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.


Summary of OISC levels

Area of Work

OISC Level

Work Permitted

Work NOT Permitted



Basic applications which are within the Immigration rules, including immigration employment documents and under the Points Based System.

Enforcement (Bail/ Detention/ removal/ banning orders).

Lodging notices of appeal and substantive appeals work including making representations to or appearing before courts or tribunals.

Illegal entrants, overstayers, removal or deportation from the UK.



Discretionary and complex applications. Out-of-time applications, concessionary policies, lodging Notices of Appeals and Statements of Additional Grounds.

Representations to the UKBA, applications for temporary admission, applications for CIO bail.

Substantive appeal work including making representations to or appealing before courts or tribunals.

Applications for Immigration Judge Bail.



Discretionary and complex applications. Out-of-time applications, concessionary policies, lodging Notices of Appeals and Statements of Additional Grounds.

Representations to the UKBA on illegal entry, overstayer, removal and deportation cases. Representations to the UKBA, applications for temporary admission, applications for CIO bail, applications for bail before an immigration judge.

Substantive appeals work including representation at First-tier and Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) hearings, specialist case work.

The term 'Immigration' covers applications for entry clearance (visas), further leave and indefinite leave to remain in the UK, British Citizenship, EU/EEA applications, variations of leave to remain, all aspects of the points based system for employers, employees and students. Complex applications such as access to a child, sole carer of a child, victims of domestic violence, bereaved partners etc. Appeals to the First Tier Immigration Tribunal and to the Upper Tier Immigration Tribunal against the decision of a Judge at the First Tier Tribunal on a point of law. OISC registered advisers at levels 1 and 2 are not permitted to do everything that we as level 3 are authorised to do.

The Office of the Immigration Serviced Commissioner (OISC) is the statutory authority that regulates immigration advisers in the UK. It also deals with complaints against solicitors or barristers who have provided poor advice or failed to do the work as agreed with the client.

The OISC audits advisers to ensure that they comply with the Code of Practice including confidentiality of clients personal information.

All OISC advisers must complete the required continuous professional development examinations every year to qualify for continued registration.

It is a criminal offence, which can carry a prison sentence, to offer immigration advice or services without being registered with the OISC unless you are a practising solicitor, barrister or legal executive. It is also a criminal offence for an adviser to offer a service or advice at a level higher than that of his registration.

In order to qualify at OISC level 2 you must have qualified in all areas of level 1. To move from level 2 to level 3 you must meet a similar requirement as well as having passed the level 3 examination. Not all level 1 advisers are qualified in all aspects of level 1. Many are qualified at entry clearance only for example and cannot undertake Citizenship applications. All advisers are free to choose which areas of immigration work they wish to operate in. For example we do not undertake Asylum work.

Level 1 examinations are two separate tests and 100% must be scored in the first test before you can attempt the second test. The level 2 exam is a 90 minute scenario based exam taken at the OISC offices. The level 3 exam is a 2 hour one which is scenario based and extremely complex with many 'red herrings' also taken at the OISC offices.


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