Tony M

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  1. Get someone else to try with their card. Anyone can pay the fee. You can then pay them back.
  2. ECOs sometimes make it fairly obvious that they want to refuse an application, often by using "reasons" such as those given above. Often, as in this case, those reasons aren't actually sufficient, or even legal, to support the refusal. But, the ECOs know that you cannot appeal their decision, so that leaves you with having to make a new application, and provide them with information that you don't actually have to provide. That said, there is also a valid argument that it is better to back up your statements (such as the length of a relationship) with evidence. Whether the ECO can legally refuse the application without any such evidence is, possibly, debatable. Guidance to ECOs states ( and it is right to point out that the guidance concerns not disclosing relevant evidence/deception) : You must refuse an application under paragraph 320(7A) when an applicant does not disclose a fact that is material (relevant) to your decision to grant entry clearance or to get a document from the Secretary of State or a third party needed to support the application. To do so, you must be able to prove that the information the applicant withheld is relevant to your decision. You cannot refuse an applicant on these grounds if you have not told them the kind of information which is relevant to their application or it is not clear from the application form and guidance. The applicant does not have to give information unless you tell them what kind of information is material to their application. The UKVI have been criticised in the past, by the Independent Chief Inspector of Immigration, for using refusal reasons that include lack of evidence when the applicant and sponsor did not know they needed to provide it. The above is my own personal opinion only, but I am happy to stand by it.
  3. I'm sure it will change, but not this year, I think. I also think they will want to see if this system works before considering introducing it globally for visit visas. The numbers (settlement/visit) are completely different, of course. The logistics involved for visit visas will be enormous. Australia does it successfully, but their applications numbers are a lot less.
  4. This is for PBS applications. Your spouse settlement visa application is not a PBS application.
  5. It looks like the bar-coding system is only for Points Based System applications. That does not apply for spouse settlement visas. You don't need to do it.
  6. It's on the VFS Thailand website :
  7. As I understand it, UKVI only get the visa fees. VFS can charge anything they like for their services, and the profit is theirs. Maybe that's why there are no available appointment slots until the free scanning period ends ?
  8. See my new topic link " Perhaps you can inform us of how the new process works (or not, as the case may be ) ?
  9. UKVI have introduced (with their usual forewarning) new procedures for UK settlement visa applications from tomorrow. It looks a little complicated, but essentially all settlement applications will now be processed in the UK. So, it's a matter of getting the documents scanned (by VFS, at a cost form May), or by sending everything by post to Sheffield ( and providing a pre-paid return envelope ....hmmm). The passport will not go to UK, but will remain at the Embassy (in the hope that a visa is authorised from the UK). I understand, from someone who has tried, that all of the appointment slots are "booked" until after the free scanning period expires near the end of May. I cannot confirm if that is true or not See the attached. settlement-visa.pdf
  10. Indeed. UKVI Thailand say they process around 100,000 UK visa applications a year. If the Exchange rate makes them just 1 GBP per application, then that is a profit of 100,000 GBP. It does appear that the profit is likely more than 1 GBP an application, so the UK government could be making at least a quarter of a million in profit, just from this "arrangement". It really is time that it stopped.
  11. It has happened to me twice, in the 7/11 in Soi 8 Bangkok. I only bought 3 items each time, and when I checked the receipt, there were 4 items on the receipt. Also, I think the staff buy the "promotion" stuff on the counter if you don't buy it, but they buy it on your bill. It looks like you bought something for a "promotion" price of say 10 thb, but they pay for it and keep it. I guess it means that they can buy cheap. If it's a scam, I'm not sure how it works. If they are getting cheap goods, I don't mind, as long as they pay for it and not me.
  12. Here's a pdf, maybe this will work Visa_Fees_table_Apr2017.pdf
  13. Some large increases in visa fees from today. Almost 20% for settlement visas. Fees also up for applications made in UK VFS fees also up (some by almost 20%), and a new charge (from June) for contacting the (currently free) email Contact Centre enquiry service. Fee increases 6 April 2017.docx
  14. I think you are actually applying for a new one, because the old one is invalid.. There is no such thing as a renewable ROA vignette (sticker).
  15. Not an easy fall back plan. For "child" substitute" "anyone" :