This guidance provides an overview of the UK visa and immigration application statistics, fees and processing time from the USA. Accordingly, provides the details of UK visa application fees in USD for US citizens, Green Card holders and American residents. Moreover, also explains: how to apply for a UK visa from the USA? And the usefulness of priority service and user-pay VFS Global’s Gold, Silver, Bronze and Settlement Premium Packages in the USA.

UK Visa from USA

Indeed, more than 36K US citizens every year apply for a UK visa. However, the number of applications from the United States exceeds the number of applications made by US citizens because approx 13.5 m permanent residents (green card holders) and other foreign nationals working or studying in the USA.

UK Visa Fees from USA

Indeed, the fees for US citizens is different for different types of applications. Arguably, the application fee is usually revised once every year. Therefore, the charges in GBP remain the same during the year. However, due to exchange rate fluctuations, the UK Visa Price in USD may vary during the year.

Standard Visitor Visa Fees in the USA

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 $124/-. Moreover, the charges of 2, 5 and 10 years applications from the USA are $470/-, $853/- and $1,070/-, respectively.

US Citizens are Non-Visa Nationals

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. Accordingly, the total UK visitor visa grants to USA citizens is only a small of the total number of USA citizens travelling to the UK for tourism, meeting family and business purposes. For instance, in 2017, 3.88 m USA nationals travelled to the UK for a personal or business-related visit. However, only 1,542 visitor visas granted to US Citizens – perhaps, mainly for marriage, private medical treatment or academic visits.

Please, 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 paragraph V 1.3 of Appendix V of the Immigration Rules for visitors.

Processing Time

In fact, the UK visa timelines from the USA vary on case to case basis. However, the UK non-settlement visa application processing times from the USA processing times are usually 15-30 working days. Perhaps, the UK visa processing time after biometrics from the USA for 30-60% of non-settlement applications is usually within 3-5 days due to the use of priority service. Moreover, in terms of the UKVI’s service standard, the UK spouse visa timeline from the USA is usually 30-90 working days.

DHS VAC, USA

Apparently, in May 2019, most of the UK visitor, Tier 4 student and Tier 5 work visa applications from DHS (Department of Homeland Security i.e. those who used USCIS ASC for biometrics) processed within 15-30 working days. Moreover, 88%, 94% and 100% of the EEA family permit application from DHS VAC, USA, processed within 30, 90 and 120 working days, respectively. Perhaps, quite a few of applicants applying for UK spouse visa from the USA are opting for priority service as 50% of the settlement applications processed within 30 working days. However, 93% and 97% of the UK spouse settlement visa applications from DHS VAC, USA, decided within 60 and 90 working days, respectively.

Moreover, the UK visa processing time from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Seattle and Washington DC for most of the non-settlement entry clearance applications was within 15-30 working days or 6 weeks.

Delays

Perhaps, at times only a fraction of the applications from US might experience delays in processing. Apparently, there could be a number of different reasons for delays in UK visa processing.

What if the US Visa from US is Refused?

Empirically, the UK visa refusal rate from USA is quite low. Nevertheless, after a refusal decision, an applicant can either reapply or challenge a refusal decision by filing an appeal, administrative review or judicial review. Please note: there is no right of appeal against the refusal except on human rights grounds. However, a US passport holder or Green Card Holder has the option of either re-applying or filing an immigration judicial review against the refusal.

Statistics

During 2016-18 the number of UK visa applications made by US nationals is showing an upward trend. Accordingly, the number of applications increased from 36.4K (2016) to 37.6K in 2018. Therefore, the total number of decisions on the UK visa applications from US citizens have also increased from 36.4K (2016) to 37.1K in 2018. Apparently, in 2018 the number of grants considerably increased to 34.7K from 35.7K in 2016. Moreover, in 2018 the number of refusals decreased to 1.1K from 1.5K (2016).

Furthermore, the UK visa success rate for US citizens is showing an upward trend. During 2016-18, the UK visa success rate for US citizens has increased from 95.43% to 96.42%. Indeed, the UK visa refusal rate for US citizens is showing a downward trajectory due to an increase in the number of decisions and grants in tandem with a decrease in the number of refused applications. Accordingly, the UK visa refusal rate for US citizens has considerably decreased from 4.14% to 3.11%.

Year 2017 2018
Applications 36,810 37,613
Decisions 36,655 37,116
Grants 35,273 35,788
Refusals 1,204 1,153
Withdrawals 178 172
Lapsed 0 3
Success Rate 96.23% 96.42%
Refusal Rate 3.28% 3.11%

Types

During 2018, the US nationals have been granted a UK visa in all the broad categories i.e. temporary visits, spouse and family settlement, study and work. However, the most popular is the Tier 4 student visa. Accordingly, 35,788 UK visas were granted to US citizens in the following sub-categories:

  1. Visitor Visa: 1,571
  2. Transit: 6
  3. Short-Term Study: 781
  4. Family Settlement: 2,359
  5. Dependant joining or accompanying: 873
  6. EEA Family Permit: 481
  7. PBS Tier 1: 425
  8. PBS Tier 2: 9,739
  9. Tier 4 Student: 15,023
  10. PBS Tier 5: 3,088
  11. Non-PBS Domestic Worker: 19
  12. UK ancestry visa: 6
  13. Non-PBS Other permit-free employment (Main apps): 94
  14. Other permit-free employment not allocated (Main apps): 611
  15. Certificate of entitlement to right of abode (Main apps): 16
  16. Other Settlement (indefinite leave): 28
  17. Other temporary visas: 583

Priority Visa

Indeed, applicants applying for the UK from the USA can avail the priority and super-priority visa services for fast-tracking their settlement and non-settlement applications. 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.

UK Priority Visa Fees

The fee for priority service for non-settlement UK visa applications in the USA is $286. Perhaps, applicants intending to apply for a non-settlement UK visa from the USA can pay for the priority visa service online on the VFS Global website. Moreover, to avail the priority settlement visa service in the USA, applicants can either pay US$746 online or purchase the VFS Global’s settlement premium service package. Apparently, the package cost US$2,000 and offers 6 services inclusive of the priority service.

Please note, once an applicant completes the purchase then needs to take a printout of the receipt. And should include the receipt with the application. Moreover, 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. Therefore, in the case of priority service, the final envelope must include the following types of documents:

  1. Print out of the UK visa online application form
  2. A valid passport with at least one-page blank on both sides
  3. Supporting documents of the applicant
  4. Biometric confirmation receipt- Stamped from USCIS ACS
  5. Receipt of priority service from VFS Global
  6. Prepaid electronic shipping label for return shipment of documents

Super-Priority Service

Furthermore, an applicant, 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 USD1,900 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. Nevertheless, applicants can use the super priority service for the following types of applications from the USA:

  1. Standard visitor visa for tourism and other short-stay visitor visas
  2. PBS Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
  3. If an applicant has an authority to live in the USA then can apply for PBS Tier 2 and Tier 5 applicants
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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)

Apparently, applicants in the USA can only avail UK super-priority visa service through VFS Global premium application centres operating in the USA.

Visitor Visa

UK Visitor Visa Fees from the USA 2020
Type Fees
Visit Visa Fees for 6 months US$124 (£95)
2 Year Visit Visa Cost US$470 (£361)
5 Year Visit Visa US$853 (£655)
10 Year UK Visa Fees US$1070 (£822)
Visiting Academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months US$247 (£190)
Private Medical Treatment – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months US$247 (£190)
Marriage Visitor Visa US$124 (£95)
UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa 30 days US$124 (£95)
Chinese Tour Group (ADS) US$124 (£95)
Short-Term Study (up to 6 months) for adult and child US$126 (£97)
Short Term Student studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months US$242 (£186)
Direct Airside Transit (DATV) US$46 (£35)
Visitor in Transit visa US$83 (£64)
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) US$83 (£64)
Parent of a Tier 4 child visa (up to 12 months) US$672 (£516)

Student Visa

During 2018, 781 US citizens get the UK short term study visa (aka student visitor visa) during 2018. Moreover, 15,023 US citizens get the Tier 4 student visa with the following breakup:

  1. PBS – Tier 4 General student (Main apps)- 14,187
  2. Tier 4 Child Student (Main apps)- 322
  3. PBS – Tier 4 General student (Deps) – 514

Fees

The application fees for Tier 4 applications are US$453. However, the application fees for 5-day priority and 24 hours super priority Tier 4 visa application are $739 and $1,697, respectively. Moreover, the application cost for short term study visa for up to six and eleven months ((English Language Course) are $126 and $242, respectively.

Processing Time

Indeed, the UK student visa processing time from the USA is fairly quick. Perhaps, most of the applications are usually decided within 2-3 weeks or 10-15 working days. Moreover, the UK student visa processing time with priority service in the USA is normally within 5 working days or one week!

Spouse

The UK visa fees in USD is US$1,982/- for a spouse, civil, unmarried and same-sex partner entry clearance applications for US citizens, Green Card Holders and residents. Moreover, the UK embassy fees from the USA are the same for a fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner visa. The UK spouse visa fee from the USA with priority service is $2,728.

Family Settlement

During 2018, 2,359 US nationals get the UK family visa with the following breakup:

  1. Partner i.e. UK visa for a US husband or wife- 2,242
  2. Partner (for immediate settlement)- 2
  3. Child- 96
  4. Child (for immediate settlement)- 9
  5. Other- 8
  6. Other (for immediate settlement)- 2

Moreover, 881 US nationals get a visa as a dependant partner (362), child (512) and other (7) to join or accompany their family members.

UK Family Settlement Visa Fees from the USA 2020
Type Fees
Family visas – partner, parent, proposed civil partner or child US$1,982 (£1,523)
Settlement – other dependant relative US$4,230 (£3,250)
Adult who needs to be looked after by a relative US$4,230 (£3,250)
Settlement – refugee dependant relative US$505 (£388)
Former UK Armed Forces US$1,982 (£1,523)
Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules) US$1,982 (£1,523)
Overage dependant children of pre 1997 Gurkhas US$1,982 (£1,523)
HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces US$1,982 (£1,523)
Returning residents US$672 (£516)
Family reunion, under Part 11 of Asylum, Immigration Rules (pre-flight dependants) Free of Charge
Post flight- Non- Settled person (Family reunion for asylum seekers) US$1,982 (£1,523)
Family reunion – other dependent relatives (Family reunion for asylum seekers) US$505 (£388)
Family member of an EEA or Swiss national – EEA Family Permit Free of Charge
Family member of an EEA or Swiss national – EUSS Family Permit Free of Charge
Parent / primary carer of an EEA national child Free of Charge

EEA Family Permit

Apparently, 481 US citizens get an EEA family permit during 2018. Please note there are no application charges for a family member of an EEA/Swiss national for applying EEA family permit and EUSS family. Indeed, most of the EEA family permit applications from the USA conclude within 2-3 weeks. For instance, in May 2019, 96% of the EEA family permit application from Istanbul processed within 30 working days or 6 six weeks. Moreover, at times the UK visa processing time from the USA for EEA family permit applications takes up to 30-60 working days before the final decision!

Appendix W

As a matter of fact, since March 2019, the Home Office has introduced new work visa categories under Appendix W. Accordingly, these new Non-PBS work routes have replaced the following PBS visas:

  1. Innovator visa has replaced Tier 1 Entrepreneur
  2. Start-up visa has replaced Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur
  3. Global Talent visa has replaced Tier 1 Exceptional Talent

Moreover, a CESC discount of £55 is applicable for the main applicant.

Start-up and Innovator categories, which were introduced on 29 March 2019 and the Global Talent category which was introduced on 20 February 2020

Appendix W

UK Visa Fees from USA 2020 under Appendix W
Type Fees
Start-up Visa US$472 (£363)
Innovator Visa US$1,329 (£1,021)
Global Talent – Stage 1 – endorsement application – main applicant US$594 (£456)
Global Talent – Stage 2 – entry clearance application – main applicant US$198 (£152)
Global Talent – subsequent application US$791 (£608)
Global Talent – dependants US$791 (£608)

Tier 1 High Value Migrants

During 2018, 425 US nationals get the Tier 1 visa i.e. Investors (51), Entrepreneurs (151), Graduate Entrepreneurs (22), Exceptional Talent (200) and PBS – Tier 1 General Deps (1). Moreover, nearly all PBS Tier 1 applications from the USA usually conclude within 15 working days. However, a few applications decide even within 5 working days.

Type Fees
Tier 1 Investor – main applicant and dependants US$2,112 (£1,623)
Tier 1 Entrepreneur – main applicant and each dependants US$1,329 (£1,021)
Graduate Entrepreneur – dependants only US$472 (£363)
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent – dependants only US$791 (£608)
Tier 1 General – dependants only US$1,329 (£1,021)
Post Study Work (PSW) – dependants only US$786 (£604)

Tier 2 Skilled Workers

During 2018, 9,739 US nationals get the Tier 2 (and pre-PBS equivalent) work visa with the following breakup:

  1. Tier 2 General – 2,481
  2. Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer – 70
  3. Intra-company Transfers – Long Term (3,231)
  4. Tier 2 Ministers of religion – 144
  5. Tier 2 Sportsperson – 28
  6. Work permit holders – 3
  7. Tier 2 Dependants – 3,782
What is the UK embassy work visa fees in USD?

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. Moreover, the Points-based system (PBS) Tier 2 and Tier 5 application fee is also applicable to the Isle of Man. And Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of US$70/- (£55) applies to PBS main applicants. Moreover, the average UK visa processing time for Tier 2 applications from the USA is normally 2-3 weeks. However, a few applications even conclude within 5 working days. Please refer: Tier 2 priority service for details.

Type Fees
Tier 2 General where a (CoS) Certificate of Sponsorship is for a period of 3 years or less US$794 (£610)
Tier 2 General if the CoS is for a period of 3 years or more US$1,588 (£1,220)
Shortage Occupation if CoS for Tier 2 General is for 3 years or less US$604 (£464)
Shortage Occupation if CoS for Tier 2 General is for 3 years or more US$1,208 (£928)
Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) if CoS is for 3 years or less US$794 (£610)
Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) if CoS is for 3 years or more US$1,588 (£1,220)
Graduate Trainee (Tier 2 ICT) US$627 (£482)
Tier 2 Minister of Religion US$794 (£610)
Tier-2 Sportsperson US$794 (£610)

Tier 5 Temporary Workers

During 2018, 3,088 US citizens get the UK Tier 5 temporary worker visa with the following breakup:

  • Charity workers – 410
  • Creative and Sporting – 367
  • Government Authorised Exchange – 1,428
  • International Agreement – 10
  • Religious Workers – 696
  • Youth Mobility – 5
  • Tier 5 Dependants – 172

The UK visa fees USD for Tier 5 main applicant and dependants is $310 for Charity Worker, Creative and sporting, Government Authorised Exchange, Religious Worker, Youth Mobility Scheme and International Agreement. Moreover, the Tier 5 priority and super priority visa fees from the USA are $596 and $1,554, respectively. Perhaps, the Tier 5 processing time from the USA is within 15-30 working days. However, a significant number of applications usually conclude within 5 working days.

Other Non-PBS Work Visas

The details of UK Non-PBS work visa cost in the USA, except for applications under Appendix W, are as under:

Type Fees
Representatives of overseas businesses US$672 (£516)
An employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation US$672 (£516)
UK Ancestry Visa US$672 (£516)
Turkish businessperson and dependants Free of Charge
Overseas domestic worker in a private household US$672 (£516)
Offshore worker US$672 (£516)
Fisherman operating inside UK waters US$672 (£516)
Sheep Shearer US$672 (£516)

Transit Visa

Indeed, the US passport holders don’t require to have a UK transit visa. Therefore, Quite clearly, only 6 US citizens get the UK transit visa during 2018. Moreover, the UK transit visa fees from the USA for Green Card Holder holders for direct airside and landside transit visa is $46/-and $83/-, respectively. And also $81/-for the purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of the crew of that ship or aircraft. Furthermore, the UK transit visa application processing time from the USA is usually within 7-10 working days.

Exemptions

Yes, quite clearly, the following types of applicants are exempt from paying the UK visa application fee from the USA:

  1. Diplomatic Posting to the UK
  2. Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant)
  3. Members of International Organisations on Official Visits
  4. Official Transit through the UK
  5. Official Visit to the UK

Charges for Other Visas and Services

The charges for other visas and services for US Citizens are as under:

Other Services Fees
HM Forces personnel or Member of foreign armed force – exempt from immigration control (non-settlement) Free of charge
Dependants of exempt international forces applying under Part 10 of Appendix Armed Forces (non-settlement) US$672 (£516)
FCO Strategic performance fund and bilateral projects Free of charge
Receiving/handling/ forwarding applications on behalf of Commonwealth Countries/Overseas Territories US$184 (£141)
Vignette Transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport) US$200 (£154)
Single-entry visa application for replacing a lost Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) US$200 (£154)
User Pays Visa Application Centre (VAC) US$72 (£55)
Certificate of entitlement (Right of Abode) US$505 (£388)
Call out/ out of hours fee (per hour/part hour) US$185 (£142)

Premium Services

The details of UK Priority and Premium Services fees from USA are as under:

Premium Services Fees
Priority service for settlement applications US$746 (£573)
Priority service for non-settlement US$286 (£220)
Super Priority Service US$1,244 (£956)
International contact centre – via telephone (per minute) US$2 (£1.37)
International contact centre – via email (per query) US$7 (£5.48)
Registered Traveller Service – Adult US$65 (£50)
Registered Traveller Service – Child US$31 (£24)
Registration of new documents US$26 (£20)

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How to apply for a UK Visa from the USA?

Quite clearly, there are two methods of submitting the UK visa applications from the USA i.e. an applicant can submit the application by the undertaking the biometrics at USCIS application support centre (ASC) or through the VFS Premium Application Centres in the USA.

US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) ASC

If an applicant intends to have a biometric appointment at a US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) application support centre (ASC) then needs to under the following steps:

  1. An applicant needs to apply for a UK visa application online and follow the instructions on the online application form to pay the application fee. Moreover, the applicant also needs to book a biometrics appointment (for photo and fingerprints) at any of the USCIS ASC online. And take a print out of the online application form and that of the biometric confirmation receipt.
  2. At the biometrics appointment date, an application needs to visit the USCIS ASC with his/her current passport, a print out of online application form. And a copy of the biometric confirmation receipt. The staff of USCIS ASC will take the biometrics and stamp the biometric confirmation receipt.
  3. Once the biometric confirmation receipt is stamped then the applicant needs to mail the application to VFS Services USA Inc within 5 days.
  4. Accordingly an applicant needs to put his/her UK visa application form, a valid passport with at least one-page blank on both sides, supporting documents and the STAMPED biometric confirmation receipts in an envelope and mail/courier the package at VFS Services USA Inc, UKVI Scanning Hub, 750 Third Avenue, Suite 946, New York, NY 10017.
  5. Moreover, for return shipping of the documents, an applicant needs to furnish a fully addressed prepaid electronic shipping label. Please note: UKVI does not accept ground services and non-electronic waybills. Accordingly, the applicant needs to put the return shipping label and envelope inside the package. And keep a copy of the waybill for his/her record.
Infants

Please note, infants/children under the age of 5 applying for a UK visa also need to attend an appointment at a USCIS ASC. However, the staff of the ASC only takes the photograph of the children/infants under the age of 5 and will not take the biometrics of their fingerprints.

VFS Premium Service Centres

An applicant can apply for the UK visa from following VFS 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
VFS Premium Packages

Furthermore, in order to facilitate applications from the USA, VFS offers 4 premium packages. And depending on the service features, the cost of the VFS premium service packages varies from US$410 to US$2,000. Accordingly, the 4 premium service packages are:

  1. Gold Premium Package for US$1,900 with 7 services
  2. Silver Premium Package for US$875 with 5 services
  3. Bronze Premium Package for US$410 with 4 services
  4. Settlement Premium Package for US$2,000 with 6 services
1. Gold Premium Package

Quite clear, the price of Gold package has increased from US$1,800/- to US$1,900. However, the number of services included in the Gold package has reduced from 9 to 7. Accordingly, at present, the Gold premium package includes the following 7 services:

  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. Courier Service – passport delivery at an applicant’s home or office address
  6. SMS Service – instant updates on mobile
  7. Health Concierge – free health concierge

Previously, the Gold package also included the following couple of services:
Certification – to keep hold of original documents
Registered Traveller Assistance – to expedite entry clearance at the UK borders

2. Silver Premium Package
Apparently, the price of the Silver Premium Package has increased from USD775 to USD875. Although, the number of services included in the package has remained the same. However, the composition of the services i.e. instead of Certification Service, the Silver Package now include the Walk-in Without Appointment Service. Accordingly, the VFS Silver Premium Package includes the following five services:

  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. Walk-in Without Appointment – to apply for the visa without making a booking in advance
  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

Please note, previously the Silver Package included Certification Service to keep hold of the original documents of an applicant.

3. Bronze Premium Package
Evidently, the price of the VFS Bronze Premium Package is US$410/-. And the package includes the following 4 services:

  1. Application and Document Checks – review of all the supporting documents required
  2. Courier Service – delivery of passport directly to either home or office address of an applicant
  3. SMS Service – instant visa application updates sent to your phone
  4. Walk-in Without Appointment – to apply for the visa without making a booking in advance
4. Settlement Premium Package

Certainly, the price of the Settlement Premium Package has increased from US$1,900/- to US$2,000. Perhaps, this is a rebranding of the VFS deluxe settlement service package, which offered 8 services inclusive of the priority service. Accordingly, the VFS Settlement Premium Package includes the following 6 services:

  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. Courier Service – delivery of passport directly to either home or office address of an applicant
  6. SMS Service – instant visa application updates sent to your phone

Please note previously the deluxe settlement service package also included the following couple of services:
Certification – service to keep hold of the original documents
Registered Traveller Assistance – help in registering for faster clearance at the UK borders

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