Office Routine Service Suspension due to Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19)
March 18, 2020: In response to COVID-19, the USCIS London Field Office has suspended routine in-person services. This means that we are not currently scheduling appointments, and we have contacted people to cancel upcoming appointments. If you have an urgent need for an appointment, you may e-mail us at USCIS.London@uscis.dhs.gov to request an emergency appointment. Please provide information to support your request for an emergency appointment.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) administers immigration benefits and naturalization on behalf of the United States Government, and establishes related policies and priorities. USCIS safeguards the integrity and promise of the immigration system by efficiently and fairly adjudicating requests for immigration benefits while protecting Americans, securing the homeland, and honoring our values.
First Time Users/Frequently Asked Questions
If you are a first-time user or have general questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Immigrant Visa Case Number
If your Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) has been approved by the USCIS London Field Office, or you have already received your immigrant visa case number (LND + four digit year YYYY + 6 digits, for example LND2018 000 000) and you have a question about the process, please check our Immigrant Visas: FAQ section.
For in-depth information about visas, please check the Visas section of the U.S. Embassy London website.
Form I-130, Petition for an Alien Relative
Beginning April 1, 2020, the USCIS London Field Office no longer accepts I-130 petitions. In order to petition to classify an alien as a relative of a U.S. citizen for purposes of immigrating to the United States, you may file your petition with the USCIS Lockbox in Dallas or file online at the USCIS Form I-130 webpage. You can find additional filing information on the USCIS Form I-130 webpage.
The Consular Section, Immigrant Visa Unit, of the U.S. Embassy in London may accept the Form I-130 if you fall under a military exemption because you are:
- A qualified active-duty U.S. military service member with an immediate relative case (filing on behalf of your spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21, or parent (if the U.S. citizen petitioner is 21 years of age or older)); and
- Permanently stationed at a military base in the United Kingdom.
This military exemption does not apply to service members assigned to non-military bases, such as Embassies, international organization, or civilian institutions, or to service members on temporary duty orders.
Please see the Immigrant Visa Unit’s webpage for information about filing the I-130 based on being an active duty military member stationed abroad.
If you are a U.S. citizen residing in the United Kingdom filing on behalf of your spouse, unmarried child under the age of 21, or parent (if the U.S. citizen petitioner is 21 years of age or older) and you believe that exceptional circumstances justify filing your petition overseas, you may contact the Consular Section, Immigrant Visa Unit, of the U.S. Embassy in London to request to file locally based on exceptional circumstances (PDF, 316 KB). Please see the Immigrant Visa Unit’s webpage for information about filing the I-130 based on exception circumstances.
Form I-131A – Application for Travel Document (Transportation Boarding Foil)
Form I-131A may be filed by a lawful permanent resident who does not have a valid Permanent Resident Card (I-551) in his or her possession and requires a Transportation Boarding Foil to facilitate boarding by the airlines to return to the United States.
For more information, please visit: https://uk.usembassy.gov/lost-or-stolen-green-cards/.
Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant
Beginning April 1, 2020, if you are a widow(er) of a U.S. citizen and you currently reside in the United Kingdom, please see the Form I-360 webpage for the most current filing instructions. You may file the I-360 with the USCIS Phoenix or Dallas Lockbox facility, based on where you live. If you live outside the U.S. in the UK, you may instead file your Form I-360 at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate that has jurisdiction over the area where you live. To contact the Consular Section, Immigrant Visa Unit, of the U.S. Embassy in London to seek to file the I-360, please see https://uk.usembassy.gov/visas/visa-information-services/contact-us-immigrant-visas/.
Form N-400, Application for Naturalization (US Armed Forces and Dependents)
USCIS London provides information about naturalization for active duty military members, certain spouses of active duty military members stationed abroad. For more information please see our military page.
Form N-400, Application for Naturalization (Spouses of US Citizens Employed Abroad)
Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status
Form I-407 is for use by a lawful permanent resident wishing to abandon permanent resident status and relinquish a Permanent Resident Card (Green Card).
As of July 1, 2019, the Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status, must be submitted to the USCIS Eastern Forms Center in Vermont. The Form I-407 will no longer be accepted by international field offices. Individuals submitting the I-407 to the Eastern Forms Center must include their Permanent Resident Card (I-551 green card), if available, along with any other travel documents issued by USCIS. Individuals should not turn in identity documents that were not issued by USCIS. Additional filing information is available on the USCIS.gov Form I-407 Web Page.
The Form I-407, Record of Abandonment of Lawful Permanent Resident Status, should be mailed to the following address:
USCIS Eastern Forms Center
Attn: I-407 Unit
Post Office Box 567
Williston, VT 05495
Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition
Form I-730 may be filed to allow a relative to join a refugee or asylee in the United States.
For more information, forms, and requirements for filing Form I-730, please see Form I-730, Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition, Form and Fee Information.
Collection of Re-entry Permit
USCIS London will contact the applicant when Form I-131 has been approved by an office in the US and the respective re-entry permit is ready for collection. Please visit our Collection of Re-entry Permit Travel Documents page for additional information.
USCIS Field Office London captures biometrics/fingerprints for residents of the United Kingdom who are filing USCIS forms. No other biometric/fingerprint services are provided. Services are provided for the following:
- Active duty members of the U.S. armed forces or their spouses who are applicants for naturalization;
- Spouses of U.S. citizens residing in the United Kingdom due to their spouse’s employment and have filed for expedited naturalization under 319(b) of the Immigration Nationality Act;
- Prospective adopted parents who have filed Advanced Processing of Orphan petition (includes both Hague or Non Hague);
- Applicants who have submitted applications for the T Non Immigrant Visa (Victims of Human Trafficking) or U Non Immigrant Visa (Victims of Criminal Activity);
- Refugee or asylee family members who have an approved follow-to-join petition filed on their behalf;
For all other USCIS Forms not listed above:
Biometrics collection is usually scheduled at an Application Support Center (ASC) based on the applicant’s address of record in the United States.
In rare circumstances, Field Office Directors may use their discretion to collect biometrics that were initially scheduled to be taken in the United States. When deciding whether to collect biometrics at an international field office, Field Office Directors will take into account resource constraints, and also consider appropriate supporting evidence the applicant provides as well as the following factors:
- An appointment notice showing that biometrics collection was scheduled at a domestic USCIS office;
- Evidence of extenuating circumstances that would require the individual to depart the United States before having his or her biometrics collected as indicated in the appointment notice. For example, these circumstances might include, but are not limited to, the need to assist a critically ill family member, an unexpected immediate job transfer, or other urgent need; and
- Evidence that the applicant requested an expedited or rescheduled appointment at an ASC before leaving the United States and, if not, an explanation of the reasons for failing to request an expedited or rescheduled appointment.
Please use our Contact Form for additional information.
- For information on other immigration benefits, please visit uscis.gov. For your convenience, we have provided links to information on some commonly asked about services:
- Form I-129F, Petition for Alien Fiancé(e): Used to petition to bring your fiancé(e) (K-1) and that person’s children (K-2s) to the United States for marriage to you, or to bring your spouse and that person’s children (K-3 and K-4 visas, respectively) to the United States to complete processing for permanent resident status. You can also read more about fiancé(e) visas on our website.
- Form I-131, Application for Travel Document: Used for a number of immigration benefits, including re-entry permits, refugee travel documents or advance parole travel documents, including parole into the United States for humanitarian reasons.
- Form N-600K, Application for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 (Children’s Citizenship): Used for a child who regularly resides in a foreign country to apply for U.S. citizenship based on the U.S. citizenship of the child’s parent(s).
- Obtaining a certified true copy of a naturalization certificate.
- Requesting copies of documents from your Alien file (A-file) through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
- Our USCIS Contact Center has additional information available on its Web page (you must live in the United States or its territories to call for live assistance).
For all other enquires (NOT Visa-related) please use our contact form.
Immigrant Visa Case Number
If your Petition for Alien Relative (Form I-130) has been approved by the USCIS London Field Office, or you have already received your immigrant visa case number (LND + four digit year YYYY + 6 digits, for example LND2018 000 000) and you have a question about the process, please check U.S. Embassy London’s Immigrant Visas: FAQ section.
The London Field Office does not offer general inquiry appointments.
To schedule a re-entry permit collection appointment, please follow the procedures set forth on our Collection of Re-entry Permit Travel Documents webpage.
To request a fingerprint collection appointment, please review the information above at “Fingerprint Collection” and contact USCIS.firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you qualify to schedule a fingerprint appointment at the London Field Office.
The office is closed on British and American holidays.
This office does not accept walk-ins. You will not be allowed into the U.S. Embassy without an appointment notice.
Fee Payment Information
The fees for all applications and petitions submitted to this office must be paid with U.S. dollars, cashier’s check, U.S. dollar money order, an international bank draft made payable to: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY.
Please do not mail cash, personal checks, or traveler’s checks.
Please print your name and complete address on the back of your payment.