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

We have been advised today that the Home Office are now taking about six months to process family and settlement applications after attendance at the application centre in Bangkok. This is due to the situation in Ukraine.
Our UK and Bangkok Offices will be closed from 24th December 2021 and re-open on 4th January 2022.
From 04.00 hours on Monday 30/08/2021 Thailand will be on the red list. Travellers from Thailand who are British or Irish Citizens or Thais with residence rights in the UK will be allowed to enter the UK but must do a 14 day hotel quarantine which must be booked prior to travel at a cost of £2285.

We are intending to attend the following festivals to give advice on family visas, leave to remain in the UK, settlement in the UK and British Citizenship applications.

24/25 July 2021
Platt Fields Park, Platt lane, Manchester, M14 5NF

31 July-1 August 2021
Parker's Piece, A603, Cambridge, CB1 1NA

7-8 August 2021
Campbell Park, Miton Keynes, MK9 4AD

21-22 August 2021
Preston Park, Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 6AU

The situation could change if the Coronavirus problem worsens or by Government order.
It was announced today that the Immigration Health Surcharge is to be increased from the current £400.00 a year to £624.00 a year. This change to come in during October 2020 the exact date has not been announced. This is a large increase of 56%.
Lek (Suthisa) will be attending the TWN conference at the Royal Thai Embassy Zurich from 24-26 May and back in the office on Tuesday 28th May after the Bank Holiday.
Within hours of Tony being interviewed twice 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. 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.
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.


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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