Visas

This remains the status of operations following national restrictions effective November 5: We will continue to provide emergency and mission-critical visa services as resources and local conditions allow. Visa appointments remain limited.

We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

Please keep checking our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the latest information about travel to the United States and visa services in the UK.

If you have an interview scheduled, please check your email and your Visa Appointment Service account for appointment status.

If you have recently entered the UK, your appointment must take place more than 14 days after your arrival into the UK. Please sign in to your Visa Appointment Service account if you need to reschedule your appointment.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories and usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

A visa is issued by a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. A visa entitles the holder to travel to the United States and apply for admission; it does not guarantee entry. An immigration official at the port of entry determines the visa holder’s eligibility for admission into the United States.

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

Who Needs a Visa?
Anyone who is not eligible to enter the United States visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), or is not a citizen of Canada or Bermuda.

Please note:  If you were born in the United States or hold dual citizenship with the United States, you must enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport.

  1. Contact Us – Nonimmigrant Visas Embassy London
  2. Contact Us – Immigrant Visas Embassy London
  3. Contact Us – Nonimmigrant Visas Belfast
  4. Nonimmigrant Visa Appointments Embassy London and Consulate General Belfast

 

 

 

Visa information is available from our website.  Please take the time to review the information before contacting us. If the answer to your inquiry is on our website, we regret that you will not receive a response.

Nonimmigrant visa appointments are scheduled online or through the call center. They cannot be scheduled by emailing the Embassy or Consulate General.

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.