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Can a Thai citizen get a U.K or Schengen visa outside of Thailand?


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Hey all,

 

My Thai wife's U.K and Schengen visa's have expired (I'm a U.K citizen). We are not in Thailand right now and I was wondering if it's possible to apply for either one from outside of Thailand? Anyone done this previously?

 

We are currently traveling in the middle east and would love to catch autumn in Europe/U.K if possible.

 

Thanks!

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You can normally only apply for a Schengen, or indeed a UK, Visa in a country where the applicant is legally resident, not just visiting on holiday.

 

As with anything visa related there are sometimes exeptions made, but the usual answer is no. 

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Something I've often wondered.

 

If a Thai national is in UK on FLR or ILR, is it really the case that they need to travel to Thailand to get a visa to visit France( ie. A schengen visa).

 

Thanks

 

 

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You can apply for a UK visit visa in any country, as long as you are there legally (as a visitor or any other category). You can only apply for a UK settlement visa if you are in your home country or if you are resident in another country.

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I had a case for a Thai who wanted to visit Croatia but was in Slovenia at the time. They told her to go back to Thailand to apply. Then again, she was just a tourist in Slovenia, not a resident there. So it would probably depend on what kind of arrangement she's in UK on.

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2 hours ago, Tony M said:

You can apply for a UK visit visa in any country, as long as you are there legally (as a visitor or any other category). You can only apply for a UK settlement visa if you are in your home country or if you are resident in another country.


Tony, thanks for the clarification regarding the UK applications.

 

Though I’m not so sure that I’d be wanting to visit the UK this Autumn in the current climate.

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1 hour ago, tomazbodner said:

I had a case for a Thai who wanted to visit Croatia but was in Slovenia at the time. They told her to go back to Thailand to apply. Then again, she was just a tourist in Slovenia, not a resident there. So it would probably depend on what kind of arrangement she's in UK on.


The op said they’re in the Middle East, not the UK.

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For Schengen, it's possible ONLY if they have some sort of residence status (any non-tourist visa) in the country.  One of the questions on the application form asks for this and you have to list the document number and date of expiry.

 

No idea about UK.

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14 hours ago, theoldgit said:


Tony, thanks for the clarification regarding the UK applications.

 

Though I’m not so sure that I’d be wanting to visit the UK this Autumn in the current climate.

This is from the Entry Clearance Guidance:
 

 Applications for short-term visas, EEA family permits, Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting), Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) and Global Talent

You can make applications for a visit visa, a short-term study visa, an EEA family permit, Tier 5 (Creative and Sporting), Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) and Global Talent entry clearance in any visa application centre, British diplomatic mission or consular post overseas where entry clearance applications are accepted.

You should be present legally in the country or territory you’re applying from.

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9 hours ago, andy said:

For Schengen, it's possible ONLY if they have some sort of residence status (any non-tourist visa) in the country.  One of the questions on the application form asks for this and you have to list the document number and date of expiry.

 

No idea about UK.

That is not true, you should read the Schengen handbook.

It is preferred that the applicant make the application in their home country but it can be allowed if the reason is time based and wasn't known before leaving the home country, for example a business meeting being called at short notice.

I have known successful applications in the UK by Thai nationals on visitor visa on the basis of taking advantage of last minute travel promotions.

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On 9/17/2020 at 7:25 AM, Sidsid said:

I was wondering if it's possible to apply for either one from outside of Thailand? Anyone done this previously?

If nothing has changed in the later years, then you can only apply from a country where you live/are resident.

 

I asked specific for UK, if my Thai girlfriend could apply from the Schengen country where I by that time was resident, but she had to apply in Bangkok before travelling to Europe.

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On 9/17/2020 at 9:11 AM, puchooay said:

Something I've often wondered.

 

If a Thai national is in UK on FLR or ILR, is it really the case that they need to travel to Thailand to get a visa to visit France( ie. A schengen visa).

 

Thanks

 

 

Normally you need to be legally resident in a non Schengen zone country to get a Schengen visa which need not be your country of nationality. But these are not normal times. Guess you'd need to ask an Embassy.

 For UK don't know, just it is not, has never been a Schengen country so has always had its own Immigration rules for non EU citizens and now for EU citizens too from the end of the year, as the EU/ Schengen countries will have for British citizens wanting to enter there.

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