Latest UK Visa Application Fees in USA from Oct 11, 2021

This relates to UK Visa Fees in USA effective from Oct 11, 2021, for family visit, tourist, business visitor, spouse, student, work permit, priority, and super-priority service. Please note, there has been no changes in the Home Office Nationality and Immigration Charges from Oct 11, 2021. However, the UK visa fees in USA 2021 for American Citizens, Green Card Holder, and Foreign Immigrants has changed due to exchange rate fluctuations.

1. Visitor 2. Student 3. Family 4. Work 5. Priority 6. Others

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1. Visitor and Transit

Nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, the United States of America (B5JSSK), EEA states and Switzerland are able to use ePassport gates to enter the UK. If they do so without holding a valid entry clearance they will automatically receive 6 months permission to enter as a Standard visitor and will not receive an endorsement in their passport. Therefore, a US citizen or Green Card Holder, who is a non-visa national, does not require a visa for visiting the UK up-to 6 months.

Standard Visitor Visa

A US national, Green Card Holder, or foreign immigrant living, working, or studying in the USA can apply for UK standard visitor visa for tourism, visiting family, or business meetings. Accordingly, US Citizens, Green Card Holders, and Foreign Immigrants in the USA can apply for a short term (6 months) or a long term (2, 5 and 10 years) standard visitor visa. The UK multiple entry visa rules are same for all types of standard visitor or tourist visa. Therefore, US Citizens, Green Card Holders, and Foreign Immigrants on standard visitor or tourist visa can stay in the UK for up to 180 days per visit.

UK Standard Visitor Visa Fees in USA 2021

From Oct 11, 2021, UK visa fees from USA for 6 months tourist or visitor are US$133, which is commonly known as cost of England or London visa. Frequent travellers from USA to UK can apply for a long-term visitor visa for tourism, visiting family, and permitted business activities. The UK visa fees from USA for long term 2, 5, and 10 years tourist or visitor visa application are US$504, US$914, and US$1,148, respectively.

UK visa fees from USA in 2021 for 6 months, 2, 5, and 10 years child visitor are US$133, US$504, US$914, and US$1,148, respectively.

The UK visitor visa processing time from USA is usually within 3-weeks. The UK priority tourist or visitor visa processing time from the USA is normally within 5 working days.

UK Priority Tourist Visa Fees from USA 2021

For fast tracking UK tourist and visit visa from USA within 5 working days, the cost of priority service is US$307. Therefore, the UK priority visa fees from USA in 2021 for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years tourist or visitor applications are US$440, US$811, US$1,221, and US$1,455, respectively.

UK Super Priority Visit Visa Fees in USA 2021

The cost of UK super priority service in USA is US$1,335 for tourist or visitor visa. Accordingly, UK super-priority 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years visitor or tourist visa fees from USA in 2021 are US$1,468, US$1,839, US$2,249, and US$2,483, respectively.

Marriage Visitor Visa

An US citizen or Green Card Hold need to apply for a marriage visitor visa if they are travelling to the UK for getting married, forming a civil partnership, or giving a notice of marriage or civil partnership. The UK marriage visitor visa fees from USA in 2021 are US$133. A US Citizen or Green Card Holder can stay in the UK up to 180 days on a marriage visitor visa.

The UK marriage visitor visa processing time from USA is usually 15 working days.

Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa UK

An US citizen or Green Card Holder need to apply for a medical visitor visa if they are travelling to the UK for getting private medical treatment and check-up for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months. The UK Private Medical Treatment Visitor Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$265. An US Citizen or Green Card Holder can stay in the UK up to 11 months on private medical treatment visa.

Please note, there is no provision in the Immigration Rules for a family member, friend, or nurse to accompany a visitor, who is coming to the UK for private medical treatment. Therefore, any attendant needs to apply as a visitor and satisfy the requirements.

The UK medical visitor visa processing time from USA is usually 15 working days.

Visiting Academic Visitor Visa UK

For research and formal exchange arrangements, a US Citizen or Green Card Holder can apply for academic visitor visa UK up to 12 months. The UK Academic Visitor Visa Cost from USA are US$265. An US Citizen or Green Card Holder (and the accompanying partner or child) can stay in the UK up to 12 months on academic visitor visa.

The UK Visiting Academic visitor visa processing time from USA is usually 15 working days.

Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa UK

As per Appendix 3 of Appendix V of the Immigration Rules, an US Citizen or Green Card Holder can apply for Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa UK for up to 30 days. The UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$133.

Please note, the Permitted Paid Engagement Visitor Visa is for US professionals such as visiting examiners, assessors, lecturers, designated air pilot examiners, qualified lawyers, artists, entertainers, and sports professionals.

The permitted paid engagement visitor visa processing time from USA is usually 15 working days.

Approved Destination Scheme (ADS)

The ADS visa is only for Chinese nationals for visiting the UK in tour groups through authorized agents. Therefore, a US Citizen cannot apply for ADS visa. However, Chinese citizens in USA can apply for ADS visa for up to 30 days- only if they are travelling to the UK in tour groups through authorized agents. ADS visa charges are US$133.

Parent of a Child Student Visa

A US citizen or Green Card Holder can apply for a Parent of Tier 4 child visa for up to 12 months if their child is attending an independent fee-paying day school in the UK. Parent of Tier 4 Child Student Visa Cost from USA is US$720.

The parent of Tier 4 child student visa processing time from USA is usually 15 working days.

English Language

From Oct 11, 2021, the UK short-term student visitor visa fees from USA for studying English language for more than 6 months but not more than 11 months are US$260.

The UK student visitor visa processing time from USA is usually within 15 working days.

UK Transit Visa Fees from USA 2021

From Oct 11, 2021, the cost of Direct Airside Transit (DATV) Visa UK from USA is US$49. However, the UK visa fees USA 2021 for ‘Visitor in Transit’ and for ‘Joining a Ship or Aircraft as a Member of Crew of that Ship or Aircraft’ are US$89.

Please note US citizens and Green Card Holders from non-visa counties do not need a visa to transit the UK. Moreover, a Green Card Holder (from a visa national country such as India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Thailand etc.) having a valid standard, marriage, or medical visitor visa is allowed to transit the UK, therefore, such passengers do not need to apply for the transit visa.

The UK transit visa processing time from USA is 15 working days.

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    2. Study

    US Citizens and Green Card Holders can apply for Tier 4 Student visa to study a course of further or higher education, a pre-sessional English course, a recognised foundation programme or to take an elected post as a Student Union Sabbatical Officer. The new student visa has replaced the Tier 4 (General) Student as of October 5, 2020.

    UK Student Visa Fees from USA 2021

    The UK visa fees from USA in 2021 are US$486 for Tier 4 students intending to study in London or elsewhere in England or Britain. Moreover, the UK student visa fees from USA for Tier 4 dependants are also US$486.

    From Oct 11, 2021, the UK priority and super-priority student (Tier 4) visa fees in USA are US$793 and US$1,821, respectively.

    UK student visa processing time from USA is usually within 2-3 weeks (10-15 working days). The UK student priority visa timelines time from USA is normally within 5 working days.

    3. Family

    The family route covers visas where a US Citizen or Green Card Holder is applying for a UK visa because of their relationship to a person settled in the UK or a British citizen. This includes spouse settlement visa, adult dependant relative, parent of a British Child visa etc.

    UK Spouse Visa Fees from USA 2021

    In terms of Appendix FM of the Immigration Rules, an applicant from USA can apply for a UK spouse or partner visa under the 5-year route.

    The UK spouse visa fees from USA in 2021 are US$2,126. The UK embassy visa fees in USA are same for civil, unmarried, or same-sex partner, fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner. UK settlement priority service cost in USA is US$800 for fast tracking applications within thirty working days. Accordingly, the UK priority spouse visa fees from USA in 2021 are US$2,926.

    The service standard of UK spouse visa processing time from USA is to decide 98.5% and 100% applications within 12 and 24 weeks, respectively. Moreover, the service standard for UK spouse priority visa timelines from USA is 30 working days or 6 weeks.

    Child and Other Dependant Relatives

    From Oct 11, 2021, the UK visa fees from USA for Parent of British Child and dependant child under the family route are US$2,126. The UK settlement visa application fees in USA 2021 for Other Dependant Relative and Adult who needs to be looked after by a relative are US$4,538.

    Dep. joining or accompanying

    The ‘joining or accompanying’ route is for those US Citizens and Green Card Holders who are applying for visa based on their relationship to another migrant who is not settled in the UK or a British citizen, and who is on a route without a specific visa for dependants.

    The UK spouse or partner visa fees from USA in 2021 under Dependant Joining or Accompanying route are US$2,126.

    EEA Family Permit

    In terms of EEA Regulations 2016, a US Citizen can apply for an EEA family permit. However, due to Brexit, the EEA family permit route for US Citizens ended on June 30, 2021. Therefore, UKVI is not accepting any new applications for an EEA family permit from USA after June 30, 2021.

    There are no application charges for EEA Family Permit for USA. Most of the EEA family permit applications from USA are decided within 2-3 weeks.

    EU Settlement Scheme Family Permit

    In terms of Appendix EU (Family Permit), US Citizen can apply for EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Family Permit as a non-EEA family member such as spouse, civil partner, child, child above 21 years of age, and parent of an EEA national living in the UK.

    There are no application charges for EUSS Family Permit for US Citizens. The EUSS application processing time is 10-15 working days for most of the US nationals.

    Route to Settlement – Refugee Dependant Relative

    From Oct 11, 2021, the UK visa fees in USA for Route to Settlement (refugee dependant relative) are US$542.

    Appendix ECAA Extension of Stay

    There are no application charges for Dependent children under the age of 21 only applying under “Appendix ECAA Extension of Stay”.

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

    From Oct 11, 2021, the UK settlement visa fees from USA for current and former members of HM armed forces, and their dependants are as under:

    • Former UK Armed Forces US$2,126
    • Indefinite leave to enter the UK as the dependant of a member of the armed forces under Appendix Armed Forces to the Immigration Rules. US$3,335
    • Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules) US$2,126
    • Overage dependant children of pre 1997 Gurkhas US$2,126
    • HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces US$2,126

    Returning Residents

    An US Citizen or Green Card Holder may be able to live permanently in the UK as a ‘returning resident’ if they were previously settled in the UK. From Oct 11, 2021, the UK visa application cost in USA for Returning residents is US$720.

    Family Reunion to Join Asylum Seekers

    There are no application fees for Family reunion, under Part 11 of Asylum, Immigration Rules (pre-flight dependants). The UK visa fees from USA in 2021 for Post-flight dependants are US$2,126. The application fees for Family reunion (other dependent relatives) are US$542.

    4. Work

    US Citizens and Green Card Holders can apply for UK work visa. The most popular visa in USA for working in the UK is the Skilled Worker (previously Tier 2 General). However, US Citizens and Green Card Holders can apply for other types of UK work visa such as Innovator, Startup, Global Talent, Health and Care Worker etc.

    A Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of US$77 is applicable for Innovator, Start-up, Global Talent initial application, Global Talent subsequent application, Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Skilled Worker, Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson & T2 Minister of Religion, Intra-Company Transfer – Graduate Trainee, T5 (Temporary Worker).

    UK Global Talent Visa Fees from USA 2021

    A US Citizen or Green Card Holder can apply for a UK Global Talent visa if they are a leader or potential leader in academia or research, arts and culture, and digital technology. The Global Talent visa has replaced the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa. From Oct 11, 2021, the UK Global Talent Visa Fees from USA are as under:

    • Stage 1 – endorsement application – main applicant US$637
    • Stage 2 – entry clearance application – main applicant US$135
    • Subsequent application US$849
    • Dependants US$849

    UK Start-up Visa Fees from USA 2021

    If a US Citizen or Green Card Holder intends to set up an innovative business for the first time in the UK, then can apply for the Start-up visa. The Start-up visa has replaced the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur route in March 2019. The UK Start-up Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$507 for main applicant and dependants.

    UK Innovator Visa Fees from USA 2021

    If a US Citizen or Green Card Holder intends to do innovative, viable, and scalable business in the UK then can apply for the Innovator visa. The Innovator visa has replaced the Tier 1 Entrepreneur route in March 2019. The UK Innovator Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$1,425 for main applicant and dependants.

    UK Investor Visa Fees from USA 2021

    The Investor visa is for high value US Citizens or Green Card Holders, who intend to make an investment in the UK. Innovator visa has replaced the Tier 1 Investor. The UK Investor Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$2,266 for main applicant and dependants.

    New Skilled Worker (Tier 2 General)

    If a US Citizen or Green Card Holder is sponsored to do a specific skilled job for a Home Office licensed sponsor, then can apply for UK Skilled Worker visa. The Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 General (aka work permit) in 2020. However, unlike Tier 2 General, this new route for skilled workers can lead to permanent settlement (ILR) in the UK.

    UK Skilled Worker Visa Fees from USA 2021

    The UK Skilled Worker visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS) for main applicant and dependants. If the COS has been issued for three years or less, then the UK Skilled Worker Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$852. However, if the COS has been issued for three years or more then the UK Skilled Worker Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$1,703.

    Skilled Worker (Shortage Occupation)

    The UK Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS). If the COS has been issued for three years or less, then the UK Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation Visa Fees from USA are US$648. However, if the COS has been issued for three years or more then the UK Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation Visa Fees in USA are US$1,296.

    UK Health and Care Visa Fees from USA 2021

    If a US Citizen or Green Card Holder is sponsored to work in the UK as a qualified doctor, nurse, or allied health professional for a Home Office licensed sponsor, then can apply for Health and Care Visa. This Health and Care visa route for skilled workers can lead to permanent settlement (ILR) in the UK.

    The UK Skilled Worker Shortage Occupation visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS). If the COS has been issued for three years or less, then the UK Health and Care Visa Fees in USA are US$324. However, if the COS has been issued for three years or more then the UK Health and Care Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$648.

    Intra-Company Transfer

    The Intra-Company Transfer route is for established US workers who are transferred by their business to do a skilled role in the UK. The Intra-Company Transfer visa has replaced the Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) route.

    The UK Intra-Company Transfer visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS). If the COS has been issued for three years or less, then the UK Intra-Company Transfer Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$852. However, if the COS has been issued for three years or more then the UK Intra-Company Transfer Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$1,703.

    Intra-Company Graduate Trainee

    The Intra-Company Graduate Trainee route is for those US workers who are transferred by their business to undertake a role in the UK as part of a structured graduate training programme. The Intra-Company Graduate Trainee visa has replaced the Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) Graduate Trainee route. UK Intra-Company Graduate Trainee Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$673.

    T2 Sportsperson

    The T2 Sportsperson route is for an elite US sportsperson or coach whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of sport at the highest level in the UK. The T2 Sportsperson visa has replaced the Tier 2 Sportsperson route.

    T2 Sportsperson visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS). If the COS has been issued for three years or less, then the UK T2 Sportsperson Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$852. However, if the COS has been issued for three years or more then the UK T2 Sportsperson Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$1,703.

    T2 Minister of Religion

    The T2 Minister of Religion route is for those US Citizens or Green Card Holders who intend to undertake preaching and pastoral work, Missionary, or Member of a Religious Order in the UK. The T2 Minister of Religion visa has replaced the Tier 2 Minister of Religion route.

    T2 Minister of Religion visa fees depends on the duration of the Certificate of Sponsorship (COS). If the COS has been issued for three years or less, then the T2 Minister of Religion Visa Fees from USA in 2021 are US$852. However, if the COS has been issued for three years or more then the T2 Minister of Religion Visa Fees from USA are US$1,703.

    T5 (Temporary Worker)

    T5 (Temporary Worker) Visa is for Seasonal Worker, Religious Worker, Charity Worker, Creative and Sporting Worker, International Agreement Worker, Government Authorised Exchange Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme. The T5 (Temporary Worker) Visa has replaced the Tier 5 Temporary Worker route. T5 (Temporary Worker) Visa Fees in USA are US$341 for main applicant and dependants.

    Other UK Work Visa Fees from USA 2021

    The UK visa fees from USA in 2021 for other types of work applications are:

    • Graduate Entrepreneur – dependants only US$507
    • Tier 1 Exceptional Talent – dependants only US$849
    • Offshore worker US$720
    • Overseas domestic worker in a private household US$720
    • Representative of overseas business and dependants US$852
    • An employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation US$852
    • Sheep Shearer US$720
    • UK Ancestry Visa US$720

    5. Priority Visa UK Fees USA 2021

    From Oct 11, 2021, the UK priority settlement (spouse) and non-settlement (visit, student, work) visa fees in the USA are US$800 and US$307, respectively. The cost of UK super-priority visa for tourists and visitor from USA is US$1,335.

    An applicant from USA can use the Priority (Non-Settlement), Priority (Settlement), and Super-Priority Service to fast track UK visa application. However, it is advisable to use priority or super-priority service to fast track only a straightforward UK visa application from USA. A straightforward UK visa application from USA means that the credentials of the applicant are immaculate, without any past refusals and adverse immigration history.

    Please note priority or super-priority service does not guarantee a favourable result. Moreover, payment for priority service does not even guarantee a quick decision.

    Other Priority Services

    From Oct 11, 2021, the UK Visa Fees from USA for other priority services are as under:

    1. International contact centre – via telephone (per minute) US$1
    2. International contact centre – via email (per query) US$4
    3. Registered Traveller (UK only) – adult US$70
    4. Registered Traveller (UK only) – child US$34
    5. Registration of New documents – Registered Traveller (UK only) US$28

    6. Other Visas and Services

    The UK Visa Fees from USA in 2021 for Other Visas and Services are as under:

    • Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 30 months US$251
    • Hong Kong British National (Overseas) for 5 years US$349
    • Right of abode – certificate of entitlement US$542
    • Vignette transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport or replace a lost/stolen document) US$215
    • Receiving/handling/ forwarding applications on behalf of Commonwealth Countries/Overseas Territories US$197
    • FCO Strategic performance fund and bilateral projects Free of charge
    • Single entry visa to replace a biometric residence permit US$215
    • HM Forces personnel or Member of foreign armed force – exempt from immigration control Free of charge
    • Dependants of exempt international forces applying under Part 10 of Appendix Armed Forces US$720
    • Diplomatic Posting to the UK Free of charge
    • Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant) Free of charge
    • Members of International Organisations on Official Visits Free of charge
    • Official Transit through the UK Free of charge
    • Official Visit to the UK Free of charge