It's just over a week before I fly back out to LOS. I haven't posted for a little while so I thought I'd give a brief update.
Everything I can include or add to my wife's settlement folder from the UK has pretty much been done. My sponsor letter which I was putting off until the last minute is now finished, as is Janny's covering letter. After reviewing the file I decided to add a few additonal documents. For example I downloaded a copy of the land registry document for my house to add to the accommodation section (£4 from http://www.landregistry.gov.uk/). Other than that I'm fighting the urge to play around with the layout and just leave it as it is. That just leaves the addition of Janny's documents in Thailand, such as her birth certificate, name change paper, etc to complete the folder. One of our first jobs when I arrive into BKK is to have those documents translated.
Janny's had a busy week starting the prepartions for our village ceremony, although to be honest her family back home are doing a lot of the work before we get there. There's been lot's of ringing around pricing studio photo's, having invitations made and pricing dress rental etc. In the end it worked out only a little more expensive to actually buy her dress so we'll only need to rent my suit. I must admit, when we first started talking about the village ceremony a while ago it was basically just a way of gathering more evidence to add to the visa application. But the more we talk about it and the closer it gets I'm really looking forward to it. From what she's been telling me, it sounds like it will be a really good experience for both of us and I know she's a lot more excited about it than she's letting on.
So what now? This weekend I'm going to fill in the online application and save it, ready to submit and print out when I get to Thailand. The problem being you can only book appointments to submit the supporting documents up to five days in advance. We need a date for the second week so that will have to be done in LOS.
I'm sure the following week is going to drag with nothing left to do. But one thing is for sure, I'm so glad I started preparing everything early rather than leaving it to the last minute. I'd much rather be sitting here with nothing to do rather than rushing around trying to pull everything together.
Next time you here from me I'll probably be in Thailand, so until then.....