Thai citizenship based on marriage to a Thai husband

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.

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15 Responses

  1. Sally says:

    Hi there,

    Did your wife lost her Australian citizen?
    And how much did the whole process cost ?

    Thanks

    • Hi Sally,

      No she didn’t. The whole process costs 5000 baht.

      • Ken says:

        Hi, is the expedited process the same if a foreign husband marries a thai wife? Or only for a foreign lady marries to a thai husband? Thanks. Ken

        • The timeframes are similar, 3 or so years from application to grant. Due to a quirk in the law, male applicants require the sign off by HM the King, while women only need the sign off by the Minister of Interior. This can shorten the womans rouge by a few months other things being equal. However, if Thailand does happen to have a Minister of Interior who is not inclined to sign any applications, then everyone gets held up.

        • KC Yuprajan says:

          Hi Chris,
          Your article is very helpful. Thank you!
          I just want to ask, if my thai husband doesn’t have a job and i am the one with monthly salary and providing for the family, we have 2 Thai children and been living here for 16 years, can i still apply for Thai citizenship?
          Thanks, KC

          • Hi KC,

            Unfortunately he’ll need to show proof of employment and tax payments of the equivalent of 30,000 baht per month for the past tax year. It can be from his own business or formal employment.

            Regards
            Chris

  2. Kimusa says:

    Hi! Thank you very much for the detailed info! I am a foreigner married to Thai husband. Wanted to get the citizenship, but when we check with immigration staff while renewing my visa, they told us it’s gonna cost 200k+ THB for the application and not guaranteed to be successful. So we decided not to do it. So your whole process only cost 5K THB no extra cost!? 😮

    • Dear Kim,

      You asked the wrong people. Immigration DO NOT handle citizenship applications, only the police special branch do. Most likely, the immigration people you were speaking to were referring to Permanent Residency (which they do process), however, as per the article, you can skip PR and apply for citizenship at Special Branch – which costs 5000 baht.

  3. Kimusa says:

    Hi again! Sorry one more question!
    Do your wife need to renew visa every year after getting the citizenship? The immigration staff was saying even after getting citizenship I still have to report to immigration every year and also need the re-entry permit! Is it true? I mean it’s useless if I still have to go immigration to do all that every year 🤦🏻‍♀️
    Thank you very much 🙏🏻🙇🏻‍♀️

    • Hi Kim,

      Again, what immigration were referring to was Permanent Residence, which requires a re-entry permit if you want to travel outside of the country. However, PR, once granted, means you never have to do a visa extension ever again.

      Citizenship, which is what this article refers to, means that you become a citizen of Thailand and are able to stay in the country indefinitely without visas or any other restrictions and you can come and go as you please.

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