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Guemlum

VFS Bangkok experience, UK Visa application.

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Its been some time since submitting a visa application at the VFS, Regent House and I must say that they have certainly cleaned things up at Regent house.

Ther are no longer touts hanging around outside insisting on checking your application, which was a real nuisance in the past, and the VFS have located their office to the ground floor. There is a seating area outside where you can wait and are called in depending on your appointment time. We were there early and as a result of not many people being there, were called in an hour earlier than our appointment time.

Show your appointment confirmation and passport to the security guard sitting at the desk inside the entrance and then you are scanned using a hand held scanner by another guard before entering.

You are given a ticket which shows your counter number and then you wait until your turn appears on the screen. Prior to this, you have the opportunity to have your photos taken for your application at a cost of 250 baht and also use computer and printer facilities should you require.

Once you have submitted your application at the counter you are asked whether you want your documents couriered back to your partner which will cost you 275 baht. Upon completion you are handed back your application/documents in a pouch style folder, given another ticket where you wait to have your biometrics taken and submit the folder to a clerk. Thats it.

Your English partner is not allowed in to the centre, however if there is a problem you are allowed in. I was allowed to go in as the documents I submitted sponsoring my partner had to be taken out of the nicely presented folder I had put together and there was a query about some original documents which was resolved quickly. I was told that the British Embassy do not accept ring bound folders anymore. My folder was nicely presented, indexed, making it easy for the ECO to identify the information they require and the VFS just rip it all appart. My main concern is that it will now be mixed up giving the ECO a massive headache. Please be aware.

We will now wait and track our application on the internet with the reference number we were given.

All in all, a problem free experience which was not the case in the past. Hats off to the VFS for cleaning up their act. :-)

Guemlum

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Thanks for that...like you I have been putting everthing in a folder, neatly indexed and separated! Makes you wonder....

Actually I have been trying to find ouit whether they are affected by the Bangkok protests/accessability, but they haven't answered emails - they keep bouncing back as spurious email....

Ditto about going to register/hospital back to registry for TB test.

Question on the documents - there are many orginal documents required to be produced, but I don't see any reference to copies.

COmmon sense says I copy everything, but do they keep all the originals or just copies after checking agaianst the originals?.

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We took a taxi yesterday from Don Muang airport to Regent House and encountered no problems on the way. There are demonstrations at Lumpini park directly next to Regent House but it has not affected the VFS. They are still opening.

Regarding copies, I created a section at the back of the folder which contained all originals asking for them to be returned with everything else. For each original document you supply, I would provide a copy for them to keep.

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Worth mentioning that the bank in the lobby will give you a cashiers cheque for the visa fee for a reasonably small fee (something like 50 baht from memory). Not worth chasing around Bangkok for it (as the VFS instructions tend to imply you would have to). Also can park at Regents House, though not recommended if the demos are on full bore outside.

[All assuming nothing has changed since this time last year when I last did it, which is about the time they moved downstairs and sorted things out]

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... and it's really helpful to put in the Title of the OP which country you are referring your Visa about.

People from Thailand apply for Visas to counties all over the world. Though granted that most issues seem to be in the UK system.

The same with the VFS agents.

They work for both the UK and Australian governments and may indeed work for other countries.

7x7 used to bang on about this constantly ... and with good cause.

When you title the OP ... it really helps to put the Country or destination in the headline.

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Worth mentioning that the bank in the lobby will give you a cashiers cheque for the visa fee for a reasonably small fee (something like 50 baht from memory). Not worth chasing around Bangkok for it (as the VFS instructions tend to imply you would have to). Also can park at Regents House, though not recommended if the demos are on full bore outside.

[All assuming nothing has changed since this time last year when I last did it, which is about the time they moved downstairs and sorted things out]

Just to note that you cannot pay by cashiers cheque any more, you have to pay online (in US$) when you make you make your application.

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I thought there were a few clues in the OP as to the country, but for those that don't know Regent House is for those applying to visit the UK and Canada.

As Santisuk says, there is a small bank in the lobby but it is now a requirement to pay online when filling out your application. However, the information on the notice board outside still implies you can pay by cashiers cheque. This does need removing by the VFS.

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250 baht for photos is just another rip off as it's 100 baht anywhere else

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250 baht for photos is just another rip off as it's 100 baht anywhere else

I agree, and I have had photos taken in the past only for them to be refused by the VFS, when they were taken by an authorised passport photo booth. It is a scam, and one that the VFS should stamp their foot on, but I couldnt be bothered with the hastle again so my partner paid for them herself.

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I thought there were a few clues in the OP as to the country,

I mentioned the title ... not the OP.

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250 baht for photos is just another rip off as it's 100 baht anywhere else

So £2.75 overcharge which won't even buy you a pint in the UK.

If you don't want to pay then walk away.

You say 100 baht for photo's then bring your own and argue.

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Is that an accurate statement that you can't submit a ring-binder?

Just doing the forms for my wife's sister to apply for a visitors visa....

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I thought there were a few clues in the OP as to the country, but for those that don't know Regent House is for those applying to visit the UK and Canada.

As Santisuk says, there is a small bank in the lobby but it is now a requirement to pay online when filling out your application. However, the information on the notice board outside still implies you can pay by cashiers cheque. This does need removing by the VFS.

Guemlum

Well which is the VFS for Australia?

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I thought there were a few clues in the OP as to the country,

I mentioned the title ... not the OP.

I agree, it is slightly annoying when the country is not mentioned in the title.

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