The following is a list of the most Frequently Asked Questions we receive. If you cannot find the answer to your question, click on the FAQ Nonimmigrant Visa or Immigrant Visa tabs on the left-hand side of the page.
- How does my spouse apply for an immigrant visa?
- I have applied for a visa but my application still hasn’t been processed.
- Does my British passport need to be valid for six months at the time I travel to the United States?
- I wish to travel to the United States to visit/work.
- I have a question concerning travel under ESTA, including passport requirements.
- I am a green card holder and I wish to return to the United States
- My green card is expired or lost; what do I do?
How does my spouse apply for an immigrant visa?
Information on applying for an immigrant visa is available here.
I have applied for a visa but my application still hasn’t been processed.
If your application is subject to additional administrative processing and you were given a form letter “NIV 221g - Administrative Processing “ at your interview, you can check the status of your application on-line here.
If at the time of the interview you were advised that an application for a waiver of ineligibility is being processed in your name, you can expect to wait 6 months from the date of the interview before being contacted by the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit. You will not be able to check you application on-line.
Does my British passport need to be valid for six months when I travel to the United States?
The United States has an agreement with the United Kingdom automatically extending the validity of a passport for six months past the passport's expiration date. Therefore, your passport need remain valid only for the duration of your stay in the United States.
If you are traveling visa free under the Visa Waiver Program and your passport is not valid for 90 days, you will be admitted into the United States until the date on which the passport expires. Information on the validity period requiremn For information on validity
I wish to travel to the United States to visit/work
Visa requirements for travel to the United States are available from our website.
I have a question concerning travel under ESTA, including passport requirements
If you have a question concerning registering under ESTA, you should visit the official U.S. government website at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. A list of frequently asked questions can be found here.
I am a green card holder and I wish to return to the United States.
A lawful permanent resident may apply for admission to the U.S. using his/her Permanent Resident Card, provided he/she has remained outside the United States less than one year and has maintained an unreliquished domicile in the United States. More information can be obtained from Customs and Border Protection.
My green card is lost/stolen.
If the card is lost or stolen, you are required to arrange an appointment to apply for a transportation letter. Please call 09042 450 045 (calls cost £1.23/min plus network extras) for further information and assistance.
Did you surrender the I-94/W?
If you did not surrender the I-94 or I-94W on your departure from the U.S., you are required to return the form to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Please follow this link for further information.