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Story Of My Thai Citizenship Application

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2 minutes ago, Johnniey said:

I'm submitting the documents as soon as I can to the Special Branch in the provinces.

 

I have the 3 years tax requirements and Work Permit.

 

My question is this - what happens if I quit my job while waiting for the decision?

 

Is there any requirement that one must remain in the same job for the entire process?  

You have to keep working but can change employers. 

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10 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

You have to keep working but can change employers. 

 

I changed employers with no ill effect, but I'm not sure whether it is actually necessary to keep working right through the process. Things may have changed, but when I applied I needed to show my work permit on just two occasions:

 

1) My initial application at SB

2) My day of interview at the IM

 

Following my IM interview, I laboured on in a job I hated for more than a year while my application creaked through the process, for fear of no longer meeting the requirements if I quit my job, but at no point did they ever ask to see my work permit after the IM interview. In retrospect, I could have quit my job a lot earlier :-)

 

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49 minutes ago, dbrenn said:

 

I changed employers with no ill effect, but I'm not sure whether it is actually necessary to keep working right through the process. Things may have changed, but when I applied I needed to show my work permit on just two occasions:

 

1) My initial application at SB

2) My day of interview at the IM

 

Following my IM interview, I laboured on in a job I hated for more than a year while my application creaked through the process, for fear of no longer meeting the requirements if I quit my job, but at no point did they ever ask to see my work permit after the IM interview. In retrospect, I could have quit my job a lot earlier :-)

 

Thanks, that's kind of exactly what my situation is like.

 

How long did you have to wait for the IM interview after the initial application?

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14 hours ago, Johnniey said:

Thanks, that's kind of exactly what my situation is like.

 

How long did you have to wait for the IM interview after the initial application?

 

In my case, I waited around 8 or 9 months for the IM interview. The longer wait of around a year and a half was after that.

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When renewing my 5 year driving license the other day, which I obtained while on an extension of stay, I needed to bring along my naturalization certificate, a copy of the announcement in the Royal Gazette, old license, ID card and house registration. All very straight forward at the Land Transport Department opposite Sukhumvit 62.

 

I think I have finally tidied up the loose ends since getting citizenship, with the exception of tax ID which they refused to revoke and replace with my ID card number. Said they could not do it. But I will try to submit my tax returns using my ID card number in January and see what happens. Hopefully, I'll still get the rebate I am due.   

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22 minutes ago, GarryP said:

When renewing my 5 year driving license the other day, which I obtained while on an extension of stay, I needed to bring along my naturalization certificate, a copy of the announcement in the Royal Gazette, old license, ID card and house registration. All very straight forward at the Land Transport Department opposite Sukhumvit 62.

 

I think I have finally tidied up the loose ends since getting citizenship, with the exception of tax ID which they refused to revoke and replace with my ID card number. Said they could not do it. But I will try to submit my tax returns using my ID card number in January and see what happens. Hopefully, I'll still get the rebate I am due.   

 

That's odd about the tax ID, as I had no problem with it. Sounds like an official who doesn't know the rules. Did you try talking to a different official or a supervisor? Otherwise, as you say, try lodging your tax return using your citizen ID and see what happens.

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6 hours ago, dbrenn said:

 

That's odd about the tax ID, as I had no problem with it. Sounds like an official who doesn't know the rules. Did you try talking to a different official or a supervisor? Otherwise, as you say, try lodging your tax return using your citizen ID and see what happens.

They went to the head of the Revenue Office in Bang Jak district. They were all adamant that I should use my existing tax Id number. Seems silly so I will ignore them and see what happens.

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They went to the head of the Revenue Office in Bang Jak district. They were all adamant that I should use my existing tax Id number. Seems silly so I will ignore them and see what happens.

Forgive me my ignorance but what could be the problem using the existing ID?

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1 hour ago, aidenai said:


Forgive me my ignorance but what could be the problem using the existing ID?

There is no problem per se.  However, for all Thais, their national id nos. also serve as their tax id nos. and as such this should now apply to us.

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I just went to the interview. 

It was really pleasant and not nearly as stressful as I thought it would be. 

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5 hours ago, greenchair said:

I just went to the interview. 

It was really pleasant and not nearly as stressful as I thought it would be. 

 

Could you give us a rough idea of what was talked about? What sort of questions? All in Thai?

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2 hours ago, Barty said:

 

Could you give us a rough idea of what was talked about? What sort of questions? All in Thai?

 

It's a bit freaky when you first walk in because there are about 40 people in there. They just asked if we loved each other truly. 

I have a few minor criminal charges, so they asked about those. 

It was over in 5 minutes. 

They speak slowly and downsize the language. Similar to us speaking to thai, you go shop type of thing. If you speak a little bit of thai you should understand, anyway you can ask your spouse. In fact either one of you can answer the questions. There were dozens of people waiting, but for some reason we were whipped through ahead quite quickly. 

It was a great day. 

Wish me luck. 

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