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.




Thailand has become a very popular destination for people who are not Thai to marry. Very few formalities are required for a non-Thai couple to marry, it is easy to arrange and inexpensive. Nearly all nationalities may register a marriage in Thailand and we are often approached by non-British Citizens to arrange their legal marriage.

The legal marriage registration can be done at any district office in Thailand on any working day between 8am and 3pm. We offer a legal marriage service in Bangkok which is recognised under UK Law.

To marry in Thailand you need to both have your passports and proof that you are single. If you have previously been married which ended by divorce or death you will need the original certificates. If you have never been married the Thai authorities require that you produce to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs a Statutory Statement of Non-Attachment notarised by your respective embassy. However not all embassies are willing to accept your word that you are single and free to marry and they may require proof of this from your home country. You are advised to contact your embassy in Bangkok directly to enquire as to their individual needs if you are not a UK national.

As well as your passport for identification you must also prove your home address, a UK full driving licence will do.

You should allow three working days in Bangkok prior to registering your marriage as you are required to have been resident in Thailand for at least three days before you marry and you must allow time for the paperwork to be processed in Bangkok. This also allows you to visit some of the attractions of this amazing city.

Thai marriage law also states that in addition to the documentation mentioned above the following rules are met:

Both parties must be at least 17 years of age and if under 20 must have the consent of their parents or guardians.

The parties must not be blood relatives.

Neither party must be of unsound mind.

Neither party must be married.

Both parties must freely consent to the marriage.

When you register your marriage you are required to have an interpreter present if either party does not speak Thai and two witnesses, the interpreter may also act as a witness. The witnesses must have their Thai ID cards or their passports if they are not Thai.

If you wish you can also have a traditional Thai (Buddhist) wedding ceremony, however please note this alone is not sufficient to qualify for visa purposes or as an internationally recognised marriage, only the legal registration is accepted.

Although we are often asked it is not possible to hold a Buddhist ceremony on a beach or any exterior location, they are only ever held indoors.

We know many couples who have found this to be far less expensive than marrying at home and extremely enjoyable. The opportunity to marry and enjoy your honeymoon in one of the most talked about tropical tourist destinations of the World is a true once in a lifetime experience.

We are able to offer clients specially discounted hotel accommodation at the Ambassador Hotel in central Bangkok which is as close as possible to our office.


We offer a fully comprehensive service where both the bride and groom are British nationals and wish to marry in Bangkok legally with a wedding recognised and accepted under UK law.

We prepare both sets of the Statutory Statements required, meet you both at your hotel and escort you to the British Embassy to formally sign them and then return you to your hotel. We will then leave you to enjoy Bangkok whilst we deal with the translations of the documents, lodge them with the Royal Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs and arrange to collect your marriage licence.

As soon as the licence is available we will arrange to meet you at your hotel, take you to a Registry Office and arrange for you to formally marry at a time to suit yourselves during government office working hours. We will then transport you back to your hotel.

All translations, legal fees, British Embassy fees, transportation, Thai government fees and services are included. On your return to the UK we will officially translate and certify a copy of your marriage certificate for legal use in the UK.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for an informal chat about your requirements or ideas as  we are pleased to help and quote a price for your tailor made wedding.


As Thais do not have to pay any fees in order to legally marry in Thailand only the British spouse is required to pay a fee and therefore the price is much lower. The service fee for a British National legally marrying a Thai National in Bangkok includes the British Embassy affirmation fee, preparing the statutory affirmation of freedom to marry, all necessary translations, all Thai Government and Registry Office fees, the provision of a translator/witness and certification of the translation of your marriage certificate the inclusive fee is 16,500 Thai Baht.

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