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

We will run our own gazebo at the following fairs this year to give free advice on UK Visas, FLR, ILR and Citizenship applications under the Family Migration route. A Thai registered OISC adviser will be present.

2/3 June 2018 Warwick Thai Festival, Warwick Racecourse, CV43 6HN

4/5 August 2018 Cambridge Thai Festival, Parker's Piece, CB1 1NA

18/19 August 2018 Brighton Thai Festival, Preston Park, BN1 6AU

1/2 September 2018 Norwich Thai Festival, Eaton Park, South Park Avenue, NR47AU


We will be available from 10.00  to 17.00 each day.

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.


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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