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2 hours ago, Medinitas said:

Hi all,

 

For some time, being able to apply for Thai residence is an objective. The problem is that I cannot fulfill the salary requirement. Also, the company where I am working will not help me with the documents. The only thing I can think of is to open a company in my wife's name and that she hire me with a salary higher than 40,000B. Do you know if it is possible? Could I get a work permit with a Non O Marriage Visa in my wife's company with a job that a foreigner is qualified to work? Do you think this may be a good idea? Do you have a better idea? Could I have problems in the application when they see that I am working in my wife's company?

 

Thank you very much.

Your company doesn't need to help, apart from maybe writing a letter stating your salary.

I would offer your company an incentive to increase your salary, even if it is on paper only. Much easier than starting a company.

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6 hours ago, Neeranam said:

Your company doesn't need to help, apart from maybe writing a letter stating your salary.

I would offer your company an incentive to increase your salary, even if it is on paper only. Much easier than starting a company.

Make sure you pay taxes based on the new "on paper only salary" because that is what special branch looks at for part of your qualifications.  So let say your "on paper only salary" says you make 60,000 baht per month but your company only actually gives you 40,000 baht per month, then you will need to pay taxes at the 60,000 baht level.  

 

When I left the Thai company I was working at to set up my own business, this gave me a lot of flexibility, but also added significant cost.  I figure it costs me about 5,000 baht a month on average to pay an accountant to do the paperwork, audits, and file the work permit paperwork for me, not to mention the initial 30,000 baht to get everything set up in the beginning.  This can be done cheaper if you do all the paperwork on your own.

 

My Non-Immigrant O visa through marriage to a Thai has nothing to do with my business and I renew them separately.

 

I have successfully applied for Thai citizenship under these circumstances, but I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you are ok with the cost and really committed to working for 3 years at your own company (while paying taxes) and waiting an additional 3 or more years for your application to go all the way through the process (while still paying taxes) all while at a cost of 5,000 baht per month just to have your own business.  

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18 hours ago, Neeranam said:

Your company doesn't need to help, apart from maybe writing a letter stating your salary.

I would offer your company an incentive to increase your salary, even if it is on paper only. Much easier than starting a company.

My company will not do that for me. I know them. My salary is 30k + extras, total 35k maximum. I prefer to open a company in my wife's name and start from scratch. Anyway I'm not happy there and I'm thinking to finish with them in a few months. Thank you

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14 hours ago, khongaeng said:

Make sure you pay taxes based on the new "on paper only salary" because that is what special branch looks at for part of your qualifications.  So let say your "on paper only salary" says you make 60,000 baht per month but your company only actually gives you 40,000 baht per month, then you will need to pay taxes at the 60,000 baht level.  

 

When I left the Thai company I was working at to set up my own business, this gave me a lot of flexibility, but also added significant cost.  I figure it costs me about 5,000 baht a month on average to pay an accountant to do the paperwork, audits, and file the work permit paperwork for me, not to mention the initial 30,000 baht to get everything set up in the beginning.  This can be done cheaper if you do all the paperwork on your own.

 

My Non-Immigrant O visa through marriage to a Thai has nothing to do with my business and I renew them separately.

 

I have successfully applied for Thai citizenship under these circumstances, but I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you are ok with the cost and really committed to working for 3 years at your own company (while paying taxes) and waiting an additional 3 or more years for your application to go all the way through the process (while still paying taxes) all while at a cost of 5,000 baht per month just to have your own business.  

Thank you for your answer.

 

And yes, I'm going to hire a lawyer or an accountant to handle everything. I am glad to know that I can apply for Thai citizenship in this way. I think the best way is for my wife to open a company and hire me as an employee. Actually, we are starting a motorcycle rental business. I know that I cannot legally work on this with work permit and I take the opportunity to ask if there is any type of work in this branch where to request one.

 

I am not worried about the paperwork payments, the most important thing for me is to get citizenship, but i'm glad to know how much it can cost me everything.

 

Thank you very much again.

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Hey everyone,

 

Haven't been on here for sometime, just thought id drop an update about my current status,  as i mentioned before i started my process for citizenship in may 2017 , currently at the last stage awaiting my name to be printed in the RG. Hopefully thats soon

 

Any idea how long these RG publications take ? they seemed to post them quite randomly 

 

Cheers

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55 minutes ago, Tylor said:

Hey everyone,

 

Haven't been on here for sometime, just thought id drop an update about my current status,  as i mentioned before i started my process for citizenship in may 2017 , currently at the last stage awaiting my name to be printed in the RG. Hopefully thats soon

 

Any idea how long these RG publications take ? they seemed to post them quite randomly 

 

Cheers

That was quick. 

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1 hour ago, GarryP said:

That was quick. 

Well hopefully it stays that way 😁 but you never know with these things , they're not is the same order or systematic most of the time. Even with the RG its possible it can drag till even next year

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On 11/18/2019 at 11:36 AM, samran said:

It’s a good topic. 
 

I run my own business and as a director I’m not eligible. I’m thinking of putting myself down as an employee of a friends company and get into the SS system that way. 
 

I’ll essentially pay it. His company can invoice mine, and then his company pays me a salary with SS deductions made. Do this for 6 months or a year whatever the minimum time needed is, ‘quit’ the job and then continue to make voluntary contributions.

 

We have good private insurance and always intend to do so, but having the SS as a back up isn’t a bad thing.

I am director of my own company and have been paying for more than 15 years and have used the SS system for free hospital visits a number of times.  Have the rules changed?

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1 hour ago, Tylor said:

On a more positive note, new RG publication was loaded online in the evening and my name is on it, have a lot of other male applicants on there as well. I guess i am officially Thai from today 🙂

Congrats!

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3 hours ago, Tylor said:

On a more positive note, new RG publication was loaded online in the evening and my name is on it, have a lot of other male applicants on there as well. I guess i am officially Thai from today 🙂

Congratulations! Your application timeline seems to be pleasantly fast, but well within the ranges shared by others here.  May I ask how many months elapsed between your paperwork being sent to MOI and your actual interview, and how many months after your MOI interview until your oath?  I'm still waiting for my MOI interview, but am about a year behind you in the process.  

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5 hours ago, khongaeng said:

Congratulations! Your application timeline seems to be pleasantly fast, but well within the ranges shared by others here.  May I ask how many months elapsed between your paperwork being sent to MOI and your actual interview, and how many months after your MOI interview until your oath?  I'm still waiting for my MOI interview, but am about a year behind you in the process.  

16 months now for my Application since  documents send to MOI.
add 4 months for SB.
now total 20 Months and still waiting for final interview,
i checked my officer in SB and he said my recall will be MAR - APR - MAY 2020
BTW Echrist CONGRAG Brother.

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12 hours ago, Tylor said:

On a more positive note, new RG publication was loaded online in the evening and my name is on it, have a lot of other male applicants on there as well. I guess i am officially Thai from today 🙂

Congratulations.

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15 hours ago, Tylor said:

On a more positive note, new RG publication was loaded online in the evening and my name is on it, have a lot of other male applicants on there as well. I guess i am officially Thai from today 🙂

Congrats. ! I am on about the same timeframe so hopefully not long to wait!!

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