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    Paul Kings Easy Visa Goes Bust

    Another Visa company bites the dust in Pattaya. This time its Paul Kings long standing operation. Thats the same Paul King who had a TV commercial on Pattaya One telling folk that if he couldn't get their darling a visa he would give them 50'000 baht as an apology for being shit. .............. Maybe too many folk claimed the 50k.

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    These companies were fucked when Theresa May introduced the family settlement Appendix FM rules in 2012 and began increasing the fees exponentially, year-on-year, in a bid to stop foreign spouses and children migrating to Britain because apparently they were posing a threat to the 5 million English scum suckling on the teat of welfarism.

    In addition to these, there were the additional costs of acquiring English language proficiency and paying for the tests and, more recently, fronting up an NHS bounty of £500, and of course the TB certificate.

    In total, a sponsor will end up forking out the thick end of £2,500 in fees and expenses.

    The agency fee of around £600+, charged by the likes of Paul King, simply became the straw that broke the camel's back but, more importantly, less and less folk can qualify as sponsors under the FM rules with its minimum annual income threshold criteria.

    And to cap it all, the 2008 recession and subsequent austerity programmes have undermined the purchasing power of the blue collar worker demographic who were Pattaya's whore-mongering mainstay from Britain and provided much of the fodder for the visa agents once they married their whoopsies. They simply aren't coming to Patters anymore and the bride migration business has dried up.

    In its heyday, Thailand generated over 3,000 family settlement applications at the British embassy annually but now I think it is around the 700 mark or thereabouts.

    End of an era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    These companies were fucked when Theresa May introduced the family settlement Appendix FM rules in 2012 and began increasing the fees exponentially, year-on-year, in a bid to stop foreign spouses and children migrating to Britain because apparently they were posing a threat to the 5 million English scum suckling on the teat of welfarism.

    In addition to these, there were the additional costs of acquiring English language proficiency and paying for the tests and, more recently, fronting up an NHS bounty of £500, and of course the TB certificate.

    In total, a sponsor will end up forking out the thick end of £2,500 in fees and expenses.

    The agency fee of around £600+, charged by the likes of Paul King, simply became the straw that broke the camel's back but, more importantly, less and less folk can qualify as sponsors under the FM rules with its minimum annual income threshold criteria.

    And to cap it all, the 2008 recession and subsequent austerity programmes have undermined the purchasing power of the blue collar worker demographic who were Pattaya's whore-mongering mainstay from Britain and provided much of the fodder for the visa agents once they married their whoopsies. They simply aren't coming to Patters anymore and the bride migration business has dried up.

    In its heyday, Thailand generated over 3,000 family settlement applications at the British embassy annually but now I think it is around the 700 mark or thereabouts.

    End of an era.
    With the Pattaya demographic getting younger and more internet savvy i think the days of your average tourist falling in love with bar girls to the point of wanting to take them home is over anyway. Complete newbies are now clued up to the workings of the Pattaya love industry due to the amount of on line forums warning them against it. Sure there will still be the odd sap but the chances of clueless farangs falling into the mire are a thing of the past.
    I reckon most of the work these visa companies get nowadays is expats trying to get retirement visas or Thai woman already settled in the west trying to bring their kids over.

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    No, most retirees are intelligent enough to negotiate the process themselves.
    There are no younger tourists in any meaningful sense other than sons of existing habitués or crim trash skedaddling out of Spain or the sink drug swamps of Manc/Liverpool/Sheffield/Leeds/B'ham evading warrants or competitors with a grudge.

    Scarcely enough to register on the radar.

    Britain is really synonymous with lower end scum, and mass market tatted up folk looking for paradise on the cheap, an image sustained by the gap year feckless young and travel industry parasites writing fluff pieces for freebies.

    Frankly, anyone with a modicum of style, taste or perspicacity would remain in Europe.

    The visa agencies actually evolved from the catalogue bride industry and now it's ground to a halt, chased itself up a blind alley so to speak.

    It's the end.

    Twenty years on and no one will give a fuck about the place which no doubt will be, exclusively, a trough for Chinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    ...less and less folk...
    ...fewer and fewer folk...

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