Have you been living in Thailand for a while and looking for a way to stay on a permanent basis? This article gives a quick run down on the benefits which derive from having Thai citizenship and outlines who might qualify. It isn’t as hard or restrictive as you think!
Many people who have lived and worked in Thailand never know that they might actually be eligible for Thai citizenship, or just think that it is ‘too hard’ to become one.
So we’ve set about demystifying the process for you, putting together the most comprehensive step-by-step on how you can end up with the brown Thai passport, without hiring expensive lawyers.
For those born to a Thai and non-Thai parent, we also look at the ins and outs around frequently asked questions to do with holding Thai dual citizenship, military service obligations for young Thai males and dispelling a many of the myths you may have heard with regards to these topics.
We also address other topics which are important for people looking to stay long term in Thailand, such as education, finances and medical care.
We are sure any questions you ever had around staying in Thailand on a long-term basis and acquiring citizenship will be answered in one of our many articles below.
November 2019 saw a second batch of new Thai citizens announced in the same month. Congrats to all these applicants who are now officially Thai citizens.
If you are a male married to a Thai wife, Thai legislation law provides an expedited path to citizenship for those who have deep connections to the country through marriage. Put simply, you can apply for citizenship without first having to hold Thai Permanent Residency for five years.
Foreign women married to Thai husbands are able to apply for Thai citizenship after as little as one year of marriage. Check out our personal account where we take you through in detail the steps – and the ins and outs of getting citizenship based on marriage to a Thai husband. You’ll be wondering why you didn’t apply earlier.
You’ve been in Thailand a few years now. The craziness of the TM30 forms, 90-day reporting and the days wasted undertaking the annual visa extensions are getting to you.
So how do you make you stay here permanent, and do away with the visa hassles once and for all?
A common question that arises for male Thai citizens born and living overseas, as well as dual citizenship children born in Thailand, is whether they are eligible to be conscripted into the Thai military. Nevertheless, there is a lot of misunderstanding on how this all works. This article looks at the reality of the conscription issue the steps dual citizen males can take to make the system work legally work in their favour.
The simple answer is a resounding ‘YES’!
There is a lot of misunderstanding around the legality of Thai’s having dual citizenship, largely based on bar stool chatter and old wives tales. This definitive article sets the record straight on the ins and outs of Thai dual citizenship.
For people living and working in Thailand, there are a number of very legitimate and tax effective ways of making investments. Nevertheless, there are a range of formal and informal ‘financial’ products and services, which take advantage of people and leave them worse off. I look at a couple of examples I’ve experienced.
For those who are looking to lay down roots in Thailand – particularly with children – the issue of schooling inevitably arises. Parents often look to educational options that allow their children to receive a level of education similar to what they would receive in the west. Depending on the school, dual citizenship can offer parents and students a range of advantages when it comes to enrollment and fees.