This year has been a bumper year for Thai citizenship grants with the signing off on another batch of citizenship applications.
The 15th and 22nd August 2019 saw 2 rounds of citizenship announcements made with 30 women granted Thai citizenship based on marriage to a Thai citizen. Another announcement of 172 applicants (men, women and children) became Thai citizens using other routes.
Many congratulations to those who applied. For many Thai citizenship applicants, the turn around time from applying to grant appears to be around 3 years. We think that under the current minister, applications will continued to be turned around at this rate. So if you are thinking about applying, this is an optimal time to do so.
Interested in Thai nationality?
Trying to figure out how to stay in Thailand indefinitely? Sick of worrying about visas?
In 2008, amendments were made to Thai nationality law. These changes have allowed all spouses of Thai citizens to obtain citizenship without first needing to go through the permanent residence process. You could be eligible to apply for citizenship within as little as one to three years, depending on circumstances.
For foreign husbands married to Thai wives, please see this article “Thai citizenship for foreigners married to a Thai spouse” to see how you can apply for Thai citizenship.
For females married to a Thai husband, please see the following article: “Thai citizenship based on marriage to a Thai husband”.
If you aren’t married, but would like to commence the journey towards Thai citizenship, you’ll need to attain permanent residency first. A detailed guide on how you do this is available at our article here: “The ultimate guide to Thai permanent residency”.
The announcement was printed in the Royal Gazette countersigned by the Minister of Interior. The lists of people naturalized is available for download below: