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SurinBeach

Ed Visa 60 day stamp time : But no Passport (Its at VFS)

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Hi Gents

 

My girlfriend is on an Ed Visa, has to go next week for her 60 day stamp/Visa extension to Changwattana

She applied to VFS for a UK tourist visa a couple of weeks ago and went to collect her passport today as previously instructed by VFS but was told it had not be returned to VFS yet.

 

Does she have any options except to just sit and wait for VFS and pay the 500thb daily "overstay" when she does go Changwattana next ie when her passport is returned to her?

BTW her school say no options, there'll be a 500thb per day fine ! Although I guess she may have one weeks grace period perhaps...

 

Cheers in advance,

SB.

 

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It will be 500 baht of overstay for every day she goes past her permit to stay date. There is no grace period.

She should inform VFS of the problem to try and get her passport back as soon as possible.

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2 minutes ago, ubonjoe said:

It will be 500 baht of overstay for every day she goes past her permit to stay date. There is no grace period.

She should inform VFS of the problem to try and get her passport back as soon as possible.

Thanks UJ,

Yeh she's informed them but they say she just has to wait for the passport to come back and then they'll SMS here ...

(It's been 3 weeks now)

 

I guess if anyones reading this now of in the future and applying for a UK Visa , be prepared to wait for more than 3 weeks for your passport to come back...

 

Ps And Dont bother using VFS VIP processing which cost us  an additional 3,400thb 

 

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1 hour ago, ubonjoe said:

It will be 500 baht of overstay for every day she goes past her permit to stay date. There is no grace period.

She should inform VFS of the problem to try and get her passport back as soon as possible.

VFS cannot speed the Passport process up however they do notify you the same day the new PP arrives back with them

 

Assuming that your GF provided VFS with her phone number when she applied for the PP she will also receive a SMS from DHL when her PP is at Heathrow

Edited by darrendsd
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10 hours ago, darrendsd said:

VFS cannot speed the Passport process up however they do notify you the same day the new PP arrives back with them

 

Assuming that your GF provided VFS with her phone number when she applied for the PP she will also receive a SMS from DHL when her PP is at Heathrow

The application is for a visa to visit the UK as a tourist. His girlfriend is not entitled to a UK passport.

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To the OP: I thought VFS provided an option (at increased cost) to retain your passport while the visa application was processed. Has this option been discontinued?

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VFS is an agency for collection of Visa applications.

 

Standard applications usually take no longer than 10 working days, unless they are making enquires about some information you supplied.

The British Embassy now have her Passport and have to hold it until the process is completed.

You can request return of the Passport but that will halt the process and you then have to make a new application.

 

VFS cannot help with your enquiries. I suggest you contact the British Embassy to highlight your problem.

Do not expect a reply as to how the application is progressing.

You'll probably get a simple it takes as long as it takes, or do you want to stop the process and we'll return the Passport.

 

14 hours ago, SurinBeach said:

And Dont bother using VFS VIP processing which cost us  an additional 3,400thb 

If you paid this fee, something definitely wrong. It guarantees a 3-5 day turnaround.

They send SMS messages to update...…….are you sure she hasn't given them a wrong number.

Again contact the British Embassy over this concern.

Edited by Tanoshi

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2 hours ago, BritTim said:

To the OP: I thought VFS provided an option (at increased cost) to retain your passport while the visa application was processed. Has this option been discontinued?

 

I'm not sure actually, maybe I'll pop back in on Monday to VFS and see where it is ....

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12 minutes ago, Tanoshi said:

VFS is an agency for collection of Visa applications.

 

Standard applications usually take no longer than 10 working days, unless they are making enquires about some information you supplied.

The British Embassy now have her Passport and have to hold it until the process is completed.

You can request return of the Passport but that will halt the process and you then have to make a new application.

 

VFS cannot help with your enquiries. I suggest you contact the British Embassy to highlight your problem.

Do not expect a reply as to how the application is progressing.

You'll probably get a simple it takes as long as it takes, or do you want to stop the process and we'll return the Passport.

 

If you paid this fee, something definitely wrong. It guarantees a 3-5 day turnaround.

They send SMS messages to update...…….are you sure she hasn't given them a wrong number.

Again contact the British Embassy over this concern.

 

Thanks, Yes her mobile number's OK as we received one SMS on the day we went to VFS ...

(And she went into VFS in person on Friday which is now 15 working days...)

 

 

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Just now, SurinBeach said:

 

Thanks, Yes her mobile number's OK as we received one SMS on the day we went to VFS ...

(And she went into VFS in person on Friday which is now 15 working days...)

 

 

VFS cannot update you with any further information. They are as useful as a chocolate fireguard in this situation.

Only the British Embassy can shed light on your situation, they have her passport and that is where the process is being conducted  and decision making takes place.

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8 minutes ago, Tanoshi said:

VFS cannot update you with any further information. They are as useful as a chocolate fireguard in this situation.

Only the British Embassy can shed light on your situation, they have her passport and that is where the process is being conducted  and decision making takes place.

 

Thanks, I'll see if I can get anything out of the Embassy on Monday....

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