Applying for a Thai Passport: Thai Nationality – Citizenship application process for a dual national
Yesterday morning, the Siamerican packed a small bag including a two-day set of clothes and a small profile of documents, and set off on his bike for the 100+ kilometer ride into Bangkok. Rather than take the standard route along the dangerously dreadful Rama II expressway, the Wanderer sought a new, more scenic route along the Canal and Orchard rich back roads of Samut Songkhram and Samut Sakhon provinces.
While the route indeed proved to be worthy for the adventure, scenery, fresh air and lack of mightier, speeding motorists tailing closely behind, it did demand a whole 3 and half hours (as opposed to hour and half avg. time along the main route) to make it to his first Bangkok destination: Bangkok Bank on Phradipat road.
Two weeks ago, the Wanderer had mad a formal request for a Bank statement as to open other financial doors and as is the policy to pick such documents up in person, the Wanderer had until aprox. 15.00 to make it before the bank closed. Upon arriving at the bank 14.30 and obtaining the document without hassle, the Siamerican let out a long breath of relief knowing that the following day would be free for an even more important task: Applying for his Thai passport.
A few days ago, the Wanderer had a vivid dream–a nightmare about Thai authorities unjustly revoking his right to Thai nationality, trampling over all the dedication and hard work that he had endured over the past 6 years discovering his identity and proving his right, claiming what would have–should have been his at birth of dual Thai American nationality.
For over a decade, the mysterious, unpredictable, and powerful subconscious mind has spoken with the Siamerican with dreams as a medium. Admittedly, a majority of such vivid dreams turned out to be on the wave length of impassable (or incompatible) parallel universes, while at other times, particular lucid dreams spoke much truth of near future waves and events that would turn out to be significant. Such dreams that communicated with the Siamerican events prior to actually happening included the passing of his beloved mother and coming to live in and wander the Northeastern Isthmus of Kra Southwest of Bangkok–just to name a few.
The Siamerican Wanderer claims not at all to have special psychic powers and could not expect or hope to predict anything at will, but simply has observed that his subconscious mind has the ability to foresee its own current (and parallel) wave in time and existence at certain intervals and has a tendency randomly relays certain images (i.e. dreams)
So anyway, back to the passport. The brief nightmare from a few days ago lingered in thought on the way to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this morning. Now according to law, right, and due process, the Siamerican was at no risk of actually of having his Thai nationality revoked, but perhaps the message of the dream was suggesting some other hassle, minor or major, to stand in the way.
And so it was… albeit a minor hassle that cost him all morning and early afternoon, of what should have taken 15 minutes. According to rules not previously published on the MFA (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) website, at the time of passport application, any Thai citizen born outside of Thailand must provide official evidence that they were born oversees–i.e. there old passport or legalized birth certificate. Being that the website only stated that all that was required at passport application was Thai id card and copy of house registration, that is all that the Wanderer brought to Bangkok.
When, the officials first gave him hassle saying that they could not proceed until he provided such evidence, the Siamerican began to stress knowing that the only way to obtain the official evidence was to go all the way to Samut Songkhram and unclock a door to which only one key existed–in the possession of the wanderer.
On second thought, after an energizing brunch, he made a few phone calls of potential sources that he could supply a copy of his American passport–particularly his Bank branch, of which he had used his passport initially to open the account. Stressing and regretting he hadn’t brought all of his documents to Bangkok, waiting around all morning for the bank to confirm that they had and could provide a copy granted he would have to travel to the bank in person, it finally dawned on the Wanderer to simply go upstairs to the legalization division and ask for assistance.
Several months ago, the Siamerican was there to legalize a few packets of documents to use in his nationality case: His American birth certificate and mother’s death certificate–of which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was the final step in stamping and legalizing such vital documents. Certainly, they would have valid records of such documents on file which would ideally suffice in proving the Siamerican was in fact born overseas. After all, it was all under the same roof and ministry. Certainly, they can concur that the Siamerican already proved when, how, and where he was born–and it wasn’t cheap and easy at that.
After several trips up and down the stairs between the legalization division and passport division–the latter of which provided unnecessary hassle in accepting their very own records to suffice and proceed (at one point, an official was even suggesting I had to officially re-legalize their own provided record!), finally gave in after much headache thanks to the kind assistance of seniority exercising logical and proper authority down the incompetent bureaucratic ladder over a four hour duration, the Siamerican’s height was finally measured, picture taken and application and fee of 1035 baht (1000 baht for passport and 35 baht for postal fees) submitted.
Now, the Siamerican must wait approximately one week to receive the actual passport via mail. At that moment, shall the Siamerican finally be able to breath as a legit dual national Thai American free to commute between his two home countries at will without being looked at as some second class outsider, at least as far as immigration officials are concerned.
Regarding the dream, it is not believed that such message was to literally say Thailand would revoke his citizenship, for the mind is often known to speak indirectly, suggestively, and symbolically, however it seems that the mind was merely foreshadowing a difficult experience and hassle that the Siamerican would have to overcome, and with reflection, such an encounter has added even more worth and value to his dual nationality–never to be taken for granted.
For more information regarding Thai nationality application, regulations, and process, see this page at Thaivisa.
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