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  1. Hi guys

    I'm currently putting together my application to renew a British passport and I have 2 small questions..firstly do I have to remove all the paperwork stapled in my passport by immigration before colour photocopying it and on the bank instruction do I need to check with a UK bank to see if my debit card is valid for an international transaction?I think in that case it would be a UK transaction but not sure.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. On 8/29/2020 at 6:49 AM, 2ndhomepattaya said:

    There is a much simpler way not sure why you have not done this already. Just log-on to the Government Portal and under pensions you find all your detailed pension infos covering your whole working life in the UK. Employment and periods of no contributions made. If you have a NI number you will find all you need to know.

    It may also be worth your while to top-up your pension contributions to the full 35 years

    Will that list dates when you started and finished particular jobs and when you claimed benefits or just list when you made NI contributions.The latter doesn't help when it comes to trying to remember where and for how long you worked at a particular job maybe over 40 years ago which the form requires.

  3. 1 minute ago, 007 RED said:

    I think that using either address will end up in the same place, namely VSF Help Desk, as the only difference being the capital letters for HMPO in the middle of the address.  I suspect that the address is not case sensitive.


    FYI.... the address which I supplied in the earlier post was copied and pasted from the reply email which they sent to me.

    Cheers for your help..

  4. 7 hours ago, 007 RED said:

    Once again, many thanks to those who have taken the time/trouble to respond to my questions.


    As mentioned in my post (#13) above, I emailed VFS enquiry and asked if they would accept 4 pages of my passport colour printed onto one side of A4 paper.  I attached an example copy as shown above in post #10 in order to avoid any confusion.  I was surprised to get a very quick response stating "The colour copy like your picture attached is acceptable."

    Could you please give a link to vfs enquiry or their email address?

  5. I am also preparing to renew my UK passport although I'm not cutting it as fine as you..

    1. I wouldn't do that personally but it could be ok not sure.I am also unsure whether to first remove everything stapled in my passport by immigration..

    2. I believe Thai banks will for a small fee provide a statement with your name and address printed at the top.

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  6. 1 hour ago, Max69xl said:

    You must have forgotten to mention one document/copies. Either you had a 12 months bank statement, copies of your bank book 1 year back or you have a Fixed Deposit Account. I did my extension yesterday at Jomtien Immigration and I copied my bank book pages 1 year back instead of paying 200 baht for a 12 months bank statement at Bangkok Bank. 

    That's good to know if they are happy with that..

  7. 4 hours ago, Kerryd said:

    As noted, I provided a letter from the bank as well as photocopies of my bankbook.

    I noticed when he looked at the bankbook page, he highlighted the current balance as well as the balance from 3 lines up (which I think was the update I did just before I did my extension last year). Probably did that to highlight that I'd kept the "minimum balance" in the account all year I suppose.

    Thank you..

  8. 51 minutes ago, couchpotato said:


    I am attaching a copy of the form they gave me.

    They said a little bit flexible on the 90 days (ie: few days/before after no problem).

    When I asked about the consequences of not reporting, her answer was very civil.

    " we check the docs reqd, take the paper I have attached and we record on the computor, so HO can see that the person has reported, and next time can be easy for you sir". (she really said sir, I liked that).

    So with only a few copies to make and a few minutes at Counter 8 (no need to get a number) it is a no brainer. Do it and next year will be a 10 minute renewal breeze.



    Glad I went now if it might make my next extension smoother..was very quick and painless and one thing less to fret about..


  9. Well I did the ultra cautious thing and went down to Soi 5 with my photocopies.This was 12.42 and they were closed for lunch.Went in at 1 and was directed to the extension desk no queue number.Handed over my copies never got a chance to explain I wasn't given an appointment form.Not even asked to sign anything.

    'That's all' the lady says and off I go.

    What would have happened if I'd left it until next year is anyone's guess..

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