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Getting Cambodian Citizenship

Posted: Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:41 pm
by tyoa
Hello.

We took a family trip to Cambodia over the Winter Break and had a wonderful time. My wife was born in Cambodia (1976) and came to the US by way of refugee around 1980. We have 2 US born kids 14 &16.

I was wondering if someone here has experience with getting Cambodian citizenship and possibly for kids and husband. We tried calling out to the Embassy in DC and they directly us to contact the passport office in Cambodia. None of us speak Khmer, thus might be challenging to communicate. Information online is pretty limited.

From my limited research, I have a few questions at this point. Probably a lot more as we go through this process.

-Birth Certificate - Although my wife was born in Cambodia, we really have no way of getting it. Her parents are still around, but not sure how much they can help.
-Time it takes - since we do not live in Cambodia, how best to navigate the process. I would expect to go there to complete all the forms in person, but would like to plan accordingly.
-Cost - From other threads, I do not think it would cost too much money. Less than $500 USD?
-Other members of family - What is the possibility to get citizenship for kids (minors versus non-minors) and husband?

Thank you for any input provided.

Re: Getting Cambodian Citizenship

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 7:48 am
by raendi
tyoa wrote:-Birth Certificate - Although my wife was born in Cambodia, we really have no way of getting it. Her parents are still around, but not sure how much they can help.
Doesn't your wife have citizenship?
tyoa wrote:-Other members of family - What is the possibility to get citizenship for kids (minors versus non-minors) and husband?
Sounds terrible process since you don't live in Kingdom and don't speak khmer.

Re: Getting Cambodian Citizenship

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:54 am
by Marinaris
She doesn't speak khmer, so she needs relatives in Cambodia who might put her on their family book.

If not, it might cost a little bit more than $500 USD, more like $312k USD (and they want to increase it) :axe:

Re: Getting Cambodian Citizenship

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:00 pm
by gavinmac
You, as the husband, are not getting Cambodian citizenship.

Re: Getting Cambodian Citizenship

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:03 pm
by Lucky Lucan
Cambodians who were born here or even in Thai refugee camps can get citizenship, children not born here extremely doubtful and husbands absolutely not.

Re: Getting Cambodian Citizenship

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:40 pm
by ricecakes
Wife gets citizenship
Kids get K visa
Husband gets work or retirement visa.

Re: Getting Cambodian Citizenship

Posted: Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:40 pm
by PSD_Kiwi
ricecakes wrote:Wife gets citizenship
Kids get K visa
Husband gets work or retirement visa.
Spot on.

Wife needs to first obtain her birth certificate, I would advise her going directly to the Department of Identification in Chbar Ampouv to begin the process.

Re: Getting Cambodian Citizenship

Posted: Sun Jan 20, 2019 12:22 am
by tyoa
Thanks. I will look into the dept of Identification. What are the requirements of a retirement visa? my kids have the K visa's already.