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    Default I have the happiest 10 year old in Thailand today.......

    Had a telephone call to goto to Roi-Et this morning and collect my step daughters Visa application.

    So caught a bus from our village (took about 40 mins to get to Roi-Et)......found where the application had been couriered too......and opened the application to find a Visa Settlement in the passort......



    What a relief....!

    The Embassy in Bangkok had not returned various items, namely:-

    1) The letter from the local school in Thailand confirming our communication with them.
    2) The letter from my wife's parents confirming we make all the decisions necessary in my step daughters life.
    3) The letter from the Phu Yai Ban (Village Chief) confirming him as a reference.
    4) One photo wasn't returned from over 100 supplied.
    5) Letter from my mother confirming she is happy for my step daughter to live with us.
    6) Letter from my employer confirming my salary.

    I'm just really happy it's all over and we can now plan for the future - can get her a one way ticket with us back to the UK on Sept 14th, so everything is falling into place.

    A big thank you to many members on the forum, especially Phil (Flip) who really helped me - many hours was put into this application and without your input/knowledge Phil I don't think we would have been successful, so thank you.

    I'm sure the Sole Responsibility part has a huge part to play.....and getting letters from in LOS from various parties must have helped.

    So back to the UK on Sept 14th for us all - it's been 3 months of unsettlement in Thailand waiting each day - I'm now going to enjoy alot more the last week here in Kalasin.

    Chris

    ps - can we claim for Child Tax credits and Child Benefit for my step daughter? Will it matter she has a different surname to that of my wife and I?
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    Excellent. Congratulations mate.

    (Looks like you can now avoid being executed,)

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    Cheers Steve - have now given up looking for thatAttachment 1823 bullet proof jacket......

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    can we claim for Child Tax credits and Child Benefit for my step daughter? Will it matter she has a different surname to that of my wife and I?
    Congratulations on the visa. No problem on claiming Child Benefit and Tax Credits, from when she actually arrives in the UK.
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    Well done Chris. All that waiting seems forgotten now.

    Ps picked my wife up last night from heathrow. Happy with the saving west east travel got me.

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    Congratulations!
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    Well done from us.

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    Well done Chris, pleased for you

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    Well done mate,she looks really happy

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    Brilliant! Well done!

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    congratulations i feel happy for you,
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    Chris, I've followed your journey from the beginning and am thrilled to bits for you, and yours. What a delightful photo of your stepdaughter, as well. Such delight in that smile.

    Dave.

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    Chris, just want to add our congratulations as well. Long road but sure you will agree it was worth it (now it's all over).

    Well done and hope your step-daughter enjoys life in the UK.

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    Congrats from us too

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    Hi Chris,

    I'm very pleased to have been of assistance but I can't take too much credit for it as most of what I know I've learned right here on the forum which illustrates the value of Thailand-UK - its Lee & Paul that all of us owe so much to for setting up and running this site in the first place.

    The main thing is that one little girl is going to be where she is meant to be - with her family. Congratualtions

    By the way, its quite normal for the embassy to keep hold of letters. Documents and official papers, certificates etc. they will return but letters - not normally.

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    great news chris and family , how long did it take from submitting application to embassy giving your daughter her visa ?

    alan and rapeeporn

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    Safe journey home Chris, splendid result
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    thanks Alanr - submitted June 22nd and was told ready to collect on Sept 3rd, so all in all it took 10 weeks and 3 days.

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    Well my step daughter has now started school in the UK (be it 3 days) and touch wood she is really enjoying it here (appart from the drizzly damp weather).

    We were stopped by Immigration at Heathrow on entry to the UK as they wanted to check to see if she needed a TB certificate.....I did explain she was only 10 years old and it wasn't a requirement but was still told to go and check.

    She seems to have settled in so well and has no fears about anything......couldn't have worked out better and am so proud of her....!

    So been rushing around getting her school uniform and other warm clothes.

    The school in Bedford is excellent......she has her legal registered name (as on passport) but the school have changed her surname to that of ours (to make things easier).......still unsure how to change it legally?

    They also have given her a pen friend to look after her through out the day.....

    So now trying to sort out tax credits, child benefit, etc.....

    Have registered her at the local clinic/doctors.......one tip don't tell your local GP if you have been out of the country for a certain length of time greater than 6 months......when I returned from LOS in 2008 I told them I had been out of the country and had to re-register...!

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    That's great new Chris

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris M View Post
    ...she has her legal registered name (as on passport) but the school have changed her surname to that of ours (to make things easier).......still unsure how to change it legally?...
    I'm snowed under at present, I will respond to this when I get back from the USA in a few weeks time.
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