Ok, so in this post I told you about all the evidence of my relationship that I have gathered over the past eighteen months or so which will be included in my wife's Family Visit Visa application.
Now I'm going to touch on what's required in Thailand.
Firstly, it's ok to help 'the applicant' (my wife) with her application. For us, this means that I'm actually filling in the online application form. It's in English, which my wife can speak, but she can't read too well. Also she hasn't got the computer skills needed to fill it out herself.
The other thing to bear in mind is the way that the UK government words it's questions on the form. If you're from the UK you may be used to the way these are formed, but the official government language may be difficult for those for whom English is not their native tongue.
Photocopies and translations.
Thai people will be used to this part, everything you need to do in Thailand requires a photocopy of something!
ID card บัตรประชาชน (bat bra cha chan) Tabien Baan ทะเบียนบ้าน (the house registration book, this shows where a Thai national is registered as a resident) Passport หนังสือเบิกทาง (nang sue berk tang, interesting literal translation of 'book (to) clear the way')
All this and more, many Thai people photocopy on a daily basis! Perhaps they're more used to dealing with government forms and bureaucracy than we in the UK are?
Anyway, we'll need translations of all of the above, apart from the passport, and our marriage certificates. There's lots of translation companies in Bangkok and you will be looking to pay around the 200 baht per document page, not so many in the more 'up-country' locations, where you may be asked for quite a lot more!
So, all that needs to be done and added to the file (which is already quite large!). This should take a few hours at most. there are translation companies around the Ploen Chit area, it's near where the UK embassy is in Thanon Wittayu (wireless road).
Printing the application form and getting the 'biometrics' done.
After the online application form has been filled out, you then need to print it out and book an appointment NOT at the UK embassy, but at the VFS centre at Regency House (again online) so that the applicant can hand over all the documents and have their photo and fingerprints taken.
It's then, and only then, that the 'clock' starts ticking. Your application has now been submitted and all you can do is wait. Here's agiude to the current processing times for UK visas.
We're almost ready, next week we should be able to start the 'clock'.
Wish us luck!