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    Quote Originally Posted by Barty View Post
    Received a letter in the mail from the Ministry of Interior today stating that as of the 1st of April I am a Thai citizen. It specified that I must go to the Special Branch police, pay 500 Baht, and pick up some documents. Those documents will be used to transfer my name into the blue house registration book and then get my Thai ID card. I have 60 days from the 1st of April to complete this.
    Have you got the ID yet barty?

    I'm expecting a Royal Gazette announcement very soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChalkyDee View Post
    Have you got the ID yet barty?

    I'm expecting a Royal Gazette announcement very soon.
    On April 22 I did the ID card in the morning and got the Thai passport in the afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChalkyDee View Post
    Have you got the ID yet barty?

    I'm expecting a Royal Gazette announcement very soon.
    Did you get the announcement?

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    Just a callout to the others in this thread that were applying for Thai Citizenship.

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    kmart
    yankee99
    and anyone else applying

    How’s it going? Where are you all at?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barty View Post
    Just a callout to the others in this thread that were applying for Thai Citizenship.

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    kmart
    yankee99
    and anyone else applying

    How’s it going? Where are you all at?
    Im waiting for royal gazette announcement with a few others

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barty View Post
    Just a callout to the others in this thread that were applying for Thai Citizenship.

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    kmart
    yankee99
    and anyone else applying

    How’s it going? Where are you all at?
    I got my Thai ID card this week. A very nice NY present!!!!

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    I've just read the thread from start to finish. I intend starting my application once Songkran is over. I'll be applying on the basis of having a Thai wife.
    I'm looking forward to getting the ball rolling. I know I'll get frustrated at the length of the process but I've also been here long enough to know to keep my frustrations well hidden.
    Congratulations to everyone who completed the journey.
    Do not walk beside me, for I may not lead. Do not walk ahead of me for I may not follow. Just pretty much leave me the fuck alone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaiyenyen View Post
    I've just read the thread from start to finish. I intend starting my application once Songkran is over. I'll be applying on the basis of having a Thai wife.
    I'm looking forward to getting the ball rolling. I know I'll get frustrated at the length of the process but I've also been here long enough to know to keep my frustrations well hidden.
    Congratulations to everyone who completed the journey.
    I hope we can help you through the process. Once applied, it is actually pretty straightforward. Good luck!

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    One thing I am a bit concerned about is the 'Giving to charity' thing. I had no idea until a couple of weeks ago, that this was something they considered. I've never donated to a charity in Thailand and received a receipt. I have donated things to a couple of schools in the past (Long time ago). Given clothes and washing stuff to beggars near our home. Helped people who needed it, that kind of stuff.
    To me, charity is something to be done in a quiet, personal way. Not 'Look at me. I've just given some money and I've got a receipt'.
    The way I see it is, If I make a donation tomorrow, it looks like it's been done for all the wrong reasons.

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    You have to donate and get a receipt or you'll get the hose again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaiyenyen View Post
    One thing I am a bit concerned about is the 'Giving to charity' thing. I had no idea until a couple of weeks ago, that this was something they considered. I've never donated to a charity in Thailand and received a receipt. I have donated things to a couple of schools in the past (Long time ago). Given clothes and washing stuff to beggars near our home. Helped people who needed it, that kind of stuff.
    To me, charity is something to be done in a quiet, personal way. Not 'Look at me. I've just given some money and I've got a receipt'.
    The way I see it is, If I make a donation tomorrow, it looks like it's been done for all the wrong reasons.
    If your wife has given she can easily ask for a receipt dated when she donated in your name. Remember this is Thailand

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    Hhhhhhhmmmmmmm.
    So now I'm thinking........Make a donation and ask for a backdated receipt.
    I've really got to start thinking Thai lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaiyenyen View Post
    Hhhhhhhmmmmmmm.
    So now I'm thinking........Make a donation and ask for a backdated receipt.
    I've really got to start thinking Thai lol.
    I suggest the Rotary club. They were very willing to take 7,000 baht from me. It would have been easy for them to put down the wrong date
    Best to have 2/3 bills actually, maybe 1 per year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaiyenyen View Post
    To me, charity is something to be done in a quiet, personal way. Not 'Look at me. I've just given some money and I've got a receipt'.
    I agree with what you are saying, however, most people keep their receipts for tax purposes. Also, keep in mind that the receipts must be from registered charities.

    Quote Originally Posted by jaiyenyen View Post
    The way I see it is, If I make a donation tomorrow, it looks like it's been done for all the wrong reasons.
    This is actually what they are looking for. They want to see a history of donations that precede your citizenship application. To "them" it indicates that you have a meaningful connection to Thailand.

    Good luck with your application. If your wife is on board with the whole thing, it is very easy to do. You just have to be patient (jaiyenyen as they say).

    Just a few of other thoughts;

    If possible, try to use the Bangkok Special Branch Police for the application. It can be done in other provinces, but most don’t know what they are doing and there will be more delays and confusion with what documents are needed. If you can transfer your residence to a Bangkok address it will make life much easier.

    Along the way, everyone that was involved with my citizenship application was helpful, cooperative and really seemed to want me to get Thai citizenship.

    Learn how to read your name in Thai. Learn how to write (not sign) your full name in Thai. There are a number of documents that you need to put your hand printed name on, both at the beginning and the end of the citizenship process. Don't worry about how it looks, it can be a chicken scratch, so long as it is correctly spelled and done by your hand they don't care how it looks.

    Make sure that your name on all government documents is spelled correctly. It is not uncommon for foreigners to end up with two or three different spellings of their name on various documents. If something is not correct, correct as soon as you can.

    You will end up collecting a lot of documents from different government agencies. Make sure that they have spelled you name correctly and have the correct address on every document.

    Make and keep multiple copies of everything. Keep copies of everything in a well organised folder and take it with you everywhere you go. Passport, work permit, visas, Tabian Baan, PR book if you have it, and so on. You are going to need them.

    Think about what your Thai name will be, but don't stress about it. Most people don't change there names after they get citizenship.

    Choose a religion. It doesn't matter what it is, but it is better that you have one. I was told during my application that I had to have a religion, so I choose Christian basically by default.

    If you have a middle name, make sure that it is your middle name on Thai documents. Most older forms from the Thai government didn’t have a place for a middle name. This meant that on some computer systems foreigners ended up with a double first name and no middle name. If you have your name in a yellow or blue Tabian Baan book and it was originally made in the early 1990s it is most likely wrong. This is not an issue during the whole citizen process. I didn’t know it was a problem until I went to make my Thai ID card, but it needed to be corrected.

    Edited to add. If you are married, and don't have children, be prepared to explain why.

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    Thanks for your replies.
    I'm fortunate that I live in Bangkok and that my wife is keen to help me with the whole process. We don't have children together but my wife has three (Adult children). We've taken care of our granddaughter since she was 1 month old, she's 8 now.
    Thanks for the advice about being organised, that's something I intend keeping on top of.
    No middle name to worry about, thankfully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaiyenyen View Post
    No middle name to worry about
    ...yen?...

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    Almost 8 months since i took the oath and no royal gazette announcement. This seems to be the hardest waiting period for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChalkyDee View Post
    I suggest the Rotary club. They were very willing to take 7,000 baht from me. It would have been easy for them to put down the wrong date
    Best to have 2/3 bills actually, maybe 1 per year.
    I *think* it is required to have evidence of three years of payment. And, although I am not applying at this point in time, I get a donation tax receipt each year. Just to not close that door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg View Post
    I *think* it is required to have evidence of three years of payment. And, although I am not applying at this point in time, I get a donation tax receipt each year. Just to not close that door.
    I gave one receipt for 5000 baht from a school upcountry. The donation is probably the simplest part of the process.

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    ^ OK. Thanks.

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    Are donations to a temple acceptable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaiyenyen View Post
    Are donations to a temple acceptable?
    of course as long as you have a receipt

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankee99 View Post
    Almost 8 months since i took the oath and no royal gazette announcement. This seems to be the hardest waiting period for me.
    That sucks, I know how you feel, checking the RG 5 times every day. Mine was 4.5 months. Let's hope for a announcement this week!

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