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Visa application for the United Kingdom in Chiang Mai

Discussion in 'Visas and extensions of stay' started by bahn_farang, 27 Jan 2017.

  1. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    Would just like to comment on the great experience that we had at the UK VFS visa application centre in Chiang Mai.

    I booked the appointment on a Tuesday, we went to submit our documents on a Thursday and the office, which has been open since July 2016 was deserted. We were in and out in 20 minutes. No flying to Bangkok, not slalom between the 'visa specialists' but just great, fast and efficient service.

    We can recommend the office in Chiang Mai for Visa applications to the United Kingdom.
     
  2. Stamp

    Stamp Administrator Staff Member

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    So, you and your family are actually going. Holiday, survey or permanently if I may ask?
     
  3. bahn_farang

    bahn_farang Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    On the back of the debates on this forum, we as a couple decided to do a fact finding mission as a family. We are going in March for 3 weeks. We will of course spend time with family and a visit to Peppa Pig land has been booked!

    At 42 I need to either jump now or stay put and shut up. But the decision is much much more than mine alone. Hopefully we has a family will reach a collected decision
     
  4. sirchai

    sirchai Well-Known Member

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    Your post gave me some great thoughts about the future. I was your age when I came to Thailand.

    Just out of curiosity, will you keep your current teaching position?

    You don't have to answer this question, I only brought it up because I don't feel at home anymore at the place I once called my home.

    The place where I was born, where I now feel like being a foreigner.

    It's a weird feeling when you're happy to be back and "take off the German jacket" at the airport off and immediately start to make some jokes with people who're actually smiling.

    Your home is where your heart is. And I truly hope that you easily figure that out soon.
     
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  5. DigitalGypsy

    DigitalGypsy Well-Known Member

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    Best of luck BF, I'll be watching eagerly for when you report back with your thoughts/decisions etc. I have just turned 38 and find myself in a similar dilemma, albeit without any children. I'll be wrapping up an M.Ed Thai uni) in 2017 but it has done little to calm my fears. Over the past year I've found myself constantly fretting and worrying about the future, I've felt adrift in a limbo. My main aim at the moment is to complete the M.Ed and secure a 5 year Thai teaching license. When I eventually get that I'm thinking of jumping ship to China to try and build up some cash and complete an MA in TESOL too. Once enough cash has been acquired I'll decide on the next move, it may be a return to home country to complete PGCE/QTS if that's an option, other than that I have no idea. I'm in a long-term relationship and marriage would also have to be factored in for us to pursue this option together. To be honest, it plays on my mind so much I'd say it's negatively impacting on my health.

    By the way, a question for the British members on here:

    I'm English-born, and hold a British passport too, but I spent most of my life growing up abroad. Another member posted the UK 'assessment only' route to achieve QTS, and I'm wondering if this is an option that I could avail of, or would the fact that I've been living abroad for so long invalidate that?

    Thanks in advance for any info or advice :thumbs up

    DG
     
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  6. Stamp

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    Off-topic posts have been removed.
     
  7. Makaveli

    Makaveli aka 2Pac Staff Member

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    We did the same a few years back, came over for a holiday, went back, talked about it, and decided for the kids to have an Education in the UK and also grow up here could be valuable for them, so we came here for them....
     
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    Do we need one place to feel at home? Reason being is that I have many friends that are like family in different places and I feel at home in a few places of the world. I feel my heart is wherever I go, so I often feel at home in Thailand, Korea, China and Canada. Perhaps because I'm not married, I don't feel tied to one country or place.

    Sorry if I'm off topic, but congrats, BF for making that decision. Best of luck!
    It sounds like it has worked out for Maka.. I didn't know you were back in the UK actually!
     
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    bahn_farang Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    just a little reminder of the great service we received :smile
     
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    bahn_farang Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    we had a little difficulty finding it, so here are a couple of screen shots lest you should have the same.

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  11. Gor Blimey Guvnur!

    Gor Blimey Guvnur! What the duck ! Staff Member

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    ^ On Huay Gaew road (the one to the hills/Doi Suthep) past Central (on left), across Nimmenhaimen crossorads and a little along on left. Great they have a service there too now BF and saves a slog for many down to BKK.

    If you are BKK VFS bound, here's an old thread I started from 2015 on what's needed and where it is.
    VFS Bangkok Uk Visas | Thailand Teaching Asia - Living and Teaching in Thailand
     
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  12. sirchai

    sirchai Well-Known Member

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    I think that makes this page so special. Straight answers, usually no spam and always great advice.

    I'm lifting my imaginary Stetson now...........:celebrate1

    P.S. And there's nothing wrong with "what the duck?" My son is using the American version way too often now. But not because of me, a shitty game's causing them to act like little and big Americans. F..k, and various other vocabulary seem to be part of the daily conversation.
     
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    bahn_farang Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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    Visa approved!

    update: from going to the centre to receiving the visa was 7 days

    That is a one day turnaround at the embassy.

    Can fully recommend the Chiang Mai VFS Global office.

    They also process visas for Australia
     
  14. Gor Blimey Guvnur!

    Gor Blimey Guvnur! What the duck ! Staff Member

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    Nice BF and for my trouble & strife 2 years ago at VFS BKK the same.
     

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