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  1. From experience with friends who have gained Thai nationality, they give you back your passport or send it to your embassy! There is no requirement for someone acquiring Thai nationality to give up any other nationality, as there is no requirement for a Thai person having acquired another nationality to give up their Thai nationality. Yeah the big one for my son and for every Thai man is, if your son will be drafted at the age of 20. There are options to avoid this and they are well known to most people. I believe the army doesn't want you to be drafted if you are more than 30 years old?
  2. I have 3 nationalities and will acquire another shortly! Having more than one nationality is normal and not illegal, even in Thailand. In this world of regular world travel and people living in multiple countries, it is inevitable that people are going to qualify for multiple nationalities. Unless it is specifically against the law in one country, that you are a national of this country and cannot be a national of another, as in Myanmar and The Philippines, it is normal. Having more than one nationality allows ease of visa free travel and the ability to move at will and work and reside in any country that you wish!
  3. From real experience this is how it works! Your Thai parent should go to the Thai Embassy or consulate in your country of birth with you, to show their Thai ID and to confirm that you are Thai by descent. You should bring your original birth certificate clearly showing your Thai parent's name as in their Thai ID card of Passport as this is required. Copies of your Thai parent's Thai ID card, Thai house registration and Thai passport will be required! From experience, being in London is going to complicate your application process. Its never easy and its never quick to acquire the nationality of any country by descent, as the issuing government will wish to confirm that the info you give is true and that you do indeed qualify.
  4. I see sad problems happen almost every day with many westerners coming to Thailand and starting to ride a motorcycle for their very first time. We have all lost count of the number of times this has happened with regular tragic results. Most people also don't have a legal driving license for a motorcycle in Thailand and as such void the mandatory 3rd party insurance that all cars must have, that would normally help them with medical expenses! All foreigners that rent motorcycles in Thailand are not sufficiently proficient in riding and even more not aware of the driving style and frantic habits of many Thai drivers. Tourists who visit Thailand think that because they don't speak the language or understand the law, there are no rules that apply to them and they can just do it! This ends all too often in a body bag or worse, as in this case life long injuries and disabilities.
  5. All Thai people born in the last 75 or so year have a registry in the central citizenship computer, that can be accessed on line from all government offices anywhere in Thailand. Its called the tabian rat ทะเบียนราษฎร์ in Thai. I have seen people older than 100 registered there, so it will get 99% of people who have Thai nationality. You just need to go to the district office near where your parent was born and allow the required investigation to be undertaken to verify that you are the legitimate child of this person, to be successful in recovering your Thai nationality.
  6. There is a record of your mothers birth at the Amphur and, as such her Thai nationality is still in existence. You will need to present this to the Thai embassy in NZ and after several months they will issue you an temporary ID and Thai passport! I have dealt with several cases like this and it is not very difficult to retrieve your Thai nationality. Will PM you and start the process!
  7. Badbanker

    Entry denied Bangkok Airport

    If a foreigner is arrested or surrenders themselves to Immigration on an overstay charge, as long as it is before 8:30 am they will go to court that day and a judge will give decision that day. A denied entry is a bit different! You are not at the IDC you are at the airport. The system is stacked against you, so unless you are on good terms with a lawyer and he is willing to act for you, you are dead meat! Yes immigration seems to be clamping down on things at the moment.
  8. Good news! She has been found alive and well living in Australia. She has re-married. Her contact details have been passed on to the relevant authorities and newspaper to follow up. Cheers BB
  9. You are legally allowed to bring into and out of Thailand an amount of up to USD 10,000 without restrictions. You may be asked to show where the money comes from!
  10. Badbanker

    9 years overstay

    The reason we have a bit draconian overstay punishment is that many people overstayed and broke the law and complained about being punished for it! The reason people are not just sent to Singapore or Hong Kong anymore is, because of one British gentleman who was being deported back to the UK but not under guard to serve jail time for human trafficking, but decided he would jump ship at a transit point and fly back to Cambodia where he still lives. This upset Thai Immigration and since then it has been flag carrier only to country of origin, with passport in hand of captain! Some people were deported on reasonable grounds but did it again and again. One Swedish man was deported after 3 months overstay, 10 years in row! Immigration looked at other Western countries laws and modeled this new regulation after them!
  11. Badbanker

    9 years overstay

    Sadly I do at times during some days! Not from choice but rather necessity! Have a look at my posting history you will see I have addressed this issue many times over the past 10 years or more? Don't make any money from it but I do help things get moved along quickly.
  12. Badbanker

    9 years overstay

    Problem is I see people in recent times being arrested and sent back to Suan Plu with a dead ticket and a "check this guy out for any outstanding legal issues call" ! You may be lucky but then again you may not! If you can afford the potential wasted ticket that is fine!
  13. Badbanker

    9 years overstay

    Seeing as I live at the IDC and court I thought I should weigh in on the OPs post and dispel some rumor and misinformation. I have helped dozens of people through this process! 9 years is a long time to overstay and the courts are taking a dim view of this since the new laws regarding overstaying came into being. There is but one legal option and it does not involve going to the airport with 20k and ticket in hand as that would waste the ticket and your time. Ask your embassy? Get a new valid passport and then surrender yourself to Immigration Head Office at Soi Suan Plu in Bangkok, with your old and new passport. If you surrender at 8am, you will go to court within 2-4 hours and be fined under the 20 limit. You have the option to pay the fine in cash or serve the fine at 500 baht per day (not been 200 baht for 2 years) at Pathumthani jail! You will then be returned to Immigration, who will want to keep you 24-48 hours to check if there are any outstanding warrants for your arrest. Once this is cleared, you can only buy a ticket on the flag carrier of your country of birth and go home. Most airlines will not carry deportees but a flag carrier has the legal duty to do this. Doesn't matter if it is surrender or arrest, if you go through the IDC now, you go to your country of birth, unless you have legal residence in another country! There is also a transportation charge from immigration to Suwarnapum Airport on the day you are to leave. At the airport immigration will check you in and your friends and family can give you your belongings to check in. They will then take you into the immigration holding area till an hour before you are to leave. You are then escorted onto the plane and in most cases your passport is given to the captain of the aircraft who will return it to you on arrival in your country.
  14. The process to retrieve your Thai nationality is a bit more complicated, because of the outdated nature of your documentation, but not impossible! I have helped people resolve their Thai nationality on 2 previous occasions with similar circumstances. It is best to start with visiting the District office where your mother's last ID card was issued. PM me if you want some assistance?
  15. Badbanker

    Stallions 400cc - Any good?

    Point is to get it on the downhill after TDC and then let the flywheel get enough momentum that it has got enough speed to get over the next TDC and get a start!