UK Visa Requirements:
[Written on vacation with Joy in Wales, UK]
My name is Owen Jones and my girlfriend's name is Joy.
I went to Pattaya, Thailand on holiday in July 2004 and met Joy on a blind date organised by a
friend and his girlfriend. We had a great evening: drinks and a meal.
Joy and I liked each other a lot and we continued to see each other every day for the rest of my
vacation, which was four weeks.
I returned to Wales, leaving Joy there, although we had made arrangements to keep in touch.
Over the following weeks, I realised just how much I missed her and made arrangements to return
as soon as possible. I was phoning her every day and spending a fortune on calls. Meanwhile, Joy had moved back to
live with her mother.
I got back to Thailand and Joy met me from the airport and I knew I had done the right thing. I
even had fledgling plans to move to Thailand to live.
Within a week or so, I had made up my mind to live in Thailand, although I had certain affairs I
needed to clear up back in Britain first. I also thought it would be nice for Joy and great for me to invite Joy to
accompany me back to stay in Wales, while I arranged these affairs.
So, we went to the Embassy in Bangkok (150km away)to collect the forms and seek advice on how to
go about it.
People start queuing outside at about 7am and it can take a long time to get inside. We got
there at about 10am and waited 2-2.5 hours. It didn't take long, once inside and we then went
We read the forms and the guidelines and then came to realise for the first
time, what a mammoth task was in front of us. You also have to enclose the applicant's passport with the
application. Joy had never had a passport, so the first step was to get one.
Back to Bangkok, but still in an up-beat mood.
We also realised that we had none of the 'supporting evidence of a lasting relationship' that the
embassy puts so much store by: no photos (I have never, ever taken photos of anyone or anything on a regular
basis); no letters (Joy speaks, but does not read or write English); no emails or text messages (same reason); no
mobile phone bills (I am pay-as-you-go); no landline phone bills (I didn't know I had to keep them).
In short, nothing whatsoever to prove that I even knew Joy, let alone how long.
Now it was starting to become depressing and my return flight was in a fortnight.
So, I bought a couple of disposable cameras and clicked like crazy; I rang home and got the phone company and
the bank to send me duplicate statements; I rang the council and the building society to get letters to prove I
owned my house and I arranged for KLM to prove the date of my first flight to Bangkok; I also had an entry
Then I sat down to write a letter of sponsorship to accompany the application. I also wrote out
for Joy, the names, ages and occupations of my parents, my brothers, their wives and children etc. and similarly
learned the same details about Joy's family.
By now the passport application had been processed and we had to go back to Bangkok to pick it
up. A few more days later and the papers arrived from Britain and we were ready to submit, although the phone
company had sent the bill for the wrong month (not the ?360 bill, but a small one for ?45) and the bank's
statement was a month out of date.
Anyway, off it went: fingers crossed.
We had our interview the day before my return flight - about 10 days later: back to Bangkok and
We were kept waiting, but we were confident. Then Joy was called up and she went in.
Fifteen minutes later she reappeared, but we still had to await a verdict.
Another fifteen minutes and she was called up again.
I could see by her face she had been refused - it was heart-breaking.
Joy was so visibly upset and disappointed that I decided to forego my return flight and wait for
her to obtain a visa.
We spent a couple of days depressed about the result. After all, I had said in my letter that I
only wanted to go for six weeks to sort out my business before returning to Thailand to buy a house and set up a
business. It was a genuine application for a holiday visa; not a covert operation to smuggle in an exotic
Anyway, then Christmas intervened and the tsunami came and we had to delay our repeat
application by several weeks. (I only say this to point out that things happen and unexpected delays can
We sent off another application, with another fee, and waited another fortnight.
Back to Bangkok and a hotel and a restless night.
The interview went well this time and we got our visa, although it took a week before we could
get a flight.
I have since talked to many couples and I think that this is a fairly typical true story.
This is a cut-down version of our story. If, after reading our experience, you think we can
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The ebook tells our story in more depth and goes into far more detail about the pitfalls in front of you when you
apply for a visa and gives more links and specimen forms to help you get your loved one to your home.