U.S. Visa and Travel FAQs

There are currently travel restrictions in place for travelers going from the United Kingdom to the United States. All travelers will still require either a U.S. passport, a valid visa suited to the purpose of travel or a valid ESTA in order to travel, but some travelers will also require an additional National Interest Exception (NIE) or (212(f) waiver) to the Presidential Proclamation restricting travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  An NIE is NOT a visa, but it is a waiver to the travel restrictions outlined in the Presidential Proclamation.

Please pick the situation below that applies to you for more information on U.S. travel restrictions and visa processes at this time. If you have more than one traveler, please ensure you check the relevant situation for each individual traveler. See our general FAQs below for further information about COVID-19 tests and quarantine requirements for all travelers to the United States, including U.S. citizens.  We will continue to update this page with any changes to travel restrictions or visa operations as they become available.

Updated: October 15, 2021 at 12:00 GMT

SECTION 1: General FAQs about traveling to the United States
SECTION 2: Information for U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents
SECTION 3: Information for immediate family members of U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents
SECTION 4: Information for non-immigrant visa or ESTA holders requiring an NIE
SECTION 5: Information for non-immigrant visa or ESTA applicants
SECTION 6: Information for immigrant visa holders and applicants

SECTION 1: General FAQs about travel during COVID-19

All airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of citizenship or vaccination status, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel regardless of where they are traveling from. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.

If you need to travel due to an extraordinary humanitarian emergency and you are unable to obtain a test, please see here for information about COVID-19 Testing Waivers.

In addition, the order also requires a passenger attestation stating they have received a negative Qualifying Test result (this is not in place of a test). The Attestation may be found at the CDC website “Passenger Attestation Form” (PDF).

Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

A National Interest Exception (NIE) does not exempt you from having to also get a COVID-19 test.  Further, a negative COVID-19 test does not exempt you from the travel restrictions if they apply.

We first advise taking a rapid antigen test in cases such as yours. If after taking a rapid antigen test you test positive, you may travel instead with documentation of your positive viral test results and a letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that states you have been cleared for travel. The positive test result and letter together are referred to as “documentation of recovery.”  We suggest obtaining a letter from a private doctor.  A list of private GP and specialist medical services is available on the Embassy’s website. Alternatively, an internet search may produce results in your area.

A letter from your healthcare provider or a public health official that clears you to end isolation, e.g., to return to work or school, can be used to show you are cleared to travel, even if travel isn’t specifically mentioned in the letter.  We are not able to advise how to obtain a letter, so you should liaise with your healthcare providers in the UK directly.

You should check quarantine regulations for the state you are visiting. You can find the most-up to date information on the CDC website and the state’s health department website. You will still be required to quarantine as required by CDC and local guidelines even if you qualify for an automatic exception to the current Presidential Proclamations or if you have received a National Interest Exception in order to travel directly to the United States.

The Presidential Proclamation does not have an exception for those who have been fully vaccinated so any travel restrictions will still apply.



SECTION 2: Information for U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents

 

The Presidential Proclamation does not apply to U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs or green card holders).  U.S. citizens and LPRs traveling to the United States will still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test and abide by U.S. quarantine rules.  Please see the CDC’s website for more information on testing requirements and check the CDC’s website and the individual State’s health departments’ website for quarantine rules.

Under U.S. regulations, all U.S. citizens – including dual citizens – must enter and exit the United States using a U.S passport only.  For entry requirements for passports to return to the UK, you should check the UK government website.

You may travel to the United States on your U.S. passport up to and including the day it expires.

If your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may also be able to travel to the U.S. using the expired U.S. passport. Please check our website to see if you qualify before booking travel.  This page also includes information on passport services available at this time, including information on how to request an emergency appointment if you have urgent travel and require a U.S. passport. If approved, an emergency passport can be issued on the same day as your appointment.

Please check our website for information on how to request an emergency appointment if you have confirmed travel within five working days.  If approved, an emergency passport can be issued on the same day as your appointment.   Emergency appointments may be offered up to and including the date of your travel.

Final admittance is always at the discretion of U.S. Customs and Border Protection(CBP) officials at the Port of Entry and no assurances can be given in advance so we would always advise you to obtain a valid passport prior to travel.

If your U.S. passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may also be able to travel to the U.S. using the expired U.S. passport. Please check our website to see if you qualify before booking travel.

If you have been outside United States for under 12 months (or under two years if you received a re-entry permit that you applied for before leaving the United States), please click here for the information you need about documentation and returning to the United States.

Information about travel as an LPR and maintaining permanent resident status is provided through the USCIS website. If an LPR remains outside the U.S. for more than 12 months (or beyond the validity period of their re-entry permit), they lose LPR status.

If an individual loses LPR status and does not qualify for returning resident status, they are required to apply for and obtain an immigrant visa if they wish to return to the United States to live there indefinitely or permanently. It can be difficult to qualify for returning resident status, and no assurances can be given in advance.

USCIS has not made an announcement on whether or not they will consider an exception to this policy due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is important to note that LPR’s have been able to travel from the United Kingdom throughout the pandemic to return to their permanent residence in the United States.

Lawful permanent residents (LPRs), also known as “green card” holders, are non-citizens who are lawfully authorized to live permanently within the United States.

If you hold a non-immigrant visa, you are not an LPR.

If you hold an immigrant visa, and travel to a U.S. Port of Entry and are admitted to the U.S. as a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), you will be given the forms necessary to apply for a Permanent Resident Card at that time.

When an immigrant visa holder is admitted as an LPR at a U.S. Port of Entry, their passport is stamped with the words “Processed for I-551 temporary evidence of lawful residence” which helps facilitate overseas travel while they are waiting for the Permanent Resident Card to be processed.



SECTION 3: Information for immediate family members of U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents

Please click on the situation below that applies to you for more information.

This particular Presidential Proclamation does not apply to “any alien who is the spouse of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.”  You will still require a valid visa or ESTA to travel.

The U.S. State Department defines “spouse” as a legally married husband or wife. A co-habiting partner does not qualify as a spouse.  A common-law husband or wife may or may not qualify as a spouse for immigration purposes, depending on the laws of the country where the relationship occurs.  Please note, that the marriage must be a legal marriage and not a religious marriage to qualify for this exception to the Presidential Proclamation.  Additionally, a proxy marriage might not be recognized as a marriage for immigration purposes.

The U.S. Embassy cannot provide an official letter stating that you are excepted from a travel restriction.

If you have a valid visa or ESTA, the determination of your eligibility for admission to the United States will be made by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the Port of Entry. No assurances regarding admission can be given in advance as all travelers are required to establish their eligibility for admission and are subject to questioning.   The U.S. Department of State (including U.S. Embassy London) is not able to determine what documents CBP may wish to see or determine whether CBP will find those documents to be valid for the purposes of admission to the United States.  You may wish to bring documentation that evidences your relationship to your U.S. citizen or LPR spouse and evidences their U.S. citizenship or LPR status.

We suggest that you contact your airline for the latest information about your travel plans and any restrictions.

Information about the status of ESTA registrations at this time is provided through the only official ESTA website. If your ESTA was cancelled but you fall under one of the exceptions identified in the Presidential Proclamation, please refer to the Travel Proclamation Help on the ESTA website for guidance.  If applicable in your case, your ESTA will be reinstated in order to allow you to board.

You will still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test.  Please see the CDC’s website for more information on testing requirements.  Having an exception to the Presidential Proclamation does not exempt you from any U.S. quarantine requirements.

This particular Presidential Proclamation does not apply to “any alien who is the parent or legal guardian of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.”  Your children must be unmarried and under the age of 21. This includes step-children where the parent/step-child relationship was formed before the child was 18.  You will still require a valid visa or ESTA.

The U.S. Embassy cannot provide an official letter stating that you are excepted from a travel restriction.

Please note, U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and leave the U.S. using their U.S. passport.  If you believe your child may have a claim to citizenship after reviewing the information on our website, but they do not have a U.S. passport, we recommend that you or your parents apply for a U.S. passport (and CRBA if applicable) for your child before you travel to the United States.

If you have a valid visa or ESTA, the determination of your eligibility for admission to the United States will be made by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the Port of Entry. No assurances regarding admission can be given in advance as all travelers are required to establish their eligibility for admission and are subject to questioning.   The U.S. Department of State (including U.S. Embassy London) is not able to determine what documents CBP may wish to see or determine whether CBP will find those documents to be valid for the purposes of admission to the United States.  You may wish to bring documentation that evidences your relationship to your U.S. citizen or LPR child and evidences the child’s U.S. citizenship or LPR status.

We suggest that you contact your airline for the latest information about your travel plans and any restrictions.

Information about the status of ESTA registrations at this time is provided through the only official ESTA website. If your ESTA was cancelled but you fall under one of the exceptions identified in the Presidential Proclamation, please refer to the Travel Proclamation Help on the ESTA website for guidance.  If applicable in your case, your ESTA will be reinstated in order to allow you to board.

You will still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test.  Please see the CDC’s website for more information on testing requirements.  Having an exception to the Presidential Proclamation does not exempt you from any U.S. quarantine requirements.

This particular Presidential Proclamation does not apply to “any alien who is the child, foster child, or ward of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, or who is a prospective adoptee seeking to enter the United States pursuant to the IR-4 or IH-4 visa classifications.”  A child, as defined by the Department of State, must be unmarried and under the age of 21.  This includes step-children if the parent/step-child relationship was formed before the child was 18.

Please note, U.S. citizens are required by law to enter and leave the U.S. using their U.S. passport.  If you believe you have a claim to citizenship after reviewing the information on our website, we recommend that you or your parents apply for a U.S. passport (and CRBA if applicable) for you before you travel to the United States.

If you do not qualify for U.S. citizenship, you do still require a valid visa or ESTA to travel to the United States.

The U.S. Embassy cannot provide an official letter stating that you are excepted from a travel restriction.

If you have a valid visa or ESTA, the determination of your eligibility for admission to the United States will be made by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the Port of Entry. No assurances regarding admission can be given in advance as all travelers are required to establish their eligibility for admission and are subject to questioning.   The U.S. Department of State (including U.S. Embassy London) is not able to determine what documents CBP may wish to see or determine whether CBP will find those documents to be valid for the purposes of admission to the United States.  You may wish to bring documentation that evidences your relationship to your U.S. citizen or LPR parent and evidences their U.S. citizenship or LPR status.  If it is a step-parent/step-child relationship, you may wish to bring evidence of legal custody.

We suggest that you contact your airline for the latest information about your travel plans and any restrictions.

Information about the status of ESTA registrations at this time is provided through the only official ESTA website. If your ESTA was cancelled but you fall under one of the exceptions identified in the Presidential Proclamation, please refer to the Travel Proclamation Help on the ESTA website for guidance.  If applicable in your case, your ESTA will be reinstated in order to allow you to board.

You will still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test.  Please see the CDC’s website for more information on testing requirements.  Being an exception to the Presidential Proclamation does not exempt you from any U.S. quarantine requirements.

This particular Presidential Proclamation does not apply to “any alien who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21.”  You and your sibling must both be under 21 and unmarried to qualify.  You will still require a valid visa or ESTA.

The U.S. Embassy cannot provide an official letter stating that you are excepted from a travel restriction.

If you have a valid visa or ESTA, the determination of your eligibility for admission to the United States will be made by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the Port of Entry. No assurances regarding admission can be given in advance as all travelers are required to establish their eligibility for admission and are subject to questioning.   The U.S. Department of State (including U.S. Embassy London) is not able to determine what documents CBP may wish to see or determine whether CBP will find those documents to be valid for the purposes of admission to the United States.  You may wish to bring documentation that evidences your relationship to your U.S. citizen or LPR sibling and evidences their U.S. citizenship or LPR status.

We suggest that you contact your airline for the latest information about your travel plans and any restrictions.

Information about the status of ESTA registrations at this time is provided through the only official ESTA website. If your ESTA was cancelled but you fall under one of the exceptions identified in the Presidential Proclamation, please refer to the Travel Proclamation Help on the ESTA website for guidance.  If applicable in your case, your ESTA will be reinstated in order to allow you to board.

You will still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test.  Please see the CDC’s website for more information on testing requirements.  Having an exception to the Presidential Proclamation does not exempt you from any U.S. quarantine requirements.

Individuals with VALID K-1 visas are no longer subject to regional Presidential Proclamations and may travel to the U.S. using their valid visa.   If you DO NOT have a valid K-1 visa, then you do not qualify for an automatic exception to the Presidential Proclamation and should review the rest of the information on this page.

If you have a valid K-1 visa, the U.S. Embassy cannot provide an official letter stating that you are excepted from a travel restriction.

If you have a valid K-1 visa, the determination of your eligibility for admission to the United States will be made by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the Port of Entry. No assurances regarding admission can be given in advance as all travelers are required to establish their eligibility for admission and are subject to questioning.   The U.S. Department of State (including U.S. Embassy London) is not able to determine what documents CBP may wish to see or determine whether CBP will find those documents to be valid for the purposes of admission to the United States.  You may wish to bring documentation that evidences your relationship to your fiancé(e) and evidences their U.S. citizenship.

We suggest that you contact your airline for the latest information about your travel plans and any restrictions.

You will still need to provide a negative COVID-19 test.  Please see the CDC’s website for more information on testing requirements.  Having an exception to the Presidential Proclamation does not exempt you from U.S. quarantine requirements.

The U.S. State Department defines “spouse” as a legally married husband or wife. A co-habiting partner does not qualify as a spouse.   A common-law husband or wife may or may not qualify as a spouse for immigration purposes, depending on the laws of the country where the relationship occurs.  The UK, for example, does not recognize common law marriages so this would not qualify for an automatic exception to the Presidential Proclamation.

A civil partnership may or may not qualify as a spouse depending on the laws of the country where the relationship occurs.  If the civil partnership confers all the same rights and responsibilities as a legal marriage in that country, then the civil partner may qualify as a spouse.  For example, if you have a legal civil partnership registered in the UK, you should qualify for an exception under the Presidential Proclamation as a spouse.  We are not able to advise on rules for countries outside of the U.S. or the UK so if your partnership is registered elsewhere, you should check with the authorities of that country.

If you believe your relationship qualifies as a spouse, then please follow the instructions under the “I am the spouse of a U.S. citizen or LPR” drop-down on this page.

A partner that is not married to or does not have a civil partnership with a U.S. citizen or LPR will not qualify for an automatic exception to this Presidential Proclamation.  You should review the other information on this page.

If your relationship to a U.S. citizen or LPR is not outlined above, then you DO NOT qualify for an automatic exception as an immediate family member to this Presidential Proclamation.  You should review the rest of the information on this page for further instructions.


FAQs for immediate family members of U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs)

No.  Even if you are not traveling with your immediate family member, you will still qualify for an automatic exception to the Presidential Proclamation.  If you have a valid visa or ESTA, the determination of your eligibility for admission to the United States will be made by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the Port of Entry. No assurances regarding admission can be given in advance as all travelers are required to establish their eligibility for admission and are subject to questioning.   The U.S. Department of State (including U.S. Embassy London) is not able to determine what documents CBP may wish to see or determine whether CBP will find those documents to be valid for the purposes of admission to the United States.  You may wish to bring documentation that evidences your relationship to your U.S. citizen or LPR family member and evidences their U.S. citizenship or LPR status.

Lawful permanent residents (LPRs), also known as “green card” holders, are non-citizens who are lawfully authorized to live permanently within the United States.

If they hold a non-immigrant visa, they are not an LPR.

If they hold an immigrant visa, and travel to a U.S. Port of Entry and are admitted to the U.S. as a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR), they will be given the forms necessary to apply for a Permanent Resident Card at that time.



SECTION 4: Information for non-immigrant visa or ESTA holders requiring an NIE

Please click on the situation below that applies to you for more information.

Due to travel restrictions in place at this time, non-U.S. citizens who are not exempt from the Presidential Proclamation(s) require a valid visa or valid ESTA AND National Interest Exception (NIE) in order to travel to the United States to apply for admission at a U.S. Port of Entry.

We prioritize processing of humanitarian NIE requests. We are not able to respond to requests for status updates and requests for status updates may cause delays to reviewing your application.  You will receive an automatic response when you submit your application so you know it has been received.  Rest assured that we will email you with the outcome of your request as soon as we are able to do so.

All National Interest Exceptions (NIE) are now valid for 12 months and multiple entries as long as you are traveling for the same purpose for which you originally received an NIE.  If you have received a previous NIE in the past 12 months, it will remain valid until one year after its original approval date.  You do not need to apply for a new NIE until your original exception expires. The determination of your eligibility for admission to the United States will be made by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials. We are unable to reissue a new approval letter.   If you received an NIE from another Embassy or Consulate, it will still be valid for travel from the UK as long as it was issued within the past 12 months and you are traveling for the same purpose.  If your NIE was issued by CBP, these were only valid for a one-time entry so you will need to reapply.

Please copy the questions below, including the title of the request, and paste them in the body of your email. Send the information to LondonNIE@state.gov.  We ask that you answer the questions in full and include all requested documents.  Failure to do so may result in delays in reviewing your request. Please note, we will not be able to process NIE requests submitted by mail.

To help us quickly review your request please note:

  • All supporting documents submitted must be in PDF or Word document format or an image file (JPG, GIF, PNG).  Please do not send zip files or password protected documents.
  • Each requested document must be in a separate attachment. Please do not send zip files or password protected documents.
  • Please answer the questions in numerical order, as presented below.  Please copy and paste the questions and answer them within the body of your email.  This will ensure we are able to review your request as quickly as possible.

Please note, if you are not traveling to the United States from the UK, the U.S. Embassy in London will be unable to assist you with your request. Please contact the U.S. embassy in the country where your travel will begin.

Copy and paste the text below, fill in your answers and send an email with the answers and requested documents to LondonNIE@state.gov.

REQUEST FOR A HUMANITARIAN NATIONAL INTEREST EXCEPTION

 

Please attach:

  • The passport bio page of each traveler.
  • A copy of the ESTA or valid visa for each traveler.
  • Evidence of the emergency reason for travel such as a detailed doctor’s or hospital note describing the medical condition, the treatment needed, the prognosis and the assistance needed during recovery, or a death certificate.
  • If you are traveling to visit an individual in the United States please provide a copy of their U.S. passport, naturalization certificate, LPR card, visa or ESTA.
  • If you are traveling to visit an individual in the United States please provide documentation to evidence your relationship such as birth or marriage certificates.  To demonstrate a sibling relationship, you should provide both your and your sibling’s birth certificate.
  • If you are traveling for surrogacy reasons, please attach the surrogacy carrier agreement, a court order granting custody and a letter from the hospital where the birth will occur.

1.       The full names of each traveler (as printed in passport).

2.     If you are traveling with family, please list each traveler’s relationship to you.

3.       Has any traveler previously received a National Interest Exception? (Yes/No)  If so, what was the date of your approval?

4.       Dates of travel and intended length of stay in the United States.

5.       Each traveler’s country of birth.

6.       Your email address.

7.       Your telephone number.

8.      Why are you applying to travel from the UK to the United States?

Please note that all travelers must observe U.S. government regulations related to COVID-19, including quarantine regulations and mandatory COVID testing.  Please review both the CDC website and the website of the Department of Health for the state to which you are traveling.

Due to travel restrictions in place at this time, non-U.S. citizens who are not exempt from the Presidential Proclamation(s) require a valid visa or valid ESTA AND National Interest Exception (NIE) in order to travel to the United States to apply for admission at a U.S. Port of Entry.

Our current processing time for non-humanitarian NIE requests is 20 working days. We advise you to apply 30 days ahead of travel to ensure we have enough time to process your NIE or ask for additional information. We are not able to respond to requests for status updates and requests for status updates may cause delays to reviewing your application.  You will receive an automatic response when you submit your application so you know it has been received.  Rest assured that we will email you with the outcome of your request as soon as a decision has been made.

All National Interest Exceptions (NIE) are now valid for 12 months and multiple entries as long as you are traveling for the same purpose for which you originally received an NIE.  If you have received a previous NIE in the past 12 months, it will remain valid until one year after its original approval date.  You do not need to apply for a new NIE until your original exception expires. The determination of your eligibility for admission to the United States will be made by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials. We are unable to reissue a new approval letter.   If you received an NIE from another Embassy or Consulate, it will still be valid for travel from the UK as long as it was issued within the past 12 months and you are traveling for the same purpose.  If your NIE was issued by CBP, these were only valid for a one-time entry so you will need to reapply.

Please copy the questions below, including the title of the request, and paste them in the body of your email. Send the information to LondonNIE@state.gov.  We ask that you answer the questions in full and include all requested documents.  Failure to do so may result in delays in reviewing your request. Please note, we will not be able to process NIE requests submitted by mail.

To help us quickly review your request please note:

  • All supporting documents submitted must be in PDF or Word document format or an image file (JPG, GIF, PNG).  Please do not send zip files or password protected documents.
  • Each requested document must be in a separate attachment. Please do not send zip files or password protected documents.
  • Please answer the questions in numerical order, as presented below.  Please copy and paste the questions and answer them within the body of your email.  This will ensure we are able to review your request as quickly as possible.

Please note, if you are not traveling to the United States from the UK, the U.S. Embassy in London will be unable to assist you with your request. Please contact the U.S. embassy in the country where your travel will begin.

Copy and paste the text below, fill in your answers and send an email with the answers and requested documents to LondonNIE@state.gov.

REQUEST FOR A NATIONAL INTEREST EXCEPTION

 

Please attach:

  • The passport bio page of each traveler.
  • A copy of the ESTA or valid visa for each traveler.
  • If your travel is for business purposes, evidence of the business reason for travel such as a letter from any U.S. company or institution that will benefit from your travel.  The letter should address the economic hardship that the U.S. company or institution would suffer if you cannot travel at this time.
  • If your travel is for business purposes, a letter from your company or employer outlining what the company you work for does, what industry they are in, and what specific role/job/task you will have in the United States.   If you are applying for a group of travelers, this letter should address each traveler’s role.
  • If you are a J-visa holder, please include a copy of your DS-2019.
  • If you are a derivative visa holder traveling to join a principal visa holder, please provide a copy of the principal visa holder’s valid visa.

1.       Each traveler’s full name (as printed in passport).

2.     If you are requesting to travel with family or coworkers, please list each traveler’s relationship to you and/or their business role.

3.       Has any traveler previously received a National Interest Exception? (Yes/No)  If so, what was the date of the approval?

4.       Dates of travel and intended length of stay in the United States.

5.       Each traveler’s country of birth.

6.       Your email address.

7.       Your telephone number.

8.      Why are you applying to travel from the UK to the United States?

9.      Why do you believe your travel is time-sensitive?

10.    Why do you believe your travel is in the U.S. national interest?

Please note that all travelers must observe U.S. government regulations related to COVID-19, including quarantine regulations and mandatory COVID testing.  Please review both the CDC website and the website of the Department of Health for the state to which you are traveling.

This particular Presidential Proclamation does not apply to “ any noncitizen traveling as a nonimmigrant pursuant to a C-1, D, or C-1/D nonimmigrant visa as a crewmember or any noncitizen otherwise traveling to the United States as air or sea crew”.

The U.S. Embassy cannot provide an official letter stating that you are excepted from a travel restriction.

If you have a valid visa, the determination of your eligibility for admission to the United States will be made by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the Port of Entry. No assurances regarding admission can be given in advance as all travelers are required to establish their eligibility for admission and are subject to questioning.   The U.S. Department of State (including U.S. Embassy London) is not able to determine what documents CBP may wish to see or determine whether CBP will find those documents to be valid for the purposes of admission to the United States.  You may wish to bring documents to evidence your purpose of travelling to the Untied States on your visa.

We suggest that you contact your airline for the latest information about your travel plans and any restrictions.

Please note that all travelers must observe U.S. government regulations related to COVID-19, including quarantine regulations and mandatory COVID testing.  Please review both the CDC website and the website of the Department of Health for the state to which you are traveling.

If you have applied for a B1/B2 alongside your C1/D, we will not be able to process the B1/B2 unless you have additionally qualified for a National Interest Exception for the B1/B2 visa.

This particular Presidential Proclamation does not apply to “(A)  seeking entry into or transiting the United States pursuant to one of the following visas:  A-1, A-2, C-2, C-3 (as a foreign government official or immediate family member of an official), E-1 (as an employee of TECRO or TECO or the employee’s immediate family members), G-1, G-2, G-3, G-4, NATO-1 through NATO-4, or NATO-6 (or seeking to enter as a nonimmigrant in one of those NATO categories); or (B)  whose travel falls within the scope of section 11 of the United Nations Headquarters Agreement;”

The U.S. Embassy cannot provide an official letter stating that you are excepted from a travel restriction.

If you have a valid visa, the determination of your eligibility for admission to the United States will be made by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the Port of Entry. No assurances regarding admission can be given in advance as all travelers are required to establish their eligibility for admission and are subject to questioning.   The U.S. Department of State (including U.S. Embassy London) is not able to determine what documents CBP may wish to see or determine whether CBP will find those documents to be valid for the purposes of admission to the United States.  You may wish to bring documents to evidence your purpose of travelling to the Untied States on your visa.

We suggest that you contact your airline for the latest information about your travel plans and any restrictions.

Please note that all travelers must observe U.S. government regulations related to COVID-19, including quarantine regulations and mandatory COVID testing.  Please review both the CDC website and the website of the Department of Health for the state to which you are traveling.

If you hold a valid F-1 or M-1 student visa and you wish to travel to the United States to undertake or resume your studies or Optional Practical Training (OPT), you do not require a national interest exception in order to travel to the United States. This applies even if you were issued with a national interest exception in the past. This also applies to F-2 and M-2 visa holders traveling with or to join an F-1 or M-1 student.

The U.S. Embassy cannot provide an official letter stating that you are excepted from a travel restriction.  If you have a valid F or M visa, the determination of your eligibility for admission to the United States will be made by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the Port of Entry. No assurances regarding admission can be given in advance as all travelers are required to establish their eligibility for admission and are subject to questioning.

Please note that all travelers must observe U.S. government regulations related to COVID-19, including quarantine regulations and mandatory COVID testing.  Please review both the CDC website and the website of the Department of Health for the state to which you are traveling.


FAQs for non-immigrant visa or ESTA holders requiring an NIE 

The Presidential Proclamation restricts travel from the United Kingdom to the United States, even for travelers who are just transiting through the United States to get to their final destination and not leaving the airport.

As you are not currently in the UK, we cannot offer guidance as to whether you would fall under an exception to the Presidential Proclamation if you were to seek to reenter the United States at a future date. Please review the Presidential Proclamation for detailed information.

Before departing the United States, we would strongly advise you to consider the necessity of traveling to the UK. A National Interest Exception should only be requested if you are relatively certain you may qualify. You will need to wait until you are in the UK to apply for any National Interest Exception. An exception is not guaranteed and if you do not qualify this may result in a significant delay in being able to return to the United States.

All National Interest Exceptions (NIE) are now valid for 12 months and multiple entries as long as you are traveling for the same purpose for which you originally received an NIE.  If you have received a previous NIE in the past 12 months, it will remain valid until one year after its original approval date.  You do not need to apply for a new NIE until your original exception expires. If you have applied for and received multiple NIE’s, the 12 months is from your most recent approval. The determination of your eligibility for admission to the United States will be made by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials.

National Interest Exceptions issued by U.S. embassies or consulates are now valid for travel from any country.  If your NIE was issued by CBP, you will need to apply again.

You should still check any local or regional travel restrictions in that country that may delay onward travel to the United States.

The U.S. Embassy cannot provide an official letter stating that you are excepted from a travel restriction or reissue your approval letter.  You should check the date of your NIE on your original approval email.  If you obtained an NIE through your visa issuance and your visa indicates you are not subject to the Presidential Proclamations, your approval date will be from the date on the slip of paper you received with your visa.

Travel to the United States from a country that is not covered by any Presidential Proclamation may be possible, but we advise you to verify whether the country to which you intend to travel has implemented travel or other restrictions before you make travel arrangements.  One possible source of such information is travel.state.gov which contains links to the websites of other countries’ immigration authorities.

We are not able to suggest countries through which you may travel, comment on your proposed travel itinerary, or provide information about travel regulations that apply to other countries.

Please bear in mind:

  • The proclamation suspends travel to the U.S. for any individual who has been physically present in the United Kingdom or another listed country within 14 days prior to their arrival in the United States. Unless you plan to stay in a country that is not impacted by any of these proclamations for 14 days before traveling onward to the United States, the proclamation will continue to apply.
  • Transiting a country covered by the proclamation (including the UK), even without exiting the airport, counts as physical presence within that country and triggers the application of the proclamation.
  • The proclamation also applies to traveling through a U.S. airport to get to another country.
  • For information on current COVID testing requirements for travel to the United States from the United Kingdom please see the CDC website.

No.  Derivative status is only obtained through obtaining a derivative visa.   For example, the spouse and children of an exchange visitor (J visa holder), could apply for a visa to be granted derivative status as a J-2 visa holder, but could not apply for admission to the United States using an ESTA claiming to have J-2 status.

Each individual traveler will need to apply for an NIE if they have not received one previously.

If you are traveling for a reason that is different from the reason for which you received your previous NIE, you will need to apply for a new NIE and should follow the instructions above.

National Interest Exceptions issued by U.S. embassies or consulates are now valid for travel from any country.  If your NIE was issued by CBP, you will need to apply again.

You should still check any local or regional travel restrictions in that country that may delay onward travel to the United States.

All National Interest Exceptions (NIE) are now valid for 12 months and multiple entries as long as you are traveling for the same purpose for which you originally received an NIE.  If you have received a previous NIE in the past 12 months, it will remain valid until one year after its original approval date.  You do not need to apply for a new NIE until your original exception expires. If you have applied for and received multiple NIE’s, the 12 months is from your most recent approval. The determination of your eligibility for admission to the United States will be made by U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) officials.

You will not need a new NIE as long as it was issued by the embassy within the last 12 months and you are traveling for the same travel purpose.



SECTION 5: Information for non-immigrant visa or ESTA applicants.

Thank you for your patience as we work to resume routine visa services as soon as resources and U.S. and UK regulations and conditions allow. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

If you need to apply for a U.S. visa, unavoidable backlogs caused by the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on our staffing and resources, and based on our undertaking health and safety measures in line with UK and U.S. guidance mean that visa application procedures are subject to delay.

We have not resumed routine visa services and appointment availability is extremely limited. Being exempt from the travel restrictions does not guarantee an expedited appointment and our appointment service provider will be best placed to provide any further details about future interview appointment availability.

Please note, if you require a National Interest Exception in addition to your visa in order to travel, this will be assessed as part of your visa application.  You do not need to request an NIE separately.

Please see our ESTA page for more information.

The Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) is managed by the Department of Homeland Security. As such, we cannot answer questions about the ESTA process and any resulting decisions. Please review the official ESTA website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/ and contact Customs and Border Protection (CBP) if you have further questions.

Information about the status of ESTA registrations at this time is provided through the only official ESTA website. If your ESTA was cancelled but you fall under one of the automatic exceptions identified in the Presidential Proclamation, please refer to the Travel Proclamation Help on the ESTA website for guidance.

If you do not qualify for one of the automatic exceptions listed in the Presidential Proclamation, you will also require a National Interest Exception (212(f) waiver) and should review the information above for instructions on how to apply.

Please see our website for information on non-immigrant visa types and application instructions.

As described above, services remain extremely limited at this time.  We cannot guarantee an expedited appointment will be available.  Furthermore, we cannot guarantee an outcome on or before any given date.

If you are not currently in the United Kingdom, we will not be able to assess whether or not you qualify for an expedited appointment until you are in the United Kingdom.

If you are physically present in the United Kingdom then you may choose to apply for a visa through the U.S. Embassy in London. You should note, however, that during your interview you can expect to be asked to demonstrate that your social, economic and familial ties outside the United States are sufficiently strong to compel your departure from the U.S. after a brief visit. Consular officers have no way of evaluating and verifying an applicant’s ties to another country.

If you previously began the process of applying at another embassy or consulate, please note that visa fees are not transferable. You will be required to complete a new application to reflect your new application location and pay the visa fees again.

If you are a UK resident and wish to apply elsewhere, you should contact that embassy or consulate directly.  Please visit their website or contact them directly for clarification.

The final determination on an individual’s eligibility for a visa or for an expedited visa appointment is a matter for the adjudicating consular officer. No assurances can be given in advance and we cannot pre-adjudicate whether or not you will qualify over email.

Limited emergency visa interview appointments are taking place for all visa categories for urgent or humanitarian reasons for travel, including for imminent study or OPT for F and M visas.

In order to request an emergency appointment, please follow the instructions provided on the Visa Appointment website.  If you receive an emergency visa appointment, you will be assessed for a National Interest Exception (NIE) as part of the visa application process and do not need to request an NIE separately.

Please note, appointment availability is extremely limited and no guarantees can be given in advance regarding your eligibility for an expedited appointment.

Being exempt from the travel restrictions does not guarantee that you will qualify for an expedited appointment. Our management team will take all factors that you outline into account when assessing your request for an expedited appointment.

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.

We are not able to conduct visa interviews remotely at this time.

At this time, Embassy London can accept interview waiver applications for individuals who will be traveling in an official capacity and/or applying for one of the following visa categories:

  • A-1
  • A-2
  • C-1/D (renewals only)
  • C-2
  • C-3
  • G-1
  • G-2
  • G-3
  • G-4
  • NATO-01
  • NATO-04
  • NATO-05
  • NATO-06
  • O-1 (renewals only)
  • O-2 (renewals only)
  • O-3 (renewals only)
  • H1-B (renewals only)
  • H2-B (renewals only)
  • H4 (renewals only)

Due to our current resources and ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, if you have been offered an expedited appointment you have been provided with the earliest date available. You should attend the visa interview at that time unless otherwise notified.  If you still wish to move your appointment to an earlier date, we suggest that you check the calendar through your Visa Appointment Service account periodically for newly released appointments or any appointments made available as a result of cancellations.  We do not operate a waiting list.

Your request was reviewed by a senior consular manager and the email you received reflects the outcome. No appeal is available.

As we continue to resume services, you can expect appointment availability on your Visa Appointment Service account appointment calendar to increase.

We do not operate a waiting list and we cannot offer you an appointment by email, telephone, or social media.

If you are offered an appointment but you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or you have been exposed to the virus, do not attend the appointment. You must reschedule your appointment through the Visa Appointment Service website.

If you have a visa appointment scheduled, please keep checking your Visa Appointment Service account and your email account (including the junk or spam folder). This is where we will send any communication about changes to appointments if necessary.

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 must not bring laptops or bags above cabin-baggage size to your appointment as they are not 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 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.

If you have been advised that your application requires additional administrative processing or is under review, that will remain the status of your case until you are notified about the outcome. The process cannot be waived and no expedite service is available.

You do not need to monitor the status of your case online because you will be contacted directly.  Please note, we cannot provide routine status updates while administrative processing is underway.

If a visa application is approved during a visa interview, the average processing time is currently approximately 5 working days. No expedited processing service is available.

If you have been asked to submit additional information or documentation, additional time must be allowed because the consular officer cannot adjudicate your case until everything has been received.

Delivery tracking information will be sent to the email address that was provided through the Visa Appointment Service website when your visa interview was scheduled. Furthermore, you will be emailed if more information is needed for your case, or if additional processing is required. It is important for you to check that email account regularly, including any junk or spam folders.

Passports and documents will be delivered by the option chosen when the visa interview was scheduled. Please sign in to your Visa Appointment Service for information. It is not possible for you to collect your passport from the Embassy in person.

If more than 10 working days have passed since your visa application was approved at interview and you have not received any emails or letters about the status of your case, please contact us. We cannot offer status checks before the 10 working days have passed.

I haven’t attended a visa interview.

We are working diligently to restore all routine visa operations as quickly and safely as possible. In the meantime, rest assured that we have extended the validity of your payment (known as the MRV fee) until September 30, 2023.

If you depart the United Kingdom and wish to apply for a visa through another embassy or consulate, you will be required to pay a new MRV fee and complete a new Form DS-160.

As explained at the time of fee payment, visa fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

I have attended a visa interview.

Your MRV fee has already been utilized in covering the costs of processing your application and providing associated services.

If you wish to apply for a new visa, you will be required to pay a new MRV fee and complete a new Form DS-160.

Can I have a refund?

We do not have the authority to grant exceptions or to refund MRV fee payments. The MRV fee is non-refundable and non-transferable as per the terms and conditions that you agreed to at the time of payment, which are outlined on the Visa Appointment Service website.

Nonimmigrant visas cannot be extended. However, the majority of nonimmigrant visas are valid for several years. Please check the visa in your passport to confirm the validity period of the visa in your case. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for more information about visa and passport validity.

If you are currently in the United States, please be aware that the expiration date of your visa has no bearing on your authorized length of stay in the United States. Please check the stamp in your passport applied by officials at the U.S. Port of Entry for information about your authorized period of stay.

If you have questions after checking the USCIS Response to COVID-19 webpage, you should contact them using the contact details on that website.



SECTION 6: Information for immigrant visa holders and applicants

 

Immigrant and K-visa holders with valid visas do not need to obtain National Interest Exceptions (NIEs) in advance from a consular section before traveling to the United States.

We have now begun to process visa applications in all immigrant and fiancé(e) visa categories. However, appointments remain extremely limited as a result of the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are unable to provide timescales as to when your case will be processed but thank you for your patience while we continue to clear the backlog. We can’t provide personalized answers by email, social media, or telephone about topics that are covered here.

Please select where your case is in the process using the dropdowns below for further information on how to proceed with your case.

If you have petition filing questions after checking the USCIS website, contact USCIS directly using contact details on that website.

You can check the status of a petition using the USCIS case status checker. If the petition is pending approval and your address has changed, visit the USCIS website to provide your new address.

If you are applying for an immigrant visa and the case is being processed by NVC, please click here to visit your CEAC account for information. Please contact NVC using the contact form on that website if you still have questions.

We are unable to answer any questions about NVC cases, including about appointment scheduling. The Embassy’s role is to communicate with NVC about overall appointment capacity, not to allocate interview dates to applicants. Therefore, we cannot predict or influence when your appointment may be scheduled.

We cannot accept expedite requests directly from an applicant or their representatives. Please contact NVC if you have urgent need of travel.

If you are unable to attend the date you’ve been assigned, you should sign in to your Visa Appointment Service account to book a new interview date after the original interview date has passed.

Please note, you should not expect your account to be updated to allow you to schedule a new interview until after the scheduled appointment date has passed. Until then, the account will still display details of the appointment that was assigned. You need not be concerned. You are not required to attend that appointment.

You should still register the cancelled date on the Visa Appointment Service account, if you have not already done so.

You can now sign into your Visa Appointment Service account to reschedule your appointment. If no appointments are available when you first check, keep checking the calendar regularly for newly released dates and appointments made available due to cancellations. We do not operate a wait list and cannot provide a timescale for when further appointments will be released.

Thank you for your patience while we work through a backlog. As soon as we are ready to begin processing your application, your case number will be assigned and sent to you in your application instructions letter. We will send your letter as soon as possible but we cannot predict when this will be.  If your address has changed since your petition was filed, please contact us to provide your updated address.

Once you receive your letter, you should create your Visa Appointment Service account to schedule your appointment. If no appointments are available when you first check, keep checking the calendar regularly for newly released dates and appointments made available due to cancellations. We do not operate a wait list and cannot provide a timescale for when further appointments will be released.


FAQs for immigrant visa holders and applicants

If you have a visa appointment scheduled, please keep checking your Visa Appointment Service account and your email account (including the junk or spam folder). This is where we will send any communication about changes to appointments if necessary. If you have booked a medical examination, please contact the panel physician directly to check the status.

If your case is with NVC, please contact NVC directly to discuss the status of your case, including expedite options. We are unable to answer any questions about NVC cases, including about appointment scheduling. The Embassy’s role is to communicate with NVC about overall appointment capacity, not to allocate interview dates to applicants. Therefore, we cannot predict or influence when your appointment may be scheduled.

If your case is with the Embassy in London and you have received your appointment instruction letter or your previous appointment was canceled, you can sign in to your Visa Appointment Service account to schedule or reschedule your appointment. If your appointment was canceled during lockdown and you have not yet created a Visa Appointment Service account, you will be required to register the original appointment date before you can reschedule to a new date.

We understand that you wish to travel as soon as possible. However, as appointment availability is extremely limited and in fairness to other applicants in the same position as you, we cannot consider expedite requests unless there is critical humanitarian (‘life or death’) reasons for travel. To request an expedited appointment under these circumstances, please sign in to your Visa Appointment Service account and follow the on screen instructions.

 

If you have a visa appointment scheduled, please keep checking your Visa Appointment Service account and your email account (including the junk or spam folder). This is where we will send any communication about changes to appointments if necessary. If you have booked a medical examination, please contact the panel physician directly to check the status.

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 must not bring laptops or bags above cabin-baggage size to your appointment as they are not 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 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.

We ask that you attend your appointment unaccompanied if possible. However, if you would like to be accompanied by a carer or translator, or if the visa applicant is under 18 and their parent or legal guardian are not applying for a visa at the same time, please contact us to submit a request to be accompanied. In your message, please include:

  • The full name of the visa applicant;
  • Their case number;
  • The date and time of the visa interview; and
  • The full name of the person that wishes to accompany the applicant to the interview, and their relationship to the applicant.

 

It is not possible to apply for a visa from within the United States. If you are in the U.S. and you wish to apply to adjust status to reside there permanently, you must contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office with jurisdiction over your current location. Contact details are provided through their website.

If USCIS requires information or documentation from the Embassy in London in connection with your application to adjust status, they can contact us through official channels.

If the request to adjust status in the U.S. is denied, you must apply for an immigrant visa at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate outside of the United States.

Applicants are given 12 months from the date on which the Embassy’s Immigrant Visa Unit writes to them with their case number and application instructions.

​You do not need to be concerned if the petition in your name expires while you are waiting for K-1 visa services to resume. This is because you can revalidate the petition with a letter from the petitioner stating that you both remain legally free to marry and that you will do so within 90 days of your arrival in the United States. You should take the letter to your visa interview in the future, not mail it or email it to the Embassy now.

Immigrant and fiancé(e) visas should be processed by the embassy or consulate with jurisdiction over the applicant’s place of residence. If you move to another country, contact the relevant embassy or consulate to ask that they officially request your case file from the Embassy in London.  If you have moved to the UK, contact us to request a case transfer to U.S. Embassy London.

Which documents should I send?

If documents or scans have been requested by NVC, please click here to visit your CEAC account for information, and contact NVC using the contact form on that website if you still have questions.

If documentation has been requested by the consular officer following a visa interview, you can check the Department of State’s website for information about how to obtain copies of civil documents.

Do not send your passport unless it has specifically been requested from you.

If you’re not sure what documents to submit after checking the letter you were given and the instructions in your Visa Appointment Service account, you can contact us.

How should I send the documents?

Sign in to your Visa Appointment Service account and follow the instructions to send documents to the Embassy. If you see a green ‘Continue’ button, click it to obtain the instructions.

Once you have submitted the requested information or documentation, please see FAQ 3.9 if you have questions about timescales. Due to the volume of submissions received, we are unable to confirm receipt of documents or information.

If you have been advised that your application requires additional administrative processing or is under review, that will remain the status of your case until you are notified about the outcome. No expedite service is available. You do not need to monitor the status of your case online as you will be contacted directly when the outcome is known.

We cannot predict how long it may take for your visa to be issued as it varies in each and every case. Any timescales previously provided should be considered as general guidance only. No guarantees are possible, and no expedited or premium processing service is available. We caution you against purchasing tickets or making final travel plans unless you have received your passport containing a valid visa appropriate for your purpose of travel.

If you have been asked to submit additional information or documentation such as a medical report or new passport, additional time must be allowed because the consular officer cannot adjudicate your case until everything has been received.

Due to the volume of enquiries we are receiving, we are unable to provide status updates or confirm the receipt of documents. Please continue to monitor your email address as that is where any updates will be sent.

Delivery tracking information will be sent to the email address on your Visa Appointment Service account. Furthermore, you will be emailed if more information is needed for your case, or if additional processing is required. Therefore it is important for you to check that email account regularly, including any junk or spam folders.

Passports and documents will be delivered by the option chosen when the visa interview was scheduled. Please sign in to your Visa Appointment Service for information. It is not possible for you to collect your passport from the Embassy in person.

Should I have a visa package?

All passports are delivered in a plastic courier envelope. Some courier envelopes will also contain a paper envelope known as a visa package, which clearly states on the back that it should only be opened by immigration officials at the U.S. Port of Entry.

If your visa is annotated with the phrase “IV Docs in CCD,” you will not receive an immigrant visa package. That is because you scanned your supporting documents as part of the visa process.

What should I do if my visa package is damaged or opened?

If your visa package (a paper envelope) has small nicks or tears, you do not need to be concerned. You can apply a small amount of clear tape and explain to the immigration officials that it was damaged during delivery. However, if the damage looks large enough that documents could be removed or fall out, please contact us with your full name, case number, visa category, and planned date of travel to the U.S.

If you received a visa package in a paper envelope, it will clearly state that it should not be opened. If you have accidentally opened it, contact us with your full name, case number, visa category, and planned date of travel to the U.S.

If you were unable to travel due to extenuating circumstances and as a result your current immigrant or fiancé(e) visa has expired, you will be required to attend a new medical and schedule an appointment to visit the Embassy to pay a new visa issuance fee. We cannot extend valid immigrant visas.

If you wish to proceed with reissuance, please contact the Panel Physician after the visa has expired to schedule a new medical examination. You will be required to pay a new medical fee.

You may schedule a medical appointment by telephoning 020 7486 7822 Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You must quote your case number (e.g. LND20XXXXXXXX). Appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Once you have attended the medical, please contact us through our contact form to arrange an appointment at the Embassy to pay the visa issuance fee. Please include your case number as failure to do so will delay our response.

Your petitioner should write a signed and dated letter asking for the petition in your name to be withdrawn.

The letter should be sent to:

Immigrant Visa Unit
U.S. Embassy
33 Nine Elms Lane
London SW11 7US

  • If your email address changes after you have created a Visa Appointment Service account, please update your account with the new email.
  • If your UK address changes, please contact us with your new address.

U.S. Embassy London is not currently able to offer fingerprinting/biometrics appointments.

U.S. Embassy London is not currently scheduling DNA test collection appointments for either U.S. visa or U.S. passport or citizenship services. This includes DNA testing cases referred from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

We do not have an estimated timeframe for when these services will resume.