UK Visa Application Fees and Requirements from USA 2020

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 holder and American residents. Moreover, also explains: how to apply for a UK visitor visa from the USA? And the usefulness of priority service and user-pay VFS Global Gold, Silver, Bronze and Settlement Premium Packages for American Citizens, Green Card Holders and Foreign Expatriates.

1. FAQs 2. Statistics 3. Visitor 4. Family 5. Work 6. Services 7. Exemptions 8. How to Apply? 9. VFS Premium Packages

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1. FAQs

UK Visa from USA for US Citizens and Green Card Holders

How many American Citizens apply for UK visa?

Every year more than 36K American citizens apply for a UK visa from the USA. However, the number of applications from the United States far 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 also apply for UK visa.

How much is the UK Visa Fees from USA?

The UK visa fees in the USA is different for several types of applications. 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.

What is the UK Visa Processing Time in the USA?

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. 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. In May 2019, most of the UK visitor, Tier 4 student, and Tier 5 work visa applications from DHS (Department of Homeland Security) for applicant who has used USCIS ASC for biometrics has 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.

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.

UK Spouse Visa Processing Time in the USA

The UK spouse visa timeline from the USA is usually within 30-90 working days. 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 thirty working days. 93% and 97% of the UK spouse settlement visa applications from DHS VAC, USA, decided within 60 and 90 working days, respectively.

UK Visa Processing Time during Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Due to the ongoing global impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19), disruptions to local travel and courier routes have increased UK visa processing time in some regions and countries. These delays mean that it may take longer than usual for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to assess entry clearance applications. The UK non-settlement visa (such as visit, tourist, work, student) processing time after biometrics during coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic may take more than 15 working days (3 weeks). Moreover, the settlement visa (spouse or family under Appendix FM) processing time after biometrics for applications from outside the UK may take more than sixty working days (12 weeks).

Delays in UK Visa Processing Time from USA

At times only a fraction of the applications from US might experience delays in processing. There could be several reasons for delays in UK visa processing.

What if the UK Visa from USA 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.

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2. Statistics

UK Visa from USA

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. In 2018 the number of grants increased to 34.7K from 35.7K in 2016. Moreover, in 2018 the number of refusals decreased to 1.1K from 1.5K (2016).

What is the UK Visa Success Rate for American Citizens?

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%. 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 decreased from 4.14% to 3.11%.

UK Visa for US Citizens – Statistics

Year20172018
Applications36,81037,613
Decisions36,65537,116
Grants35,27335,788
Refusals1,2041,153
Withdrawals178172
Lapsed03
Success Rate96.23%96.42%
Refusal Rate3.28%3.11%

3. Visitor

UK Visa Requirements for US Citizens and Green Card Holders

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 – mainly for marriage, private medical treatment, or academic visits.

If the Green Card Holder is a citizen of a visa national country such as India, Pakistan, Nigeria etc then needs to apply for visitor visa for visiting the UK. However, if a Green Card Holder is a citizen of a non-visa national country, then can get entry clearance for up-to 6 months at the port of entry.

How much is UK Standard Visitor Visa Fees from USA?

Applicants can apply for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years UK standard visitor visa in the USA. The most common and popular is the 6 months standard visitor visa. The fee for 6 months UK visitor visa from the USA is $124/-. Moreover, the charges of 2, 5 and 10 years UK visitor visa from USA are $470/-, $853/- and $1,070/-, respectively.

Transit Visa

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 $83/-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.

UK Visitor Visa Application Fees from USA 2020/21

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

4. Family Settlement

How many US Citizens get the UK Family Settlement Visa?

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 Spouse Visa Fees Requirements from the USA

The UK visa fees 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.

EEA Family Permit

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!

UK Family Visa Fees for US Citizen and Green Card Holder 2020

Application TypeCharges
Family visas – partner, parent, proposed civil partner or childUS$1,982 (£1,523)
Settlement – other dependant relativeUS$4,230 (£3,250)
Adult who needs to be looked after by a relativeUS$4,230 (£3,250)
Settlement – refugee dependant relativeUS$505 (£388)
Former UK Armed ForcesUS$1,982 (£1,523)
Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules)US$1,982 (£1,523)
Overage dependant children of pre 1997 GurkhasUS$1,982 (£1,523)
HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed ForcesUS$1,982 (£1,523)
Returning residentsUS$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 PermitFree of Charge
Family member of an EEA or Swiss national – EUSS Family PermitFree of Charge
Parent / primary carer of an EEA national childFree of Charge

5. Work

UK Work Visa for US Citizens

In March 2019, the Home Office has introduced new work visa categories. The Start-up and Innovator categories introduced on 29 March 2019 and the Global Talent visa was introduced on 20 February 2020. Accordingly, these new 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.

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, all PBS Tier 1 applications from the USA usually conclude within fifteen working days. However, a few applications decide even within 5 working days.

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?

The Tier 2 visa application cost is referred to as UK embassy work visa fees in USD. Moreover, the Tier 2 visa application fees from the USA are 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 five working days. Please refer: Tier 2 priority service for details.

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. The Tier 5 processing time from the USA is within 15-30 working days. However, a considerable number of applications usually conclude within five working days.

UK Work Visa Fees for US Citizen and Green Card Holder 2020

Application TypeCharges
Start-up VisaUS$472 (£363)
Innovator VisaUS$1,329 (£1,021)
Global Talent – Stage 1 – endorsement application – main applicantUS$594 (£456)
Global Talent – Stage 2 – entry clearance application – main applicantUS$198 (£152)
Global Talent – subsequent applicationUS$791 (£608)
Global Talent – dependantsUS$791 (£608)
Tier 1 High Value Migrants
Tier 1 Investor – main applicant and dependantsUS$2,112 (£1,623)
Tier 1 Entrepreneur – main applicant and each dependantsUS$1,329 (£1,021)
Graduate Entrepreneur – dependants onlyUS$472 (£363)
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent – dependants onlyUS$791 (£608)
Tier 1 General – dependants onlyUS$1,329 (£1,021)
Post Study Work (PSW) – dependants onlyUS$786 (£604)
Tier 2 Skilled Workers
Tier 2 General where a (CoS) Certificate of Sponsorship is for a period of 3 years or lessUS$794 (£610)
Tier 2 General if the CoS is for a period of 3 years or moreUS$1,588 (£1,220)
Shortage Occupation if CoS for Tier 2 General is for 3 years or lessUS$604 (£464)
Shortage Occupation if CoS for Tier 2 General is for 3 years or moreUS$1,208 (£928)
Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) if CoS is for 3 years or lessUS$794 (£610)
Tier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT) if CoS is for 3 years or moreUS$1,588 (£1,220)
Graduate Trainee (Tier 2 ICT)US$627 (£482)
Tier 2 Minister of ReligionUS$794 (£610)
Tier-2 SportspersonUS$794 (£610)
Tier 5 Temporary Workers
Charity Worker, Creative and sporting, Government Authorised Exchange, Religious Worker, Youth Mobility Scheme, and International Agreement$310
Other Non-PBS Work Visas
Representatives of overseas businessesUS$672 (£516)
An employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisationUS$672 (£516)
UK Ancestry VisaUS$672 (£516)
Turkish businessperson and dependantsFree of Charge
Overseas domestic worker in a private householdUS$672 (£516)
Offshore workerUS$672 (£516)
Fisherman operating inside UK watersUS$672 (£516)
Sheep ShearerUS$672 (£516)

6. Services

UK Visa Requirements for US Citizens and Green Card Holders

Applicants applying for the UK from the USA can avail the priority and super-priority visa services for fast-tracking their applications. If an application is straightforward and the applicant can afford the UK priority visa fee to fast-track then it is advisable to opt for the service. Please note, the priority service does not affect or influence the outcome of the decision.

Priority Visa

The fee for priority service for non-settlement UK visa applications in the USA is $286. 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.

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 Visa

A US citizen or a Green Card Holder can use super-priority service to receive a decision within 24 hours. However, American Citizens and Green Card Holders can only avail UK super-priority visa service by purchasing USD1,900 VFS Gold Premium Package for the following types of applications:

  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)

Priority Settlement Visa

To avail the priority settlement visa service in the USA, applicants can either pay US$746 online or purchase the VFS Global settlement premium service package, which cost US$2,000 and offers six services.

UK Visa Services Fees from the USA 2020

Service TypeFees
Priority service for settlement applicationsUS$746 (£573)
Priority service for non-settlementUS$286 (£220)
Super Priority ServiceUS$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 – AdultUS$65 (£50)
Registered Traveller Service – ChildUS$31 (£24)
Registration of new documentsUS$26 (£20)
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 projectsFree of charge
Receiving/handling/ forwarding applications on behalf of Commonwealth Countries/Overseas TerritoriesUS$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)

7. Exemptions

UK Visa Requirements in the USA

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

8. How to Apply for UK from the USA?

UK Visa Requirements for US Citizens and Green Card Holders

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:

  1. USCIS Application Support centre (ASC) or
  2. VFS Premium Application Centres in the USA

1. 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 printout 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 their current passport, a printout 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 their 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.

2. VFS Premium Service Centres in the USA

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

9. VFS Premium Packages in the USA

UK Visa Requirements in the USA

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. VFS Gold Premium Package in the USA

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. VFS Silver Premium Package in the USA

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 mobile phone

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

3. VFS Bronze Premium Package in the USA

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. VFS Settlement Premium Package in the USA

Certainly, the price of the Settlement Premium Package has increased from US$1,900/- to US$2,000. 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