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

We have been advised today that the Home Office are now taking about six months to process family and settlement applications after attendance at the application centre in Bangkok. This is due to the situation in Ukraine.
Our UK and Bangkok Offices will be closed from 24th December 2021 and re-open on 4th January 2022.
From 04.00 hours on Monday 30/08/2021 Thailand will be on the red list. Travellers from Thailand who are British or Irish Citizens or Thais with residence rights in the UK will be allowed to enter the UK but must do a 14 day hotel quarantine which must be booked prior to travel at a cost of 2285.

We are intending to attend the following festivals to give advice on family visas, leave to remain in the UK, settlement in the UK and British Citizenship applications.

24/25 July 2021
Platt Fields Park, Platt lane, Manchester, M14 5NF

31 July-1 August 2021
Parker's Piece, A603, Cambridge, CB1 1NA

7-8 August 2021
Campbell Park, Miton Keynes, MK9 4AD

21-22 August 2021
Preston Park, Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 6AU

The situation could change if the Coronavirus problem worsens or by Government order.
It was announced today that the Immigration Health Surcharge is to be increased from the current 400.00 a year to 624.00 a year. This change to come in during October 2020 the exact date has not been announced. This is a large increase of 56%.
Lek (Suthisa) will be attending the TWN conference at the Royal Thai Embassy Zurich from 24-26 May and back in the office on Tuesday 28th May after the Bank Holiday.
Within hours of Tony being interviewed twice 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. 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.
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.


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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