UK Returning Visa Application
A Thai National who has been previously granted indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK and has been away for more than 2 years need to apply for a Returning Resident Visa. However, an applicant who has been absent from the UK for less than 2 years will retain their Indefinite Leave and does not need to apply for entry clearance before resuming their residence in the UK.
Note: If you have been away for less than 24 months and have lost your documentation, you can apply for a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) visa as a replacement. You will still need to apply for a Returning Resident visa to confirm if you can travel to the UK.
You must meet the following:
- you have plans to live permanently in the UK
- you have been settled before in the UK
- you have not resorted to public funds to help you leave the UK
If you’ve been away for more than 24 months, you must show adequate evidence:
- that you have strong ties in the UK
- about your current circumstances and why you left the UK
What Siam Legal Can Do For You
Our UK Returning Visa in Thailand service does not include embassy or government fees. We provide you with:
- Full review of your overall personal circumstance in the UK and country of your permanent residence
- consultation and confirmation if you are eligible for a Returning Resident Visa
- Thorough preparation of your visa application
- Careful arrangement of all correspondence
- Accompany you at the UK Visa Application Center
- Unlimited assistance over the phone with our UK Visa specialists
Frequently Asked Questions
How long it takes to get the decision?
You should get a decision within 3 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application center, where 1 week is 5 working days if you are applying for a returning resident visa. You may be able to get your visa faster or other services depending on what country you’re in - check with your visa application center.
How long can I stay in the UK?
You can return and live permanently in the UK.
What documents do I need to provide?
You will need to provide the following:
- a current passport or other valid travel identification
- previous passports
- documents that prove you have ties to the UK e.g., proof you’ve earned income, rented or owned a property in the UK
You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.
How to apply?
- You can apply online or you can seek assistance from an immigration specialist
- You’ll need to have your fingerprints and photograph (known as ‘biometric information’) taken at a UK visa application center near you.
IN CASE OF REFUSAL
If your case has been refused, please contact one of our offices. The refusal letter will provide the details of why your case has been denied. We can provide you with the best and most cost-effective solutions.