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    Gor Gai

    OK yesterday in one of my classes we were discussing about citizenship. Of course me being borned in the U.S. makes me a U.S. citizen. My teacher said that if one of our parents were a citizen in the U.S. when we moved to the U.S. then that makes us a citizen in the U.S. I'm not quite sure about the Thailand laws, but can someone tell me about the citizenship in Thailand? I visit Thailand a lot, but not quite sure if I'm a citizen over there or not. Also, if someone was born in Thailand and has earned their citizenship in U.S.A. by naturalization does that make them loose their citizenship in Thailand?

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    As far as I know, for people over 18, Thailand does not allow dual-citizenship with the US. My mom and I have looked into this (as my mom wants to keep her Thai citizenship but look into US citizenship and I want to keep my US citizenship but look into Thai citizenship).

    From our research that is what we found, but there may be more loopholes in the law.

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    Anna, from what I understand, you have to be born in Thailand to be a Thai citizen, or you have to apply to be a 'naturalized citizen' which would mean you would probably have to go back to Thailand for a while to apply.

    I'm a British citizen, but have lived in the US for 20 years. I have no interest in being a US citizen though, so have kept my British citizenship. If I did move to Thailand, I would probably eventually apply for Thai citizenship. I do know they don't allow dual-citizenship with the US, but I'm not sure about with Britain?

    My parents are now US citizens, but they also have British citizenship. Not sure if that's legal - but they just didn't tell the British government!

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    Oopsie...

    Um............. OK whatever.

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    Anna, if one of your parents is a Thai citizen, they can apply for you a Thai birth certificate. So, you will have both a Thai and USA birth certificate.

    Then, you can apply for a Thai passport. The folowing is what you need:

    NEW PASSPORT FOR THAI CHILDREN BORN IN THE UNITED STATES

    APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS :

    Children who may apply for a Thai passport must be those whose either or both of their parents is/are a Thai citizen.

    Thai Birth Certificate
    Parentís valid passports together with two copies of pages 1-5 of passports
    Two Passport Application forms (please fill out both front and back of the form) Signatures of both father and mother are required in the back of the form
    Two Legalization forms and Investigation forms filled out by father or mother who is a Thai national. (If both parents are Thai, the forms are required to be completed by the father.)
    Two copy of marriage certificate of their parents
    Four recent passport-sized photographs (2"x2"). (Photographs must have a light-plain background with a full-face view of the child without wearing a hat or dark glasses. Proper attire is required. Tank top is not acceptable.)
    $53.00 fee. (for the processing fee of $50 and the picture zooming fee of $3.00) Please pay in money order or cashier's check made payable to the Royal Thai Embassy only. (In case where the applicant requests the mailing of application form to him/her at the embassy's expense, please sent the Embassy postage stamp(s) of equivalent value in compensation.)

    You can download an application form here.

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    Hmm, scratches head, there is nothing in there about choosing when you become 18... but I think that is the case... maybe they've changed the rules though.

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