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You always get your old passport back, I don't see how it will be any different with these clowns.

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emailed VFS Sunday evening asking for end of May will update if and when I get a reply. nothing as yet

I'm not sure what you was 'asking' for but if you mean for an appointement to apply for a passport then I did that yesterday and have had a reply already confirming my appointement together with do's and dont's etc. Also for the end of month.

So far so good...

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You always get your old passport back, I don't see how it will be any different with these clowns.

I don't get the 'get your old pp back'?

We keep it with us, right?

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emailed VFS Sunday evening asking for end of May will update if and when I get a reply. nothing as yet

I'm not sure what you was 'asking' for but if you mean for an appointement to apply for a passport then I did that yesterday and have had a reply already confirming my appointement together with do's and dont's etc. Also for the end of month.

So far so good...

Would you mind posting the list of do's and don'ts that Trendy sent you?

Thanks.

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I applied for an appointment on Monday evening by email and received this reply this morning :-

"Dear, Sir/Madam

We confirm your appointment as follow:

12th May 2014 time at 10.00 am.


Importants for HMPO

*The application what apply in Bangkok, Thailand will process and be considered by HMPO in the UK at least 4 weeks up to 6 months approximately

*Please provide your passport and whole pages color copies with your signature on every pages, the other document can be in black-white.

*Thailand country only accept the payment by Credit/Debit card, require to print out and complete the payment form. Submit at the same time with document at HMOP Bangkok Center.

*The applicant need to apply in person in Bangkok, Thailand only

*No posting service but you can allow someone to collect it with your authority latter, please inform it on the day you apply.

*All documents which are not in English need to be translated into English with the official stamp

*The children no need to attend, the parent can apply on behalf of him/her"

So it appears that we no longer have to make 2 trips to Bangkok and instead we give an authorisation letter to someone to pick it up for us and then post it onwards which is great news as it saves me having to travel up from the south on 2 occasions.

But I still have a question. My passport expires in September of this year. At the moment I have a non immigrant o visa based on marriage which expires at the end of July. If I was to apply to extend my non immigrant o visa in July the immigration office would only extend it til the expiry date of my present passport which is why I am applying for a new passport now. So if I receive my new passport before the expiration date in July will I be able to transfer my existing visa to my new passport or will I need any additional documentation from the British embassy regarding the issue of the new passport ??

Cheers for any assistance

JAF

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emailed VFS Sunday evening asking for end of May will update if and when I get a reply. nothing as yet

I'm not sure what you was 'asking' for but if you mean for an appointement to apply for a passport then I did that yesterday and have had a reply already confirming my appointement together with do's and dont's etc. Also for the end of month.

So far so good...

Would you mind posting the list of do's and don'ts that Trendy sent you?

Thanks.

Looks like someone has beaten me to it :-)

Slightly off topic, are childrens passport still valid for only 5 years?

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I applied for an appointment on Monday evening by email and received this reply this morning :-

"Dear, Sir/Madam

We confirm your appointment as follow:

12th May 2014 time at 10.00 am.

Importants for HMPO

*The application what apply in Bangkok, Thailand will process and be considered by HMPO in the UK at least 4 weeks up to 6 months approximately

*Please provide your passport and whole pages color copies with your signature on every pages, the other document can be in black-white.

*Thailand country only accept the payment by Credit/Debit card, require to print out and complete the payment form. Submit at the same time with document at HMOP Bangkok Center.

*The applicant need to apply in person in Bangkok, Thailand only

*No posting service but you can allow someone to collect it with your authority latter, please inform it on the day you apply.

*All documents which are not in English need to be translated into English with the official stamp

*The children no need to attend, the parent can apply on behalf of him/her"

So it appears that we no longer have to make 2 trips to Bangkok and instead we give an authorisation letter to someone to pick it up for us and then post it onwards which is great news as it saves me having to travel up from the south on 2 occasions.

But I still have a question. My passport expires in September of this year. At the moment I have a non immigrant o visa based on marriage which expires at the end of July. If I was to apply to extend my non immigrant o visa in July the immigration office would only extend it til the expiry date of my present passport which is why I am applying for a new passport now. So if I receive my new passport before the expiration date in July will I be able to transfer my existing visa to my new passport or will I need any additional documentation from the British embassy regarding the issue of the new passport ??

Cheers for any assistance

JAF

You're in a similar situation to me., that's why I had to make sure they let me retain the old passport ( for the extension of stay based on retirement in my case). Apply now and they will extend the remaining time left on your old passport onto your new one. Go to immigration for new extension of stay based on marriage with both passports and let them do the rest. If you have a Thai driving licence remember to go to your issuing centre and update it because your driver licence number is the same as your passport number. Apparently insurance companies have used this as a cop out for not paying up after a claim.

So a nominee can collect a passport on an applicants authority now. What happened the "we need to have the old passport for cancellation purposes" or is it a knee jerk reaction to the travelling issue? So much for efficiency and security....Matey who collects it, sticks it into the post and...maybe ends up in the same place as my 2 debit cards posted to me from my UK bank...f#$k knows!!!

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I suspect the person picking up your passport will need the old one with them.

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I suspect the person picking up your passport will need the old one with them.

I suppose if that is the case, it may well help the elderley and sick amongst us, which isn't a bad thing, but could fall down if people start posting passports to mates living in or near BKK.

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Nobody seems to know much around here.

So, when you go to collect your new passport do they keep your old one or not, does anyone actually know? I assume that they don't as there is likely to be visas that need to be transferred to your new passport. Or maybe that cut the corner off? I know that they don't keep your PP when you apply for a new PP, that has been made clear already.

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Nobody seems to know much around here.

So, when you go to collect your new passport do they keep your old one or not, does anyone actually know? I assume that they don't as there is likely to be visas that need to be transferred to your new passport. Or maybe that cut the corner off? I know that they don't keep your PP when you apply for a new PP, that has been made clear already.

No, they cut the corners off to cancel it, then return it to you.

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got exactly the same email as above this morning confirming one of my dates

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I enquired because what do I do, stay home everyday wondering if DHL are going to turn up when I'm out? Happened a few times before in the UK. Come home to a "we tried to deliver a parcel, but no-one was home" note. Then it was jump on the motorbike for a 70 mile round trip to collect from the nearest depot. God knows how far in Thailand! As I said before, just simple communication....application number....courier tracking reference = good customer service, peace of mind and a good nights sleep. Staying in Thailand legally is important to me, it's where I've decided to make my home. I'm done with the UK as much as possible, never intending to go back, exiled myself, when the time comes, ready to die here.

They'll probably send it to Trendy, LOL!

I'm trying to stay calm and chill out. In Jan I actually booked a trip back to UK (depart 4 June) and my plan was to send my passport to Liverpool on 26 March when I got back from an official trip to Laos (my passport was full up to the last page by the end of that trip - just enough space for a re-entry permit and ext stamp now. Obviously, when I got back the system had changed and I lost two weeks just getting an appointment at Trendy. If I have nothing by mid-May, I'll send an e-mail to Newport explaining my position and see if they can hasten things. If not, it'll be another trip to the embassy in BKK (and another 95 quid) to get an ETD.

I am fully expecting an email from Trendy if successful (even though I applied using the previous application process). Maybe they are holding back to send in batches of 100 to save on postage or something. Wonder if I would get a rebate ???

Anyway, good luck to you....might need it.

Sent from my GT-N5100 using Thaivisa Connect Thailand mobile app

It seems the crystal ball was working well. TG took a call from Trendy Wendy this morning and...my passport arrived there yesterday. I've been waiting to make a trip to Pattaya for a while to see how my condo is coming along and I declined joining a German friend and his wife for a weeks holiday there. Happy days, now I can do all 3 in one go. Wonder if I'll get that rebate???

Just wondering if they let me keep my old passport after clipping off the corners. Anyone know for sure?

Anyone want me to ask anything whilst I'm there and I am wondering if it's in the same buildind as the Danish and Norwegian VFS place. If so, then I know where it is.

Yes (but TIT!)

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I am off to the local immigration where they do not speak any English. What I need from them is a certificate of residence to show to the Trendy guys and gals. I am on an non immigrant o visa but I am uncertain what the certificate of residence will look like and what I will need to obtain it. Any info or picture would be appreciated

Cheers

JAF

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