Important guidance for attending a visa interview
You will go through airport-style security screening. Due to the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), everyone should wear a face mask if they are aged 11 or over. You can choose to buy a mask or make your own. Click here for information about how to make a face covering (sew and no-sew tutorials are available).
You must not bring laptops or bags above cabin-baggage size to your appointment as they not are permitted into the building and there are no storage facilities available. To save time, we recommend that you keep the number of small bags and belongings that you bring with you to an absolute minimum.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, you must reschedule your appointment through your account on the Visa Appointment Service website. If you have recently entered the UK following international travel, your appointment must take place in compliance with UK quarantine requirements following international travel. This may vary depending on which country you have traveled from. Please see the UK government’s website for further details.
Applicants aged 14 – 79 are required to apply for a visa in person through a pre-arranged interview. Applicants under 14 or 80 and over may be eligible to apply by courier. Click here for further information.
If you are applying for a visa for the first time, or are applying to renew a visa, you are required to take the same steps, but before going any further, watch our YouTube video for tips on applying. Find it here!
Step One: Complete the online DS-160 and print the confirmation page for each person applying for a visa, regardless of age. Answer the questions to the best of your ability; we cannot assist you in completing the form. Before you begin, see our video and SlideShare presentation for additional tips, and information on photo specifications.
Step Two: Go to https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-gb to pay the MRV application fee and schedule an interview, or obtain information on applying for the visa by courier. Click on “Apply” if you are a first time user or “Continue” if you already have an account.
After creating your account, please follow the process and guidance for each person applying for a visa.
Please note: Appointments cannot be scheduled by email.