USCIS FAQs

For information about adopting a child from overseas, visit www.uscis.gov/adoption

The current processing time for Form I-130 is listed at our Filing I-130 page.  If your form was filed prior to the date we are currently processing, or you have an inquiry about another form type, please use our Contact Form for additional information.

The ONLY acceptable forms of payment for petitions filed with the London Field Office are:

  • USCIS Form G-1450: Authorization for Credit Card Transactions (via USCIS.gov) (please note that UK banks may question credit card transactions in U.S. dollars in the UK.  You should check with your UK or other foreign bank prior to submitting the G-1450).
  • U.S. Bank cashier’s checks;
  • U.S. Bank or U.S. Postal money order;
  • International bank draft in United States dollars
    • All checks must be made out to: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
    • Be sure to print your full name and address on the reverse side of the check so that in the unlikely event that the check is separated from the petition, the check can be matched up again with the petition.

Note:  Financial instruments must comply with U.S. transaction routing protocol (a standard nine digit routing number).  The routing and account numbers should be located along the bottom of the check in the MICR (magnetic ink character recognition) line.

Visit http://www.uscis.gov/forms/paying-immigration-fees

 

Please visit the the immigrant visa page of the U.S. Embassy London for information about the next steps in the process, and contact information for enquiries about the next steps in the process, including any processing timeframes.

If you have received an Immigrant Visa Case Number (those look like: LND2016 000 000)  please see our next FAQ!

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 LND2016 000 000) and you have a question about the process, please check our Immigrant Visas: FAQ section.

There is no immigration law that prohibits a foreign national from entering the United States on a tourist visa while an application for an immigration benefit is pending on their behalf.  However, it is at the discretion of the Customs and Border Protection officer at the port of entry to determine whether an individual’s intentions for entering the United States are only temporary or as an ‘intending immigrant’?  If the latter, the officer can refuse entry into the United States and return the individual to the UK, which would result in jeopardizing the immigrant visa processing.

The decision whether an individual will be admissible can only be determined at the port of entry into the United States.  For more information about admission into the US, please visit http://www.cbp.gov.

Please visit the USCIS.gov webpage on Green Cards and Permanent Residence in the U.S. for a comprehensive listing of options.  For information about helping a relative become a permanent resident of the U.S., please see immediately below.

As a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, you may help a relative become a lawful permanent resident of the United States by obtaining what is often referred to as a “Green Card.” You begin the process by filing Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. This form establishes the family relationship that exists between you and your relative.

A U.S. citizen can file a petition for the following relatives:

  • Husband or wife
  • Children, married or unmarried
  • Parents
  • Brothers or sisters

A permanent resident of the United States can file a petition for the following relatives:

  • Husband or wife
  • Unmarried children

Filing Form I-130 and proving a qualifying relationship gives your relative a place in line with others waiting for a visa. When Form I-130 is approved by the USCIS London Field Office for a family member outside the U.S., it will be forwarded to the Department of State for visa processing.

Filing requirements, instructions and forms for filing with the USCIS London Field Office are available on our Filing I-130 page.

Individuals wishing to abandon permanent resident status may file Form I-407 with the London Field Office.

Please see the USCIS.gov website on how to obtain documents from USCIS through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process.

A transportation letter may be issued to a U.S. Lawful Permanent Resident to replace a lost or stolen Alien Registration Card (Form I-551).

USCIS Field Office – London processes requests for Transportation Letters.

 

 

Please visit the USCIS website here.

Individuals wishing to formalize abandonment of Permanent Resident Status may elect to file Form I-407 with the London Field Office.

 

For information about humanitarian programs, please visitwww.uscis.gov/humanitarian

The London Field Office does not process refugee applications.  For general information and processing criteria, visit the Department of State website and the Refugee section of the USCIS website.

Humanitarian Parole:

  • For information about humanitarian parole, and filing requirements, visit www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/humanitarian-parole
  • Individuals must apply for Humanitarian Parole by submitting applications to an address in the United States.

English translations of any documents written in another language are required.  Translations do not need to be notarized but must include a statement by the translator certifying that the translation is accurate and that the translator is competent to translate.

For information, forms and general requirements, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship

Military members and family members should visit Citizenship for Military Members and Spouses and Children of Military Members for more information.

How can I find out about obtaining citizenship for my child who regularly resides outside of the United States?

A parent or legal guardian may be able to apply for naturalization for you under section 322 of the Immigration and Nationality Act if you are under 18 years of age and temporarily present in the United States pursuant to a lawful admission, which includes a lawful admission in non-immigrant status.   Please refer to the instructions for Form N-600K, Applications for Citizenship and Issuance of Certificate Under Section 322 for more information.

Military members and family members should visit Citizenship for Military Members and Spouses and Children of Military Members for more information about the process for children of military members.

Please check the Visa Section of the U.S. Embassy London’s website for information on visas.

Please visit the immigrant visa page of the U.S. Embassy London for information about the next steps in the process, and contact information for enquiries about the next steps in the process, including any processing timeframes.

Please visit the immigrant visa page of the U.S. Embassy London for information about the next steps in the process, and contact information for enquiries about the next steps in the process, including any processing timeframes.

Please check the Visa Section of the U.S. Embassy London’s website for information about returning resident visas.

If you lost or are not in possession of the unexpired Advance Parole Document (Form I-131) that was issued to you prior to your departure from the United States, and need a replacement document, please contact the USCIS office in the U.S. that issued the document to you. The USCIS London Office cannot issue you a replacement.