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U.K. or where to complete schooling..?


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Old 11th July 2020, 07:51 AM
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Hi expats,
Complicated situation and looking for possible scenarios please.
Living in Central Asia, I am British passport holder about to retire.
My wife is Thai with no British passport. Our son, a British passport holder, has just completed GCSEs.
We possibly need to move. U.K. seems most practical option. Main reason is to complete sonís schooling. We have adequate funds and property in the U.K.
Not really dead keen on U.K., and although visited regularly, havenít resided there for most of my working life. Son wasnít born in U.K.

U.K. schooling makes sense, however son has no career ideas yet.
A levels, other courses, leave school and continue studies later?
Have family support in U.K.
Thailand route? Expensive international fees, son doesnít speak Thai, as been in international schools around the world, military service issues? Very limited family support in Thailand too.
And how about Malaysia MM2H programme?
Other pathways, countries?

Advice warmly received. All possible options.
Apologies...posted this elsewhere in forums here...

Thanks in advance,
JNJEXPATS

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There definitely are military service issues.. regardless of where you choose to live.

Under Section 7 of the Thai Nationality Act, your son is also a Thai Citizen passed down via jus sanguinis from his mother.

As such, he would be subject to the military draft lottery that takes place every April - particularly if he has a Thai ID card and/or is on a house registration - you don't indicate where he was born.

Dual nationality does not exempt him, nor does not speaking Thai.

I assume he hasn't taken part in the cadet program in Thailand - a common means of exemption.

This could come back to bite him if he ever chose to go to Thailand between the ages of 20 and 30.

Its been over 20 years since I lived in Thailand, so circumstances may have changed, but I believe technically, he will need to report to the nearest consulate or the embassy to request a deferment each year.

I only raise this, because I have friends who got caught up in similar circumstances when returning to Greece to visit family. (Greece is another jus sanguinis country with compulsory military service requirements).

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Thanks Moulard.
Son born in Middle East.
Also has Thai passport.
Never lived or studied in Thailand...only regular visits.

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Just something he will need to be mindful of during any regular visit between the ages of 20 and 30.

Unless things have changed since I lived there, if you were not on a house registration, you wouldn't be called to the lottery. But these things can change.

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Thanks Moulard.

Just wondering is there a Thai website that details military service rules?

I know some international schools do have a cadet programme.
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There probably is, but my Thai is pretty rusty these days.

Couldn't tell you if a cadet program outside of Thailand would count.

While it may be difficult given current global circumstances, it might be worthwhile giving your local Thai consulate or embassy a call to discuss the specifics.

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Thanks...Thai embassies and consulates don’t help you these days like that...anyway we don’t have one really...
Regards.

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The only other thing I can suggest is perhaps a post in the Thailand forum here.

https://www.expatforum.com/expats/th...ving-thailand/

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