Information and advice on British / UK visas and the steps you must take to obtain them.

British Visitor In Transit Visa

You may need a Visitor in Transit visa if you’ll be going through immigration control, or must change airports/airlines to catch a connecting flight in the UK, but leaving the UK within 48 hours and you are:

  • from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland;
  • not going to work or study while in the UK;
  • You should apply for another type of visitor visa if you’re travelling to or from Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.

US Citizens with a valid passport do not require Transit visa for the United Kingdom.


  1. PASSPORT – Original signed valid passport, with at least 6 months validity of the last entry to the UK and at least one blank visa page.
  2. Photographs – 2 color photographs, 2”x 2”, on a white background, full face, no shadows, fully developed, and on a photographic paper (Do not staple or glue the photograph to the application). Write your name clearly on the back of the photos.
  3. GUIDANCE NOTES – This guide provides additional information on the type of visa and its basic documentary requirement.
  4. UK VISA APPLICATION Complete the UK online Visa Application form, accurately and fully. Print, sign and date the application. During the completion of the application you will be asked to make a biometric appointment online at the Application Support Center near you. Remember to print your Biometric appointment notice at the same time as you print out your application.
  5. Biometric Receipt – Once you have attended and completed your biometric appointment, you will be handed your biometric receipt by the Application Support Center. Your application and supporting documents must be submitted to the British Consulate within 2 weeks of the receipt date on your biometrics receipt, otherwise it will not be accepted.
  6. PRIORITY PROCESSING FEE – You need to you pay the expedite processing fee of $250 to the British Consulate.  Enter United States for country of residence, select your visa type from the drop down menu and select New York in Visa Application Center drop down menu. Then fill in accurately your application number and all other details. You must print the payment receipt with the bar code at the completion of this process and submit it with your application and other supporting documents.
  7. Residency Status  Submit your original green card, or a notarized copy of your valid green card (front and back), or your valid US visa original, for example: I-20 and I-94 must be submitted (if applicable) attached to your passport. 
  8. Proof of Departure – One copy of your round trip flight reservation issued by a travel agency/airline (You may reserve flights but do not purchase the ticket before the Visa is issued). The ticket must show entry and departure details to and from UK.
  9. Employment Evidence –  An original letter of employment, confirming your employment, position, start date, your travel dates (departure date from USA and planned return date to USA), and that you are expected to go back to work on your return.
  10. Applicants Under 18 Years Old – Must submit notarized parental consent with the original certified birth certificate providing details of parents and the applicant minor.
  11. Payment – Pay the total fee with one cashier’s check, or a money order, payable to Global VIP Services
    • Service Fee:
      • Regular 15 business days plus shipping time is $400.
      • Rush 8 business days plus shipping time is $600.
    • FedEx Fee 2 way shipping is $100 for packages less than 0.50 lb in weight.
  12. Processing Period – The processing time for regular service is 15 business days plus shipping time. For rush service it is 8 business days plus shipping time.
  13. Order Form – Complete and sign Global VIP Services Order Form, and send it to us together with all the above mentioned items via FedEx to our FedEx address given on the Order From.


  • You may also need to provide additional documents, if required by the British Consulate.
  • Long-term Visit Transit Visa – You can also apply for a long-term visit visa if you can prove you need to pass through the UK in transit regularly over a longer period. You can stay for a maximum of 48 hours on each visit and your visa can last for 1, 2, 5 or 10 years.  You must prove that:
    • you have a frequent and ongoing need to pass through the UK in transit;
    • the reason for your need to pass through the UK is unlikely to change significantly while the visa is valid; and
    • you plan to leave the UK at the end of each transit.
  • Certified translation of any document that is not in English must be submitted.
  • Anyone intending to visit friends, family, go shopping or sightseeing etc. You will require a visit visa.
  • Anyone holding STAFF or OPEN dated tickets. You will also require a visit visa.