Applying UK visitor visa from USA

By HorizonNerd - February 26, 2018

A standard visitor visa is a short term non-immigrant visa, the maximum duration of stay is 6 months. Indian citizens can visit Ireland with a valid UK visa however entry port needs to be in the UK.

Here are the steps for applying for the visa

  • Copy of Passport and US Visa (Original will go later)
  • Pay stubs - 3 Months
  • Bank statement - 3 months
  • Employment letter
  • Address proof of current address
  • Marriage certificate( if required)
  • Booking details( flight and hotel)
Details required in the form:-
  • Travel dates and places you are planning to visit
  • The estimated cost of the trip
  • DOB of parents
  • Travel details of past 10 years
  • Previous passport details (if there is any)
Apply online:-
Open this page to select your language
Since the UK visa requires biometrics, select find the nearest location to visit in person.
Create an account using the email id and start your application. In every stage, you will receive an email like this

Once you are done with the form, make a payment of $121 each. Select the location and book an appointment for biometrics. At the end reference code will be emailed to registered email id along with the appointment date and time.
Download form, payment receipt and Appoint confirmation. Appoint confirmation is must have documented for the in-person visit.
In biometrics:-
We arrived at the appointment location 15 min before the scheduled time.
At the reception, appointment confirmation will be checked, along with the individual I'd’s(drivers license, etc.)
An airport-like security check-in, so its better carry only documents.
At the UK visa counter, you will again need to present the payment receipt, form, appointment confirmation, and original passport to get the token.
You will be called for fingerprints and pictures.
At the end of the process, they stamp and return the appointment confirmation page.

Posting the documents:-
Bundle all required documents(mentioned above or whichever applicable in your case) with form, appointment confirmation with a stamp, and payment receipt. The purchase return label from here
Send all documents along with return label and original passports to the following address.

        UK Visa and Immigration
        845 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Some pointers:-
  • UK visa can be applied only 3 months in advance from travel date
  • The online form is elaborate and has conditional logic for the answers. Have all details handy and keep pressing the save button after every stage
  • Visa date starts from the travel date mentioned in the form
  • Locations for biometrics are offices of the Department of Homeland and SecurityThere is no free helpdesk/call center available for visa assistance. If the required call will be charged in per min basis however the visa process is simple and self-explanatory after every stage you will get an email for the next step to be followed
  • You have only 5 days to send the application by post after biometrics
  • We received 2 intermediate status over email before we received stamped passports "Receipt Acknowledged" and "Your UK visa XXXXXX has been printed"
  • We choose to have 6 months(multiple entries) visa however long term visas are available for 2,5 and 10 years
  • Indian citizens can visit Ireland with a valid UK visa however entry port needs to be in the UK
  • Time is taken to figure out how to apply - 1 weekend
  • Time is taken to fill and submit an application - 3 evenings
  • Biometrics/In-person visit - 2-3 hours
  • The initial response from  - 2 days
  • End to end processing time after submitting passports.- 1 week

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