Property rights if changing citizenship

My wife is a Thai citizen and has property she acquired before our marriage. I am a US citizen. If my wife becomes a US citizen, what happens to her property? Can she still own it? Is she forced to sell it? Although we currently live in the US, we would like to live in Thailand when we retire.

  • Asked on Friday, August 10, 2001 | 10:34 PM
    James Press, USA.

A Thai who changes citizenship is considered a foreigner. As foreigners may not own land, your wife would have to sell her land within one year of becoming a US citizen. However, an amendment was made to the Land Code by the government of Chuan Leekpai, allowing foreigners to own up to one rai of land in certain circumstances.

  • Answered on Friday, August 10, 2001 | 10:34 PM
    Somdaow Lohakitj, chief of legal act registration, Department of Phuket Provincial Mineral Resources.

For details on this amendment, see http://www.phuketgazette.net/issuesanswers/details.asp?id=187

  • Answered on Friday, August 10, 2001 | 10:34 PM
    Gazette Online.
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