United Kingdom visa application and requirements
United Kingdom Visa

United Kingdom visa

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A visa is required for this destination.

Applicants must first submit biometrics at their local USCIS facility prior to mailing their application to VisaHQ for processing. VisaHQ processing times are upon submission to the UK consulate and do not include wait times for a USCIS appointment, which can vary by facility.

UK visa processing will be resuming via the UK consulates and visa centers in the US starting on July 13th. The current process will not allow for any expediting capabilities and all visas will take about 10-15 business days to process. In addition, VisaHQ will be required to mail in applications directly to the visa center which will add another day or two of processing time. Feel free to reach out to our support teams if you have any questions.

Applicants must first submit biometrics at their local USCIS facility prior to mailing their application to VisaHQ for processing. VisaHQ processing times are upon submission to the UK consulate and do not include wait times for a USCIS appointment, which can vary by facility.

UK visa processing will be resuming via the UK consulates and visa centers in the US starting on July 13th. The current process will not allow for any expediting capabilities and all visas will take about 10-15 business days to process. In addition, VisaHQ will be required to mail in applications directly to the visa center which will add another day or two of processing time. Feel free to reach out to our support teams if you have any questions.

Applicants must first submit biometrics at their local USCIS facility prior to mailing their application to VisaHQ for processing. VisaHQ processing times are upon submission to the UK consulate and do not include wait times for a USCIS appointment, which can vary by facility.

UK visa processing will be resuming via the UK consulates and visa centers in the US starting on July 13th. The current process will not allow for any expediting capabilities and all visas will take about 10-15 business days to process. In addition, VisaHQ will be required to mail in applications directly to the visa center which will add another day or two of processing time. Feel free to reach out to our support teams if you have any questions.

Applicants must first submit biometrics at their local USCIS facility prior to mailing their application to VisaHQ for processing. VisaHQ processing times are upon submission to the UK consulate and do not include wait times for a USCIS appointment, which can vary by facility.

UK visa processing will be resuming via the UK consulates and visa centers in the US starting on July 13th. The current process will not allow for any expediting capabilities and all visas will take about 10-15 business days to process. In addition, VisaHQ will be required to mail in applications directly to the visa center which will add another day or two of processing time. Feel free to reach out to our support teams if you have any questions.

Applicants must first submit biometrics at their local USCIS facility prior to mailing their application to VisaHQ for processing. VisaHQ processing times are upon submission to the UK consulate and do not include wait times for a USCIS appointment, which can vary by facility.

UK visa processing will be resuming via the UK consulates and visa centers in the US starting on July 13th. The current process will not allow for any expediting capabilities and all visas will take about 10-15 business days to process. In addition, VisaHQ will be required to mail in applications directly to the visa center which will add another day or two of processing time. Feel free to reach out to our support teams if you have any questions.

Fill out United Kingdom Long-term work visa application form online

and send the following documents to VisaHQ:
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  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Bank statement. A copy of the applicant's last 6 monthly bank statements showing proof of sufficient funds. The statement must clearly show the applicant's name as the account holder, the balance of the account, and the date of the statement.

  • Medical Certificate. Your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test and you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Proof of Sufficient Funds. Provide proof that you possess sufficient funds. Your financial details must provide one of the following:
    Consecutive bank statements for last 6 months OR payslips for the last 6 months.

  • Itinerary. Provide proof of travel arrangements for the duration of your trip. Details of your intended arrangements must:
    Include details of your lodging accommodations
    Include a copy of an itinerary or e-ticket that displays your round trip travel and entry and exit dates for your destination
    Show the traveler's full name (as printed in his or her passport).

  • Proof of Relationship. Additional information may be required to process your application. You should provide one of the following documents:
    Details of the marriage or civil partnership and proof that you have paid money for some of its costs
    Proof that you have given the marriage notification to the Registry Office.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Bank statement. A copy of the applicant's last 6 monthly bank statements showing proof of sufficient funds. The statement must clearly show the applicant's name as the account holder, the balance of the account, and the date of the statement.

  • Unpaid itinerary. Provide details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans. You should not pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa.

  • Invitation letter. A formal invitation from the UK-based organisation or authority you’ll be paid by.

  • Employment letter. Proof that the paid engagement relates to your expertise, qualifications and main job in your home country.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Host Sponsorship Form. Provide a Certificate of sponsorship. This must be obtained by your sponsor through the Home Office in the UK. Applications cannot be processed without this approval.

  • Proof of Financial Support. If you will be accompanied by a dependent who is applying for a visa then you must provide proof of your financial capacity to support your dependents during your stay in the United Kingdom. Proof of Maintenance may take two forms, either:
    Your last three bank statements showing a continuous minimum balance of £945 for the main applicant and £630 per dependent, or
    A maintenance letter issued by your employer confirming that your employer will support you and each named dependent for the first month of employment. Only fully-approved "A-List" employer sponsors may issue this letter. If using this option consult the Sample Maintenance letter provided in this kit.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Host Sponsorship Form. Provide a Certificate of sponsorship. This must be obtained by your sponsor through the Home Office in the UK. Applications cannot be processed without this approval.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Bank statement. A copy of the applicant's last 6 monthly bank statements showing proof of sufficient funds. The statement must clearly show the applicant's name as the account holder, the balance of the account, and the date of the statement.

  • Medical Certificate. Your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test and you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Proof of Sufficient Funds. Provide proof that you possess sufficient funds. Your financial details must provide one of the following:
    Consecutive bank statements for last 6 months OR payslips for the last 6 months.

  • Itinerary. Provide proof of travel arrangements for the duration of your trip. Details of your intended arrangements must:
    Include details of your lodging accommodations
    Include a copy of an itinerary or e-ticket that displays your round trip travel and entry and exit dates for your destination
    Show the traveler's full name (as printed in his or her passport).

  • Proof of Relationship. Additional information may be required to process your application. You should provide one of the following documents:
    Details of the marriage or civil partnership and proof that you have paid money for some of its costs
    Proof that you have given the marriage notification to the Registry Office.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Bank statement. A copy of the applicant's last 6 monthly bank statements showing proof of sufficient funds. The statement must clearly show the applicant's name as the account holder, the balance of the account, and the date of the statement.

  • Unpaid itinerary. Provide details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans. You should not pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa.

  • Invitation letter. A formal invitation from the UK-based organisation or authority you’ll be paid by.

  • Employment letter. Proof that the paid engagement relates to your expertise, qualifications and main job in your home country.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Host Sponsorship Form. Provide a Certificate of sponsorship. This must be obtained by your sponsor through the Home Office in the UK. Applications cannot be processed without this approval.

  • Proof of Financial Support. If you will be accompanied by a dependent who is applying for a visa then you must provide proof of your financial capacity to support your dependents during your stay in the United Kingdom. Proof of Maintenance may take two forms, either:
    Your last three bank statements showing a continuous minimum balance of £945 for the main applicant and £630 per dependent, or
    A maintenance letter issued by your employer confirming that your employer will support you and each named dependent for the first month of employment. Only fully-approved "A-List" employer sponsors may issue this letter. If using this option consult the Sample Maintenance letter provided in this kit.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Proof of status. A copy of immigration status in the United States such as a resident card, work, or study permit.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Host Sponsorship Form. Provide a Certificate of sponsorship. This must be obtained by your sponsor through the Home Office in the UK. Applications cannot be processed without this approval.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for

A visa is not required for this destination.

Additional information
  • Documents about the course:
    You must provide proof of the course you’re studying, for example a letter of acceptance from the educational institution - on official headed paper, stating the course’s name, duration and cost (including accommodation).
  • You may need to provide additional documents:
    Previous study, for example academic certificates, references or transcripts;
    English language qualifications, for example certificates or awards;
    Accommodation and travel plans;
    Permission to be in the country you’re applying from (if you’re not a national);
    Financial sponsor’s occupation, income, savings or funds that will support your studies.
  • If you have been married before
    If you have been married before, you will need to show proof that you are free to remarry or enter into a civil partnership. Your proof must include one of the following:
    A divorce decree;
    A death certificate of a previous spouse or partner.
  • Important information about a healthcare surcharge
    You may need to pay a healthcare surcharge before lodging your visa application. Certain applicants are exempt from paying this fee. To determine if your visa application requires an immigration healthcare surcharge and/or to determine the fee, please visit this page. Even if you are exempt from paying the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS), you may need to obtain an IHS reference number for your visa application.
  • Additional documents for minors (under the age of 18):
    A copy of the applicant's birth certificate;
    A signed letter of consent from both parents/guardians authorizing the minor to travel.
  • Important information about a healthcare surcharge
    You may need to pay a healthcare surcharge before lodging your visa application. Certain applicants are exempt from paying this fee. To determine if your visa application requires an immigration healthcare surcharge and/or to determine the fee, please visit this page. Even if you are exempt from paying the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS), you may need to obtain an IHS reference number for your visa application.
  • If you are from a country that speaks a language other than English
    If you are from a country that speaks a language other than English, you must provide proof of your proficiency in English. This proof must include one of the following:
    Degree from an English speaking college or country;
    An English Language Proficiency test from one of the consulate approved testing partners.

United Kingdom Long-term work visa fees for citizens of United States of America

Type of visaValidityProcessingEmbassy feeService feeTaxTotal cost
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years10-21 business days$35.00$139.00$0.00$174.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years10-21 business days$35.00$139.00$0.00$174.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years10-21 business days$35.00$139.00$0.00$174.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years10-21 business days$35.00$139.00$0.00$174.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years10-21 business days$35.00$209.00$0.00$244.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years10-21 business days$35.00$209.00$0.00$244.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years10-21 business days$35.00$209.00$0.00$244.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years10-21 business days$35.00$209.00$0.00$244.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years10-21 business days$35.00$209.00$0.00$244.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)Up to 10 years10-21 business days$35.00$209.00$0.00$244.00
(180 days stay)
stay
Multiple entry
entries
Up to 10 years
Validity
10-21 business days
to get your visa
$174.00
price starts at
(180 days stay)
stay
Multiple entry
entries
Up to 10 years
Validity
10-21 business days
to get your visa
$174.00
price starts at
(180 days stay)
stay
Multiple entry
entries
Up to 10 years
Validity
10-21 business days
to get your visa
$244.00
price starts at
(180 days stay)
stay
Multiple entry
entries
Up to 10 years
Validity
10-21 business days
to get your visa
$244.00
price starts at
(180 days stay)
stay
Multiple entry
entries
Up to 10 years
Validity
10-21 business days
to get your visa
$244.00
price starts at
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