Thailand: Update to Response to Information Request THA2384 dated 23 October 1989 on the rights of a foreign spouse with a permanent visa
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 August 1996|
|Citation / Document Symbol||THA24985.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Thailand: Update to Response to Information Request THA2384 dated 23 October 1989 on the rights of a foreign spouse with a permanent visa, 1 August 1996, THA24985.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ac332b.html [accessed 3 March 2015]|
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The following information was provided during a 28 August 1996 telephone interview with a representative of the Embassy of Thailand in Ottawa.
The representative stated that a person holding a permanent visa is still considered a foreigner in Thailand. The holder of a permanent visa can apply for citizenship to the Ministry of the Interior, travel abroad and return to Thailand and send his/her children to school. The person can receive a work permit by applying to the Ministry of Labour in Thailand.
The representative stated that foreigners in Thailand do not require a permanent visa to marry Thai citizens.
The representative added that inter-faith marriages are common in Thailand. Buddism is an open and tolerant religion which does not require a person of another faith to convert upon marrying a Buddist. The representative added that there is an important and prosperous Punjabi and Sikh community in Thailand.
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Embassy of Thailand, Ottawa. 28 August 1996. Telephone interview with representative.
Additional Source Consulted
On-Line search LEXIS-NEXIS.