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.



We offer a full visa service with friendly, initial advice or visa assessment available 9am-6pm Monday-Friday in the UK by telephone, E-mail or through our online forms. Please do not hesitate to contact us. Please see our Thailand Offices page for details of how to contact us in Thailand and our opening hours. Throughout the process the sponsor in the UK has our Epsom office to assist him in any necessary manner and the applicants in Thailand have our Bangkok office to assist them.

A UK TOURIST VISA allows the person to remain in the country for a limited period and with no permission to work or study. At the end of the stay the person must leave the country.  A FAMILY VISIT VISA is essentially the same as a tourist visa but with the specific purpose of visiting a close family member for a limited time, this may be a husband or wife.

A Thai national on a tourist visa in the UK is NOT entitled to free NHS treatment even if they are the spouse of a British national. It is worthwhile considering taking out medical insurance although this is not a compulsory part of the visa application.

A tourist visa will be issued if the Embassy are satisfied that the applicant is coming to the UK for a period not exceeding six months, intends to leave at the end of their visit, does not intend to work, can be adequately accommodated and maintained and has the means and reasons to return home.

A tourist visa is normally valid for six months from the date it is issued by the Embassy, NOT six months from the date of entry into the UK. If your travel plans are made well in advance the Embassy can forward date the visa by up to three months. A tourist visa allows multiple entries to the UK during the period of its validity.

The Embassy will ask the applicant how long they intend to remain in the UK. If the answer is ‘one month’ they will still normally issue a six month visa. If the applicant stays longer than a month this may  jeopardise any future visa applications.

Although there are tourist visas that can be granted for up to 10 years these are for special classes of people, for example business travelers, and in no circumstances can people on a tourist visa remain in the UK for more than six months in any twelve month period.

There is no automatic right of appeal for a tourist visa refusal except in rare instances.

We often arrange tourist visas for Thai ladies visiting their boyfriends in the UK. Applications are generally completed and decided within four weeks of instructing us.


Generally an interview will be required for most tourist visa applications and this is often done by means of an unexpected telephone call from the British Embassy. If a formal interview is required it can take about two months to arrange. We prepare the applicant for this by supplying the answers to the most commonly asked questions.  Sponsors are not permitted to attend a formal Embassy interview and will be refused admittance.


In all cases the Embassy will return all the documentation submitted in support of the application to the visa applicant along with their passport and the outcome of the request only if photocopies of the original documents were supplied at the time of submission of the application.

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