United Kingdom


United Kingdom Tourist Visa Requirements


Check if you need a UK visa.



1  Passport

Applicant must submit their current, signed passport. Visas are stamped into a passport, therefore the original passport is required.

2  Photo Requirement

Applicant must submit two (2) identical, color, passport style photographs. The photos must be recent and generally should not be the same used for the passport itself.

3  Proof of Travel

Applicant must submit a computer-generated itinerary from a travel agency or online booking tool (such as an e-confirmation or online booking) showing departure from the US and arrival/departure for the destination.

Note, if traveling via private charter the charters manifest should suffice.

4  Proof of Status

Applicant must submit proof of immigration status in the US and permission to re-enter the US after your trip.

If applicant has Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) – Applicant must submit clear color copy of front and back of card. The front must be on one copy and the back on a second copy – BOTH of these copies MUST be notarized.

If applicant has other form of US residency permit – Applicant must include ORIGINAL documents. Examples include:
‘ Valid US visa (e.g., H1B, F1)
‘ Advance Parole Document
‘ Employment Authorization Card (does not permit re-entry to US)
‘ Valid DS 2019 (Formerly IAP66)
‘ Valid I-20 (must be signed on the reverse by designated school official)
‘ Valid I-94 Arrival Departure Record

5  Proof of Sufficient Funds

Applicant must submit a copy of their most recent monthly bank statement.

The statement must clearly show the applicant’s name as the account holder, the balances of the accounts, the date of the statement, and the complete transaction record for the month.

The available balance should be greater than $200 USD per day in country. For example, if spending 5 days in the country, statement should show balance in excess of $1,000 USD.

6  Letter From School or Employer

Applicant must submit a letter from employer or school (on business letterhead, with contact details), stating that leave of absence has been granted, how long applicant has been employed/enrolled and that applicant will be returning to your current job or continuing education. If applicant is unemployed, provide letter stating such.
Non-US students must also include a copy of their I-20 form

7  Proof of Accommodations

Applicant must submit one of the following:

a) Copy of confirmed hotel reservations.

b) If staying with friends or family, an ORIGINAL letter of invitation from the host in the United Kingdom, NOTARIZED by the appropriate city in the United Kingdom.

8  Letter of Invitation

If applicant is staying in hotel, skip this section.

If applicant is staying with friends or family, applicant must provide the following:

‘A letter from sponsor (the person applicant is visiting) explaining applicants relationship with them and the purpose of visit; AND

‘ A copy of the bio-data page (the page containing photograph) of the sponsors UK passport; OR, if sponsor is not a UK national, a copy of the bio-data page of the sponsors passport and evidence of their immigration status in the United Kingdom.

9  Biometrics Stamp

Biometrics are required for all UK visas. When filling out the application you will book an appointment. There is no additional cost. When completing the online visa application described below you will schedule an appointment at a location near you. Please note that the next available appointment may be a week or more out. In most cases, you can visit the facility 24 hours after submitting your request and be seen as a walk in. You will need to bring your completed visa application and passport to the appointment. Once complete, you will receive a confirmation page with stamp. This document must be submitted with your other documents.

Note: Biometrics are not required for children under five years old.

10  Visa Application

Applicant must submit one completed United Kingdom visa application. During the process, applicant will pay for visa using credit card and be asked to schedule a “biometric” appointment. Once online application is completed, applicant must print and sign confirmation. Click here for the visa application form.

11  Priority Service

The UK Boarder Agency implemented a new Priority Service program. This program is designed to offer a faster turn around for UK visa applications. All applications submitted by third parties MUST utilize the Priority Service. The cost of this service is $192 in addition to the visa fee. Applications received without the Priority Service confirmation will either be charged an additional $242 or returned. By submitting your documents, you accept this term.


12  Special Notice:

Applicant selects specific visa duration, entries and cost when completing the online visa application.

Smart Visas Services Fee: $85.00

Note: There will be a extra charge of $ 5.00 if paid on our online system.

Ship Documents to Smart Visas and Passport Services with a pre-paid return shipping envelope with tracking number via FedEx, UPS, etc, only.

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