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14 minutes ago, david143 said:

173 Foreigners very nice 

Seems this is outpacing the monthly moi interviews. 

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Seems this is outpacing the monthly moi interviews. 

They usually group several months into one batch, this one might be for 4-5 months of MOI interviews.

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5 hours ago, david143 said:

173 Foreigners very nice 

Makes me wonder why mine is taking so long. I was told in november 2017 that there were 300 ahead of me in the process. 

I just called the MOI, and all they could tell me was "soon". At least there doesn't seem to be problem,  unless he didn't like being hassled ( ie having to look for file) and put me to the bottom of the pile.

 

How many here phoned or went to the MoI to check on the progress? 

Do you think it helped or hindered your application?

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9 minutes ago, Neeranam said:

Makes me wonder why mine is taking so long. I was told in november 2017 that there were 300 ahead of me in the process. 

I just called the MOI, and all they could tell me was "soon". At least there doesn't seem to be problem,  unless he didn't like being hassled ( ie having to look for file) and put me to the bottom of the pile.

 

How many here phoned or went to the MoI to check on the progress? 

Do you think it helped or hindered your application?

Going back a few years now, when matters were first transferred from the Ministry of the Interior near Sanam Luang to the offices of the Department Of Provincial Administration in Lamlukka, I followed up a few times. However, it was all very new at that time so I don't think it hindered my application. It may be different now. In my case, had I not been as hands on as I was, I do not think I would have obtained citizenship. I was actually interviewed twice, once at MOI and once at DOPA.   

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On 5/18/2007 at 10:33 PM, dbrenn said:

armed with a candle, a lotus

flower and an incense stick. I then had to stand with these in my

hands while clasped in a wai, in front of a Buddhist shrine, repaeting

an oath of allegance to King and country, and promising to be an

upright and law-abiding citizen.

Struth! I find that quite grim.

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17 minutes ago, gunderhill said:

Struth! I find that quite grim.

Why on earth would you? Citizens of any country have obligations as well as privileges. 

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4 minutes ago, dbrenn said:

Why on earth would you? Citizens of any country have obligations as well as privileges. 

The religious aspect is  why.

All thats needed here would be 

promising to be an

upright and law-abiding citizen

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Just now, gunderhill said:

The religious aspect is  why.

You're exchanging one form of nonsense for another

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4 minutes ago, ThaiBunny said:

You're exchanging one form of nonsense for another

Whats the first form of nonsense then?

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Just now, gunderhill said:

Whats the first form of nonsense then?

The religion of your home country

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5 minutes ago, gunderhill said:

The religious aspect is  why.

All thats needed here would be 

promising to be an

upright and law-abiding citizen

You get to choose your religion. You are not forced to choose Buddhism. Christian is okay, as is Islam. Not sure they would understand that people are also atheist so Buddhism is an easy way out.   

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Just now, ThaiBunny said:

The religion of your home country

I have no religion and my country doesn't and outside Thai army  barracks it says protecting Thai nation people and religions so a  Muslim might find standing  next to a  Buddhist  and swearing allegiance offensive.

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2 minutes ago, GarryP said:

You get to choose your religion. You are not forced to choose Buddhism. Christian is okay, as is Islam. Not sure they would understand that people are also atheist so Buddhism is an easy way out.   

Do  you mean at some point you have to tick a box "chose  religion"?

If you say you cant stand and  do this with the Buddhist stuff what happens?

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6 minutes ago, gunderhill said:

Do  you mean at some point you have to tick a box "chose  religion"?

If you say you cant stand and  do this with the Buddhist stuff what happens?

Don't see the problem here ? you can pick any religion you want, and if you didn't pick any religion then you can just swear allegiance to His Majesty the King and promise to be a law abiding citizen. 

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7 minutes ago, gunderhill said:

Do  you mean at some point you have to tick a box "chose  religion"?

If you say you cant stand and  do this with the Buddhist stuff what happens?

Well if you are atheist, it doesn't really matter, does it? You could swear on anything as it would be meaningless to you anyway. If, however, you barred from swearing on any religion due to personal beliefs, I think you would just have to tell them that and see what happens. I do not think they would stop the whole thing at that stage, but you never know.  I know many Thais who don't understand how I cannot have any religious beliefs. 

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