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

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.


Domestic violence is increasing in the UK at an alarming rate. Currently the police are receiving calls regarding domestic violence at the rate of one a minute nationwide. Worryingly the highest percentage increase is between British men and their Asian partner.

The Government defines domestic violence as "Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality."

So it is not just physical violence but mental as well. The most common reason for violence is the issue of power and the need for control by the perpetrator. Whilst alcohol or drugs may be blamed they are not an excuse or explanation, the underlying problem is not so simple and is not likely to go away.

As we deal primarily with British men marrying Thai ladies this page is of concern in this situation only. Some of the information that follows does not necessarily apply to nationals of other countries.

In the case of Thai nationals married to British men the problem was really identified by Rudyard Kipling who wrote ‘Oh, East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet, till Earth and Sky stand presently at God’s Judgement Seat.’ Quite simply the Thai way of thinking, Thai logic and the Thai psyche are totally different to the British way. We are not saying one or the other is correct, it is just a plain fact that the mindsets are different and this leads to problems.

There is help available for victims of domestic violence and this can include relocation to a different part of the UK together with re-housing and access to benefits. The victim does not have to have been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

It is commonly thought that wife entering the UK on a two year probationary visa has no rights. This is completely incorrect. She can get the full protection of the law and if she has not completed her two years probation her indefinite leave to remain (ILR or permanent residency visa) can be applied for and granted before the two years are up.

In order to protect the victim the police must be contacted and a crime report made. Normally the police will arrest the perpetrator but very frequently the case will not go up to a magistrate. That is fine for the victim, the report has been made and she is now eligible for ILR and help and benefits. The police will arrange for the victim to meet the team in her area who can help her and arrange everything for her.

Unfortunately the victims will rarely report the first few instances of domestic violence and often it is not until after the 10th serious assault that a cry for help will be made. The victim does not have to report the crime; any responsible person can do so.

We have dealt with straightforward wife beaters who normally only hit them when under the influence of alcohol or drugs and also with mental violence such as the man who kept his wife locked in a caravan and only saw her briefly after work before locking her in again and going home to stay with his mother who did not even know about his Thai wife.

Do not for one moment think that children are unaffected by domestic violence. They are very well aware of what is happening, although they do not understand it, and research has proven that witnessing this violence will have a deep and profound effect on the child in the future. It is a mistake to think that it is best to stay together for the sake of the children, the opposite is true.

We offer totally free and confidential advice for any Thai victim of domestic violence. Please do not hesitate to telephone us, a Thai speaking adviser is here to help you.

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