Orchid of Siam UK Visas For Thais
UK Visa For Thai Nationals Specialists & Immigration Appeals Help & Advocacy, Bangkok & Epsom Offices.

Within hours of Tony being interviewed by ITV Meridian for the news at 6 today the case in question has been immediately overturned by the Home Office and the visa issued immediately. This was a case where the Home Office refused a settlement visa for a wife by applying the incorrect rule. Tony was asked for his comments on this case.
Angela has now received authorisation from the OISC to work as a qualified immigration Adviser.
We congratulate our Angela on receiving the news today that she has passed both the required examinations to work as a qualified OISC immigration adviser at level 1.
As from 21st April 2017 all settlement visa applications will be processed in the UK and decisions will be made in approximately 60 working days. Please see details on our Settlement Visa page.
Following her keynote speech on UK and EU immigration last year in Berlin our Lek will again be attending this year's conference hosted by the Royal Thai Embassy, Hungary, from 4-6th May 2017.
The Government is reviewing the recently changed fees and temporarily the old fees of 140 for an oral and 80 for a paper hearing will continue to be charged.
With effect from today the cost of a paper hearing rises from 80 to 490. The cost of an oral hearing rises from 140 to 800. This applies to all ECO decisions made on or after today. This rise applies to appeals made to the First Tier Tribunal.
The Home Office has announced that starting in March 2015 long term visas of over 6 months will no longer be issued. Instead a visa valid for 30 days will be issued along with a letter informing the applicant which post office in the UK they must collect their biometric residency permit at within 10 days of arriving in the UK. Failure to travel within the 30 days period will mean that a new paid for visa application must be made. This system will start in Delhi before being rolled out across the World by the end of July 2015. No date has yet been given for implementation in Bangkok.
Beware that the reception staff at the visa application centre in Bangkok are sending all visitors to an unqualified visa agency instead of directly to the VFS offices as they walk in.

There are plenty of visa touts around and even one offering free Tuk Tuk rides to their offices in the VFS building. Genuine visa operators are regulated by the OISC and are forbidden to tout for business.

Do NOT believe anyone who says they represent us. Our offices are in the building opposite and you are welcome to walk in and see us for help and advice but you will not find us on the pavement touting.
As from 3rd January 2014 legal adoptions registered in Thailand will be added to the list of recognised country adoptions accepted by the UK. This does not apply to adoptions made under the Hague convention or to adoptions registered before 3rd January 2014.


From 29th November 2010 all applicants for settlement visa to the UK as a fiancee, spouse or partner  have had to demonstrate that they have passed an English examination approved by the UKBA at level A1 or above. This is a very basic test of speaking and listening ability. A1 is defined as:

'Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.'

Only examinations conducted by approved bodies listed on the UK Visas & Immigration (formerly known as the UKBA) website are accepted.

From 1st May 2017 a pass at A2 is required in order to apply for further leave to remain in the UK after the first 2.5 year period is due for renewal.


If the visa applicant has a degree at Bachelor's level that was taught in English or is a national of a majority English speaking country then the requirement is waived. Please note that degrees at higher than Bachelor level are  acceptable if they can be verified by NARIC UK.

Applicants aged over 65 or under 18 are exempt from testing.

Should applicants have a physical or mental condition the Secretary of State may exercise discretion in the applicant's favour and waive the requirement.

Similarly in exceptional compassionate and compelling circumstances the requirement may be waived.


The Exam is called IELTS SELT (Secure English Languag Testing) Life Skills A1/B1. There are many other exams available so when booking you must ensure the correct exam is booked as the fees are not refundable.

Approved test providers in Thailand are:

British Council and IDP Education both in Bangkok. For more information visit http://www.ielts.org


British Council 254 Soi Chula 64, Siam Square, Pathum Wan, Bangkok. Telephone 026575678  E-mail: ielts@britishcouncil.org.th Bookings can be made online or in person. The test fee is Baht 7830.

IDP Education 4th Floor, CP Tower, 313 Silom Road, Bangkok. Telephone 026383111  E-mail: ielts.thailand@idp.com

We regret that we cannot enter into correspondence regarding the A1 test.

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