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Just done an application on line from UK Gov web site. For  Thai lady to go to the UK .(just remember you will need papers trail of everything you say/mention in the application form to back it up. and all Thai worded docs have to be translated by a certified person with their stamp on the copy and the translation ) But filling in the application was quite easy . Then after you submit application, you then get transferred to VFS Global to choice an appointment time (to go to Bangkok for (finger prints and eyes) and pay for extras like having passport returned by courier.

But the problem for us to do this is you have to print of a check list of all the documents you would like to show for your application. There are about 12 boxes to tick, plus extra ones if you like to add to help your application. But when you get to Trendy house Bangkok, they tell you that you have to resort all your papers and put a sheet of paper in between that has Barcodes on.for then to scan all papers . BUT .. the titles on the sheets with the  bar codes and NOT the same as the order on the check list and there are only 6 sheets ... so beware  this is then not an easy task to do when you get there and make sure you not late for your appointment. If the bar codes are not in the correct place this could make your application fail. So don’t send your Thai lady on her own if you are doing the application for her. Then you don’t know if you pass or fail till she gets her passport back .

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hi, just been reading your account of VFS global, scanning supporting info document,

 

firstly thanks for the info provided.

SELF scanning service  or the vip service courier assistants, then pay extra for settlement Visa... etc?

don't know which service or  Any to go for...? How hard to do it yourself, as I am still Here to help my partner.

any input would be greatly appreciated as its all  been a big nightmare

 

cheers.

 

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The checklist is merely a list of documents that the system generates based on your inputs on the online application; it is not meant as a definitive list of everything you will need for the visa. So it is not a checklist of the documents you would like to show, it is a checklist showing "must have" documents. It is not a complete list and it does not indicate a sequence.

The easiest approach, if you have scanning facilities, is to upload your documents yourself. When you do this, you have the choice of different categories which are the same as those on the barcoded sheets.

So if you are going to let VFS do the scanning, go to the upload section of your application and make a note of the upload categories, and then sort your documents into those categories before going to VFS.

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Did not want to do self upload as I heard you  can get timed out. But looking for barcodes good idea thanks 

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thanks for your valuable input "FR",

I would be most great full if someone can clarify this point for me.

 

One more confusion, or a silly question,

at the TOP of the  various doc. scanning option and prices boxes (options)

there is a option to skip all the VFS services, I can not do the self-upload.

if one was to skip all confusing pricing options, Can one still take the documents in at the time of the Appointment and get help to scan them in Payed or unpaid.(settlement case)

thanks a lot.

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It all sounds so unreasonably complicated. I will be submitting an application for a tourist visa next week for my wife. I have already got all the requisite documents in place and scanned, completed the application form online (but not yet submitted). I just hope that the uploading system works, but I must admit that I am not confident of that based on reports on Thaivisa.  

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7 minutes ago, GarryP said:

It all sounds so unreasonably complicated. I will be submitting an application for a tourist visa next week for my wife. I have already got all the requisite documents in place and scanned, completed the application form online (but not yet submitted). I just hope that the uploading system works, but I must admit that I am not confident of that based on reports on Thaivisa.  

 

 

It works.

 

It is lumpy and less user friendly than, say, the Australian Immigration system. 

 

The secret is minimising the number of documents needed for upload - I had 7 + the unnecessary uploading of the checklist pages.

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19 minutes ago, OPaddict said:

thanks for your valuable input "FR",

I would be most great full if someone can clarify this point for me.

 

One more confusion, or a silly question,

at the TOP of the  various doc. scanning option and prices boxes (options)

there is a option to skip all the VFS services, I can not do the self-upload.

if one was to skip all confusing pricing options, Can one still take the documents in at the time of the Appointment and get help to scan them in Payed or unpaid.(settlement case)

thanks a lot.

 

 

Yes.. paid. ...... but I thought you had to pre-select that option.

 

Just check the "I don't need these services" box

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1 hour ago, Jip99 said:

 

 

It works.

 

It is lumpy and less user friendly than, say, the Australian Immigration system. 

 

The secret is minimising the number of documents needed for upload - I had 7 + the unnecessary uploading of the checklist pages.

Thanks. This will be our third application (the first two approved without problem), but this is the first time with submitting documents online.  For the first application I submitted 17 documents, the second 14 and this time I will limit it to 10. 

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On 2/9/2020 at 2:25 PM, docspinoff said:

But filling in the application was quite easy 

I am an intelligent Englishman and even I had difficulty understanding many of the questions on both the UK and Schengen Visa applications. There is no way a Thai, or other foreigner who is not very good at English could fill in these forms themselves.

Saying that I have done 4 successful UK and 1 Schengen visas.

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On 2/9/2020 at 2:25 PM, docspinoff said:

BUT .. the titles on the sheets with the  bar codes and NOT the same as the order on the check list and there are only 6 sheets ...

 

When they first introduced the bar code separater ,  we were one of the first applicants to have to use them and as you say , they were and still are ambiguous. On the appointment day , despite my best efforts to collate everything as requested there were still some sheets that were in the wrong place. Unfortunately , even those checking were not sure where they were to go and had to call a supervisor over for advice.

 

Nobody would mind doing things online if everything was thoroughly tested first to make sure it all made sense but VFS Global has not been able to achieve this.

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9 hours ago, docspinoff said:

Did not want to do self upload as I heard you  can get timed out. But looking for barcodes good idea thanks 

It's not very elegant, but it works.

There is a file size limit of 10MB, but if you use a PDF size reduction facility (available via your browser), you can include a load of documents in a single file. Our record was 77 pages in a single file which reduced down to only 6MB.
Create PDF files, each containing the documents you want to submit for each category. Reduce their size and then upload them. Takes minutes.
You then have a digital copy of all your documents which is good to keep; and you can leave your originals at home when you go to VFS.

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1 hour ago, GarryP said:

Thanks. This will be our third application (the first two approved without problem), but this is the first time with submitting documents online.  For the first application I submitted 17 documents, the second 14 and this time I will limit it to 10. 


Persevere. 
 

You may suffer the frustration of being timed out or, having a document not upload.

 

I made a mistake of printing the appointment letter before uploading documents. VfS had to access the application and reprint - apparently the uploaded docs are listed on the appointment letter.

 

 

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Just to mention about when you fill in the application form online. you will need to know your girlfriend quite well ,as you will need her to be honest ,so you have a good idea of what paperwork you need, as you need the information to answer the questions.    There also seems to be one hic-cup they want to know travel history so you need all old past passports for information. In the back of the passport tell them you have had refusals of visa before... but where this come unstuck is one question say have you visited the UK in the last 10 years  and the past history says have you been refused any visa's . so I take it  ever means EVER so don't slip up .as any false information is classed as lying and you will be refused..

the bar codes seem to be in this list ,,, employment evidence.(her work. if she has a job) financial evidence (bank books and savings land)  ,consent letter and proof of relationship, (invitation letter.certificates,rental agreement,  and if you have child the arrangements for the child while you are away)  sponsor evidence ( just about as much as you can find on you. where you live and if you can afford to look after her) and last one additional docs documents ( any thing else that may help your application)

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Quick question. I know the earliest you can apply is 3 months before you plan to travel, but does that count from the date you file online or the date of your appointment with VFS? For example, if we are planning to travel on 18 May 2020 could I file online on 13 Feb but make an appointment from 19 Feb onward or would I need to wait until 19 Feb before I submit the application online? I'm asking as I want to get the appointment as soon as possible as we need to file visa applications for other countries too.   

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