United Kingdom Business Visa Requirements

These requirements are applicable for Non-US Citizens applying at the New York Office

Please send TDS your current valid and signed passport. It must not expire within 6 months and must have at least one blank visa page. Foreign Embassies cannot issue a visa on a page not labeled as a Visa page. Amendment and Endorsement pages in the back of the passport cannot be used for issuance of a visa.
A visa cannot be stamped on a page even if only one Small Stamp is on the visa page. If your passport expires within 6 months, you must renew your passport and then we will secure your visa with the new passport.

 

Please send 2 recent professional passport-type photographs.
Digital and non-passport photographs are not acceptable.
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Original Alien Registration Card (Green Card) -or- Original U.S Visa (If the U.S Visa is in an expired passport then the expired passport has to be submitted with the current passport)

 

 

Please send a copy of your round trip airline tickets, or itinerary or e-ticket, or letter of confirmation from a travel agent. The itinerary must show the applicant's name, date of arrival and departure from the country, and flight information. The Embassy does not recommend purchasing your ticket prior to a visa being issued.

 

 

A business letter of responsibility is required, to be typewritten on your company letterhead and addressed to:
Consulate of United Kingdom, Visa Section, New York, NY
Business letter must be from the applicants employer or sponsoring company in the US, on company letterhead, introducing the applicant, indicating the applicants employment status or position held in the company and clearly stating the purpose of visit to the United Kingdom. Business activities in the United Kingdom must include detailed and specific details. The business letter must indicate who will be financially responsible for the applicant and detailed contact information in the United Kingdom.
 

 

 

Original Letter of Employment stating that the applicant is an employee of the company and is in good standing. The letter must indicate the dates for which leave was approved and the intended date of return to the company.

 

 

Original Letter of invitation from sponsor, either the host company (Invitation Letter from the host company can be a scan or fax) or individual explaining the relationship to the applicant and the purpose of travel. Invitation letter must indicate the length of stay, place of stay and contact information.

 

 

A copy of your hotel confirmation(s) is required.

 

 

Evidence of sufficient funds to support stay in United Kingdom such as pay stubs ( must be 3 months of applicants most recent pay stubs), travelers cheques and/or most recent bank statement.

 

 

Travel Document Systems can submit British visa applications for priority 3-5 day processing only. This requires a $195.00 priority processing fee payable to the UK goverment that must be paid online directly through VFS Global website. This "Priority Processing Fee" is in addition to the visa fee paid directly on the visa application form.
Click here to enter VFS Global visa application payment website, select the United States as the country of residence and your visa catagory.

The payment receipt from VFS Global must be included with the visa application materials.
Your visa application form (below) must be completed prior to processing the Priority processing fee.

Complete and sign one visa application form.
The Consulate of the United Kingdom has introduced a web based visa application form. Applicants must follow the step by step instructions and pay visa fees online. Once the Online application is completed and payment is made online applicants will be prompted to schedule an appointment at one of 130+ Application Support Centers (ASCs) throughout the United States for Biometric testing (digital scan of all ten fingers and digital photograph). The visa application must be submitted no earlier than 24-36 hours after and no later than 2 weeks after biometric submission.
Send the visa application and supporting documents to Travel Document Systems New York office.
 

 

TravelDocs Service Fees

Fees charged by Travel Document Systems for our part in assisting you in obtaining your visa.

TypePriceProcessing Time
Regular$89.003-5 Business Days

Once your visa order is complete, your documents will be returned to you via FedEx. The below table outlines the possible costs associated with this service.

FedEx Return ShippingFedEx Logo
Continental USA Only Price
Next Business Day - up to 3 passports $32.00
Next Business Day - 4 or more passports $33.00
Saturday Delivery $41.00
Alaska, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, USVI Price
Next Day Letter (No Saturday Delivery) $39.00
International Price
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Consular Fees

These are the fees charged by the foreign government for issuing a visa. Fees are per person per visa.

Type Entry  PricePeriod of stay Validity Processing Time
Regular Single  $25.00 Per Application Per Application 3-5 Business Days

TDS Order Form

You must complete the TDS Online Order Form.

The order form gives TDS your name, address, shipping information and payment method. Multiple applicants can be entered using one order form. You only need to complete one TDS order form per request. Please print two copies of the confirmation page. Include one copy with the documents you ship to TDS and keep one copy for your records.

While completing the online order form in this step, you will be asked how you want to pay TDS fees. You may pay our fees online with a credit card or enclose a personal or business check or money order.

We accept American Express, MasterCard, Visa and Discover

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Ship Your Documents

Please forward the completed requirements to:

Travel Document Systems, Inc.
415 Madison Avenue
Suite 1414
New York, NY 10017

Local Phone Number: 212-647-1122

Urgent applications should be shipped to TDS using only the FedEx Company.

Please use FedEx Priority Overnight. Do NOT ship "First Overnight." This will delay the delivery of your package.

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Travel Document Systems, Inc. (TDS) is a leading visa and passport processing agency. For over 30 years we have served travel professionals, tour operators, and cruise lines, as well as corporate and individual international travelers. TDS specializes in travel that involves visas for more than one country.