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

Part of our team will be attending the following festivals to give free advice on entry visas, further leave to remain, indefinite leave to remain and British citizenship from our own gazebo.

20-21 July Victoria Park, Leicester, LE1 7RY.

3-4 August 2019 Parker's Piece, Cambridge, CB1 1NA.

10-11 August 2019 Forest Rec, Nottingham, NG7 6LB. WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL OUR ATTENDANCE AT THIS EVENT.

17-18 August 2019 Preston Park, Brighton, BN1 6AU.

10.00-17.00 everyday.

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.
Today the Government announsed a plan to increase the NHS Surcharge by 100% as from 8th January 2019. This has been confirmed on 21/12/2018.
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.


Illegal immigration in the UK is a currently hot political issue. In order to combat it the Government  announced what amounted to an ‘amnesty’ for people who were in the UK between 17th March 2008 and 30th September 2008 who returned home and then applied for new visas to regularise their stay in the UK. This does not mean that a new visa had to be granted automatically as the applicant must show that they satisfy all the provisions of the requirements under the Immigration Rules for the category of visa they are applying for but they will not face an automatic ban on re-applying.

From 1st October 2008 the penalties for an illegal immigrant applying for a new visa are:

1.            Anyone who has previously used deception will be automatically refused entry for 10 years. Deception includes such things as using false documents such as references, P60’s, wage slips, entering the UK on someone else’s passport among others. The law states categorically that the deception ban will apply whether the applicant was aware of the deception or not.

2.            Anyone who has previously breached the immigration rules by overstaying, entering the UK illegally, working illegally will face the following bans: 1 year if they left the UK voluntarily at their own expense: 5 years if they left voluntarily at public expense: 10 years if they were removed or deported from the UK.

Illegal immigrants include those who entered on valid visas and have overstayed, those who breached their conditions of entry, people who came on a fiancée or marriage visa but are no longer living with the original sponsor and have not been granted indefinite leave to remain, work permit holders who have changed employment without notifying the UKBA and receiving permission, illegal entrants, victims of trafficking and all other possibilities.

New visa applications must be 100% correct and fully documented and it is imperative that the truth be told in order to secure a new visa. It is therefore essential that professional advice is sought when making a new application.

Since 1st October 2008 there have been a few categories of visa applicants who will not be subject to the automatic ban depending on their personal circumstances and again we strongly advise you to seek our professional advice when applying. The people who will not be subject to an automatic ban are treated as a concession outside the Immigration Rules and this requires extremely careful consideration when making an application for a new visa. Spouses, fiancees, children, civil partners and unmarried partners making a fresh application will not normally be refused unless they have used deception or deliberately contrived to frustrate the rules, they must however satisfy all the relevant immigration rules in the relevant category.

The ban will apply to all visa applications currently being made so if, for example, a person were to apply for a tourist visa and use a false employment reference they would face an immediate 10 year ban.

It is important to note that many Embassies share information on visa applicants through the 'watch index' and that a person banned from applying for a UK visa will find that they also cannot apply to many other countries.

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