Welcome to the website of the U.S. Embassy London. We hope that the information you find here will be of use to you and your clients traveling to the United States. We aim to update these pages on a regular basis, so please visit often.
The Nonimmigrant Visa Unit recommends that travelers plan well in advance of their travel. Travelers requiring visas are, therefore, advised to apply early to avoid disappointment. This means planning now. Travelers should check their eligibility to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and if qualified, should register under the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). If a registration is denied, they will be required to apply for visas.
Click on the relevant links for downloadable forms about visa free travel under the Visa Waiver Program and applying for a nonimmigrant visa. In addition, you can download and print (on A2 paper) our VWP chart.
Hot off the Press!
The appointment calander is open through until the end of July 2013.
Appointment Wait Times Week of May 13th
Business (B-1) & Tourist (B-2) Visas: 23 days
Work Visas (H & L): 8 days
Work Visas (O, P & I): 2 days
Student & Exhange Visitor Visas (F & J): 12 days
Please note that appointment availability cannot be guaranteed. For up-to-date information, call the Operator Assisted Information Service.
The Next Webchat
Do you have a question about U.S. Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas? Are you a student hoping to travel to the United States this year? Curious about exchange programs? Then ask a Consular Officer and let us help you prepare!
Please join our webchat on Thursday, April 25th at 12 - 1pm to learn more about U.S. Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Visas!
If you would like to post your questions ahead of time, please do so on our blog, or on our twitter feed using the hashtag #webchat. We will answer all questions at the time of the web chat.
Question of the Week!
Am I required to obtain travel authorization under ESTA if I am entering the United States by land from Canada or Mexico?
No! Travel authorization is required only if you are entering the United States aboard an air or sea carrier. If you will be entering the United States by land, you will not be required to register. You will, however, be required to check your eligibility to travel visa free under the Visa Waiver Program and, if qualified, complete the arrival/departure record card, form I-94W given to you by U.S. immigration at the border crossing. In addition, you will be required to pay a fee of $6.00, payable in U.S. dollars only.
For answers to the following questions and a whole lot more, click on this link:
Is my visa still valid for travel for travel?
I have a conviction from years ago; do I need a visa?
How long can I stay in the United States?
What areas are U.S. territories?
I have a valid visa, do I register under ESTA?
Visa Waiver Wizard
Electronic System for Travel Authorization
Travelers entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program by air or sea carrier are required to register under ESTA at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov.
A fee of $14.00 is charged for travel authorization. Be aware of websites charging additional fees. They are NOT operating on behalf of the U.S. government.
Information for international travelers, including wait times at Ports of Entry, entry requirements and customs, is available from the US Customs and Border Protection website at www.cpb.gov.
Visit USA is an extensive resource for tourists and includes detailed information on the 50 states.
Tourist information is also available from USA.gov. including how to arrange a tour of the White House.