UK Visa Fees USD and the cost of VFS premium services in the USA!

UK visit visa fees USA: Price in US DollarsApparently, US nationals, Green Cardholders and applicants from the USA need to pay the online UK visa application charges in US Dollars. Therefore, the post provides the details of the latest UK visa fees USD 2019. And also details of the user-pay VFS premium services and Gold, Silver Premium Packages from the USA. Accordingly, covers the UK visiting visa application cost from the USA for tourists, business and family. And also spouse, family, startup, innovator, student, work and transit visa charges from the USA. Moreover, explains user-pay priority and super-priority visa costs in USD.

UK visa fees in USD for US Citizens and Green Card Holders

Please note the application charges are usually revised once every year. Therefore, the charges in GBP remain the same during the year. However, due to exchange relate fluctuations the UK Visa Price in USD may vary during the year.

UK standard visitor visa price in USD

Apparently, applicants can apply for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years standard visitor visa from the USA. Perhaps, the most common and popular is the 6 months standard visitor visa. The fee for 6 months from the USA is $126/-. Moreover, the charges of 2, 5 and 10 years applications from the USA are $478/-, $867/- and $1,088/-, respectively.

6 months visa fee with priority service

The application fee for 6 months from the USA with priority service is $417/- i.e. application cost $126 plus the priority service $291/-. Please note: the fee is non-refundable!

2-year visa fee with priority service

The UK visa fees USD for 2 years with priority service is $769/- i.e. application cost $478/- plus the priority service $291/-.

5-year visa application cost with priority service

The UK visa fees USD for 5 years with priority service is $1,158/- i.e. application cost $867/- plus the priority service $291/-.

10-year visa application price with priority service

The fee for the 10 years visa with priority service is $1,379/- i.e. application cost $1,088/- plus the priority service $291/-.

Tourists and Family Visitors

Usually, a fresh applicant applies for the 6 months multi-entry visa for tourism or family visit. Accordingly, the UK tourist visa fees in USD is US$126/-. Moreover, at times applicants also refer to the UK 6 months visa as British, England or London visitor visa. Perhaps, a repeat visitor can also apply for a long-term visitor visa for tourism and family purpose. Accordingly, the UK tourist visa charges in USD for 2, 5 and 10 years visa application is $478/-, $867/- and $1,088/-, respectively.

Business Visitors

Certainly, apart from tourism and family, visiting the UK for a business purpose is quite frequent from the USA. However, US citizens are non-visa nationals. Therefore they don’t need to have a standard visitor visa for travelling to the UK for a business purpose. However, Green Card Holders and permanent residents in the USA require a standard visitor visa for visiting the UK for a business purpose. Accordingly, the UK business visa fees in USD for 6-months, 2, 5 and 10 years applications is $126/-, $478/-, $867/- and$1,088/-respectively.

Other Visitors

Apparently, apart from the standard visitor visa, there are other types of UK visitor visas. Accordingly, the application fee for US passport holders in US Dollars for visiting academic and medical visa is US$251/-. Moreover, the application fee in USD for the marriage visa and permitted paid engagement (PPE) is US$126/-.

UK visitor visa application fees USD 2019

Accordingly, the details of UK visitor visa application fee from the USA for the standard and other types of applications for the UK, Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey are as under:

UK Visitor Visa Fees in USD 2019USD
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)$126.00
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)$478.00
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)$867.00
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)$1,088.00
Visiting academic - more than 6 months but less than 12 months$251.00
Marriage visitor visa$126.00
Permitted paid engagement visa$126.00
Private medical treatment - up to 11 months$251.00
Visit the UK in a Chinese tour group (UK only)$126.00

UK transit visa application fee in USD 2019

Certainly, the US passport holders don’t require to have a UK transit visa. However, the UK transit visa fees from the USA for Green Cardholder holders for direct airside and landside transit visa is $46/- and $85/-, respectively.

UK Transit visa fees from in USDUSD
Direct Airside Transit (DATV)$46.00
Visitor in Transit visa$85.00
Visit purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of crew of that ship or aircraft (fee also applicable to the Isle of Man)$85.00

Child visitors visa fees in USD

The UK visiting visa fee in USD for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years for a child visitor visa is also $126/-, $478/-, $867/- and$1,088/-respectively.

UK Child Visitor Visa Application Fees in USDUSD
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)$126.00
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)$478.00
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)$867.00
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)$1,088.00

UK study visa fees from the USA 2019

The details of the UK study visa application fee from the USA for the Tier 4 and other types of student visa fee are as under:

Tier 4 students

The application fee from the USA for the points-based system Tier 4 (the UK and the Isle of Man) is US$ 461. Moreover, the application fee is the same for entry clearance as a student to enter the Bailiwick of Gurnsey or Bailiwick of Jersey.

PBS Tier-4 Student Visa Application Fees in USDUSD
Tier 4 (General) student visa - Main applicant and dependants$461.00

Tier 4 student priority and super-priority applications

The UK visa fees USD 2019 for a Tier 4 student application with priority service is $752/- i.e. application charges $461/- plus the priority service cost $291/-. Moreover, the cost of student application with super-priority service is $1,726/- i.e. Tier 4 application charges $461/-plus the super-priority service cost $1,265/-.

Short-term study

Moreover, the application cost for short term students (aka student visitors) for up to six months is $128/-. However, the application charges for short term study (English Language Course) up to 11 months is $246/-.

UK short-term study visa fees in USDUSD
Short-term study - (up to 6 months)$128.00
Short-term study - (up to 11 months)$246.00

Parents of children at school

Furthermore, the UK visa fees USD for a parent of Tier 4 child visa (up to 12 months) is $683/-.

UK Visa Fees USD for Parents of Children at SchoolUSD
Parent of a Tier 4 child visa (up to 12 months)$683.00

UK visa fees USD 2019 for settlement applications

The details of the UK settlement visa application cost from the USA for family settlement applications and also for dependant family members joining in the UK are as under:

Family of settled people (settlement)

The UK spouse visa fees is $2,016/-, which is the same for a fiancé(e) visa and also for a civil, unmarried and same-sex partner. Moreover, the UK settlement visa fee from India for the parent and dependant child visa under Appendix FM is also $2,016/-. However, the application charges for an Adult Dependant Relative is $4,301/- per applicant. Furthermore, the cost of settlement application for a refugee dependant relative is $514.00/-.

Settlement visa priority service from the USA

The UK spouse visa fee from the USA with priority service is $2,774/- i.e. application cost of $2,016/- plus $758/- charges for the settlement priority service.

UK spouse and family settlement visa application fees in USDUSD
Family visas - Joining your partner, parent, proposed civil partner or child (also applicable to EC to the Isle of Man, Baliwick of Jersey and Bailiwick of Gurnsey)$2,016.00
Settlement - other dependant relative (also applicable for EC to the Isle of Man)$4,301.00
Settlement - refugee dependant relative$514.00
Adult who needs to be looked after by a relative$4,301.00

Settlement of HM armed forces, and their dependants

Settlement for current and former members of HM armed forces, and their dependants.

UK settlement application fee for Members of Armed ForcesUSD
Former UK Armed Forces$2,016.00
Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules)$2,016.00
Overage dependant children of pre 1997 Gurkhas$2,016.00
HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces$2,016.00

Returning residents

UK visa fees for Returning Resident in USDUSD
Returning resident$683.00

UK visa fees USD for a family reunion for asylum seekers

Family Reunion Application Fee in USDUSD
Family reunion, under Part 11 of Asylum, Immigration Rules (pre-flight dependants)Free of charge
Post flight- Non- Settled person$2,016.00
Family reunion - other dependent relatives$514.00

Family members of the EEA and Swiss nationals

EEA Family Member Reunion Application Fee in USDUSD
Family member of an EEA nationalFree of charge
Family member of a Swiss nationalFree of charge
Parent / primary carer of an EEA national childFree of charge

PBS Tier 1 visa application fee from the USA

The UK visa fees USD for Tier 1 Entrepreneur entry clearance applications is $1,351/-. However, from March 29, 2019, the Innovator visa has replaced PBS Tier 1 entrepreneur. Whereas, the application charges for Tier 1 Investor is $2,148/-.

Moreover, the details of all types of Tier 1 application fee from the USA is as under:

Tier - 1 Visa Application Fees from the USAUSD
Tier 1 investor - main applicant and dependants$2,148.00
Tier 1 entrepreneur - main applicant and each dependant$1,351.00
Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur - apply (outside the UK) main applicant and dependants$480.00
Tier 1 exceptional talent -Stage 1 - endorsement application - main applicant$604.00
Tier 1 exceptional talent Stage 2 - entry clearance application - main applicant$201.00
Tier 1 exceptional talent - subsequent applications$805.00
Tier 1 exceptional talent – dependants$805.00
Tier 1 (General) – dependants only$1,351.00
Tier 1 Post Study Work - dependants only$799.00

PBS Tier 2 work visa application fee from the USA

Perhaps, the Tier 2 visa application cost is generally referred to as UK embassy work visa fees in USD. Moreover, the Tier 2 visa application fees from the USA is also erroneously referred to as UK work permit fees in USD. Please note: PBS Tier 2 replaced the UK work permit route in 2008.

Accordingly, the Tier 2 application cost for Tier 2 GeneralICT – LT Staff, Sportsperson and Minister of Religion, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less is $807/-. Moreover, the charges for Tier 2 General and ICT – Long Term Staff, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of more than three years is $1,615/-.

Tier 2 ICT Graduate Trainee

Apparently, the UK work visa fees from the USA for Tier 2 ICT Graduate Trainee is $638/-.

Tier 2 General Shortage Occupation

The UK work visa fees for US passport holders and Green Card Holder for Tier 2 General shortage occupation is $614/- and $1,228/- where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for a period of three years or less and 3 years or more, respectively.

Tier - 2 Work Visa Applications from the USAUSD
Tier 2 (General), (Minister of Religion) and (Sportsperson) and Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) - Long Term Staff for a period of 3 years or less - main applicant and dependants$807.00
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) - Graduate Trainee - main applicant and dependants$638.00
Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) - Long Term Staff (over 3 years) - main applicant and dependants$1,615.00
Tier 2 (General) - shortage occupation for a period of 3 years or less - main applicant and dependants$614.00
Tier 2 (General) - shortage occupation for the period of more than 3 years - main applicant and dependants$1,228.00

PBS Tier 5 work visa application fee from the USA

The UK visa fees USD for Tier 5 main applicant and dependants is $323/- for Charity Worker, Creative and sporting, Government Authorised Exchange, Religious Worker, Youth Mobility Scheme and International Agreement.

Tier - 5 Termporary Worker Visa Application Cost from the USAUSD
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Charity Worker) - main applicant and any dependents$323.00
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and sporting) - main applicant and any dependents$323.00
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange) visa - main applicant and any dependants$323.00
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Religious Worker) - main applicant and any dependents$323.00
Tier 5 applicant (Youth Mobility Scheme) - main applicant only$323.00
Tier 5 (International Agreement) main aplicant and dependant$323.00

Please note the Points-based system (PBS) Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5 application fee is also applicable to the Isle of Man. And Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of £55 applies to PBS main applicants except for PBS Tier 1 Investor.

Other work categories: UK visa fee USD 2019

The application charges for US citizens and Green Card Holders under two new routes i.e. Innovator and Start-up are $1,351/- and $480/- respectively. Moreover, if applicable, the UK start-up and innovator visa fee is subject to a CESC discount of £55 for the main applicant.

UK visa application fees USA for Other Work CategoriesUSD
Fisherman operating inside UK waters$683.00
Offshore worker$683.00
Overseas domestic worker in a private household$683.00
Representative of overseas business and dependants$683.00
An employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation$683.00
Sheep Shearer$683.00
Turkish businessperson and dependantsFree of charge
UK ancestry$683.00
Innovator$1,351.00
Start-Up$480.00

Other work categories – Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man

Work visa application fee for Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of ManUSD
Work permit holder - Jersey and Guernsey: applicant and dependants$807.00
Worker - Isle of Man$807.00
Representitive of overseas business - Isle of Man$807.00
Worker (Intra-Company Transfer) - Isle of Man$807.00

Exempt

UK Work Visa Applications Fee Exemption
Diplomatic Posting to the UKFree of charge
Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant)Free of charge
Members of International Organisations on Official VisitsFree of charge
Official Transit through the UKFree of charge
Official Visit to the UKFree of charge

Members of armed forces and their families (non-settlement)

Applications by Members of armed forces and their families (non-settlement)USD
HM Forces personnel or Member of foreign armed force - exempt from immigration controlFree of charge
Dependants of exempt international forces applying under Part 10 of Appendix Armed Forces$683.00

Other UK visa fees from the USA

Other UK Visa Fees from the USAUSD
FCO Strategic performance fund and bilateral projectsFree of charge
Single entry visa to replace a biometric residence permit$204.00
Receiving/handling/ forwarding applications on behalf of Commonwealth Countries/Overseas Territories$187.00
User Pays Visa Application Centre (VAC) Fee (also applicable to EC applications to the Isle of Man, Baliwick of Jersey and Bailiwick of Gurnsey)$73.00
Right of abode - certificate of entitlement$514.00
Vignette transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport or replace a lost/stolen document)$204.00
Mobile biometrics/callout charge. (for each hour or part hour including travel time (direct cost)188 Dollars [USD] an hour or part hour plus reimbursement of direct costs

Cost of VFS premium services in the USA!

Apparently, to apply for a UK visa application from the USA, a number of priority and super-priority visa services are available. Accordingly, the available services are:

  • Priority Visa Service USA for Non Settlement Applications
  • Settlement Priority Service from the USA
  • UK Super Priority Visa from the USA

UK priority visa fees in USD

The fee for Priority non-settlement and settlement (spouse) service in the USA is $291/- and $758, respectively. And the price of 24-hour same-day super-priority service in the USA is $1,265. If an application is straightforward and the applicant can afford the UK priority visa fee to fast-track settlement or non-settlement application then it is advisable to opt for the priority or super-priority service from the USA. However, the priority service does not affect or influence the outcome of the decision.

Priority Visa Service USA for Non Settlement Applications

For applicants intending to apply for a non-settlement UK visa from the USA, there are two methods of availing the priority visa service.

Pay Online USD291 for Priority Service

An applicant can pay USD291 for the priority visa service online on the VFS Global website. Afterwards, the applicant may take print of the receipt and includes it with the application. On the outer envelope, the applicant should write ‘priority service’ in large black print and mail the envelope at VFS Services USA Inc, UKVI Scanning Hub, 750 Third Avenue, Suite 946, New York, NY 10017.

Pay USD775 for Silver Premium Package

Alternatively, an applicant can opt for purchasing VFS Silver Premium Package which costs USD775. The package has 5 services, inclusive of priority visa service. For the information and convenience of the applicants, the service features of VFS silver package are:

  1. Priority Visa Service – to put the application at the front of the queue
  2. Application and Document Checks – review of all the supporting documents required by VFS staff
  3. Certification – facility to keep hold of the original documents of an applicant
  4. Courier Service – after the decision, passport delivers directly to an applicant’s home or office
  5. SMS Service – instant visa application updates on the applicant’s cell phone

UK settlement priority visa fees in USD

Applicants can pay USD758 online for settlement priority service from the USA. Alternatively, for applicants in the USA, VFS Global offers a US$1,900 deluxe settlement service package. The service package includes 8 services inclusive of the priority service. For the convenience of such applicants, the details of the VFS deluxe settlement package are as under:

  1. Priority Visa for settlement or migration service to put an application at the front of the queue
  2. Form Filling Assistance Personal assistance, on the phone or in-person
  3. Application and Document Checks – review of all the supporting documents required
  4. Keep My Passport When Applying – service to retain passport during the processing
  5. Certification – service to keep hold of the original documents
  6. Courier Service – delivery of passport directly to either home or office address of an applicant
  7. SMS Service – instant visa application updates sent to your phone
  8. Registered Traveller Assistance – help in registering for faster clearance at the UK borders

Applying for a super-priority visa from the USA

Perhaps, in the USA can use super-priority service to receive a decision within 24 hours. Apparently, for super priority visa service in the USA, VFS offers a USD1,800 Gold Premium Package. However, using the super-priority visa service does not imply or guarantee in any way that your visa application will be successful.

Pay USD1,800 for Gold Premium Package

Moreover, the Gold package includes the following services, inclusive of super-priority visa service:

  1. Super Priority Visa – to get a UK visa decision within 24 hours
  2. Walk-in Without Appointment – to apply for the visa without making a booking in advance
  3. Form Filling Assistance – personal assistance on the phone or in-person
  4. Application and Document Checks – to ensure that supporting documents are appropriate
  5. Certification – to keep hold of original documents
  6. Courier Service – passport delivery at an applicant’s home or office address
  7. SMS Service – instant updates on mobile
  8. Health Concierge – free health concierge
  9. Registered Traveller Assistance – to expedite entry clearance at the UK borders

Eligible Routes to Avail the Super Priority Visa

Perhaps, the UK super priority visa from the USA is for the following types of UK visa applications from the USA:

  • Standard visitor visa for tourism and other short-stay visitor visas
  • PBS Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
  • If an applicant has an authority to live in the USA then can apply for PBS Tier 2 and Tier 5 applicants
  • PBS Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme)  and Tier 5 (Temporary worker – Creative and Sporting) if an applicant is in the USA for a similar purpose
  • PBS Tier 4 student visas – for applicants who are in the USA and are subject to different documentary requirements under the PBS Tier 4 Student route
  • settlement in the UK (Immigration Rules Appendix FM: family members) using the settlement premium service (Bronze, Silver and Gold services are not available for settlement applications)

Super Priority Premium Application Centres in the USA

Apparently, the super-priority visa UK USA is only available through the following 10 premium application centres in the USA:

  1. New York Premium Application Centre – 845 Third Avenue, Floor 6, New York, NY 10022
  2. San Francisco Premium Application Centre – 315 Montgomery Street, Floor 10, San Francisco, CA 94104
  3. Los Angeles Premium Application Centre – 1901 Avenue of the Stars, Floor 2, Los Angeles, CA 90067
  4. Washington DC Premium Application Centre – 1025 Vermont Avenue NW, Floor 2, Washington, DC 20005
  5. Miami Premium Application Centre – 2655 S Le Jeune Road, Penthouse 1A, Coral Gables, FL 33134
  6. Chicago Premium Application Centre – 564 West Randolph St, Floor 2, Chicago, IL 60661
  7. Houston Premium Application Centre – 700 Milam Street, Suite 1300, Houston, TX 77002
  8. Boston Premium Application Centre – 160 Federal Street, Suite #1700, Boston, MA 02110
  9. Atlanta Premium Application Centre – 100 Peachtree Street NW, Floor 22, Atlanta, GA 30303
  10. Seattle Premium Application Centre – 701 Fifth Avenue, Suite 4200, Seattle, WA 98104

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