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Old 27-12-2016, 08:48 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Has anyone here gone through this process?

It would be nice to hear some experience. I have all the documents ready and just waiting to submit them at special branch. I live outside Bangkok, which makes it a little more complicated.
I am in the process of applying myself. I am only a couple of steps ahead of you. I am also applying as married to a Thai but I also could qualify as having held permanent residence for the appropriate time.

Together with my wife, I visited the Special Branch on Rama 1 in late November 2016 and told them that I wanted to apply for Thai citizenship. We were invited to sit at a particular desk. From that point on the policeman at that desk became my point of contact for the rest of the application process. He asked us a handful of questions to be sure that I would qualify. He then gave us a sheet of paper with the list of documents required and we were told to call him when all of the documents were collected and ready to submit. The gentleman that was assigned to us for the citizenship application wrote his name and mobile number at the bottom of the sheet of paper and told us to call him if we needed any clarifications on anything and also to call ahead to make an appointment anytime we wanted to visit.

We submitted the documents in early December 2016. They were checked by our guy and confirmed that everything was correct. We were told that in a few days they would call us and let us know when our next meeting at special branch would be.

Got the call and was told to be at the Special Branch the following Wednesday at 13:30. We arrived early and the people who were supposed to be there at 13:00 hadnít turned up so they were bumped down the line and we got their spot. Our guy went through the documentation and told us that I had 78 points out of the possible 100. This didnít include my education as my highest education was a completed apprenticeship in NZ and they didnít know how to translate a NZ apprenticeship into the equivalent Thai education level. I was finger printed and then told to meet with the policeman in the corner office. We had a quick chat with him and then was told to wait outside for a few minutes. Was then told to go up to the 4th floor and meet the head of Special Branch and have a chat with him. (this part didnít go very well for me.)

We were taken up to the 4th floor by our guy and introduced to the head gentleman. We were asked a handful of questions; explain why I didnít get points for my education, why do I want to get citizenship, why are we married, why donít we have children, if we donít have children why did we get married. I must admit I wasnít expecting to get interviewed that day so hadnít mentally prepared myself, but also the questions about why were married but didnít have kids flustered me a little and I didnít answer the questions very well. I was told that in future I need to participate in the conversations more and I need to improve my Thai speaking ability. An interesting part of the conversation was that he said that up until recently the process would take 4 Ė 6 years to complete, but now it would only take about a year. We he saw the expression on my face he said maybe a bit longer but for sure not more than two years. Went back downstairs and was told by our guy that everything was looking good and that in about 3 weeks I should get a call to meet with the next lot of police to have an interview where they would ask a lot more questions. Apparently, this interview will be at a McDonalds. I asked what sort of questions they would ask. It was suggested that I study up on a few things such as the citizen application process, the colours of the Thai flag, have a general idea of Thailand and the cities and provinces and the meaning of certain songs.

At the end of the meeting our guy gave us six envelopes that we had to deliver to various places around Bangkok.

Two envelopes to the Immigration department at Cheang Wattana building B to verify my residence certificate (white book) and verify my alien ID book (red/brown book) (Only if you have permanent residence)

One letter to the Ampur wherever you were married to verify your marriage certificate.

One letter to the Ampur where your residence is registered to change your name. You need to select your first name and last name. You need to prepare at least three surnames to be submitted to the Ampur.

Once you have submitted the above letters, they will be sent by the each of the above Thai government authorities back to the Police Special Branch by postal mail.

Two envelopes to the embassy, one to verify that the passport is legitimate and one to acknowledge that you will intend to rescind your citizenship. Both of these letters will need to be taken to the translation office in Cheang Wattana Building A consular section. Normally the embassy is asked to send the documents back to the Police Special Branch by postal mail, however in my case the NZ embassy did the letters while I waited which meant that I could take them directly to the translation office. If the letters are sent back to the Police Special Branch you will have to collect them and take them to the translation office.

If you are organised and all of the places you need to submit the letters are in Bangkok, all of this can be done in one day, two at the most.

When you take the documents to be translated at the Cheang Wattana Building A consular section make sure you show them how your name is spelt in Thai. It must match all of the other documents submitted. Also, make sure that all Thai documents use the same spelling and spacing for your name. This is important as the document will be rejected and will have to be corrected.

This is where I am at know. I am waiting for the phone call to make the appointment to go to McDonalds.

Feel free to ask any questions, I can't say I know everything about the process but happy to answer anything that I can.
Thanks Barty, nice to actually get some real experience. Some very interesting, useful info there, thanks!

My problem could be that the Special Branch in Khon Kaen has only one guy and he seems reluctant to get the process going as it, often not answering his phone or never in the office.
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There isn't a Thai speaking exam.
This is what I was trying to track down last time. The sarky response was not a great help.

When you did all that chatting to policemen, was it in English or Thai? From my reading I would say it was in Thai, and that pretty much is the "thai speaking exam" I would think.
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Know somebody who just failed the speaking Thai exam, some said they could understand him some not. So he's going again for another go next month, rather him than me.
Are you talking about the thai portion of the citizenship interview? Because that doesn't sound quite right. Unless I'm wrong, the thai language portion of the scoring get you a maximum of 18 points. If you can say "Sweaty Crotch" or My Cow Died" they throw you a couple points. AFAIK; no one ever gets a zero in thai language skill.

It is also entirely possible that even if you get only 1 or 2 points in the thai language part that the total points from the other areas are enough so you still hit the minimum number of points needed to 'pass'.

FWIW: I know an american who just had his interview last month. His thai is barely understandable at the best of times and totally incomprehensible at the worst of them, still he scored enough overall to get thru it.
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Know somebody who just failed the speaking Thai exam, some said they could understand him some not. So he's going again for another go next month, rather him than me.
Are you talking about the thai portion of the citizenship interview? Because that doesn't sound quite right. Unless I'm wrong, the thai language portion of the scoring get you a maximum of 18 points. If you can say "Sweaty Crotch" or My Cow Died" they throw you a couple points. AFAIK; no one ever gets a zero in thai language skill.

It is also entirely possible that even if you get only 1 or 2 points in the thai language part that the total points from the other areas are enough so you still hit the minimum number of points needed to 'pass'.

FWIW: I know an american who just had his interview last month. His thai is barely understandable at the best of times and totally incomprehensible at the worst of them, still he scored enough overall to get thru it.
Thai Citizenship - Points Allocation (minimum 50/100 required for further consideration) 2010

AGE AND EDUCATION
Age:
20 t0 30 - 2 points
30 to 40 – 5 points
40 to 50 – 10 points
50 to 60 – 8 points
Over 60 – 5 points

Education:
Mor 6 and above – 3 points
Diploma – 5 points
Bachelors Degree – 8 points
Masters Degree – 10 points
Doctrate – 15 points

SECURITY OF PROFESSION
Income (monthly):
80,000 to 90,000 – 15 points
90,000 to 100,000 – 20 points
Over 100,000 – 25 points
OR
Income (monthly) in the case of ethnic minorities
40,000 to 50,000 – 15 points
50,000 to 60,000 – 20 points
Over 60,000 – 25 points
OR
Income (monthly) in the case of ethnic minorities holding an Alien ID Card for 10 years or more:
20,000 to 30,000 – 15 points
30,000 to 40,000 – 20 points
Over 40,000 – 25 points
OR
Income (monthly) in the case of those married to a Thai national, or having Thai children, or having graduated from high school in Thailand:
40,000 to 50,000 – 15 points
50,000 to 60,000 – 20 points
Over 60,000 – 25 points
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Income (monthly) in the case of ethnic minorities married to a Thai national, or having Thai children, or having graduated from high school in Thailand:
20,000 to 30,000 – 15 points
30,000 to 40,000 – 20 points
Over 40,000 – 25 points

Income (monthly) on which tax paid:
80,000 to 100,000 – 15 points
100,000 to 120,000 – 20 points
Over 120,000 – 25 points
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Income (monthly) on which tax paid in the case of those married to a Thai national, or having Thai children, or having graduated from high school in Thailand:
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60,000 to 80,000 – 20 points
Over 80,000 – 25 points

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Domicile:
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Has evidence of civil registration showing domicile in Thailand for at least 5 years and has Certificate of Residence or Alien Registration Certificate for at least 5 years – 10 points
Has evidence of civil registration showing domicile in Thailand for at least 5 years and has Certificate of Residence or Alien Registration Certificate for at least 7 years – 15 points
Has evidence of civil registration showing domicile in Thailand for at least 5 years and has Certificate of Residence or Alien Registration Certificate for at least 10 years – 20 points

KNOWLEDGE OF THAI LANGUAGE
Able to speak and understand spoken Thai – 8 points
Able to speak and understand spoken Thai and sing the National and Royal Anthems – 10 points
Able to speak and understand spoken Thai, sing the National and Royal Anthems, and read Thai – 13 points
Able to speak and understand spoken Thai, sing the National and Royal Anthems, and read and write Thai – 15 points

KNOWLEDGE OF THAILAND
Has a medium level knowledge of Thailand
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Has a good knowledge of Thailand
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Has a very good knowledge of Thailand
(9-10 correct answers) -10 points

PERSONALITY
Assessment based on personality, physical appearance and bearing, speech, Thai manners, attitude towards Thailand, Thai culture and ceremonies - 5 points

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This is what I was trying to track down last time. The sarky response was not a great help.
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When you did all that chatting to policemen, was it in English or Thai? From my reading I would say it was in Thai, and that pretty much is the "thai speaking exam" I would think.
Everything was done in Thai, English was not used or spoken at any time. Anything that I didn't catch or understand my wife assisted with answering. I was also asked to sign a bunch of documents using the Thai script.

Also, I have to point out again, I was told that my Thai wasnít good enough and I would have to improve it before the next meeting.
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There isn't a Thai speaking exam.
This is what I was trying to track down last time. The sarky response was not a great help.

When you did all that chatting to policemen, was it in English or Thai? From my reading I would say it was in Thai, and that pretty much is the "thai speaking exam" I would think.
When I first contacted Special branch on the phone, I spoke in Thai.
A few days later, I called their number by mistake and started speaking to them in English and they spoke excellent English.
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When you did all that chatting to policemen, was it in English or Thai? From my reading I would say it was in Thai, and that pretty much is the "thai speaking exam" I would think.
Everything was done in Thai, English was not used or spoken at any time. Anything that I didn't catch or understand my wife assisted with answering. I was also asked to sign a bunch of documents using the Thai script.

Also, I have to point out again, I was told that my Thai wasnít good enough and I would have to improve it before the next meeting.
Does one have to take their wife? Mine would be a liability as her English is terrible!
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When you did all that chatting to policemen, was it in English or Thai? From my reading I would say it was in Thai, and that pretty much is the "thai speaking exam" I would think.
Everything was done in Thai, English was not used or spoken at any time. Anything that I didn't catch or understand my wife assisted with answering. I was also asked to sign a bunch of documents using the Thai script.

Also, I have to point out again, I was told that my Thai wasnít good enough and I would have to improve it before the next meeting.
Does one have to take their wife? Mine would be a liability as her English is terrible!
I don't know for sure, but if you are applying under marriage to a Thai I believe that at some point they will want to meet her and interview her as well.
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Know somebody who just failed the speaking Thai exam, some said they could understand him some not. So he's going again for another go next month, rather him than me.
Are you talking about the thai portion of the citizenship interview? Because that doesn't sound quite right. Unless I'm wrong, the thai language portion of the scoring get you a maximum of 18 points. If you can say "Sweaty Crotch" or My Cow Died" they throw you a couple points. AFAIK; no one ever gets a zero in thai language skill.

It is also entirely possible that even if you get only 1 or 2 points in the thai language part that the total points from the other areas are enough so you still hit the minimum number of points needed to 'pass'.

FWIW: I know an american who just had his interview last month. His thai is barely understandable at the best of times and totally incomprehensible at the worst of them, still he scored enough overall to get thru it.
I feel we are so lucky in Thailand. Can you imagine any other country granting citizenship when you can't converse in the local language?
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better swot up on what "would you like fries with that" is in Thai.
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You sure don't get around much do you ??

You did notice that thai is a "one trick pony" language spoken by less than 1% of the worlds' population.
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You sure don't get around much do you ??

You did notice that thai is a "one trick pony" language spoken by less than 1% of the worlds' population.
Not sure your point here apart from insulting me.

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Some reports on the inter-web say there are close to 25 million naturalized US citizens who can't even speak semi-coherent english.

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might not be the smartest question to be asking.

BTW: even though thai is as I said a 'one trick pony' language, there are benefits to speaking, understanding, reading & typing it. Especially if you're gonna be here long term and don't have a thai (in)significant other following you around to "speak for you" all the time..
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Are you saying the benefits don't out weigh the disadvantages of not getting Thai citizenship?

What exactly are the disadvantages in your opinion? I can't think of any.
No I'm not saying that at all. I'm sorry if you took it that way bc I only meant it in a general sense. What I did mean to say is that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages but isn't that also true for very many countries besides Thailand?
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BTW: even though thai is as I said a 'one trick pony' language, there are benefits to speaking, understanding, reading & typing it. Especially if you're gonna be here long term and don't have a thai (in)significant other following you around to "speak for you" all the time..
Hardly a normal country. Thye give citizenship just if you are born there adn Spanish is spoken by most people.

In my country, one has to take an English exam and test about British culture.
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Know somebody who just failed the speaking Thai exam, some said they could understand him some not. So he's going again for another go next month, rather him than me.
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Isn't the benefits outweighing the disadvantages a prime reason for doing anything?
No, I don't think that should be the prime reason for doing anything. And besides, there are many countries where the benefits of citizenship outweigh the disadvantages. So how does that rule help you decide?
Are you saying the benefits don't out weigh the disadvantages of not getting Thai citizenship?

What exactly are the disadvantages in your opinion? I can't think of any.
You don't have the option to be deported and blacklisted as a silly foreigner, but are subjected to the full force of the local legal system should you behave in a non-Thai way - which could happen if you got tipsy for instance; or if you simply couldn't adjust to the cultural norms of deference and group-orientated Asian culture, which is a challenge for a farang amd fell out with some locals... normally you can get away with being treated like a farang, and walk away, which is relatively ok.
I think there are UN conventions that mean that it's forbidden for a person to be made stateless... which if you only have one citizenship of a developed country, is not a problem.
However, if you had citizenship of another country, there are circumstances (e.g.: if you were naughty there or politically out of favour) where you could lose your original citizenship, and be stuck with your Thai one.
Not being a native speaker in any country always puts you at a disadvantage, often because you often have no right to get info in your native language as a farang ethnic minority.
There are also possible visa ramifications for travel abroad, which could affect your ability to travel to western developed countries that you hailed from:


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As most, if not all countries do. It is part of the definition of "citizenship".

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Really?, the UK doesn't grant citizenship to a baby born there if their parents aren't citizens.
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This isn't anything to do with getting Thai citizenship.

Also, with a British passport you can be a dual national.
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What exactly are the disadvantages in your opinion? I can't think of any.
No I'm not saying that at all. I'm sorry if you took it that way bc I only meant it in a general sense. What I did mean to say is that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages but isn't that also true for very many countries besides Thailand?
I think so. I assume getting citizenship in any country you emigrate to is beneficial.
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That's not always true... my Mrs got it on the strength of having done a PG-level course at a British uni, although she had a degree in English from Thailand, it didn't come up on the NARIC thing, and was of no interest to them. Aside from that, countless generations of gimmegrants have been let in over the years with barely a word of English... if you've ever walked around certain areas of certain cities in the UK, you will feel like you're in Dhaka, Karachi, Kingston, Warsaw, Lagos or Mogadishu.
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This isn't anything to do with getting Thai citizenship.

Also, with a British passport you can be a dual national.
In British law yes, but not in Thai law, unless you are an under 18 born to a Thai.
Thai women have the right to "reclaim" their citizenship.
Thailand does not allow you to hold dual nationality, and even if you see people doing it routinely, in a legal scenario, you won't have a leg to stand on, as it's written in the statute. So what you are in fact contemplating, is potentially rescinding your British citizenship, and all the privileges that go with that, for a Thai one... fingers crossed...
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What exactly are the disadvantages in your opinion? I can't think of any.
No I'm not saying that at all. I'm sorry if you took it that way bc I only meant it in a general sense. What I did mean to say is that the benefits outweigh the disadvantages but isn't that also true for very many countries besides Thailand?
I think so. I assume getting citizenship in any country you emigrate to is beneficial.
You should not make such risky assumptions. There is a pecking order of citizenships, and you really ought to reflect on that.
Whilst I was being facetious about having a sex change, I genuinely think that what you are aiming for is as drastic - no going back - kind of a situation.



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This isn't anything to do with getting Thai citizenship.

Also, with a British passport you can be a dual national.
In British law yes, but not in Thai law, unless you are an under 18 born to a Thai.
Thai women have the right to "reclaim" their citizenship.
Thailand does not allow you to hold dual nationality, and even if you see people doing it routinely, in a legal scenario, you won't have a leg to stand on, as it's written in the statute. So what you are in fact contemplating, is potentially rescinding your British citizenship, and all the privileges that go with that, for a Thai one... fingers crossed...
This is totally wrong, sorry. There is no law saying that a Thai has to give up their nationality, it is voluntary and then has to be OKed by the Minister of the Interior.
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