United Kingdom (British) Visa

United Kingdom

There is no visa required for U.S. citizens traveling for business or tourist purposes (maximum stay of 6 months) or official or diplomatic purposes (90 days stay). A valid US Passport (must be valid 6 months beyond intended stay) is required.

If the purpose of visit is not business or tourist (for US citizens), OR for non-US citizens (for business or tourist or transit visa), please submit the following

  • Valid and signed Passport (valid at least 6 months beyond the date of entry; with at least one blank visa page)  – photocopy is not acceptable
  • One Visa Application Form completed and signed. The Consulate of the United Kingdom has introduced a web based visa application form. Applicants must follow the step by step instructions and pay visa fees online. Once the Online application is completed and payment is made online applicants will be prompted to schedule a appointment at one of 130+ Application Support Centers (ASCs) through out the United States for Biometric testing (digital scan of all ten fingers and digital photograph). The visa application must be submitted no earlier than 24-36 hours after and no later than 2 weeks after biometric submission.
  • One Passport type photograph
  • Biometric Fingerprint Result
  • Copy of flight itinerary
  • For Non-US citizen: Clear copy of the Alien Registration Card (Green Card) –or– Original U.S Visa (If the U.S Visa is in an expired passport then the expired passport has to be submitted with the current passport)
  • Payment receipt for “Priority Processing” must be included with the visa application materials. Please visit VFS Global and select the United Kingdom as your destination and the United States as your country of residence.
  • Travel the World Visas Service Order Form
  • One of the following Supporting documents:

For Tourist (applicable for non-US citizens):

  • If you are visiting a friend or relative a Letter of Invitation is required from the host explaining the relationship to the applicant and the purpose of travel. Invitation Letter must also include the Length of Stay, Place of Stay and contact information. A copy of the hosts British passport, (or British visa if the host is not a British citizen) must be attached.
  • A copy of your hotel confirmation(s) is required. A letter from inviting family member or friend is required if they are providing accommodations to the applicant.
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to support stay in United Kingdom is required. An original letter of employment stating that the applicant is employed of the company and in good standing. The letter must indicate the length of employment with the company, salary that the applicant is being paid, dates for which leave was approved and the date the applicant will be returning to the company.
  • Most recent bank statement and a recent pay stub, both must be originals, scans and photocopies will not be accepted. If someone other than the applicant is paying expenses: If the applicants host is paying expenses please provide the hosts current bank statement and an employment letter. If the applicants parent(s) are paying expenses please provide the parent(s) current bank statement , employment letter and a copy of the applicants birth certificate.

For Volunteer:

  • Submit a signed letter of invitation from a United Kingdom religious organization
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to support stay in United Kingdom

For Business (applicable for non-US citizens) :

  • Invitation letter from United Kingdom sponsor
  • Business letter (see sample).  Note: The business letter must be addressed to the Consulate of United Kingdom, Visa Section, New York, NY
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to support stay in United Kingdom
  • Copy of your hotel confirmation(s) is required.

Fee Information

Service Fee:

Consular Fee: Prepaid by the applicant online (directly at the consulate website)

Return Mail Fee (1-3 passports):
For Alaska and Hawaii, please add $15.00

2-Day Delivery: $40.00
Overnight Delivery: $48.00
Saturday Delivery: $85.00

Travel the World Visas Service Order Form

For the safety of your passport, we recommend delivery by courier.  If there were a delay, we would be able to track or trace it.

Please send all required documents and payment (Money Order, Company Check, Cashier’s Check, American Express, Visa or MasterCard) by courier to:

1930 18TH STREET NW, UNIT #1

Travel Smart. Travel Safe.  Register your trip on-line with STEP, the U.S. Embassy Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  It’s free.  So why not make it part of your travel planning and personal security?

U.S. embassies and consulates assist nearly 200,000 Americans each year who are victims of crime, accident, or illness, or whose loved ones need to contact them in an emergency. Although it is unlikely, should natural disaster, terrorism, or civil unrest strike during your foreign travel, the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate would be your source of assistance and information. By registering your trip, you help the embassy or consulate locate you when you might need them the most.


Travel the World Visas acts only as an agent, and accepts no responsibility for the services of any Travel Agent, Consulate, Passport Agency or Embassy in connection with the granting of visas. We are not responsible for delays, loss of passports or damage caused by such service providers or the U.S. Mail.
Requirements and fees are for U.S. Citizens only. Contact Travel the World Visas for information on other nationalities.
Requirements and fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Sorry but all fees are non-refundable.