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United Kingdom Visa Types

VisaHQ is an online platform for eligible visa-exempt travelers to the UK to apply for their online visas. The platform offers such travelers two options based on nationality; the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) and the Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW). Each one is designed to cater to the needs of short-term visitors to the UK coming for tourism, business, medical treatment, or transit. Only travelers from eligible countries may apply for one or the other, but by 2024, all visa-exempt visitors will be made to apply for ETAs only as the EVW will be scrapped.

Note: Visa-exempt visitors who enter the UK through the Republic of Ireland can only stay for three months, not six months.

Below, we review the ETA and ETW with updated information regarding their requirements, validity, processing times, and application fees. Kindly read on to learn more.

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    Long-term work visa
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    Marriage visitor visa
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    Permitted paid engagement visa
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A visa is required for this destination.

United Kingdom Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW)

The United Kingdom’s Electronic Visa Waiver (EVW) is an online travel permit issued to travelers from selected nations coming to the UK for short, non-economic visits. This document is not a visa but a visa waiver offered to citizens of the GCC states, which are

  • Bahrain
  • Oman
  • Kuwait
  • Qatar
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Saudi Arabia

These countries are on the UK’s visa-free list, so their citizens can enter and stay for up to 180 days. The EVW is issued for business and tourism, so holders are not allowed to work or study at any of the universities or colleges in the country. The electronic visa waiver is a single-use travel document that cannot be used multiple times.

Holders can also use it for medical treatment or short non-college credit studies. Kindly note that you apply for your EVW not earlier than 72 hours and later than 3 months before your trip.

Note: The EVW will be phased out by 2024, so GCC applicants will have to apply for ETA in the future.

Port of Entry

You can use your EVW to the United Kingdom through international airports, border crossings, and sea ports.

Applicants must first submit biometrics at their local USCIS facility prior to mailing their application to VisaHQ for processing. VisaHQ processing times are upon submission to the UK consulate and do not include wait times for a USCIS appointment, which can vary by facility.

Applicants must first submit biometrics at their local USCIS facility prior to mailing their application to VisaHQ for processing. VisaHQ processing times are upon submission to the UK consulate and do not include wait times for a USCIS appointment, which can vary by facility.

Applicants must first submit biometrics at their local USCIS facility prior to mailing their application to VisaHQ for processing. VisaHQ processing times are upon submission to the UK consulate and do not include wait times for a USCIS appointment, which can vary by facility.

Applicants must first submit biometrics at their local USCIS facility prior to mailing their application to VisaHQ for processing. VisaHQ processing times are upon submission to the UK consulate and do not include wait times for a USCIS appointment, which can vary by facility.

Applicants must first submit biometrics at their local USCIS facility prior to mailing their application to VisaHQ for processing. VisaHQ processing times are upon submission to the UK consulate and do not include wait times for a USCIS appointment, which can vary by facility.

Applicants must first submit biometrics at their local USCIS facility prior to mailing their application to VisaHQ for processing. VisaHQ processing times are upon submission to the UK consulate and do not include wait times for a USCIS appointment, which can vary by facility.

Fill out United Kingdom Long-term work visa application form online

and send the following documents to VisaHQ:
  • Visa application form. A signed printout of the online application form for United Kingdom, showing that payment has been made online to the British Consulate. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Proof of status. Copy of Green Card or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, DS-2019, H1B approval notice, etc.)

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Itinerary. Copy of an itinerary or flight reservation from an airline or travel agent. Please do not purchase tickets until the visa has been issued.

  • Bank statement. Original bank statements for the past 3 months. The most recent statement should show evidence of sufficient funds for travel of approximately $300 per day.

  • Employment letter. An employment verification letter from applicant's employer on business letterhead, with contact details, stating that a leave of absence has been granted, purpose and duration of the trip, and that you will be returning to your current job. If you are self-employed, include a copy of your business license and tax return. For students, please submit an official letter from your school indicating that you are in good standing and that you are registered for the upcoming semester. If you are retired please submit proof of your retirement fund.

  • Hotel Reservation. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant's name must be on Hotel Reservation).

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date. You will also need to provide proof of the host's status in United Kingdom ie. copy of their United Kingdom passport's information page, or, if they are not a citizen of United Kingdom, copies of their United Kingdom residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

  • Host's Bank Statement. If you will be receiving financial support from a host or other sponsor in United Kingdom, please provide a copy of that individual's bank statement. Please note that the invitation letter from your host should specifically state the types of support they will be providing (financial, accommodations, etc).

  • Proof of Financial Support. Proof of financial means for the duration of your stay in United Kingdom, such as bank statements from the last 2 months, scholarship, or grant letter.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application. You can find the sample.

  • Proof of assets. Proof of any land ownership, such as mortgage statements, land deeds, etc.

  • Proof of Home Address. Documents showing your place of residence, such as Mortgage Statements, Rental Agreements, etc.

  • Proof of Family Remaining in the US While Traveling to the U. Please provide letter stating who is staying (or no remaining family at all) marriage certificate and copy of the passports.

  • Visa application form. A signed printout of the online application form for United Kingdom, showing that payment has been made online to the British Consulate. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Proof of status. Copy of Green Card or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, DS-2019, H1B approval notice, etc.)

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Itinerary. Copy of an itinerary or flight reservation from an airline or travel agent. Please do not purchase tickets until the visa has been issued.

  • Bank statement. Original bank statements for the past 3 months. The most recent statement should show evidence of sufficient funds for travel of approximately $300 per day.

  • Employment letter. An employment verification letter from applicant's employer on business letterhead, with contact details, stating that a leave of absence has been granted, purpose and duration of the trip, and that you will be returning to your current job. If you are self-employed, include a copy of your business license and tax return. For students, please submit an official letter from your school indicating that you are in good standing and that you are registered for the upcoming semester. If you are retired please submit proof of your retirement fund.

  • Hotel Reservation. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant's name must be on Hotel Reservation).

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date. You will also need to provide proof of the host's status in United Kingdom ie. copy of their United Kingdom passport's information page, or, if they are not a citizen of United Kingdom, copies of their United Kingdom residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

  • Host's Bank Statement. If you will be receiving financial support from a host or other sponsor in United Kingdom, please provide a copy of that individual's bank statement. Please note that the invitation letter from your host should specifically state the types of support they will be providing (financial, accommodations, etc).

  • Proof of Financial Support. Proof of financial means for the duration of your stay in United Kingdom, such as bank statements from the last 2 months, scholarship, or grant letter.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application. You can find the sample.

  • Proof of assets. Proof of any land ownership, such as mortgage statements, land deeds, etc.

  • Proof of Home Address. Documents showing your place of residence, such as Mortgage Statements, Rental Agreements, etc.

  • Proof of Family Remaining in the US While Traveling to the U. Please provide letter stating who is staying (or no remaining family at all) marriage certificate and copy of the passports.

  • Visa application form. A signed printout of the online application form for United Kingdom, showing that payment has been made online to the British Consulate. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Proof of status. Copy of Green Card or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, DS-2019, H1B approval notice, etc.)

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Itinerary. Copy of an itinerary or flight reservation from an airline or travel agent. Please do not purchase tickets until the visa has been issued.

  • Bank statement. Original bank statements for the past 3 months. The most recent statement should show evidence of sufficient funds for travel of approximately $300 per day.

  • Employment letter. An employment verification letter from applicant's employer on business letterhead, with contact details, stating that a leave of absence has been granted, purpose and duration of the trip, and that you will be returning to your current job. If you are self-employed, include a copy of your business license and tax return. For students, please submit an official letter from your school indicating that you are in good standing and that you are registered for the upcoming semester. If you are retired please submit proof of your retirement fund.

  • Hotel Reservation. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant's name must be on Hotel Reservation).

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date. You will also need to provide proof of the host's status in United Kingdom ie. copy of their United Kingdom passport's information page, or, if they are not a citizen of United Kingdom, copies of their United Kingdom residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

  • Host's Bank Statement. If you will be receiving financial support from a host or other sponsor in United Kingdom, please provide a copy of that individual's bank statement. Please note that the invitation letter from your host should specifically state the types of support they will be providing (financial, accommodations, etc).

  • Proof of Financial Support. Proof of financial means for the duration of your stay in United Kingdom, such as bank statements from the last 2 months, scholarship, or grant letter.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application. You can find the sample.

  • Proof of assets. Proof of any land ownership, such as mortgage statements, land deeds, etc.

  • Proof of Home Address. Documents showing your place of residence, such as Mortgage Statements, Rental Agreements, etc.

  • Proof of Family Remaining in the US While Traveling to the U. Please provide letter stating who is staying (or no remaining family at all) marriage certificate and copy of the passports.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Bank statement. A copy of the applicant's last 6 monthly bank statements showing proof of sufficient funds. The statement must clearly show the applicant's name as the account holder, the balance of the account, and the date of the statement.

  • Medical Certificate. Your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test and you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Proof of Sufficient Funds. Provide proof that you possess sufficient funds. Your financial details must provide one of the following:
    Consecutive bank statements for last 6 months OR payslips for the last 6 months.

  • Itinerary. Provide proof of travel arrangements for the duration of your trip. Details of your intended arrangements must:
    Include details of your lodging accommodations
    Include a copy of an itinerary or e-ticket that displays your round trip travel and entry and exit dates for your destination
    Show the traveler's full name (as printed in his or her passport).

  • Proof of Relationship. Additional information may be required to process your application. You should provide one of the following documents:
    Details of the marriage or civil partnership and proof that you have paid money for some of its costs
    Proof that you have given the marriage notification to the Registry Office.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Bank statement. A copy of the applicant's last 6 monthly bank statements showing proof of sufficient funds. The statement must clearly show the applicant's name as the account holder, the balance of the account, and the date of the statement.

  • Unpaid itinerary. Provide details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans. You should not pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa.

  • Invitation letter. A formal invitation from the UK-based organisation or authority you’ll be paid by.

  • Employment letter. Proof that the paid engagement relates to your expertise, qualifications and main job in your home country.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Host Sponsorship Form. Provide a Certificate of sponsorship. This must be obtained by your sponsor through the Home Office in the UK. Applications cannot be processed without this approval.

  • Proof of Financial Support. If you will be accompanied by a dependent who is applying for a visa then you must provide proof of your financial capacity to support your dependents during your stay in the United Kingdom. Proof of Maintenance may take two forms, either:
    Your last three bank statements showing a continuous minimum balance of £945 for the main applicant and £630 per dependent, or
    A maintenance letter issued by your employer confirming that your employer will support you and each named dependent for the first month of employment. Only fully-approved "A-List" employer sponsors may issue this letter. If using this option consult the Sample Maintenance letter provided in this kit.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Host Sponsorship Form. Provide a Certificate of sponsorship. This must be obtained by your sponsor through the Home Office in the UK. Applications cannot be processed without this approval.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Mandatory form before entering country. The form you will fill may be checked at the borders of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland.
    Providing false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your passenger locator form is an offence punishable by imprisonment. You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years or both if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK.

  • Negative COVID-19 test result. Booking reference numbers for the 2 COVID-19 tests you must take after arriving in the UK.
    The invoice number for your quarantine hotel booking if you need one

  • Visa application form. A signed printout of the online application form for United Kingdom, showing that payment has been made online to the British Consulate. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Proof of status. Copy of Green Card or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, DS-2019, H1B approval notice, etc.)

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Itinerary. Copy of an itinerary or flight reservation from an airline or travel agent. Please do not purchase tickets until the visa has been issued.

  • Bank statement. Original bank statements for the past 3 months. The most recent statement should show evidence of sufficient funds for travel of approximately $300 per day.

  • Employment letter. An employment verification letter from applicant's employer on business letterhead, with contact details, stating that a leave of absence has been granted, purpose and duration of the trip, and that you will be returning to your current job. If you are self-employed, include a copy of your business license and tax return. For students, please submit an official letter from your school indicating that you are in good standing and that you are registered for the upcoming semester. If you are retired please submit proof of your retirement fund.

  • Hotel Reservation. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant's name must be on Hotel Reservation).

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date. You will also need to provide proof of the host's status in United Kingdom ie. copy of their United Kingdom passport's information page, or, if they are not a citizen of United Kingdom, copies of their United Kingdom residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

  • Host's Bank Statement. If you will be receiving financial support from a host or other sponsor in United Kingdom, please provide a copy of that individual's bank statement. Please note that the invitation letter from your host should specifically state the types of support they will be providing (financial, accommodations, etc).

  • Proof of Financial Support. Proof of financial means for the duration of your stay in United Kingdom, such as bank statements from the last 2 months, scholarship, or grant letter.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application. You can find the sample.

  • Proof of assets. Proof of any land ownership, such as mortgage statements, land deeds, etc.

  • Proof of Home Address. Documents showing your place of residence, such as Mortgage Statements, Rental Agreements, etc.

  • Proof of Family Remaining in the US While Traveling to the U. Please provide letter stating who is staying (or no remaining family at all) marriage certificate and copy of the passports.

  • Visa application form. A signed printout of the online application form for United Kingdom, showing that payment has been made online to the British Consulate. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Proof of status. Copy of Green Card or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, DS-2019, H1B approval notice, etc.)

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Itinerary. Copy of an itinerary or flight reservation from an airline or travel agent. Please do not purchase tickets until the visa has been issued.

  • Bank statement. Original bank statements for the past 3 months. The most recent statement should show evidence of sufficient funds for travel of approximately $300 per day.

  • Employment letter. An employment verification letter from applicant's employer on business letterhead, with contact details, stating that a leave of absence has been granted, purpose and duration of the trip, and that you will be returning to your current job. If you are self-employed, include a copy of your business license and tax return. For students, please submit an official letter from your school indicating that you are in good standing and that you are registered for the upcoming semester. If you are retired please submit proof of your retirement fund.

  • Hotel Reservation. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant's name must be on Hotel Reservation).

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date. You will also need to provide proof of the host's status in United Kingdom ie. copy of their United Kingdom passport's information page, or, if they are not a citizen of United Kingdom, copies of their United Kingdom residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

  • Host's Bank Statement. If you will be receiving financial support from a host or other sponsor in United Kingdom, please provide a copy of that individual's bank statement. Please note that the invitation letter from your host should specifically state the types of support they will be providing (financial, accommodations, etc).

  • Proof of Financial Support. Proof of financial means for the duration of your stay in United Kingdom, such as bank statements from the last 2 months, scholarship, or grant letter.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application. You can find the sample.

  • Proof of assets. Proof of any land ownership, such as mortgage statements, land deeds, etc.

  • Proof of Home Address. Documents showing your place of residence, such as Mortgage Statements, Rental Agreements, etc.

  • Proof of Family Remaining in the US While Traveling to the U. Please provide letter stating who is staying (or no remaining family at all) marriage certificate and copy of the passports.

  • Visa application form. A signed printout of the online application form for United Kingdom, showing that payment has been made online to the British Consulate. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Proof of status. Copy of Green Card or other proof of legal status in the US (such as copy of I-20, DS-2019, H1B approval notice, etc.)

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Itinerary. Copy of an itinerary or flight reservation from an airline or travel agent. Please do not purchase tickets until the visa has been issued.

  • Bank statement. Original bank statements for the past 3 months. The most recent statement should show evidence of sufficient funds for travel of approximately $300 per day.

  • Employment letter. An employment verification letter from applicant's employer on business letterhead, with contact details, stating that a leave of absence has been granted, purpose and duration of the trip, and that you will be returning to your current job. If you are self-employed, include a copy of your business license and tax return. For students, please submit an official letter from your school indicating that you are in good standing and that you are registered for the upcoming semester. If you are retired please submit proof of your retirement fund.

  • Hotel Reservation. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant's name must be on Hotel Reservation).

  • Personal invitation. If visiting friends or family, you must provide letter of invitation with the contact information of the host and visitor, purpose and duration of the visit, confirmation of accommodation including the address, signature and date. You will also need to provide proof of the host's status in United Kingdom ie. copy of their United Kingdom passport's information page, or, if they are not a citizen of United Kingdom, copies of their United Kingdom residence permit and their national passport's information pages.

  • Host's Bank Statement. If you will be receiving financial support from a host or other sponsor in United Kingdom, please provide a copy of that individual's bank statement. Please note that the invitation letter from your host should specifically state the types of support they will be providing (financial, accommodations, etc).

  • Proof of Financial Support. Proof of financial means for the duration of your stay in United Kingdom, such as bank statements from the last 2 months, scholarship, or grant letter.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application. You can find the sample.

  • Proof of assets. Proof of any land ownership, such as mortgage statements, land deeds, etc.

  • Proof of Home Address. Documents showing your place of residence, such as Mortgage Statements, Rental Agreements, etc.

  • Proof of Family Remaining in the US While Traveling to the U. Please provide letter stating who is staying (or no remaining family at all) marriage certificate and copy of the passports.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Bank statement. A copy of the applicant's last 6 monthly bank statements showing proof of sufficient funds. The statement must clearly show the applicant's name as the account holder, the balance of the account, and the date of the statement.

  • Medical Certificate. Your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test and you’re coming to the UK for more than 6 months.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Proof of Sufficient Funds. Provide proof that you possess sufficient funds. Your financial details must provide one of the following:
    Consecutive bank statements for last 6 months OR payslips for the last 6 months.

  • Itinerary. Provide proof of travel arrangements for the duration of your trip. Details of your intended arrangements must:
    Include details of your lodging accommodations
    Include a copy of an itinerary or e-ticket that displays your round trip travel and entry and exit dates for your destination
    Show the traveler's full name (as printed in his or her passport).

  • Proof of Relationship. Additional information may be required to process your application. You should provide one of the following documents:
    Details of the marriage or civil partnership and proof that you have paid money for some of its costs
    Proof that you have given the marriage notification to the Registry Office.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Bank statement. A copy of the applicant's last 6 monthly bank statements showing proof of sufficient funds. The statement must clearly show the applicant's name as the account holder, the balance of the account, and the date of the statement.

  • Unpaid itinerary. Provide details of where you intend to stay and your travel plans. You should not pay for accommodation or travel until you get your visa.

  • Invitation letter. A formal invitation from the UK-based organisation or authority you’ll be paid by.

  • Employment letter. Proof that the paid engagement relates to your expertise, qualifications and main job in your home country.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Host Sponsorship Form. Provide a Certificate of sponsorship. This must be obtained by your sponsor through the Home Office in the UK. Applications cannot be processed without this approval.

  • Proof of Financial Support. If you will be accompanied by a dependent who is applying for a visa then you must provide proof of your financial capacity to support your dependents during your stay in the United Kingdom. Proof of Maintenance may take two forms, either:
    Your last three bank statements showing a continuous minimum balance of £945 for the main applicant and £630 per dependent, or
    A maintenance letter issued by your employer confirming that your employer will support you and each named dependent for the first month of employment. Only fully-approved "A-List" employer sponsors may issue this letter. If using this option consult the Sample Maintenance letter provided in this kit.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Visa application form. Fully completed and signed application form. Please note: Applicants using our service must select Standard or Priority service while filling the online application. The fees paid to VisaHQ are in addition to the fee paid online.

  • Original passport. The passport must be valid at least 6 months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the destination country and has at least 2 blank visa pages.

  • Passport-type photograph. Include 2 passport style photos, with a white background, taken within the last 6 months. You may also choose to upload a photo to your order for us to print. There is a charge associated with this service.

  • Proof of status. A copy of immigration status in the United States such as a resident card, work, or study permit.

  • Biometrics. The biometrics appointment confirmation sheet, bearing the original stamp of the USCIS center. Note: this document is valid for 15 days from the date it is stamped.

  • Host Sponsorship Form. Provide a Certificate of sponsorship. This must be obtained by your sponsor through the Home Office in the UK. Applications cannot be processed without this approval.

  • UK Visas and Immigration Checklist. Please include United Kingdom Visas and Immigration checklist with your application.

  • Mandatory form before entering country. The form you will fill may be checked at the borders of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Nothern Ireland.
    Providing false or deliberately misleading information when filling out your passenger locator form is an offence punishable by imprisonment. You could be fined up to £10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years or both if you do not provide accurate details about the countries you have visited in the 10 days before you arrived in the UK.

  • Negative COVID-19 test result. Booking reference numbers for the 2 COVID-19 tests you must take after arriving in the UK.
    The invoice number for your quarantine hotel booking if you need one

Unfortunately, at this time VisaHQ does not provide service for

A visa is not required for this destination.

Additional information
  • Documents about the course:
    You must provide proof of the course you’re studying, for example a letter of acceptance from the educational institution - on official headed paper, stating the course’s name, duration and cost (including accommodation).
  • You may need to provide additional documents:
    Previous study, for example academic certificates, references or transcripts;
    English language qualifications, for example certificates or awards;
    Accommodation and travel plans;
    Permission to be in the country you’re applying from (if you’re not a national);
    Financial sponsor’s occupation, income, savings or funds that will support your studies.
  • If you have been married before
    If you have been married before, you will need to show proof that you are free to remarry or enter into a civil partnership. Your proof must include one of the following:
    A divorce decree;
    A death certificate of a previous spouse or partner.
  • Important information about a healthcare surcharge
    You may need to pay a healthcare surcharge before lodging your visa application. Certain applicants are exempt from paying this fee. To determine if your visa application requires an immigration healthcare surcharge and/or to determine the fee, please visit this page. Even if you are exempt from paying the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS), you may need to obtain an IHS reference number for your visa application.
  • Additional documents for minors (under the age of 18):
    A copy of the applicant's birth certificate;
    A signed letter of consent from both parents/guardians authorizing the minor to travel.
  • Important information about a healthcare surcharge
    You may need to pay a healthcare surcharge before lodging your visa application. Certain applicants are exempt from paying this fee. To determine if your visa application requires an immigration healthcare surcharge and/or to determine the fee, please visit this page. Even if you are exempt from paying the Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS), you may need to obtain an IHS reference number for your visa application.
  • If you are from a country that speaks a language other than English
    If you are from a country that speaks a language other than English, you must provide proof of your proficiency in English. This proof must include one of the following:
    Degree from an English speaking college or country;
    An English Language Proficiency test from one of the consulate approved testing partners.

United Kingdom Long-term work visa fees for citizens of United States of America

Type of visaValidity
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Processing
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
Embassy feeService feeTaxTotal cost
Multiple entry (180 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 10 years
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:$0.00
Service fee:$139.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$139.00
$139.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 10 years
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:$0.00
Service fee:$139.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$139.00
$139.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 10 years
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:$0.00
Service fee:$139.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$139.00
$139.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 10 years
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:$0.00
Service fee:$139.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$139.00
$139.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 10 years
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:$0.00
Service fee:$209.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$209.00
$209.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 10 years
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:$0.00
Service fee:$209.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$209.00
$209.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 10 years
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:$0.00
Service fee:$209.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$209.00
$209.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 10 years
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:$0.00
Service fee:$209.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$209.00
$209.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 10 years
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:$0.00
Service fee:$209.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$209.00
$209.00
Multiple entry (180 days stay)
Maximum validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country. Validity of visa starts from the date of issuance of visa.
Up to 10 years
Processing times start on the next business day following submission and serve as indications of processing times under normal circumstances only.
10-15 business days
Embassy fee:$0.00
Service fee:$209.00
Tax:$0.00
Total cost:$209.00
$209.00
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Visa Policy of The United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has a visa policy designed by His Majesty’s government to regulate the entry and exit of foreigners. The visa requirements of visitors to the UK, Crown dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey, and the Isle of Man, or even those seeking to work or study in any of these regions, are determined based on the visa policy. The body responsible for all aspects of border control and immigration is the Home Office which derives its authority from the Immigration Act (1971).

The Immigration Act (1971) is the basic law that regulates immigration in the UK. This law empowers the SSHD to make rules and regulate the entry and stay of foreigners in the UK. It also designates categories of visitors based on their nationality, education, skill, level, etc. These rules are subject to frequent changes, so travelers must study them before applying or coming to the UK.

The visa policy also covers the Common Travel Area, which the United Kingdom shares with the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands, and shares some similarities with the visa laws of British Overseas Territories. Before the 31st of January 2020, citizens from European Union countries were allowed freedom of entry and exit from the UK but all that changed after Brexit when the UK left the European Union. Now persons of EU nationality can still enter the UK visa-free, but they must apply for and secure an Electronic Travel Authorization.

Lastly, you should know that the visa policy of the UK categorizes foreign nationals into two broad groups; Visa Exempt visitors and non-visa-exempt visitors. Those from visa-exempt countries do not require visas to enter the UK but an entry permit which may be an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) or an Electronic Visa Waiver (ETW). As for nationals in the non-visa-exempt group, they need visas to enter the UK.

Key Information About UK Online Travel Documents

Before traveling to the United Kingdom in an online entry pass, you should take note of the following

Be Sure Of Your Eligibility: Always be certain of your eligibility before submitting your. ETAs are for persons from selected visa free countries while EVW is strictly for persons from Gulf countries. If you submit your application despite being ineligible, your application will be denied.

Avoid Illegal Routes: There are dozens of illegal routes and into the UK especially from the Southern Coast. You are advised to avoid these routes because they are hazardous and dangerous. Only use approved routes to enter the UK for your own safety.

Use The Same Passport: Always use the same Passport you used for the application, not a different one. The UK border control agents will demand to see your visa before letting you in; since what you have is an ETA or EVW they will generate it using the number on your passport. If you travel with a different passport you will not be allowed into the country. If your passport will soon expire, apply for a new one before submitting your application for ETA or EVW.

Extra Documentation For Minors: The UK government has very strict regulations for traveling minors and they have zero tolerance for child trafficking. Do not be surprised if you are asked many questions at the entry port or asked to provide documents to prove that the child you are traveling with is yours or you are their legal guardian. To prove legal guardianship you must show a parental consent form duly notarized and signed by the child's parents. If the child is yours, you must provide valid birth certificates for you and the child.

Don't Overstay: Never stay beyond the maximum days allowed under the ETA and EVW arrangements.  ETA and EVW holders can stay in the United Kingdom for up to 6 months at a time but spending a day longer will be treated as a violation. There are different fines and sanctions for illegal immigrants so be conscious of time.

Don't Work: You are not allowed to work in the UK with an ETA or EVW. Only persons with work visas are allowed to work.  Business visitors are free to transact business during their time in the country but cannot engage in any Employment that will earn them direct pay.

These are important Caveats to bear in mind as you prepare for your trip to the United Kingdom.

United Kingdom Visa Online – Get your United Kingdom E Visa with VisaHQ

Do you have plans to travel to United Kingdom? If you do, you will need a visa or an entry permit to enter the country, and you can get an online visa by submitting your application through VisaHQ.

How to obtain an ETA/ EVW with VisaHQ?

Obtaining your Electronic Travel Authorization or Electronic Visa Waiver via VisaHQ has always been challenging. We have made the process seamless, and you can complete the application from the comfort of your home. All you need is to follow these simple steps highlighted below.

Fill out The Form: The first phase is to complete the application form on VisaHQ and choose the online travel permit you want (ETA or EVW). This will take only a few minutes, but please be careful with your entries and cross-check for errors.

Upload & Attach The Necessary Documents: You must attach the required documents, including your valid passport and any other documents before you can apply. Once you are done, submit the form, and this action will trigger a confirmation notification sent to your email.

Get Your ETA/EVW: Your ETA or EVW will be forwarded to your inbox after the UK Home Office approves it— endeavor to print it out and travel with the copy for reference and passport validation.

As you can see, our application process is relatively straightforward and will only take a few minutes of your time. We also have support staff to help you with any difficulties or answer your inquiries. So please navigate to the application page now or contact our customer representatives for support.

Why Use VisaHQ?

For two decades, VisaHQ has been the number one online platform for online visas, and we are proud of the first-class service we render our clients. Suppose you are looking to visit the UK for a short visit and would need an Electronic Travel Authorization or Electronic Visa Waiver (depending on your nationality). In that case, there are more than enough reasons to do so through VisaHQ. 

Here is why you should use VisaHQ

  • We use encrypted software to protect your personal information and documents.
  • We offer professional services tailored to meet your needs
  • We have been in business since 2003 and going strong
  • 100% positive user experience with our website and navigation tools
  • The seamless application process for online visa applications
  • Round-the-clock customer support
  • We offer application status tracking so you know when yours has been approved
  • Only digital uploads, so there is no need to handle physical copies of your documents

Traveling to the UK as a visa-exempt visitor is made easy with VisaHQ. Our service is designed to make your travel adventure as stress-free as possible. Our representatives will also be on hand to answer your question and provide extra support if necessary.

United Kingdom COVID-19 travel restrictions

  • Entry is open
    The United Kingdom is open to all travelers.
    Prior to arrival requirements
    Valid passport. Valid national passport with at least 6 month remaining validity after the date of departure.
    Valid visa. Please see the instructions above if visa is needed and apply.
    Upon arrival restrictions
    😷Masks are required in public spaces and transport.

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