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Hi Samran,

I've been trying to find out the process of foreign woman married to a male Thai National and your post was very helpful. Just

a few more questions:

1. Where did you get the application forms?

2. How long does the foreign wife have to live in Thailand before applying?

3. Does the foreign wife need to be earning money while living in Thailand?

4. Whats a yellow/blue Tabieen baan?

5. Wifes PP?

Sorry about the extensive questions but I've been searching through this site about foreign women married to Thai nationals

and am thoroughly confused on the process and want to find out who has actually been through this process.

Your help will be much appreciated.

1) No application form - if you want an instruction sheet, you get if from special branch, or otherwise, just use the one which I posted. Best to go down first though and chat to them to see what you need to show in your individual circumstances. They are quite helpful. Once you have gathered all the required information, you bring it in and they fill in the paperwork.

2) No set minimums of living in Thailand. You have to have been married 3 years though if you do not have a child. One year if you have a child together.

3) No. If you say you have though, it doesn't hurt. If you are currenly working, I'd assume you'd have to show the correct work permits etc.

4) Blue tabieen baan is the house registration that every Thai citizen or permanent resident is on. The yellow one, as boo says, is for foreginers.

5) Passport. (and BC is birth certificate).

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Hi Samran,

I've been trying to find out the process of foreign woman married to a male Thai National and your post was very helpful. Just

a few more questions:

1. Where did you get the application forms?

2. How long does the foreign wife have to live in Thailand before applying?

3. Does the foreign wife need to be earning money while living in Thailand?

4. Whats a yellow/blue Tabieen baan?

5. Wifes PP?

Sorry about the extensive questions but I've been searching through this site about foreign women married to Thai nationals

and am thoroughly confused on the process and want to find out who has actually been through this process.

Your help will be much appreciated.

1) No application form - if you want an instruction sheet, you get if from special branch, or otherwise, just use the one which I posted. Best to go down first though and chat to them to see what you need to show in your individual circumstances. They are quite helpful. Once you have gathered all the required information, you bring it in and they fill in the paperwork.

2) No set minimums of living in Thailand. You have to have been married 3 years though if you do not have a child. One year if you have a child together.

3) No. If you say you have though, it doesn't hurt. If you are currenly working, I'd assume you'd have to show the correct work permits etc.

4) Blue tabieen baan is the house registration that every Thai citizen or permanent resident is on. The yellow one, as boo says, is for foreginers.

5) Passport. (and BC is birth certificate).

Thanks Samran/Boo,

Just came back from the Police Headquarters on Rama 1, and they gave me the instruction sheet for my husband to have a look at.

As my Thai is not strong enough yet (they pointed this out to me) we couldn't discuss much, but I found them to

be quite pleasant. I think I fit all the set criteria but need to check out in getting the yellow book.

I did have a look in the ladies forum but the information there seems scatterred, wasn't sure about the part about having to live in Thailand

for 3 consecutive years before applying...it seems the criteria is different for men and women.

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Much different process for women! You ladies have it so easy :o

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Samran or anyone who may know for that matter :o

Can I get a yellow tabien baan registered at my mother in laws house & even when living in UK?

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Samran or anyone who may know for that matter :o

Can I get a yellow tabien baan registered at my mother in laws house & even when living in UK?

you have to be in Thailand to apply for it.

From memeory you'll need a translated and authenticated copy of your PP and BC. You'll also need to be there at the ampur.

If your wedding certificate is in English, then you'll need to translate that, as well as getting a 'family certificate' from the ampur.

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Cool, might see about doing that next visit over, in prep for my application. Wedding cert is in thai so thats no prob & can ask mil to inquire about the family cert prior to arrival.

Cheers

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I'm coming up on my 3 years in Thailand so hubby & I started getting our papers together for my citizenship app.

However we've been absolutely stone-walled at the Amphur trying to get a yellow tabian baan. The Amphur staff said my visa class makes me ineligible. According to them I need to enter Thailand on a visa based on marriage. I am currently on a company visa because I my employer transferred me to work here.

There aren't too many cases of farang women with Thai husbands in our country Isaan Amphur, so I'm inclined to think they gave me the 'easy answer' rather than the 'correct answer'. There was no consultation of any regulations and the woman at the desk just stared at hubby disdainfully and waved him away when he asked if she could double-check with her superior.

Unfortunately our district office is small with only a handful of staff. So we aren't likely to see anyone different if we go back and try again... where the heck can we go to check this info?

P.S. Although the original posts in this thread were about men applying for PR/citizenship, this thread is invaluable for women married to Thai men & researching Thai citizenship as the whole system works differently for us. Wonder if the mods would consider renaming this thread something like 'Thai citizenship info for western women married to Thai man' and pinning it at the top of the forum?

Edited by Goinghomesoon

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P.S. Although the original posts in this thread were about men applying for PR/citizenship, this thread is invaluable for women married to Thai men & researching Thai citizenship as the whole system works differently for us. Wonder if the mods would consider renaming this thread something like 'Thai citizenship info for western women married to Thai man' and pinning it at the top of the forum?

1. Too many pinned topics make it necessary to scroll down a long way until one arrives at the top of the list of new posts. We want to avoid this in the forum "Thai visas, residency and work permits"

2. This topic was started as one man’s story of his citizenship application. If you want to start a new topic about the story of your own – a woman’s – application, please feel free to do so.

--

Maestro

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Thanks - if I ever actually get to lodge the application I may just do that. Although I think what Samran has already written about his wife's application in this thread is so informative and comprehensive I don't know if I'll have anything to add :)

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Not sure why you chose to go through all this humiliation ! But you obviously had your reasons !

If you are from Africa or the Indian Sub-Continent or such, then Thai citizenship may be regarded as useful.

But you kept schtuum on this.

But otherwise ... Why bother ?

1. You can buy land ... Ok.

2. You can drive a Tuk Tuk ... Yea Ok I guess.

3. Entry to the Grand Palace ... Ok if you go every weekend.

4. You can own a business ... Mmmm.

5. No comment.

6. So Bt 1,900 a year is a problem for you ?

7. :)

8. Ok.

9. Sounds like you are on the Lam.

10. Why would you want to vote ?.

Naka.

Sour grapes indeed.

Well done, not least for retaining a sense of humour in negotiating the bureaucracy.I'm sure you are a deservedly happy man.

I second that emotion! Grapes well soured! Well done.

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I am an American and also made it through the process - a LONG process and if you don't speak and read Thai well essentially an almost impossible process...but I do ...and I passed.

The interesting issue is that twice at the BKK airport I have been asked whether I still have a US passport.....as if dual nationality is still an issue in Thailand...which it should not be. Anyway, I always reply 'no' as I use my thai passport for all travel around SE asia - but it might be a problem if I get asked this question when I travel to the US or Europe.

I was never asked to give up the US citizenship in the entire process - and my research on this site and others indicates there is nothing illegal in holding dual Thai and US citizenship.

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I am an American and also made it through the process - a LONG process and if you don't speak and read Thai well essentially an almost impossible process...but I do ...and I passed.

The interesting issue is that twice at the BKK airport I have been asked whether I still have a US passport.....as if dual nationality is still an issue in Thailand...which it should not be. Anyway, I always reply 'no' as I use my thai passport for all travel around SE asia - but it might be a problem if I get asked this question when I travel to the US or Europe.

I was never asked to give up the US citizenship in the entire process - and my research on this site and others indicates there is nothing illegal in holding dual Thai and US citizenship.

I'd really like to hear your story :)

Motive for applying, hurdles and obstacles, benefits, how long did it take etc ect?

RAZZ

Edited by RAZZELL

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You are aware of the requirement to enter/leave the US on your US passport I hope. Other than that there is no problem holding more than one citizenship/passport for US. It is a case of although nothing specifically allows it nothing disallows it either.

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My question is what if you said that you do have two passports! What would the immigration do? Also if you leave the country and they ask you where you go, you say you go to US and they ask you where is a US visa in your Thai passport? It is not hard to find out that you still hold two passports. If they do find out will they take your Thai passport away? What is the possible outcome?

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