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.


Our Bangkok office is centrally located and just behind the well known Ambassador Hotel in Sukhumvit Road. We are only a few minutes walk from Nana Sky train station. All staff are fully employed by Orchid of Siam in the UK and work under the direction of our UK based Immigration Advocates who are qualified at OISC level 3, the highest level, and who are also members of the UK Immigration Law Practitioners Association.

All visa applications made directly in Bangkok are sent by E-mail to our UK office for review prior to being submitted at the Embassy application centre.

Settlement visa applications are no longer dealt with by VFS or the British Embassy in Bangkok and are only dealt with in Sheffield.

Clients engaging our services in Bangkok directly are fully covered by the OISC charter.

It is important for you, as a client, to understand that our Bangkok office is NOT just a representative office but a fully owned and controlled extension of our UK office. The Bangkok office manager is the sister of our UK based Thai national director and holds both a BA and MSc degree.

Clients can engage our services in either Bangkok or the UK and are assured of our full commitment in both cases.

Services offered in Bangkok include:

All UK Visa application types.

EEA/EU Family Permit applications.

Appeals against the refusal of a visa with a UK based qualified Advocate representing you at the Immigration Tribunal hearing which will always take place in the UK. Some people are under the mistaken impression that appeals against a visa refusal are dealt with in Bangkok, this is not so, they are always referred to an Immigration Judge in the UK only. All appeals work accepted in our Bangkok office is forwarded to our UK office for action.

Legal marriage registration in Bangkok.

Translations of Thai-English documents accepted by the Royal Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UK Visas & Immigration branch of the Home Office.

Schengen visa applications for Thais wishing to visit one or more of the participating countries.

For our Bangkok address and telephone numbers please see our contact page.  Please note it is important to make an appointment in advance of coming to our office.


Photos in our Bangkok office.

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