fired an army M4 5,56mm carbine at an army range. It is a blast because you have this short 16" barrel firing a powerful round with almost no recoil due to the gas system reloading the next round and counteracting the recoil. But I am not saying this is appropriate for civilian volunteers.
  4. Gun Laws in Thailand

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  5. Gun Laws in Thailand

    You can also shoot steel ball bearings out of them but that would make them illegal firearms in Thailand. Since the steel ball bearings are harder than the soft metal of the barrels the BB guns would degrade quite fast on a diet of ball bearings but they could be deadly.
  6. Gun Laws in Thailand

    Yes, you can find Derya Mk12s and I think Saiga 12s too in Wang Burapha but they are not the full-auto versions. Private citizens may own semi-auto shotguns, pistols, short barrelled sub-machine guns (also semi-auto only) and rim fire rifles in .22lr, .22 magnum or .17HMR. Lever action centre fire rifles are allowed but semi-auto centre rifles like the AR15 are prohibited for civilians and there is a temporary ban on imports of short barrelled semi-auto sub-machine guns, although there has been no recall and stocks already in the country can still be traded and transferred. You can have a centre fire rifle that looks like an assault rilfe in .223 or .308 but on closer examination you should find that it has a charging handle that needs to be pulled back manually after every shot, unless it has been illegally modified. Better to buy a more accurate bolt action rifle in that case but the assault rifles look cool to some people. There are quite a few clever dicks locally who buy CMMG .22lr AR15 look alikes legally and convert them illegally to an AR15 by adding a .223 barrel and upper to use military 5.56mm ammo. AR15s are fun to shoot but it is not worth the risk of getting caught with an illegal conversion in my opinion. The reason that handguns tend to be marked up a lot more than shotguns and rifles is that gun shops get a much smaller annual quota of handguns to sell from the government than they do for long guns. For some reason shotguns are regarded as less dangerous than handguns in .357 magnum and higher calibre which can only be licensed for sport, not self defence, and require a certificate of training from a certified range, which, of course, is available from many ranges for a small fee without having to do the training. The cheapest legal firearms you can buy in Thailand are Turkish pump action shotguns and Czech bolt action .22lr rifles.
  7. Why? I just get puzzlement from most Thais who often just can't believe that it is possible for a farang to become Thai. When they finally understand what has happened, if they can grasp it at all, they mainly seem pleasantly surprised.
  8. If you were to retain your existing citizenship, you could argue you were an expat entitled to the same benefits when you renewed your contract, if the organisation was so petty minded as to try to cull your remuneration. Probably best to only tell people who need to know (i.e. admin staff who have to get your WPs) , if you work for this type of organisation that looks for any opportunity to nickle and dime its senior staff. Because Thai wages are so low in most sectors, most international organisations in Thailand will only pay more for expats, if they are sure they can't find a born Thai to do the job for much less.
  9. It depends on the company but generally speaking employers these days pay whatever rate they need to pay to keep quality staff. I think the exception is people who are asked to move somewhere they don't necessarily want to go on a short term contract for the good of the company. Obviously they need to offer accommodation and other expat benefits to these staff or no one would go. In my case, I was a relatively senior expat posted to Thailand in finance when I got PR and my company even paid the fee which was B50,000 in those days, as well as the annual re-entry stamps. While I was in that job the company took the decision to eliminate all expat benefits and monetised them, so that you got the cash value of your health insurance, biz class tickets home and rent at that point in time. The move made sense for the business because we needed a lot of senior local staff in HK and Singapore to compete and the expat terms for white guys, most of whom had been hired locally by that stage, understandably put them off and made it harder to hire the best Asian staff. The only thing they couldn't get rid of was the 6 weeks holiday for anyone hired originally as an expat but the pressures of the business made it hard to use it all up. When I needed to hire good staff in Thailand I found that the good quality Thais had to be paid a lot more than foreigners able to do the same job and tended to job hop much more. So I just paid them all what they were worth to the business and enough to prevent competitors from poaching them. Once I had solved the WP problem I ended up hiring more foreigners because they were cheaper, wrote their own English reports with little need for editing, generally handled foreign clients better on the phone and stayed longer. I can't understand why a company would remove any part of an employee's remuneration package because they had acquired an additional nationality. That implies they are worth less to the organization than they were the day before they acquired the new nationality. In that case, what business did they have paying them that in the first place? And definitely the Labour Court would find in favour of an employee who had any part of their remuneration removed because they were Thai. Even if it were specified in the employment contract and/or in the company rules that certain allowances were only payable to foreign nationals and would be removed immediately in the event the employee became Thai, I am pretty sure that the Labour Court would determine that such provisions were unlawful and unenforceable. Descriminating against Thais is a very bad idea as far as the Labour Ministry is concerned.
  10. It never ceases to amaze me that Thailand has one of the most centralised governments in the world and yet there is no consistency in how different offices of the same ministry apply the same laws from place to place. This happens in other ministries too. It would make more sense, if it were a federal system or if provinces had autonomy to make their own laws. Since there is only one law, everyone throughout the country should be treated fairly and consistently under it.
  11. If you can't understand why anyone would want to have the citizenship of a country to which they have migrated permanently and in the case of Thai citizenship have the advantages of being able to own your own business, your own landed property, work without a work permit, not need visas & etc, then Thai citizenship is probably not for you. Thai citizenship is not only for farangs married married to Thai women. In fact, non-farangs, mainly Asians, who are not married to Thai women account for the majority new naturalisations. If you are not married to a Thai, you will have to apply for permanent residence first and hold that status for 5 years to eligible to apply for citizenship . You need to be working with WP and making the minimum required salaries for both PR and citizenship. You need to show a relatively small bank balance for both. Other than that it doesn't much matter how much money you have. What they are looking for how much money you are earning from a job in Thailand and how much tax you have paid. If you own a Thai condo that can go on the application form but no other assets (Thai equities, overseas assets etc) are of interest. Knowledge of Thai language is required for PR and for citizenship (unless you have a Thai spouse). Even if you have a Thai spouse, you might need a score in the language tests to get the requisite 50/100 points to qualify. There is language testing and interviews in Thai for both. The only case you are allowed to use an interpreter in the panel interviews is, if you are married to a Thai and your spouse translates for you or just helps you with the replies. Absolute fluency in Thai is not required. An intermediate level working knowledge is enough. Reading and writing is not required but the citizenship tests include optional tests of reading and writing for more points.
  12. The bank addressed it to "Thai Police National Head Quarters Citizenship Department". They might accept that as it is in the ballpark, although it doesn't mention the official name of the department or even Special Branch.
  13. Did the officer say what happened to the original application you submitted 6 years ago? Was this the first time you followed up on it? It doesn't matter at all what kind of bank account you show the balance in. They need a letter from the bank confirming the balance you have on that particular day. What is very important is how the letter is addressed. Mine was rejected twice because the bank insisted on doing stupid things like addressing it to the Immigration Bureau, even after I told them Immigration had nothing to do with this process. You need to get the bank to head the letter as follows: เรึ่อง รับรองเงินฟากในบัญชี เรีอน ผกก. ฝ่ายกฎหมายและวินัย บก. อก. บช.ส. Re: Confirmation of account balance To: Naturalization Unit, Legal and Discipline Section, General Staff Division, Special Branch Bureau And the address is: ฝ่ายกฎหมายและวินัย บก. อก. บช.ส. ถนนพระราม 1 แขวงปทุมวัน เขตปทุมวัน กรุงเทพมหานคร 10330 Naturalization Unit, Legal and Discipline Section, General Staff Division, Special Branch Bureau, Rama I Road, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330.
  14. The attached form for witnesses who are asked to verify applicants' behaviour and assets attached clearly has spaces for them to fill in their profession, position and monthly salary. Mine had to fill in and sign this form and one of them nearly dropped out of this process because she didn't want the other witness, whom she knew, to see her salary. I had to reassure her that I would keep both forms absolutely separate and confidential. Your experience might have been different, since you applied to adopt your husband's Thai nationality which is a quite different process with different requirements from applying for naturalisation under Section 10 which is what most people in this thread are doing or have done. Witness form TH.pdfWitness form TH.pdf
  15. Posts have been deleted for baiting and for an inappropriate and factually incorrect reference to monarchy.