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  • UK Visitor Visa Practical Advice About Folder Please

    Hello all.

    Two questions about the current details involved in submitting an application for a UK Visitor Visa online.

    1. Is it true that the only was to pay now is online, and that the banker's draft method is dead ? If so, what ways of paying are available ? I am concerned that if it's credit-card payment only, my Thai g/f might be stuck as she doesn't own one.

    2. Regarding the practical matter of how to physically put all the supporting documents, photos, etc. together in a convenient way. We have a 3-inch thick ring-binder, and i now read that ring-binders are being rejected at VFS and all the papers being dragged out in a pile - has anyone had this experience ? If ring-binders are not acceptable, how on earth are we to make an organised collection of all this paperwork ? Please tell how you've done this. Plus, how have people arranged the two different categories of docs - 'original' and 'copy' - to make it easy for the VFS clerk to go through it all as easily as possible.

    First application, hence the unease

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    First ones always a nightmare but try not to stress about it to much, I assume you are filling in the visa app form for your G/F , I have always done Pan's for her simply because the form is only in English and if I have all the info to hand I can probably get through it in about an hour. I then send the login details to Pan and she signs the last page electronically this way you have a happy unstressed wife/ g/f. you will then have the option to pay for the appointment ( which I assume you are doing ) you can just use your UK credit/debit card to do this. always print yourself a copy of the completed application form then keep it safe for next time as it makes it a lot easier as you will have all the info you need all ready to go. I to have used a ring binder in the past, one of the big ones weighing over 3Kg and so much paper you struggled to get the metal prongs to close shut but I think for the 4 th visa I will streamline it a lot as the last time Pan said they did start removing stuff at VFS what they pulled I don't know as I havn't been back since she got the last visa which is a 2 year one. Late last year or early this there was a post by one of the regulars as to how he had gone about it this time which was to put each section into the plastic folders that have a coloured back and clear front and fold over metal tabs inside to hold the paper work, that is the way I will go with it next time. There is a tendency to over do it, i've done it. The most important single component is the reason to go back, if you have got a pressure tight reason for her to go back then most of the other stuff is window dressing.

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    • #3
      I do the same as Nigel, fill it all in myself, print a copy for next time and pay the fee too. For our 1st visit visa mine was about 4 inches thick.Our 3rd one was about 1/4 inch. The only copies we did were of the tabien baan, house ownership, her bank book, marriage cert. We didn't copy any of my evidence. It's all about her reason to return and your relationship. They look at is this a genuine relationship

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      • #4
        Hello SingerSongwriter,

        I note the security info for VFS Global

        http://www.vfsglobal.co.uk/thailand/...ncentre.html#4

        which informs applicants visiting the Trendy Office building on Sukhumvit Soi 13 will be prohibited from taking zip folders and sealed envelopes inside.

        They go on to say that only a plastic bag containing your application papers is permitted.

        My take on it is that your applicant is expected to carry loose papers, possibly in unsealed envelopes, and all inside a plastic shopping bag, though even that is only at the discretion of security staff.
        Mark L

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        • #5
          all inside a plastic shopping bag
          7Eleven or FamilyMart?

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          • #6
            I had Tesco Lotus bags in mind
            Mark L

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            • #7
              Originally posted by SingerSongwriter View Post
              ...Is it true that the only was to pay now is online, and that the banker's draft method is dead ? If so, what ways of paying are available ? I am concerned that if it's credit-card payment only, my Thai g/f might be stuck as she doesn't own one...
              More 'digging' turned up this info from Frequently Asked Questions section of VFS Global website:
              How do I pay my Visa fees?
              You can pay your visa application fee through online only.
              I'm afraid this is not very helpful. It does appear that bankers drafts are no longer accepted, sorry.
              Mark L

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              • #8
                its also a nice excuse to scam you , cost of visa is in £ but the transaction is done in $ and strangely its much more than the stated amount. I would dearly love an explanation of the logic behind pricing a UK visa in GBP but charging for it in US$.

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                • #9
                  We experienced the whole 'taking folders apart' thing. However, I know a few people who have had folders accepted intact.

                  The bit about not taking sealed envelopes etc. into the VFS office doesn't necessarily mean you can't take a folder in. They're not sealed envelopes

                  Our applications (4th one recently submitted) are without any folders, separators, index sheets, or anything that might make it easier for the ECO to find what they'r e looking for

                  Not for any spiteful reasons, it's just that we've had all the above mentioned aids removed and returned to us before the dimwits staff at the VFS office passed it on to the embassy.

                  Now all they get is all the paperwork in the order we think is best. So it would be; application form, wife's ID and paperwork, my ID, my bank statements, my work stuff (payslips and confirmation of employment status, accommodation stuff etc etc.

                  They don't even get the plastic wallet my wife brings it in. She won't give to them, she doesn't like them

                  I've never met them, but I trust her judgement
                  "You're so unapproachable!"
                  "And yet, here you are."

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bifftastic View Post
                    I've never met them
                    I have

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                    • #11
                      biff ...............how is the complaint going ?

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                      • #12
                        Still no response from anyone.
                        "You're so unapproachable!"
                        "And yet, here you are."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bifftastic View Post
                          Still no response from anyone.
                          If you have no acknowledgement or indeed a proper response then look at the time scales and err onwards and upwards perhaps

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                          • #14
                            I will, I'm still waiting for the (ridiculously long) 20 day time frame for the UKVI response to come to an end. Once they reply with "we need your wife's authority in writing to proceed with this complaint" answer, that's what they will get and we'll take it from there.
                            "You're so unapproachable!"
                            "And yet, here you are."

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                            • #15
                              I am going to guess that the response will turn up on day 20

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