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    Quote Originally Posted by 9999 View Post
    They ship them off to Australia to get processed anyway.
    You sure about that ?

    Me and the missus fronted VFS on a monday morning and she had her passport mailed back to her 3 days later with visa verification note attached.

    If it was sent to OZ surely it would take longer, or are aussies just that awesome !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles
    Quote: Originally Posted by 9999 View Post They ship them off to Australia to get processed anyway. You sure about that ?
    The memorys a bit fucked now from all that beerlao but her indoors has had 3 tourist visas issued in vientiane at the aussie embassy, and i seem to recall at least 1 of them was issued in Aussie embassy Hanoi, Likewise for her spouse visa ,

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles
    Quote: Originally Posted by 9999 View Post They ship them off to Australia to get processed anyway. You sure about that ?
    The memorys a bit fucked now from all that beerlao but her indoors has had 3 tourist visas issued in vientiane at the aussie embassy, and i seem to recall at least 1 of them was issued in Aussie embassy Hanoi, Likewise for her spouse visa ,
    So all were issued in country and passport was not shipped to OZ .
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    "They ship them off to Australia to get processed anyway"
    Not from Vientiane they don't. They are processed in Vientiane and it generally only takes 2 days.
    As for the Aust Embassy being here, Lao is hardly a backwater. there are 2 large mining companies here as well as a number of other large businesses; there is also a business organisation. The Australian ambassador speaks perfect Lao.
    You pay less for your visa than most foreigners. Canadians pay the most.
    I am pretty sure that a Lao would have to apply in Vientiane. You would certainly need the family book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fondles
    If it was sent to OZ surely it would take longer, or are aussies just that awesome !!
    Ours took 7 days, with a weekend and (Australian) public holiday in between. Technically the embassy in Australian territory anyway, but the package we got returning Thai passport and visa approval, along with daughter's new passport, for some reason I thought it came from Australia, forget why. But we are pretty awesome!

    Does the embassy actually make passports? I thought they could only be made in Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vientianeboy
    As for the Aust Embassy being here, Lao is hardly a backwater. there are 2 large mining companies here as well as a number of other large businesses; there is also a business organisation.
    I knew you would bite at the backwater referral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vientianeboy
    You pay less for your visa than most foreigners. Canadians pay the most.
    Yeah, it is a bit cheaper for Aussies. Gotta wonder how they come up with the different pricing according to country. What do they have against canucks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    1 of them was issued in Aussie embassy Hanoi, Likewise for her spouse visa ,
    I was told by the immigration call centre in Australia that spouse visas are sent to the office in Australia and put under the microscope (I'm not sure about tourist visas looks like I was wrong about them processing in Aust, but what about passports?)

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    Touris visas are issued in country. One year visas, study visas and spouse visas take much longer and are issued in Australia.
    Australians pay less because because of the work done on the FB. Swiss pay nothing because of the clinic they sponsor at the mother child hospital. Canadians get charged the most because their visas cost so much for Lao citizens.
    Last edited by Vientianeboy; 17-10-2012 at 02:07 PM.

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    Like i said , all a bit fuzzy now the details (Burp), but since ive been here ive had to replace my pasport 3 times and ive applied for and received aussie passports for my 2 kids plus the tourist visas and spouse visa for Mrs BLD I definately remember getting fucked about by some bint in the hanoi embassy over what should of been a fairly trivial thing , so they do farm some of the paper work out to nearby embassys. Lazy Cunts , whats all that about then ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9999 View Post
    Does the embassy actually make passports? I thought they could only be made in Australia.
    Pretty sure they are done in Canberra, from memory when I got a new one at the beginning of the year it took 4 weeks.

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    I dont see why the embassy here (Laos) couldnt issue one . im guessing now that the new ones are chipped in the middle page then they have all the info they need , it was either my passport replacement or one of my kids that the issuing from Hanoi gave me grief, ill see if i can find the email from the officious viet [at][at][at][at], i usually keep that kind of stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    Pretty sure they are done in Canberra, from memory when I got a new one at the beginning of the year it took 4 weeks.
    I think passports are. That would explain why I thought the tourist visa came from Aus. - they sent both the daughter's passport and Mrs visa in the same package, certified express Australian mail, 7 days later. They do make you pay through the arse though so a bit of service is nice. hiccuppp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    I dont see why the embassy here (Laos) couldnt issue one .
    Yeah from what we've discussed it seems apparent that any embassy can issue a tourist visa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    im guessing now that the new ones are chipped in the middle page then they have all the info they need
    I'm guessing Laos is such a 3rd world muck hole that they don't even have the technology to read the chips

    I remember crossing the bridge we built and the elec. went down and they processed visas (at night) by candle light

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9999
    I remember crossing the bridge we built and the elec. went down and they processed visas (at night) by candle light
    LOL
    they keep the power on these days,

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    ^ This was last year. You know that power plant across from immigration? Well, there was a storm, and a tree fell bang smack in the middle of the power station! Saw it happen.

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    It seems to me that Thailand is far more of a muck hole than Lao. At least we don't have a Voldemort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vientianeboy
    a Voldemort.
    excuse my ignorance vientianeboy but whats a Voldemort?



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    Don't worry about VB he's just some junky that hangs around the night spots of the seedy areas. Voldemort must be one of the new drugs they are so supportive of over there

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    A Voldemort is "he who must not be named". I am sure you know that Voldemort is the evil character from Harry Potter. He is referred to as in the first sentence of this post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9999
    Don't worry about VB he's just some junky that hangs around the night spots of the seedy areas. Voldemort must be one of the new drugs they are so supportive of over there
    excellent ,
    i know a good dodgy pharmacy i,ll nip down and get some i reckon

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    so fellas, didn't get the tourist visa(not happy). i spoke to the pen pushing nazi the other day and he reckons because the missus said she worked on her fathers farm and could not prove it, with bank deposits etc, he was sceptical......fuckwit! Also because the missus studied salon school in Bangkok for a year starting july 2010 and didn't provide certificates for that, he was wondering why she spent so much time in Thailand....anyway he rang her and asked her why and she told him but the dopey prick didn't believe her.ggrrrrrrr. Fucked up my whole chrissy plans.

    So next year I will be applying for the prospective marriage visa..

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    Where did you go? Bangkok or Vientiane? Did you show pictures of the two of you together; joint bank accounts? We did say make sure all your papers are in order. If the former, I did warn you. Now she will have the fact that she has had one visa refused against her name in her records. Anyway it is be wise after the event - I am sorry to hear that the visa was refused.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vientianeboy View Post
    Where did you go? Bangkok or Vientiane? Did you show pictures of the two of you together; joint bank accounts? We did say make sure all your papers are in order. If the former, I did warn you. Now she will have the fact that she has had one visa refused against her name in her records. Anyway it is be wise after the event - I am sorry to hear that the visa was refused.
    Thanks for the concern Vientianeboy and the warning but I was assured by the missus that she had enough paperwork because all her friends had told her it was... "EASY"( knew from all the posts on TD that this would not be the case). Everything was good regarding my side of things and pictures were included too but we don't have a joint bank account yet.
    Anyway I have simmered down a bit now and ready for the next step, applying for a marriage license in Vientiane soon.

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