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Travel to the USA

How to make an application for a US Tourist Visa (B-2)

If you wish to apply for a visa to visit the USA as a tourist then here is some of the basic information you will require. For further information you should visit the US Embassy in London's web site

You should bear in mind that it can be quite difficult to prove you have sufficient ties to the UK to be granted a US tourist visa. Applicants are asked to provide evidence that they have good reason to return to the UK, and in some cases the US government has not accepted that being a student in the UK is a good enough reason. You are advised to think carefully about this as your visa fee will not be refunded if your visa is refused.

How do I apply for a B-2 (tourist) visa?

There is a detailed guide to the application process on the US Embassy in London web site.

Can I apply for the visa by post?

Most applicants aged 14 to 79 are required to attend a visa interview in person with a U.S consular officer. More information is available here.

How much does it cost to apply?

For up to date application fees please visit the Embassy's web site.

Where is the US Embassy in London?

The Embassy is located at 24 Grosvenor Square, London, W1A 2LQ.

A map and directions please are available here.

What happens when I go for my interview?

Only applicants with appointments will be admitted into the Embassy unless they are under 18, require an interpreter or are disabled. The local authority will not permit anyone to wait outside the Embassy, so please do not take anyone else with you.

During your interview your fingerprints will be electronically scanned.

More information is available here.

Important security information is available here.

How long will my application take to process?

Routine visa applications take approximately 1 working day to process. For up to date information on waiting times in London go to the US Department of State website.

How will my passport be returned to me?

When your visa has been processed your passport will be handed to the courier company and you will receive an email with your tracking number.  You can track the delivery of your passport online. Your passport will be delivered to the address you selected at the time you scheduled the appointment. More information is available here.


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