Has anyone applied or a tourist visa recently? I hear that Hull are struggling because of high workload.

I am having 2 stays in Thailand this winter, 30/10 to 10/12 and then 8 weeks starting 10th Jan. I intend to get a double entry tourist visa which will enable me to have my 2 stays in one application. I don't want to get the visa until after the 10th Oct, that way the 2nd entry can be used for the 2nd stay in Jan.

Anyone experienced any quick turnarounds in other offices of the UK (Liverpool. Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff)?