If you have questions about U.S. visas, please click here.
Questions about traveling to and remaining in the United Kingdom are a matter for the UK government. The U.S. government has no involvement with, or influence on, decisions made by UK border or visa officials.
Click on the relevant sections below to find out how to learn more about each topic and contact the appropriate UK government department.
1) Why was I refused admission to the United Kingdom? Can you help? How can I complain?
The United Kingdom is a sovereign nation with the right and the responsibility to protect its borders by enforcing all applicable rules and regulations.
Just as the British Embassy in Washington D.C. cannot influence immigration decisions made by border control officers in the United States, the U.S. Embassy and Consulates General cannot intervene in immigration matters decided by UK authorities.
If you wish to complain about your treatment at a UK port of entry, you should contact the UK Border Force.
2) I've been denied boarding. Can you provide me with a letter to show to my airline?
The United Kingdom is a sovereign nation with the right and the responsibility to protect its borders by enforcing all applicable rules and regulations. The U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulates General cannot provide a letter or any other documentation advocating for you or affirming your suitability to travel.
3) My U.S. passport has insufficient validity/is lost/has been confiscated. What should I do?
Click here for information about how to apply for a new passport. Please be aware that an in person appearance at the U.S. Embassy in London or the U.S. Consulates General in Belfast or Edinburgh will be required. Services are by appointment only. No appointments are available in the evening, on weekends, or on any U.S. or UK public holidays.
If the passport application is for a child under the age of 16, both parents should attend the appointment if at all possible. If one parent cannot attend, additional notarized documentation will be required from that parent.
4) My flight has been delayed/I have to stay in the UK unexpectedly? What should I do?
We are unable to rebook flights or provide travel assistance. Please contact your transportation company for information about how to reschedule or rebook your travel. If you booked through a tour operator, they may be able to assist. You can also contact your travel insurance company if applicable.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the delay, the quickest way to seek help is to contact family and friends. If they cannot help, click here for information about emergency financial assistance.
If you are at Heathrow Airport, Heathrow Travel Care, based in Terminal 3, may be able to assist.
Click here for information about the types of accommodation available in the UK, including lower cost options.
5) Will I need a UK visa?
6) How can I apply for or renew my visa or leave to remain? How can I appeal a decision?
As the U.S. government has no involvement with UK visa and immigration matters, we cannot provide the guidance you are seeking. Furthermore, the Embassy does not have a legal department, and consular officers are prohibited by federal regulation from providing legal advice.
If you still have questions, you may wish to consider consulting an attorney. Click here for lists of some law firms operating in the UK. Another source of legal and immigration information may be Citizens Advice.
7) How can I renew or replace my biometric residence permit?
9) Can I become a British citizen? Is dual citizenship permitted?
Visit the UK government website to check if you may qualify for British citizenship, and for information about dual citizenship.
Please note, all U.S. citizens (including dual citizens) are required to enter and exit the United States using a valid U.S. passport only. Questions about which passport to use to enter and exit another country should be directed to the immigration officials of that country.
10) What do I need to know about Brexit?
11) Will I need a visa to travel to Gibraltar or the Channel Islands?
We recommend that you contact the immigration authorities of any countries you will be visiting for information on entry requirements. Information about travel to Gibraltar and the Channel Islands (Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, and Sark) is provided on the UK Government website.