UK Visa Fees USD: what is the latest cost in US$? Best Advice!

UK visit visa fees USA: Price in US DollarsThis relates to UK visa applications from the USA for US citizens and Green Card Holders. Accordingly, provides the details of the latest UK visa fees in USD as per the changes in application charges effective from March 29, 2019, for visitors, students, work join the family, settlement and user pay services. Moreover, the post provides an overview of the priority and super-priority service from the US to fast-track UK visa applications.

UK Visa Fees for US Citizens and Green Card Holders

Please note the visa application fee is usually revise once every year. Therefore, the price of UK visa in GBP remains the same during the year. However, due to exchange relate fluctuations the UK Visa Fees in USD may vary during the year. Moreover, an ardent reader may notice some duplication. For instance, the fee for child visitor visa or short-term student visa is mentioned more than once. This is because of official categorization.

UK Visa Fee for USA Citizens and Green Card HoldersGBPUSD
Short-term (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)£95$129
Longer-term (valid for up to 2 years)£361$492
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)£655$892
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)£822$1,120
Visiting academic - more than 6 months but less than 12 months£190$259
Marriage visitor visa£95$129
Permitted paid engagement visa£95$129
Private medical treatment - up to 11 months£190$259
Visit the UK in a Chinese tour group (UK only)£95$129
Short-term Child Visitor Visa Fee (up to 6 months, single or multiple entry)£95$129
Longer-term Child Visitor Visa (valid for up to 2 years)£361$492
Longer-term (valid for up to 5 years)£655$892
Longer-term (valid for up to 10 years)£822$1,120
Direct Airside Transit (DATV)£35$48
Visitor in Transit visa£64$87
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)£64$87
6 months visitor visa fee UK£95$129
UK tourist visa fees - 6 months multiple entry visa£95$129
Short-term study - (up to 6 months)£97$132
Short-term study - (up to 11 months)£186$253
Parent of a Tier 4 child visa (up to 12 months)£516$703
Tier 4 (General) student visa - Main applicant and dependants£348$474
Application for entry clearance as a student enter the Baliwick of Gurnsey or Baliwick of Jersey£348$474
Tier 1 investor - main applicant and dependants£1,623$2,211
Tier 1 entrepreneur - main applicant and each dependant£1,021$1,391
Tier 1 entrepreneur - main applicant (CESC)£966$1,316
Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur - apply (outside the UK) main applicant and dependants£363$494
Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur - main applicant (CESC)£308$420
Tier 1 exceptional talent -Stage 1 - endorsement application - main applicant£456$621
Tier 1 exceptional talent Stage 2 - entry clearance application (CESC)£97$132
Tier 1 exceptional talent Stage 2 - entry clearance application - main applicant£152$207
Tier 1 exceptional talent - subsequent applications£608$828
Tier 1 exceptional talent - subsequent applications (CESC)£553$753
Tier 1 exceptional talent – dependants£608$828
Tier 1 (General) – dependants only£1,021$1,391
Tier 1 Post Study Work - dependants only£604$823
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£610$831
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 - CESC£555$756
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) - Short-Term Staff dependants only£482$657
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) - Graduate Trainee - main applicant and dependants£482$657
Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) - Graduate Trainee - main applicant (CESC)£427$582
Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) - Long Term Staff (over 3 years) - main applicant and dependants£1,220$1,662
Tier 2 (General) and Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) - Long Term Staff sponsored for over 3 years: main applicant (CESC)£1,165$1,587
Tier 2 (General) - shortage occupation for a period of 3 years or less - main applicant and dependants£464$632
Tier 2 (General) - shortage occupation for a period of 3 years or less - main applicant (CESC)£409$557
Tier 2 (General) - shortage occupation for the period of more than 3 years - main applicant and dependants£928$1,264
Tier 2 (General) - shortage occupation for the period of more than 3 years - main applicant (CESC)£873$1,189
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Charity Worker) - main applicant and any dependents£244$332
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Charity Worker) - main applicant (CESC)£189$257
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and sporting) - main applicant and any dependents£244$332
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and sporting) - main applicant£189$257
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange) visa - main applicant and any dependants£244$332
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Government Authorised Exchange) visa - CESC - main applicant£189$257
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Religious Worker) - main applicant and any dependents£244$332
Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Religious Woker) - main applicant (CESC)£189$257
Tier 5 applicant (Youth Mobility Scheme) - main applicant only£244$332
Tier 5 applicant (Youth Mobility Scheme) - main applicant only (CESC)£189$257
Tier 5 (International Agreement) main aplicant and dependant£244$332
Tier 5 (International Agreement) Main applicant (CESC)£189$257
Fisherman operating inside UK waters£516$703
Offshore worker£516$703
Overseas domestic worker in a private household£516$703
Representative of overseas business and dependants£610$831
An employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation£610$831
Sheep Shearer£516$703
Turkish businessperson and dependantsFree of chargeFree of charge
UK ancestry£516$703
Innovator£1,021$1,391
Start-up£363$494
Work permit holder - Jersey and Guernsey: applicant and dependants£610$831
Worker - Isle of Man£610$831
Representitive of overseas business - Isle of Man£610$831
Representitive of overseas business - Isle of Man - main applicant (CESC)£555$756
Worker (Intra-Company Transfer) - Isle of Man£610$831
Worker (Intra-Company Transfer) - Isle of Man - main applicant (CESC)£555$756
Diplomatic Posting to the UKFree of chargeFree of charge
Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant)Free of chargeFree of charge
Members of International Organisations on Official VisitsFree of chargeFree of charge
Official Transit through the UKFree of chargeFree of charge
Official Visit to the UKFree of chargeFree of charge
Dependants of exempt international forces applying under Part 10 of Appendix Armed Forces£516$703
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)£1,523$2,074
Settlement - other dependant relative (also applicable for EC to the Isle of Man)£3,250$4,427
Settlement - refugee dependant relative£388$528
Adult who needs to be looked after by a relative£3,250$4,427
Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules)£1,523$2,074
Overage dependant children of pre 1997 Gurkhas£1,523$2,074
HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces£1,523$2,074
Family member of an EEA nationalFree of chargeFree of charge
Family member of a Swiss nationalFree of chargeFree of charge
Parent / primary carer of an EEA national childFree of chargeFree of charge
Former UK Armed Forces£1,523$2,074
Returning resident£516$703
Family reunion, under Part 11 of Asylum, Immigration Rules (pre-flight dependants)Free of chargeFree of charge
Post flight- Non- Settled person£1,523$2,074
Family reunion - other dependent relatives£388$528
FCO Strategic performance fund and bilateral projectsFree of chargeFree of charge
Single entry visa to replace a biometric residence permit£154$210
Receiving/handling/ forwarding applications on behalf of Commonwealth Countries/Overseas Territories£141$192
User Pays Visa Application Centre (VAC) Fee (also applicable to EC applications to the Isle of Man, Baliwick of Jersey and Bailiwick of Gurnsey)£55$75
Right of abode - certificate of entitlement£388$528
Vignette transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport or replace a lost/stolen document)£154$210
Priority service for settlement applications£573$780
Priority service for non-settlement£220$300
Super Priority Service£956$1,302
International contact centre - via telephone (per minute)£1.37$2
International contact centre - via email (per query)£5.48$7
Registered Traveller (UK only) - adult£50$68
Registered Traveller (UK only) - child£24$33
Registered Traveller (UK only) - registration of new documents£20$27

Do US Citizens Need to Apply for UK Visitor Visa?

Apparently, there are different types of UK visitor visa. Since US citizens are non-visa nationals and for visiting UK up-to 6 months they don’t require a visitor or transit visa. However, in terms of Paragraph V 1.3 of Appendix V Immigration Rules for visitors, a non-visa national may only need to apply for the UK visit visa, if they are: (a) visiting the UK to marry or to form a civil partnership, or to give notice of this; or (b) seeking to visit the UK for more than 6 months.

Do Green Card Holders need to apply for a UK visitor visa?

Yes, if the Green Card Holder is a citizen of a visa national country such as India, Pakistan, Nigeria etc. However, if a Green Card Holder is a citizen of a non-visa national country then can visit UK up-to 6 months for permitted activities as per V 1.3 of Appendix V of the Immigration Rules for visitors.

UK Priority Visa and Super Priority Service in the USA

For UK visa from USA, there are a number of priority and super priority visa services. The services are:

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

The fee for Priority non-settlement and settlement (spouse) service in the USA is $300.00 and $780.00, respectively. And the price of 24-hour same-day super-priority service in the USA is $1,302.00. 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 USD294 for Priority Service

An applicant can pay USD300 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 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 applicant’s cell phone

Settlement Priority Service USA

Applicants can pay USD793 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

Super Priority Visa UK USA

Applicants in the USA can use super priority to receive a decision within 24 hours. For super priority visa service in the USA, VFS offers a USD1,800 Gold Premium Package.

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

The 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

The super priority visa UK 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

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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