UK visas for Thai Nationals – which visa do you require ?

UK Visas for Thai Nationals

Like most countries, the UK has a number of different types of visa. The type of UK visa that a Thai National will require will depend very much on the purpose of their trip. One of the most common reasons for a Thai national wishing to visit the UK is when a Thai girlfriend or Thai Spouse wishes to visit their boyfriend or perhaps live in the UK permanently with their partner. Some of the types of visa that are available are the UK visitor Visa, the UK Spouse, or perhaps a marriage visa.

UK general visitor visas

The UK  visitors Visa is the type of visa that your Thai girlfriend would require if she were coming to visit you in the UK. The visa allows holders to stay in the UK for anything up to six months. As a general rule, every time she wishes to visit the UK she will need to apply for a new UK Tourist Visa. However, in some cases, such as she has a proven record of travel between the countries, she may be granted a 1, 2, 5 or 10-year visa but this is at the discretion of the UK Border Agency. It is important to understand that this visa is not intended to allow the applicant to stay in the UK for an extended period and she can only stay in the country for a maximum of 6 months in any given 12 months.

The UK Spouse Visa (UK Settlement Visa)

The rules concerning a UK Spouse Visa are quite strict with the most important being that she is legally married to a British citizen. Thai religious weddings that have not been registered at the Amphur are not recognized. Also, you must demonstrate that the relationship is subsisting, you have adequate accommodation, and you meet the financial requirements of Appendix FM. You initially get 30 days to enter the UK, you then collect your residence card at your designated collection point (post office), the residence card is valid for an initial 30 months. You must extend the visa for another 2.5 years . After the 5 years has elapsed, it is possible to apply for “Indefinite Leave to Remain” which can later lead to an application to become a naturalized British Citizen.

Other Types of UK Visa

As we mentioned at the beginning, there are various other types of visa available when visiting the UK. Below we have listed just a few of the other types:

  • Investor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Graduate Entrepreneur
  • Exceptional Talent
  • Intra Company Transfers
  • Government Authorised Exchange
  • Youth Mobility Scheme
  • Creative and Sporting Visas
  • Student Visa
  • Student Visitor Visa
  • Doctoral Extension Scheme

We are only immigration office in Pattaya that is UK OISC accredited and as such, we feel that we are best suited to assist you with all your visa inquiries. So, if you would like more information, call us on: +66 (0)80 102 2328, +66 (0) 38 420 313 or +44 (0) 20 8133 8059, email us on: or alternatively contact us via our website. days months.

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