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

We will have our gazebo staffed by Thai and English speaking immigration advisers to give free advice on UK visas and Leave to Remain from 10.00 to 17.00.

17/18 June, Royal Victoria Park, Marlborough Lane, Bath, BA1 2NQ

1/2 July, Hoglands Park, Palmerston Road, Southampton, SO14 1NH

9 July, Hook Road Arena, Epsom, KT19 8QW

22/23 July, Castle Fields, Southsea Seafront, PO5 3ST

5/6 August, Parker's Piece Park, Parkside Road, Cambridge, CB2 1AA

26/27 August, Preston Park, Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 6AY

 

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.

 
 
 






As OISC level 3 advisers we are deemed to be advocates/specialists and are fully qualified to represent clients in front of Judges at appeal hearings at the Immigration Tribunal, both First and Upper Tribunals, or in meetings with the UK Border Agency/Home Office.

 

We regularly handle appeals on behalf of solicitors and OISC Level 1 or 2 qualified firms as well as private individuals who have often used a visa agency or have done the application for the initial visa by themselves.

Fees depend on the complexity of a case and the whereabouts of the hearing. Our fees are in two stages, firstly the preparation of the grounds for appeal and then the preparation and attendance at Court. We are always pleased to discuss a case at no cost and then quote a fee when we are in possession of the relevant facts.

It is untrue that following the Immigration Act 2014 appeals can only be brought under the Human Rights Act.


CHALLENGES

Frequently it is not necessary to go for the long winded process of a full appeal when the Embassy are in the wrong. We are legally entitled to challenge the decision by the Embassy and ask them to review it without launcing a full appeal. This is obviously a less expensive and quicker route. Please contact us to discuss your case and the best way forward.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW

The new 2014 Act removes the full right of appeal for some visas on many grounds leaving only appeals on Human Rights grounds, Refusal of Protection, Revocation of Protection Status and EEA based claims as the only grounds for appeal to the Tribiunal. All other appeals will be dealt with by way of administrative review which means the grounds for appeal will be dealt with by the relevant visa section who will look again at the case. The cost of this will be £80.00 payable to UKVI. They are trying to say this will be a cheaper and quicker method but this is to be proven. Our fee for preparing a review case will vary depending on the complexity but will be in the region of £200-£250.

Settlement visa applications are still subject to a full appeal to an Immigration Judge.


FULL APPEALS

The Court fees are £80 for a papers only hearing and £140 for an oral hearing at which you can be represented or represent yourself or the appellant. These fees are as from 10th October 2016 and apply to all new appeals lodged regardless of the date of refusal or original application. Please see our news section for recent changes to these fees which may only be temporary.

For entry clearance (settlement visa) appeals the stages are as follows:

The Entry Clearance Officer issues a notice of refusal. For an application made outside of the UK there is a strict deadline of 28 days after the receipt of the refusal to lodge an appeal.

The ECO will have issued an official appeal form along with the refusal notice. This needs to be completed which we do on your behalf and  to it must be added the Grounds for Appeal which can be quite lengthy which we also prepare. The grounds must state in legal terms the reasons why the refusal is incorrect and refer to relevant legislation and quote relevant case law. This is then submitted to the Tribunal in the UK only. There is a fee to pay depending on whether you choose an Oral hearing £140 or a paper hearing £80 for appeals against a refusal dated on or after 19 December 2011. This is in addition to our fees. The appeal fee is payable for each notice of refusal to be appealed.

The papers will be sent to the UKVI office concerned and the Entry Clearance Manager can decide to overturn the original decision or allow it to stand. It is not true that an ECM will not overturn a decision and this does happen, but in most cases they just support the original decision.

If the ECM does not decide to accept the Grounds then they are forwarded on to a senior caseworker  who will decide if the case should continue to the Tribunal. If the decision is not to proceed the ECM will be instructed to issue the visa. Otherwise the case will be forwarded to the Home Office/UKBA Presenting Officer’s Unit (HOPO) who will prepare their case for trial. They can also decide not to proceed if they believe the case is weak and instruct the ECM to issue the visa.

Assuming the case continues to trial the appellant or representative such as ourselves must supply a Skeleton Argument along with a ‘bundle’ of all documentary evidence in support of the Appeal together with any prepared Witness Statements. There are very strict rules as to what evidence may be included in the ‘bundle.’

Often the HOPO will drop the case on receipt of these and instruct that the visa be issued.

However if the matter continues to trial the legal representative, such as ourselves, will prepare evidence in chief, arrange discovery of any relevant documentary or other evidence,  opening and closing arguments and appear at the Tribunal to represent the appellant. A pre-hearing briefing will be arranged between us and the sponsor and any witnesses. Legal arguments will be made before the Judge and arguments will be made directly with the Advocate appearing for the Home Office/UKBA. The sponsor will normally be expected to attend the hearing and will be asked to present a Witness Statement which will have been prepared in advance by us in conjunction with the sponsor. This will be in non-legal language that the sponsor understands and is happy with.

The Judge will normally give an indication of his decision and this will be followed approximately two weeks later by a formal written determination of the case. Assuming that this is in favour of the appellant a copy will be sent to the ECM who must then issue the visa-normally within eight weeks.

It takes roughly six to eight months from the start of the appeal to a Court date and the UKBA can drop the case and issue a visa at any time before the hearing. If they do so the Court date and any further work by the Tribunal automatically cease and the appellant needs to take no action.

It is a serious criminal offence, punishable by imprisonment, for anyone who is not a qualified and duly registered advocate to represent a person in Court.

 
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