Thinking of moving to the UK? Do you seem a little lost on how to go about it? Well, this article is aimed at providing the necessary information you need to know on how to migrate to the UK from the US.
The United Kingdom commonly referred to as The UK comprises of four islands: England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
It is a country with a rich cultural heritage as well as good job opportunities. It also has wonderful tourist sites which attract millions of tourists yearly. All these are a few of the reasons people would want to migrate to the UK.
Americans who want to move to the UK, need to obtain a visa depending on their purpose or reason of travelling.
The UK government has also provided different types of visas to fit every traveler’s reason to migrate to the UK from the US.
How to apply for a UK Visa to migrate from the US:
Applying for a United Kingdom visa as an American, there are certain requirements and steps that need to be met which includes:
Finding Out If You Need A Visa To Travel to The UK:
As a US citizen, you do not require a visa to the UK if you are visiting for tourism or business, and if you won’t stay beyond six months.
However, if you intend to migrate to the UK from the US for other reasons like study, work, etc, you will have to apply for a visa according to the category of your reason for travel.
Picking The Right Type of Visa:
After ascertaining if you need a visa, you’ll need to choose the type of visa that suits the reason for your travel to the UK.
Completing the Online Application Form:
After picking the right type of visa, you start the application process which begins with the completion of the online form and this is done on the Visa for UK website.
The online form will require you to fill in your personal information which you submit and then pay the visa application fee.
I know you will wonder how much you are going to pay online for the visa…Due to the flunctating exchange rate, the fee is not always constant and it also depends on the type of visa.
Note: The information you provide while filling the form must conform to the information on your other documents otherwise, your application will be rejected.
More on migrate to the UK from the US:
Here are the types of UK visas:
- Transit Visas
- Work Visas
- Business Visas
- Study Visas
- Visitor Visas
- Family Visas
- Settlement Visas
The time taken for you to get the Visa depends solely on the type of UK visa you applied for and your current situation for the migration.
Get The Required Documents:
To apply for a UK visa, US citizens must provide the following documents:
- UK visa application form
- Two photographs; these photos should not be older than six months.
- A valid passport; should have at least one-page blank on both sides.
- Receipt of paid visa fees
- Proof of Accommodation.
- Proof of Financial capacity to meet the cost of living in the UK.
- Receipt of Biometric information
- Proof of US citizenship
- Flight bookings
- Tuberculosis Test Results.
- Translations of Documents not in English or Welsh.
All these documents are very important to migrate to the UK from the US.
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Book a Bio-metric Appointment:
Book an appointment at a US Visa Application Support Centre.
At this appointment, a digital scan image of your image and the fingerprints of your ten fingers will be taken.
When going for the appointment, you have to go with the following documents:
- Your current passport
- A print out copy of your application form
- A copy of your Biometric confirmation receipt.
Mail Your Application:
After your appointment, you are to mail your application form, your stamped biometric confirmation receipt (will be stamped at the appointment), your passport, and all other required documents.
The documents are to be arranged accordingly as instructed.
The application should be addressed to the British Consulate in New York.
UK Visas and Immigration
British Consulate General
845 Third Avenue
Note: For your documents to be returned, you must provide a fully addressed prepaid electronic shipping label and it should be attached to your application. Keep a copy of the waybills for records.
Final tips on how to migrate to the UK from the US:
Sure you know that the visa success rate to US citizens has really improved in the space of 3 years from 95.43% to 96.42% which means that you have a higher chance of getting a visa if you apply.
So if you want to migrate to the UK from the US, prepare and apply.
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