Visas for The United Kingdom

WARNING: We are NOT able to fully assist applicants with the online visa application form. This is due to the U.K. visa application system design, which demands sensitive personal information to be provided directly by the applicant on the online form. In addition, all fees to the U.K. government, including the consulate visa fees and expediting fee payments must be made directly into the U.K. online application system while the visa form questions are being answered.

PLEASE NOTE: You will be required to submit your passport to the consulate. You will NOT have access to your passport until the visa process is finished by the consulate. Please plan accordingly. The consulate will not release your passport until the visa process is finished.

ATTENTION: Foreign consulates do not accept demands from travelers. They do not work around a traveler’s time-frame, and may request additional documents not listed in the general instructions at any given time and circumstance without notice.

STEP 1

Fill out your ONLINE forms and gather your required documents outlined below.

GATHER DOCUMENTS

Follow the instructions below. Pay close attention to the important notices!

STEP 2

Come to the office so we can review, sort, prepare your documents, and take your photo.

COME IN TO THE OFFICE

If you already have your own passport-type photos, bring them with you. Otherwise we will take your photos.

STEP 3

Your visa application materials will be shipped to the U.K. consulate for processing.

PRINT YOUR APPLICATION

Print your application and bring your materials to Arista. We will review and screen your documents for mistakes before shipping it out to the U.K. consulate.

STEP 4

Your passport and visa will be shipped back to our office once the process is finished and the consulate releases your visa.

COLLECT YOUR DOCUMENTS

Your visa & any other original documents will be at our office available for you to pick up.

Follow These Instructions to Obtain a Visa for United Kingdom

FORMS must be processed ONLINE and signed by hand. No electronic signatures allowed.

DO NOT ship your documents to our office without first communicating with us.

DO NOT ship your materials for 8AM delivery unless instructed to do so.

Visa Requirements

* A stay up to 6 months does NOT require a Visa. For a stay beyond 6 months, please call us.
  • Your passport MUST be valid for AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, counting from the day you leave the United Kingdom
  • Your passport MUST contain at least TWO blank, completely clear “VISAS” page (Amendments and Endorsement pages do not count)
  • Your passport MUST be signed and in good condition. The consulate staff may reject your passport if they find it to be in damaged condition, even if you don’t think that’s the case
    1. One VAF1 completed online: CLICK HERE for the online form. (Forms can NOT be hand-written offline. You MUST answer your questions ONLINE and then print the final receipts, instructions and forms when finished)
    2. Priority service receipt for the processing of your visa: CLICK HERE.

How to Fill Out Your Application Form

    • Be very thorough and careful when filling out your questions on the form
    • Enter ALL dates in the SPECIFIED FORMAT. Ex.: DD/mm/YYYY
    • PLEASE ENTER ALL YOUR NAMES EXACTLY AS THEY ACTUALLY APPEAR IN YOUR PASSPORT. Do NOT omit, abbreviate or add extra names or nicknames. Do NOT include titles and/or extra letters not contained in your passport. All added data that is not IDENTICAL to your legal documents will cause your process to be rejected
    • Please SIGN the form to match the passport signature. All applicants over the age of 18 MUST sign their own application form
      • CLICK HERE to print and sign the Work Order Form & Terms of Service
  • Passport-type photograph: 2 (two)
  • Your appointment location and time will be set during the online application form process
  • A letter from your US employer, confirming your status as an employee intending to visit the UK on vacation
  • Submit print-outs of your past 3 months statement of bank account activities
  • Copy of round-trip or cruise-line tickets or tentative itinerary, printed from an online vendor or travel agency letterhead
  • If you have trouble printing your form or itinerary, you are welcome to email it to us and we will be glad to print it for you at our office
Parent or guardians MUST:

  • Sign the printed-out application page in the appropriate signature box
  • For adopted children: present original copy of adoption papers/court order
  • Present an original copy of the birth certificate
  • Present a notarized visa consent letter for minor children, signed by both parents
Shipping documents back to you:

      • Please provide us a return method for return shipments, such as an air-bill, credit card info, or a prepaid envelope
      • Per your request, we may ship your documents back to you by FedEx only, and add our flat shipping charge to the total fee for the services provided to you
      • Please CLICK HERE to visit our SHIPPING page for more info

A stay up to 6 months does NOT require a Visa.

A stay beyond 6 months DOES require a Visa. Please follow the instructions below.

  • Your passport MUST be valid for AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, counting from the day you leave the United Kingdom
  • Your passport MUST contain at least TWO blank, completely clear “VISAS” page (Amendments and Endorsement pages do not count)
  • Your passport MUST be signed and in good condition. The consulate staff may reject your passport if they find it to be in damaged condition, even if you don’t think that’s the case
  1. One VAF1 completed online: CLICK HERE for the online form. (Forms can NOT be hand-written offline. You MUST answer your questions ONLINE and then print the final receipts, instructions and forms when finished)
  2. Priority service receipt for the processing of your visa: CLICK HERE.

How to Fill Out Your Application Form

    • Be very thorough and careful when filling out your questions on the form
    • Enter ALL dates in the SPECIFIED FORMAT. Ex.: DD/mm/YYYY
    • PLEASE ENTER ALL YOUR NAMES EXACTLY AS THEY ACTUALLY APPEAR IN YOUR PASSPORT. Do NOT omit, abbreviate or add extra names or nicknames. Do NOT include titles and/or extra letters not contained in your passport. All added data that is not IDENTICAL to your legal documents will cause your process to be rejected
    • Please SIGN the form to match the passport signature. All applicants over the age of 18 MUST sign their own application form
  • Passport-type photographs: 2
  • Your appointment location and time will be set during the online application form process
  • A letter from your US employer, confirming your status as an employee intending to visit the UK on vacation
  • Submit print-outs of your past 3 months statement of bank account activities
  • Copy of round-trip or cruise-line tickets or tentative itinerary, printed from an online vendor or travel agency letterhead
  • If you have trouble printing your form or itinerary, you are welcome to email it to us as an attachment and we will be glad to print it for you at our office
A business letter from the US employer. The letter must be printed on the company letterhead stationery, addressed to “The Consulate of the United Kingdom, Visa Section”, and signed by a senior manager (an equivalent to Vice-President or above) and stamped with the company seal. The business letter must include the following information:

  • Personal information of the applicant: name and job title
  • State the nature of the business to be conducted (ie. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.), the dates of the visit, and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in the United Kingdom
  • Specify the type of activities in the United Kingdom (ie. meetings, contract discussions, trade-shows, etc.)
  • State who will bear the costs of the applicant’s accommodations in the United Kingdom
Parent or guardians MUST:

  • Sign the printed-out application page in the appropriate signature box
  • IFor adopted children: present original copy of adoption papers/court order
  • Present an original copy of the birth certificate
  • Present a notarized visa consent letter for minor children, signed by both parents
Type of visa Validity* Processing Visa Fee & Expedited Consular Fee Arista Service Fee
Multiple entry up to 5 years 5 – 7 business days To be paid online within the application form $350
  • Maximum *validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country
  • ALL consulate visa fees must be paid during the online application process

Our Service Fees INCLUDE:

  • Credit card payments
  • Tracking the visa status (emails and phone call follow ups)
  • 1 submission and 1 pick-up visit to the consulate
Shipping documents back to you:

    • Please provide us a return method for return shipments, such as an air-bill, credit card info, or a prepaid envelope
    • Per your request, we may ship your documents back to you by FedEx only, and add our flat shipping charge to the total fee for the services provided to you
    • Please CLICK HERE to visit our SHIPPING page for more info

  • Your passport MUST be valid for AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, counting from the day you leave the United Kingdom
  • Your passport MUST contain at least TWO blank, completely clear “VISAS” page (Amendments and Endorsement pages do not count)
  • Your passport MUST be signed and in good condition. The consulate staff may reject your passport if they find it to be in damaged condition, even if you don’t think that’s the case
  1. One VAF1 completed online: CLICK HERE for the online form. (Forms can NOT be hand-written offline. You MUST answer your questions ONLINE and then print the final receipts, instructions and forms when finished)
  2. Priority service receipt for the processing of your visa: CLICK HERE.

How to Fill Out Your Application Form

    • Be very thorough and careful when filling out your questions on the form
    • Enter ALL dates in the SPECIFIED FORMAT. Ex.: DD/mm/YYYY
    • PLEASE ENTER ALL YOUR NAMES EXACTLY AS THEY ACTUALLY APPEAR IN YOUR PASSPORT. Do NOT omit, abbreviate or add extra names or nicknames. Do NOT include titles and/or extra letters not contained in your passport. All added data that is not IDENTICAL to your legal documents will cause your process to be rejected
    • Please SIGN the form to match the passport signature. All applicants over the age of 18 MUST sign their own application form
  • Passport-type photographs: 2
  • Your original permanent resident card (green card), I-94, I-20, or advance parole originals
  • Your appointment location and time will be set during the online application form process
  • A letter from your US employer, confirming your status as an employee intending to visit the UK on vacation
  • Submit print-outs of your past 3 months statement of bank account activities
  • Copy of round-trip or cruise-line tickets or tentative itinerary, printed from an online vendor or travel agency letterhead
  • If you have trouble printing your form or itinerary, you are welcome to email it to us as an attachment and we will be glad to print it for you at our office
Parent or guardians MUST:

  • Sign the printed-out application page in the appropriate signature box
  • For adopted children: present original copy of adoption papers/court order
  • Present an original copy of the birth certificate
  • Present a notarized visa consent letter for minor children, signed by both parents
Type of visa Validity* Processing Visa Fee & Expedited Consular Fee Arista Service Fee
Multiple entry up to 5 years 5 – 7 business days To be paid online within the application form $350
  • Maximum *validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to enter a given country
  • ALL consulate visa fees must be paid during the online application process

Our Service Fees INCLUDE:

  • Credit card payments
  • Tracking the visa status (emails and phone call follow ups)
  • 1 submission and 1 pick-up visit to the consulate
Shipping documents back to you:

      • Please provide us a return method for return shipments, such as an air-bill, credit card info, or a prepaid envelope
      • Per your request, we may ship your documents back to you by FedEx only, and add our flat shipping charge to the total fee for the services provided to you
      • Please CLICK HERE to visit our SHIPPING page for more info
  • Your passport MUST be valid for AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, counting from the day you leave the United Kingdom
  • Your passport MUST contain at least TWO blank, completely clear “VISAS” page (Amendments and Endorsement pages do not count)
  • Your passport MUST be signed and in good condition. The consulate staff may reject your passport if they find it to be in damaged condition, even if you don’t think that’s the case
  1. One VAF1 completed online: CLICK HERE for the online form. (Forms can NOT be hand-written offline. You MUST answer your questions ONLINE and then print the final receipts, instructions and forms when finished)
  2. Priority service receipt for the processing of your visa: CLICK HERE.

How to Fill Out Your Application Form

    • Be very thorough and careful when filling out your questions on the form
    • Enter ALL dates in the SPECIFIED FORMAT. Ex.: DD/mm/YYYY
    • PLEASE ENTER ALL YOUR NAMES EXACTLY AS THEY ACTUALLY APPEAR IN YOUR PASSPORT. Do NOT omit, abbreviate or add extra names or nicknames. Do NOT include titles and/or extra letters not contained in your passport. All added data that is not IDENTICAL to your legal documents will cause your process to be rejected
    • Please SIGN the form to match the passport signature. All applicants over the age of 18 MUST sign their own application form
  • Passport-type photographs: 2
  • Your original permanent resident card (green card), I-94, I-20, or advance parole originals
  • Your appointment location and time will be set during the online application form process
  • A letter from your US employer, confirming your status as an employee intending to visit the UK on vacation
  • Submit print-outs of your past 3 months statement of bank account activities
  • Copy of round-trip or cruise-line tickets or tentative itinerary, printed from an online vendor or travel agency letterhead
  • If you have trouble printing your form or itinerary, you are welcome to email it to us as an attachment and we will be glad to print it for you at our office
A business letter from the US employer. The letter must be printed on the company letterhead stationery, addressed to “The Consulate of the United Kingdom, Visa Section”, and signed by a senior manager (an equivalent to Vice-President or above) and stamped with the company seal. The business letter must include the following information:

  • Personal information of the applicant: name and job title
  • State the nature of the business to be conducted (ie. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.), the dates of the visit, and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in the United Kingdom
  • Specify the type of activities in the United Kingdom (ie. meetings, contract discussions, trade-shows, etc.)
  • State who will bear the costs of the applicant’s accommodations in the United Kingdom
Parent or guardians MUST:

  • Sign the printed-out application page in the appropriate signature box
  • For adopted children: present original copy of adoption papers/court order
  • Present an original copy of the birth certificate
  • Present a notarized visa consent letter for minor children, signed by both parents
Type of visa Validity* Processing Visa Fee & Expedited Consular Fee Arista Service Fee
Multiple entry up to 5 years 5 – 7 business days To be paid online within the application form $350
  • Maximum *validity refers to the period over which you are allowed to ENTER a given country
  • ALL consulate visa fees must be paid during the online application process

Our Service Fees INCLUDE:

  • Credit card payment fees
  • Tracking the visa status (emails and phone call follow ups)
  • 1 submission and 1 pick-up visit to the consulate
Shipping documents back to you:

      • Please provide us a return method for return shipments, such as an air-bill, credit card info, or a prepaid envelope
      • Per your request, we may ship your documents back to you by FedEx only, and add our flat shipping charge to the total fee for the services provided to you
      • Please CLICK HERE to visit our SHIPPING page for more info

For further details, please contact us