Thai citizenship procedure
I’m thinking of applying for Thai citizenship and I have read that it is theoretically possible. But I’ve also heard from a couple of people that applications are never approved, so it is in fact impossible to get Thai citizenship. Is that so?/FONT>/FONT>
Asked on Thursday, October 28, 2004 | 09:53 AM
To qualify to apply for Thai citizenship, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
Points are awarded to applicants on the following basis: Age and education, 25 points; Occupation, 35 points; Length of residence in Thailand, 10 points; Relationship with Thai people and Thailand, 10 points; Thai language knowledge, 10 points; Personality, 10 points.
Applicants must score a total of at least 50 points in order to qualify for consideration. They must also have two guarantors of their behavior and assets. These guarantors must not be relatives.
Documents applicants must supply are;
Applicants must present all original documents in person, along with an application fee of 5,000 baht fee. Bangkok-resident applicants should go to the Nationalization Office, Special Branch, Royal Thai Police, the 5th building, Phraram 1 Rd, Kwang Bangmai, Pathumwan Bangkok.
Residents outside Bangkok should apply to the Provincial Police.
Documents will be sent to the relevant authorities for checking. The officers will present those documents to higher ranking officers.
The Interior Minister is the final authority for the decision. There is no exact timetable for consideration it depends on the length of the checking process.
Last year 48 people applied for Thai nationality. Ten received approval from the Minister of Interior.