Is my Thai wife entitled to a British passport?

If you and your Thai wife have been living together for a long time in the UK you may feel that it would advantageous if she had a British passport. This will mean that she has greater freedom of movement and holidays to many countries in the world become far easier to organise. Your Thai wife will almost certainly hold a UK Spouse Visa and if she has lived in the UK permanently for 5 years or more she could consider applying to become a British citizen.

There are lots of different circumstances surrounding applying to be a British citizen but they are relatively easy to understand. As we mentioned, your Thai wife will usually be living in the UK on a UK Spouse Visa. If she has lived in the UK for 5 years and has had ‘indefinite leave to remain’ for the last 12 months she can apply to become a British citizen. Applying to become a British citizen is the first step in the process of applying for a British passport.

Although the process for applying to become a British citizen is quite straightforward, it can be quite stressful with so much riding on the decision. Even minor errors can delay or even stop the process so it is always wise to seek the advice of experts. Here at Thai Visa, we are the only UK OISC accredited company in Thailand with offices also in the UK. We have several years’ experience dealing with these types of application and will be able to guide and advise you throughout the whole process.

Once your Thai wife has gained British citizenship and is in effect a British national she will have the opportunity to apply for the British passport. However, it is important to understand that British citizenship does not guarantee that she will be granted a passport. British passports remain the property of the British government and can be withdrawn at any time. Your Thai wife’s eligibility and entitlement will be considered on an individual basis and having the correct documentation and evidence to support your application is essential. This is where once again we can help.

If your Thai wife has British citizenship and holds a British passport it will further cement your relationship together. There are many practical benefits to having both of these rights that will also make your life easier in the long-term. If you both plan to live in the UK permanently and if you have children, holding a British passport will be hugely beneficial. Since 1992, the Thai law was changed to allow Thai nationals to have dual nationality so she needn’t be concerned about having to forfeit her Thai passport – something that is a concern for many Thai ladies.

If you would like more information about becoming a British citizen and applying for a British passport for your Thai wife, call us on: +66 (0)80 102 2328, +66 (0) 38 420 313 or +44 (0) 20 8133 8059, email us on: or alternatively contact us via our website.