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BANGKOK 18 June 2019 04:34
dbrenn

Story Of My Thai Citizenship Application

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8 hours ago, Arkady said:

if you have a pink card. I think it looks rather degrading with the prohibition against leaving your district on the back but I guess it has its uses. 

That's the way I feel, however I've met a few guys who are proud to be Non-Thai, and two who think they are Thai citizens!

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5 hours ago, NewlyMintedThai said:

There’s a very good reason to leave existing accounts as they are and open new accounts as a Thai: my “foreigner” bank account with Bangkok Bank allows online transfers to my account in the US as “salary repatriation” with just a couple keystrokes, making it very, very easy to transfer money overseas. Change the account to Thai nationality, and that is cut off. So I left it as is and just opened other ones as a Thai.

 

 

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Very strange. My Bangkok Bank account that I opened with my Thai ID allows foreign transfers. 

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37 minutes ago, dbrenn said:

Very strange. My Bangkok Bank account that I opened with my Thai ID allows foreign transfers. 

Without any documentation? As a foreigner, I can transfer as much as my yearly salary (there are some more restrictions) online to my accounts overseas just by clicking and using "salary repatriation" as the purpose of transfer. Can Thai citizens do the same?

 

This is an interesting subthread. Not being able to transfer money abroad easily would make me reconsider applying for citizenship.

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3 hours ago, onthemoon said:

This is an interesting subthread. Not being able to transfer money abroad easily would make me reconsider applying for citizenship

A sub thread of that- Siam Commercial bank are using XRP for foreign remittances.

Digital assets,  ie cryptocurrencies have done and are doing away with old fashioned money transfers.

 

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4 hours ago, onthemoon said:

Without any documentation?

Picture1.png.0a96ed5cd6dcdc857bff55783826e6fc.pngOnly my Thai ID card that I used to open the account, and again to apply for the foreign remittance facility. Once set up can send up to USD 250k per year from their online banking site. Above is a screenshot from Bangkok Bank website. Worked for me at SCB too - Thais have freedom to choose more reasons.....Picture2.png.0655d096edce08231d08f4612d4d1f20.png

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13 minutes ago, dbrenn said:

Only my Thai ID card that I used to open the account, and again to apply for the foreign remittance facility. Once set up can send up to USD 250k per year from their online banking site. Above is a screenshot from Bangkok Bank website. Worked for me at SCB too.

Thanks; I thought it is so difficult for Thai people to transfer money out. I guess I was mistaken.

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8 minutes ago, onthemoon said:

Thanks; I thought it is so difficult for Thai people to transfer money out. I guess I was mistaken.

SCB screebshot added to my post

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22 minutes ago, dbrenn said:

SCB screebshot added to my post

I am not familiar with all of the purposes, but for those that I do know, I believe you need documentation. That includes family support, education, payment for goods and services. Can "personal expenses" be transferred without documentation?

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3 hours ago, onthemoon said:

Can "personal expenses" be transferred without documentation?

Yes

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Could anyone advise on a lawyer/attorney which could support for the application process for a decent fee?

I had contacted one in the past but the fee was around 0.5MTHB which seems extremely high to me.

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59 minutes ago, roulax said:

Could anyone advise on a lawyer/attorney which could support for the application process for a decent fee?

I had contacted one in the past but the fee was around 0.5MTHB which seems extremely high to me.

I will suggest you take your wife to Special Branch Office Bangkok and arrange all documents by yourself,

Fees Request Nationality is only 5000THB

 

Maybe there will be a little Tea amount for Staff in SB.

 

Documents are not difficult to arrange, just follow the instructions, SB officer, and here you go in que.

 

don't hire any lawyer or Firm ,  you will only pay to them useless, same policy and documents you have to arrange EVEN YOU GO DIRECT SB OFFICE OR give to firm.

I suggest you TAKE YOUR WIFE TO SPECIAL BRANCH HEADQUARTER SIAM STATION BANGKOK.

 

Discuss your case with officer,

 

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1 hour ago, roulax said:

Could anyone advise on a lawyer/attorney which could support for the application process for a decent fee?

I had contacted one in the past but the fee was around 0.5MTHB which seems extremely high to me.

I cant help with a lawyer but will say you will still be doing the work because the lawyer cant aquire the documents you need. SB will be the best lawyer and basically free

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2 hours ago, roulax said:

Could anyone advise on a lawyer/attorney which could support for the application process for a decent fee?

I had contacted one in the past but the fee was around 0.5MTHB which seems extremely high to me.

What did the lawyer say he would do for that price?

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Thank you to all for your answers.I know that I will have to get all documents by myself.

 

 I am just looking at a facilitator in BKK as I have no time to take days and days off to take care of this, as I am based in Rayong.

I just wanted to have someone to facilitate the gathering of documents, get there at SB on the day of application and maybe support in case any additional were missing first.

I would like to avoid to make several trips to the SB because small documents are missing every time, this is why I am looking at this kind of service.

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