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.



What services does Orchid of Siam offer?

For details of our services, please click on the links on the left-hand side of the page.

How will you deal with my case?

Upon initial contact we shall give you a general assessment of your circumstances. Should you wish to formally instruct us, i.e. ask us to help with your case, we shall issue you with a client care letter that sets out what the instructions are, what our fixed fee is and our general terms and conditions. We would invite you to accept the contents of the client care letter, whereupon we would be formally instructed and can take the case forward from there.

Do you only deal with nationals of Thailand?

No. We deal with any nationality requiring a visa for the UK or making an immigration application from within the UK to the UK Border Agency/Home Office.

Do I need to come to see you?

Orchid of Siam is committed to fully utilising the benefits of modern technology and communication. In most instances there is no need for you to meet us in person. However, should you wish to put a face to the name, please feel free to contact us to arrange an appointment.

Do you keep my information confidential?

Yes. We take client confidentiality extremely seriously. No personal information is stored on our computers and no information is ever paased on to a third-party without your express written consent. The OISC regulates us and we are subject to an annual audit of client's files. The OISC conduct a stringent criminal records search of all registered advisers. As you will be supplying very personal information such as your passport, bank statements, NI number etcetera you want to rest assured that you are not passing this information to an unqualified or unregulated firm who may steal your identity.

Some agencies guarantee to get a visa or give my money back. Do you offer such a guarantee?

No immigration adviser or lawyer can guarantee that an application will be successful. In our experience, those who offer such a guarantee seldom live up to the promise.

What sets Orchid of Siam apart from other advisers?

Please take the opportunity to have a look at our testimonials. Additionally, we are registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) for the provision of immigration advice and services. In the unlikely event that we fail to live up to our promises, we are accountable to the OISC for our actions. Unregistered advisers have no such responsibility. We are members of the Immigration Law Practitioners Association and have been established since November 1988. We are the only OISC registered level 3 firm with offices in Bangkok and the UK. We are also members of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants who campaign for the rights of newcomers to the UK.

If I think I can prepare my case by myself, but I might have a question to ask. Can you answer my one-off questions over the telephone or by e-mail?

Normally we can but there is a small fee payable.

Can Orchid of Siam help with my appeal?

Yes. We are fully qualified Advocates/Representatives and can therefore assist in all aspects of an appeal made to the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration & Asylum Chamber)

Do you speak Thai?

Yes, both in our UK and Bangkok offices we have Thai translators. In the UK our manager also works as an English/Thai interpreter for the Home Office and UK Border Agency.

How can I be sure you are trustworthy?

We are registered with the OISC, the UK government department that regulates firms offering immigration advice in the UK and qualified by examination to the highest level (3).

We publish all the costs involved on our website whereas others do not. We publish our director’s full names, addresses and landline telephone numbers on our website whereas many agencies do not.

Many testimonials from satisfied clients may be seen at our offices.

Please check our credentials at the OISC or ILPA website. We do mean please check as we are very well aware of other firms in Bangkok and elsewhere in Thailand which falsely claim to be OISC registered and even copy the OISC logo and a registration number but who have absolutely no qualifications at all - you do not want to use them!!

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