As much as they lead you to believe, these visa services have no “contacts” inside the UKBA, and they too, like everyone else, are subject to refusal.
The one advantage they do have is experience of submitting documentation for specific circumstances.
Make sure you take a copy of the payment receipt and appointment letter with you on submission day (see the reminder list in Step 5).
At the time of writing, the price of the application is quoted in US dollars and works out at approximately 2. I have complained because it works out more expensive this way, but no reply, as yet. Now it’s time to get that supporting documentation together.
Okay, so you want to bring your girlfriend, wife, boyfriend or husband to the UK for a visit.
We’ve (myself and Mrs TTL) have been through this process successfully ten times, so I’m going to break this down into 7 simple steps that you can work through systematically and get it right.
This information is based on my personal experience and in no way guarantees that your Thai partner will be granted a visa to visit the UK.
Each application is decided on its individual merit by an Entry Clearance Officer (ECO) on behalf of UK Immigration & Visas.
You will hand in your documentation when you submit your application.Let’s be honest, if you met your partner last month on a 2-week holiday to Thailand and are now trying to get her/him back to the UK for 6 months, you’re going to have a tough time proving that your relationship is genuine, and that you are going to guarantee his/her safety and financial needs while in the UK.It might seem unfair, especially when you’re in “luuurve”.Let me just say at this point that you DO NOT need to hire a visa agent/service to apply for you.There’s a huge amount of visa services out there that claim to be able to give you an advantage over those who apply by themselves; this is not true.It’s also a good idea to sit down and do it together anyway (in person or on Skype).That way you’ll have two pairs of eyes to run over it and make sure you don’t miss anything.The email address you provide will also be used as a point of contact to notify you of your appointment confirmation, payment confirmation and notification to pick up your passport and decision.Once you’ve set up your account, you’re ready to start. Once the application is done, you’ll be taken to view your progress on the home page of your account.They have a feel for what the officials want to see.But don't worry, I’m going to use my experience and help you with that. Each application is subject to the same investigation and processing and anyone can apply.