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21 hours ago, yankee99 said:

I read somewhere the police say it one word at a time so probably not needed. That said id like a copy too, 😁

Here are some people talking the oath. Maybe they're different versions. 

 

 

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Hi All, For those who are interested, the application process for Thai Citizenship in my case went as follows: Late 2003 - Picked up the checklist from the Police Headquarters on Rama 1 Road Janu

Loads of names published in the RG today and I am one them! Exactly 3 months to the day since taking the oath 😀

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 u

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Sorry i know this must have been discussed somewhere on this long thread but could not find it reading the last 30 pages. I have been asked to reserve a Thai name & surname at my local khet. The surname should not be one that is already in use. So i wrote down the surnames of many thai friends and then jumbling up the vowels, made a list of 20 surnames to take to the khet on Monday. I would like to ask the purpose of this exercise and whether the reserved name is ever used in any document or other ceremony?

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3 hours ago, saakura said:

Sorry i know this must have been discussed somewhere on this long thread but could not find it reading the last 30 pages. I have been asked to reserve a Thai name & surname at my local khet. The surname should not be one that is already in use. So i wrote down the surnames of many thai friends and then jumbling up the vowels, made a list of 20 surnames to take to the khet on Monday. I would like to ask the purpose of this exercise and whether the reserved name is ever used in any document or other ceremony?

The name will never be used unless you choose to “activate” your new name after getting citizenship.  The default is that you keep your original name.  When I got my new name, the office I got my name from told me to let them know if I chose not to use this name so that it can be “released” for others to use in the future.  Basically they put a hold on the name and reserve it for you if you choose to use it when you get citizenship.  It does not show up on any official paperwork, royal gazette publishing or anything else.  It is just a formality and throwback to 100 years ago when it was required for naturalized Thai citizens to take a Thai name.

 

By the way I had a list of 5 names, and they were all taken.  I ended up coming up with a name on the spot in front of the name officer at the local Khet office.  You tell the officer your requested name and spelling and they will check their database, if someone already has the name, you have to pick another one.

Some have said that the officer makes the process difficult and asks you to tell them what the name means before they will register it for you.  I did not have that experience.  It was a quick in and out experience.  

 

Make sure to make a copy of the form they give you because SB will take the original.  The Thai name is more a source of amusement to Thai colleagues when I tell them my “Thai” name. 

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2 hours ago, khongaeng said:

The name will never be used unless you choose to “activate” your new name after getting citizenship.  The default is that you keep your original name.  When I got my new name, the office I got my name from told me to let them know if I chose not to use this name so that it can be “released” for others to use in the future.  Basically they put a hold on the name and reserve it for you if you choose to use it when you get citizenship.  It does not show up on any official paperwork, royal gazette publishing or anything else.  It is just a formality and throwback to 100 years ago when it was required for naturalized Thai citizens to take a Thai name.

 

By the way I had a list of 5 names, and they were all taken.  I ended up coming up with a name on the spot in front of the name officer at the local Khet office.  You tell the officer your requested name and spelling and they will check their database, if someone already has the name, you have to pick another one.

Some have said that the officer makes the process difficult and asks you to tell them what the name means before they will register it for you.  I did not have that experience.  It was a quick in and out experience.  

 

Make sure to make a copy of the form they give you because SB will take the original.  The Thai name is more a source of amusement to Thai colleagues when I tell them my “Thai” name. 

Thanks for the information, i now have to sit down tomorrow to give some meaning to the surnames i made up! The khet lady also asked me to bring 7000 Baht for this name reserving, which sounds way too much.

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1 minute ago, saakura said:

Thanks for the information, i now have to sit down tomorrow to give some meaning to the surnames i made up! The khet lady also asked me to bring 7000 Baht for this name reserving, which sounds way too much.

I dont think there was a charge for my name. Where i went the staff helped find a name which took about 30 minutes 

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3 minutes ago, yankee99 said:

I dont think there was a charge for my name. Where i went the staff helped find a name which took about 30 minutes 

No charge for me either. The family name (Buapailin = Sapphire blue lotus), which I made up myself, was available so all very smooth. Never used it so it would probably be available again now.  

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There's a website to choose from but I can't find it now.

 

Surprised they never allowed Neeranam 'นิรนาม'

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, GarryP said:

No charge for me either. The family name (Buapailin = Sapphire blue lotus), which I made up myself, was available so all very smooth. Never used it so it would probably be available again now.  

Buapailin, sounds nice. I will add to my list, thanks!

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14 hours ago, yankee99 said:

I dont think there was a charge for my name. Where i went the staff helped find a name which took about 30 minutes 

Same here: No charge. Very fast.

 

The name I wanted was accepted immediately (after the officer checked in the database that the family name does not exist yet). I wasn't asked what it means but I had discussed with Thai friends in advance whether they think it really sounds good. Maybe if you make up a name that sounds kind of weird to Thai ears they will ask what that means.

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On 8/1/2020 at 7:23 PM, saakura said:

Thanks for the information, i now have to sit down tomorrow to give some meaning to the surnames i made up! The khet lady also asked me to bring 7000 Baht for this name reserving, which sounds way too much.

If there was a charge when I did it about a year ago it was something inconsequential, like 100 baht. If she really told you to bring 7000 baht something is seriously wrong.

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i paid nothing to get the Thai name certificates.
despite there is no Fee for this service i confirmed with Amphur, they said there is no any Fees.
 

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Special Branch Envelop letter already mentioned they need only Verification of House book Yellow** and Thai name , which is requested from Thai Govt system not from Us,
so don't pay anything like 7K , i should not pay either because this is not my demand this is SB demand.
 

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