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BANGKOK 25 May 2019 22:24
dbrenn

Story Of My Thai Citizenship Application

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13 hours ago, Neeranam said:

Right, so you could change it back to your original name for passport process every 10 years.

I'm not sure whether that's possible - there may be guidelines around choosing names that sound Thai, and are not foreign, preventing a switch back to your original name. I recall that SB told me this when I asked them, although they didn't sound very sure, so I was wondering whether anyone here had done it, or knew of anyone who has.

 

The question remains: does the British government forbid having a second name in a foreign passport, going so far as to refuse to issue a passport if this is the case, or is this only something that they must be notified of? This document would appear to suggest that they can endorse a passport with "This person is also known as", but also states that only one name be used for all official purposes....

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/548220/Annex_A_passports_August_2016.pdf

 

All in all, it's probably better to keep your original name.

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3 hours ago, skippybangkok said:

 


Unless u have connections- already seen w my own eyes


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That doesn't surprise me. Anything is possible with the right connections, not just in Thailand.

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6 hours ago, dbrenn said:

I'm not sure whether that's possible - there may be guidelines around choosing names that sound Thai, and are not foreign, preventing a switch back to your original name. I recall that SB told me this when I asked them, although they didn't sound very sure, so I was wondering whether anyone here had done it, or knew of anyone who has.

 

The question remains: does the British government forbid having a second name in a foreign passport, going so far as to refuse to issue a passport if this is the case, or is this only something that they must be notified of? This document would appear to suggest that they can endorse a passport with "This person is also known as", but also states that only one name be used for all official purposes....

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/548220/Annex_A_passports_August_2016.pdf

 

All in all, it's probably better to keep your original name.

 

This particular thread (originated by @Arkady who has also contributed to this one) might be worth a read:-

 

https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/985523-british-dual-nationals-asked-to-change-names-when-applying-for-a-new-british-passport/#comments

 

Having given this matter some further thought since my comments on that particular thread, I wonder whether the rationale for dual nationals to have identical names in both passports might stem from the fact that, nowadays, airlines are, for security reasons, making much of the need for the name stated in a passenger’s airline ticket to exactly match the one stated in their passport. And, in the case, of return tickets, this might lead to problems where both of the dual national’s passports were not identical in this regard.

 

For instance, a dual Thai/Brit making a return trip to the UK would show their British passport at BKK check-in to show that they could enter the UK without a visa. Likewise, for the return trip, they would show their Thai passport at LHR check-in to show that they could re-enter Thailand without a visa. Were the names not the same in both British and Thai passports, it appears to me that the only course of action open to dual nationals to avoid encountering boarding hassles at 1 or other check-in would be to book a single ticket in their British passport name for the outbound BKK-LHR flight and another single ticket in their Thai passport name for the return LHR-BKK flight. That could well prove to be a rather expensive way to fly!
 

 

 

 

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I wish I were young enough to be in a Science Olympiad, then maybe I could get "Fast Track" citizenship.  According to the article I meet all the other requirements 🙂

 

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Too bad the government won't just accept the UN agreement from 1961 and "fast track" all of its stateless citizens born and raised here, but in any case I'm glad that they did the right thing with this young girl.  

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Any updates lately ? seems like things have slowed down due to the coronation ceremony , file has been at the Royal department for 2-3 months now and still no word, from my understanding there's no way of knowing how long it will take , could take a month, could take a year and i guess the only way to find out is when they release the royal gazette with new citizens names? correct me if im wrong.

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4 hours ago, danielcondo said:

Any updates lately ? seems like things have slowed down due to the coronation ceremony , file has been at the Royal department for 2-3 months now and still no word, from my understanding there's no way of knowing how long it will take , could take a month, could take a year and i guess the only way to find out is when they release the royal gazette with new citizens names? correct me if im wrong.

Before RG you have to go though the oath. I guess this is your next step -and way to know things are progressing-.

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1 hour ago, GabbaGabbaHey said:

Before RG you have to go though the oath. I guess this is your next step -and way to know things are progressing-.

Ohh understood, so basically the first step would be to get a call to come for the Oath at the SB and then wait for the printing in the royal gazette ? once thats done then wait for the citizenship certificate.

 

Any estimation on how long the standard waits are from the file being sent to the royal department until the oath ?

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If we exclude people who had either too fast either too long timelines, I calculated that it takes on average 9 months from the MOI interview to the oath (7-10 to give a range).


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22 hours ago, danielcondo said:

Ohh understood, so basically the first step would be to get a call to come for the Oath at the SB and then wait for the printing in the royal gazette ? once thats done then wait for the citizenship certificate.

 

Any estimation on how long the standard waits are from the file being sent to the royal department until the oath ?

I just took the oath this week. It took around 10 months from MOI to oath. I was told that I would be able to get my ID in about 3 to 4 months. 

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9 minutes ago, echrist said:

I just took the oath this week. It took around 10 months from MOI to oath. I was told that I would be able to get my ID in about 3 to 4 months. 

Congratulations.

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Congratulations
10 months after interview from MOI .
how long do you wait for Interview call, After NIA interview.

 

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1 hour ago, david143 said:

Congratulations
10 months after interview from MOI .
how long do you wait for Interview call, After NIA interview.

 

There is no set time. It could be 2-3 years. In my case it was about 2 years.

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16 hours ago, echrist said:

I just took the oath this week. It took around 10 months from MOI to oath. I was told that I would be able to get my ID in about 3 to 4 months. 

Congrats ! did you have your MOI interview in July last year ? 

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