Required Documents

You are required to furnish the following forms and documents in support of your visa application:

    • Confirmation page of the application form DS-160;
Please see our SlideShare presentation  for tips and guidance relating to Form DS-160, including what to do if you are unsure how to answer a particular question, and what you can do if you experience technical problems, realize you have made a mistake, or if you cannot retrieve your DS-160 confirmation page.
    • Appointment confirmation page (if relevant);
    • A passport or other travel document: Your passport or travel document must contain multiple pages. U.S. visas are printed into a passport or travel document, not as a separate document or card, which means that one blank page is required for a visa to be printed. In addition, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recommend that at least one more blank page is available for your passport to be stamped if you are admitted to the United States. For certain nationalities, the passport or other travel document must be valid for at least six months beyond the proposed stay in the United States. The six-month requirement does not apply to United Kingdom passports. If you will be applying for a visa using a passport of a different nationality, please click here to find out if the validity requirement applies. If your passport is damaged, we recommend that you obtain a new passport before applying for the visa to avoid any delay in the processing of your application;
    • One 5 x 5 cm (2” by 2”) color photograph taken within the last six months: If you have successfully uploaded a photograph to the DS-160, you are not required to submit an additional photograph with your application.  If there are any issues with the uploaded photograph, however, you will be required to provide a new one which may delay the processing of your application;

For more tips and guidance on how to obtain a photograph which meets the Department of Stat
requirements, please see our instructional SlideShare presentation.

Please note the photograph size for a U.S. visa is not the same as a UK passport photograph.
Any photograph which does not meet the Department of State requirements should not be
digitally altered.

    • Evidence of your status in the United Kingdom, if you are not a U.K or EU passport holder;
    • Evidence of previously issued U.S. visas: If you are no longer in possession of the passport(s) containing the visas, you may advise the consular officer at the time of your interview or if applying by courier, include a statement with your application;
    • Evidence of your intended business activities in the United States such as a letter from your employer, if attending a business meeting. Please follow this link for a list of the additional documents required when applying for a B-1 visa.; and  
    • If you have ever been arrested, cautioned, convicted you are required to declare it, even if it is considered spent and furnish a police certificate known as an ACRO.  The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act does not apply to U.S. visa law.  Click here for further information;
    • If you have a medical condition that could have a bearing on your eligibility for a visa, furnish a letter from your physician which discusses your current state of health. Click here for further information;
    • If you have been denied entry into or deported, or removed from the United States furnish documents relating to this. Click here for further information

Note: The decision to approve or deny your application will be based on the interview and information provided orally. However, the consular officer may ask for documentary evidence of the following:

    • Funds sufficient to cover all expenses while in the United States;
    • A residence abroad to which you intend to return.
For further information to help you prepare for your appointment and help you find your way to the Embassy in London, please see our appointment guide (PDF / 2 pages).
This includes additional information about what you can bring to your appointment. Please note, laptops or large bags (above cabin-baggage size)
cannot be admitted into the building and there is no storage facility at the Embassy for these items.