Thai citizenship application process

Chris Larkin

Long time resident of Bangkok. Married, three daughters. Managing director of CLC Asia (www.clc-asia.com). Lots of interesting knowledge and experience built up over time which I hope can be of use to people.

36 Responses

  1. Ian says:

    Hi Chris, Is there a certain amount of time that you need to be married for to your Thai wife for before you can apply for Thai Citizenship?

    • Hi Ian,

      Yes there is. If you don’t have kids, then it will be 3 years. With kids, you can apply after one year of marriage. This assumes of course, you meet the other prerequisites (work, income, tax and consecutive non immigrant extensions).

  2. Eric De Robles Nissim says:

    Hi Chris,

    I am from Spain and understood that “my” country of origin allows dual citizenship. Knowing that I meet the requirements to apply for the thai citizenship, my doubt is: Since Thailand and Spain do not have a dual citizenship agreement, will I lose my spanish citizenship once I get the thai one?

    Thanks in advance and best regards,
    Eric

    • Hi Eric,

      Thailand doesn’t have any dual citizenship agreements in the same way I understand a number of EU countries do amongst themselves. As such, from thailand perspective you becoming Thai and keeping a Spanish passport won’t be an issue. I can’t speak for Spain but as long as they are okay with it you should be fine.

  3. Ben Hann says:

    Hello Chris,

    I am a UK citizen and I have a 1 Year Non O Multiple Entry Visa, I am not married however I have been to court and I am a legal guardian of my son (born in Thai) who is 5 years old which is what my visa is based on. This is the 1st year I have had the Non O visa and I do plan to renew.

    Based on this I just have to renew 2 times so 3 years continuous and then I can apply directly for citizenship and skip the PR process yes?

    • Hi Ben

      Thanks for you message. Unfortunately skipping PR is only available to those who are married to Thai citizens which doesn’t sound like your situation.

      In addition (for both PR and Citizenship) there is a need to be working in Thailand for three years in the lead up to application with consecutive and unbroken work permit, extensions of stay and thai tax returns showing a minimum income of 80,000 baht per month if you aren’t married.

  4. Hilton Powell says:

    I am staying in Thailand for the last 14 years and have a condo in my name and another condo on a company name of me and my girl as well as 2 small farms on her name but with me as renter for 50 years paid in advance and several cars and pickup and tractor as we stay on one farm in Chatrakan , Phitsanulok region . We are togethet for the last 6 years now going on 7. never got married for people told me if you are together for longer than 6 months acording to thai law, you are married , so i am married but with no papers, does that count ? Also I am staying here on a retirement visa for the last 12 years. I have no intention to ever go back to SA and intend to stay with my girl till death do part us. I have almost no income but live on savings made in my lifetime invested mostly in real gold and have ample to sustain me for maybe 15 years still. So is there any chance to get citizen ship for me also my thai is rotten for we communicate in English with each other also my age is 66 now

    • Hi Hilton, thanks for your message.

      Unfortunately, based on what you have told me, you don’t qualified. Given you aren’t officially married, skipping the PR stage to apply for citizenship isn’t available to you. As per the article above, you need to be working here for a registered Thai company and paying taxes on an average of 40,000 baht per month income, for three years in the lead up to your application. Given you are on a retirement visa that means you don’t meet that criteria either.

      If you do intend to apply for citizenship you’d need to meet those requirements first, but given it sounds like you are retired, it may not make any sense for you to do so.

  5. Ash Jon says:

    Hi Chris,
    My friend has been working here since Aug 2018 plus married to Thai with a kid. So will he be eligible in Aug 2021? but PND 91 for 2018 will be from Aug to Dec only. Please shed some light in this regard.

    • Hi Ash,

      So it sounds like there will be three years of tax returns. He might want to check with special branch the implication of not being a full year in particular that his income will be ‘low’ for that year. He should also check that he meets the rest of the requirements to get the 50 out of 100 points to qualify (see here)

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