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Select a visa category below to find the visa issuance fee, number of entries, and validity period for visas issued to applicants from this country*/area of authority.
Visa Classification: The type of nonimmigrant visa you are applying for.
Fee: The reciprocity fee, also known as the visa issuance fee, you must pay. This fee is in addition to the nonimmigrant visa application fee (MRV fee).
Number of Entries: The number of times you may seek entry into the United States with that visa. "M" means multiple times. If there is a number, such as "One", you may apply for entry one time with that visa.
Validity Period: This generally means the visa is valid, or can be used, from the date it is issued until the date it expires, for travel with that visa. If your Validity Period is 60 months, your visa will be valid for 60 months from the date it is issued.
The publication "General Register Office Abstract of Arrangement Registration of Births, Marriages and Deaths in the United Kingdom and Other Countries of the British Commonwealth of Nations, and in the Irish Republic" contains a great deal of pertinent information, and may prove of value as a reference to persons confronted with individual problems. It is published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 49 High Holborn, London WC1.
Available. Immigrant visa applicants who have resided in the United Kingdom for six months or more since the age of sixteen are required to obtain a Police Certificate from the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Records Office (ACRO). Applicants will find further guidance and application forms here.
The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 enables some criminal convictions to become 'spent', or ignored, after a set length of time from the date of conviction. After this period, with certain exceptions, an ex-offender is not normally obliged to mention their conviction when applying for a job or obtaining insurance, or when involved in criminal or civil proceedings. The "No Live Trace" or "Further Information Stepped Down" response indicates that information is available relating to a 'spent' conviction. A "No Trace" response indicates a clean police record.
Applicants presenting “No Live Trace” or “Further Information Stepped Down” police records are encouraged to request and submit their Subject Access Record to facilitate visa processing. Applicants are legally entitled to gain access to this information about themselves under Section 7 of the British Data Protection Act, 1998.
Available. Applicants may obtain court records (usually called "Memorandum of Conviction" in the United Kingdom), by writing to the Clerk of Court of the court (or courts) in which he or she was tried. This request must include as precise a date and place as possible.
Available. Military discharge certificates are issued to enlisted personnel, non-commissioned personnel, and petty-officer personnel of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines.
Officer personnel are not issued discharge certificates, but are usually able to obtain a letter from the appropriate office listed below confirming their release from the Armed Forces.
Details of service in the Armed Forces may be obtained as follows:
|Army||MOD (M3) (A)
Army Records Office
Empress State Building
London SW6 1TR
|Air Force - Officers||
Ministry of Defence
|Air Force - Non-Commissioned Personnel||P. Man (3E1)
Royal Air Force Records Office
R.A.F. Personnel Management
231 Nestles Avenue Centre
|Royal Navy and Royal Marines||
Passport Extensions: As of June 16, 2014, the UK government has begun extending the expiration dates of certain passports by placing a stamp in the passport. This stamp is only being used when UK citizens seek to renew their passports outside of the UK. This stamp may be placed on any page and will extend the passport validity for one year. The Department views this extended passport as a valid travel document.
British Visitor's Passport: A short-form travel document issued by HMG to citizens of the United Kingdom intending to travel only to countries which do not require nonimmigrant visas for U.K. citizens. For this reason the document is not validated by HMG for travel to the United States, nor does it contain pages for the issuance of visas. Nevertheless, the document meets the requirements of Section 101(a)(30) of the INA, and may be presented by a U.K. citizen in connection with an application for a nonimmigrant visa at a consular office outside the United Kingdom. A nonimmigrant visa issued to the bearer of such a document should be placed on Form OF-232. [See 22 CFR 41.113(b)(2).]
Refugee Travel Documents: The new Refugee Travel Documents issued by the United Kingdom are machine-readable. The Travel Documents include the Certificate of Identity which is brown in color, a travel document for refugees under the 1951 Convention which is dark blue in color, and a travel document for refugees under the 1954 Convention which is red in color. All documents contain a disclaimer stating their issuance is "without prejudice to and in no way affects the holder's nationality." All list either the country of nationality or of birth, or both. The nationality of the bearer is listed as "Unknown". The documents will also indicate whether the bearer has "indefinite leave to remain" or the "right of abode."
Nonimmigrant visas issued to bearers of these travel documents should reflect the visa reciprocity schedule of his/her nationality or origin, even if the bearer has "indefinite leave to remain" in the United Kingdom.
Old style Refugee Travel Documents issued by the United Kingdom are still valid until they expire. These include a light brown travel document and a light blue Certificate of Identity. These documents also indicate whether the bearer has indefinite leave to remain or the right of abode in the United Kingdom.
Bearers of U.K. (British) Passports who are not U.K. Citizens: The following provides guidance on the various categories of British nationality and citizenship, and the respective reciprocal treatment to which each is entitled.
British citizens are identified in the passport by the words: "BRITISH CITIZEN." This is stamped in the old-style black U.K. passport and is noted on the nationality line on the new machine-readable passports. Only British citizens are entitled to travel on the Visa Waiver Pilot Program.
British subjects and British nationals are identified in U.K. passports as "British National Overseas Citizens," "British Overseas Citizens," "British Subjects," British Dependent Territories Citizens," and British Protected Persons." Bearers of these passports in these categories are not entitled to travel on the Visa Waiver Pilot Program. Also, bearers of passports in these categories may or may not have the right of abode or indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom. The document will indicate if the bearer has the right of abode or indefinite leave to remain.
British subjects (persons born in former British territory before 1949 who have no other nationality) and British nationals are entitled to British passports, but not necessarily to the right of abode in the United Kingdom. British subjects born in Ireland, however, do have the right of abode in the United Kingdom. Irish-born British subjects (bearers of British passports) and other British subjects and British nationals who have the right of abode (or indefinite leave to remain) in the United Kingdom should be granted the same reciprocity as U.K. citizens. British subjects and British nationals who do not have the right of abode or indefinite leave to remain in the United Kingdom should be issued visas according to the reciprocity schedule of their country of birth, unless, like Hong Kong, there is a separate reciprocity schedule.
The following chart depicts the reciprocity for bearers of British passports:
|British Citizens||U.K. reciprocity, VWPP|
|Irish-born British subjects (Have right of abode in the U.K.)||U.K. reciprocity|
|Other British subjects and nationals who have leave to remain on right of abode||U.K. reciprocity|
|Other British subjects and nationals who do not have leave to remain or right of abode in the U.K.||Reciprocity of country of birth|
|Hong Kong-born British subjects and nationals (British passports)||Hong Kong reciprocity|
London, England (Embassy)
PSC 801 Box 6
FPO AE 09498-4006
33 Nine Elms Lane
Tel: 011-44- 20-7499-9000
Belfast, Northern Ireland (Consulate General)
PSC 801 Box 40
FPO AE 09498-4040
U.S. Consulate General Belfast
223 Stranmillis Road
Belfast BT9 5GR
U.S. Embassy London provides immigrant visas for:
London also provides nonimmigrant visas for all of the above except for Northern Ireland which is served by Belfast.
The Northern Ireland area includes the countries of: