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    Visa Application Centre (for visas to UK) in Bangkok, a bunch of fokwits

    I stuck in a settlement visa application for the misses last Monday, applications can only be submitted between 9am and 3pm and collected between 3pm and 4.30pm, was told takes 3-5 working days and to phone next Monday after 1pm to see if the application is back, they won't tell you the answer by e-mail or over the phone, which leads me to my point, you can't get FOOKING THROUGH ON THE PHONE, my misses has been constantly trying since 1pm and this is only to see if the application is back, can she get through can she fcuk, and living in Pattaya i need a good 2 hours to get up the Visa Centre, so now if she does eventually get through now and they say it is back it's too late, bunch of fokwits, with a dumb ass foking stupid system.

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    I heard suan Plu was moving to Changwattana?
    Anyone know any details?

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    The visa application center where all applications have to be handed in and picked up is on Rachadamri (spelling) road, you can't even use your own foking embassy anymore.

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    buriramboy, just wondering if you know, when the settlement visa does arrive how long is the visa due for? I know its for 2 years but is there a set time limit in which you must travel to the UK?

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    ^No idea mate, but if it's granted which i doubt we'll all be off within a month.

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    Having had people going through this process with the British Embassy (work permit holders), I have to say they have become a complete pain in the arse. Both the Embassy and the Visa Centre are fuckwits most of the time. When they say you can check result this day, it's usually a few days later when you actually get the result.

    Try track the application online. Not sure how accurate it is, mind you. I always have the girls check the result by phone.

    https://www.vfs.org.in/ApplicantStatus.aspx
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    I got a reply to a an email question about a tourist visa question a couple of months AFTER I had already got the visa. I was NEVER able to get through on the phone. But that was at the old place.

    It's better to get the information from the web than listen to anything they say there, as they are NOT embassy officials, the only ones who know what they're talking about are at the embassy.

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    i know somebody that put in for a tourist visa over 2 weeks ago and it is still not back yet. i especially disapprove of having to pay for the privalige of using these morons

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    Just managed to get through now (or the wife did) only to be told it's still not back yet, foking lot of good it would have done me anyway, with the fokwits closing at 4.30 anyway, so i guess same old shit tomorrow, can't phone till after 1pm to see if it's back, can't get foking through till 4pm and the fowits close at 4.30, FOKWITS.

    Seriously has it ever crossed the fokwits minds that maybe it would be a better idea if they actually informed applicants when the applications had arrived back at the center, instead of having a foking number that you can't get through to.

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    I sent then an email regarding a passport question more than a year ago they never replied!

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    ^^ With the number of applications, not in a million years they would contact all applicants when they got the documents back. Another girl called the TB centre thingy today, only to be informed that she's booked for the TB test on FRIDAY. That's how many people applying for long term visas.

    BTW, did you try my link yet? Curious to see if it's any good.

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    Its exactly the same at British Council ( no Embassy) in Taipei
    There are two members of staff dealing with visas and they are hardly ever there -you are usually dealt with by a British TEMP from an employment agency in London ! They havn't a clue and have to look up the answer to any question in the rule book !

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    ^^Yes tried the link on Friday just out of curiosity and today and all it says is that your application was forwarded to the embassy on the 14th or words to that effect.

    Well seeing as everyone has to phone them up to see if their application is back, surely it makes more sense for them to phone people.

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    ^email would be the cheapest, easiest and most sensible option

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    ^^ Ah ok, so the link is basically useless. Oh why am I not surprised.

    Yeah, it might make more sense for them to ring applicants. But in reality, sometimes people don't answer their phones. Sometimes, phones are off. So, it's more convenient for them to sit on their arses and pick up the phone when they can be bothered.

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    when the wife put in the marriage visa application the whole time it said forwarded to the embassy. Even 3 days after we received the application back it still said it was at the embassy.

    We had stayed in bangkok a few extra days at the time as we were living on koh chang and it was a pain to travel back and forth as it took so long. Everyday we called and everyday they said it wasnt there. On the day that we finally had to return to Koh Chang we were on the skytrain heading for the bus station and they said it wasnt there. ( it was only 10am but we thought we would give it one last try) I decided that I was unhappy with the service offered so made the wife give me the phone so I could discuss their level of service with them, how long it was takign and how difficult it was to get through to them. Lo and behold we were told to call back in 15 minutes and suddenly the passport was there with the visa in it.
    I wonder whether the embassy might send the passports back to the agency and then they have to update it but in there laxidasical approach dont get around to it too swiftly

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    Just sent an e-mail direct to the embassy, fok those fokwits at the application center, although if past performance is anything to go by i don't expect to hear back from the embassy for a month or 2.

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    3 to 5 days for a settlement visa, what a dream is that.
    I am expecting 2 to 3 months at my embassy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabian
    3 to 5 days for a settlement visa, what a dream is that. I am expecting 2 to 3 months at my embassy.
    That's just to hear back, then you have to wait a month or so for an interview etc....

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    I see. Still faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickA View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Fabian
    3 to 5 days for a settlement visa, what a dream is that. I am expecting 2 to 3 months at my embassy.
    That's just to hear back, then you have to wait a month or so for an interview etc....
    Only if one is required (but i can't see why it would be in my case), the passport (they claim) should be back at the center in 3-5 working days with either the visa granted or a letter telling you to fok off (which i'm expecting).

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    Best British Embassy I have ever dealt with is without doubt the one in Kuala Lumpur

    Drop passport off on day one - pick it up with 6 month visa on day two - complete with a "Welcome to Britain" gift pack with maps and tourist tips .

    This was for a Taiwanese citizen applying for a British visa in Malaysia !!!

    Having encountered absolute arseholes at British Embassies world wide I appreciate posters problems but think it should be pointed out that there are some good ones around !


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    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman
    This was for a Taiwanese citizen applying for a British visa in Malaysia !!!
    Commonwealth club, old chap!!

    Has the KL Embassy outsourced it's Visa application work to the lowest bidder as has been done in Bangkok?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman
    This was for a Taiwanese citizen applying for a British visa in Malaysia !!!
    Commonwealth club, old chap!!

    Has the KL Embassy outsourced it's Visa application work to the lowest bidder as has been done in Bangkok?
    No its all done by internal embassy staff ! - or was 6 years ago when we did it !
    Still efficient though - renewed my passport 2 years ago - the old one was full up - dropped the old one off at 9 in the morning picked the new one up at 4 in the afternoon !

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    Quote Originally Posted by buriramboy
    Only if one is required (but i can't see why it would be in my case), the passport (they claim) should be back at the center in 3-5 working days with either the visa granted or a letter telling you to fok off (which i'm expecting).
    Really, I thought interviews were almost obligatory for settlement visas and on the web it says to expect a turnaround of about 3 months for the whole thing.

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