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The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the opening of the San Francisco Bay into the Pacific Ocean. Since its completion on 1937 is has been one of the most internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco, California, and the United States. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith. IIP Image.

Where can I obtain tourist information for the U.S. ?

The U.S. no longer operates a national tourist office in the United Kingdom. There is currently no central office for tourist information within the American Embassy in London either. Discover America lets you explore the 50 states and U.S. territories before you go.  Learn what you need to know about entering the U.S., accommodations, transportation within the…

Midtown Manhattan at night. The Empire State building is at left; its art deco rival, the Chrysler building, is at far right. Photo by Carol M. Highsmith. (IIP Photo Archive)

Visiting the United States

Do I need a tourist visa? Currently, many British citizens traveling on a valid, individual machine readable passport, with a return or onward ticket, and who are staying for less than 90 days, qualify for the Visa Waiver Program and can travel visa-free with only an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA). There are conditions, so please review…

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Delays in visa and passport processing

London has begun printing nonimmigrant and immigrant visas. We are working as quickly as possible to clear the backlog of pending visa cases and hand your passport to the courier company for delivery. The approved courier will send a tracking message once it receives your passport. You should wait for that message. During this time,…

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Social Media and the Consular Section

Are you following us on Twitter at @USAinUKCGCorner?  It’s just one of several ways in which we use social media to keep visa applicants and U.S. citizens informed about what is happening in the Consular Section in London.  If U have a Q + can ask it in 140 chars, tweet us.   The team is…

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Question of the month: How can I move to the United States?

You will require the appropriate visa and the type of visa required will depend on the reason for the move. If you wish to work, you will require an employment based visa.  It is important to note that the U.S. government, unlike some countries, does not offer casual work visas.  Visas are based on a…

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Do you have an immigrant or fiancé(e) visa interview scheduled for June or July?

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Immigrant Visa Unit at the Embassy in London can’t conduct any immigrant or fiancé(e) visa interviews in the morning in June and July.  All appointments that had originally been scheduled for the morning have been rescheduled to 1:00 pm on the same date.  You and/or your agent of record will have been contacted about…

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We have just seen our first DV scam of the year!  

How do we know it is scam?  Here’s how: It was for DV-2015:  They are a year late. Successful registrants were notified through the Entrant Status Check at  in May 2014. Notification of the selection was by email: The Department of State will never send you a letter or email to say you have won. …